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The key remote is simple to operate and runs on two included AAA batteries. Very cool, but more on how the card fares in this role later in the review. This PCI card has ambitions to replace your VCR, with video recording straight to DVD, timeshifting and an assortment of other goodies made for a computerized home theater setup.
The included manual manages to be both sparse and cluttered at the same time, this is where the TVXP looses a few points. While it does provide a hardware and software installation walkthrough, the booklet covers several different Leadtek TV tuner models, so it’s rather difficult to locate the correct diagram.
For the record, it’s ‘TV XP series model 3.
No mention of which DVD media can or cannot be used, or whether rewritable media can be used. Configuring the Winfast PVR software is accomplished from a couple of option windows. That is to say, they bring the video into the computer to be manipulated, or recorded, before being output to a monitor or TV.
Timeshifting is that sought after ‘Tivo’ application, the ability to simultaneously watch and record live TV, so that you can pause the program you are watching, and resume it from the recorded version seamlessly. Well there are more than 10 video formats to choose from Other features include Picture-in-Picture PIP support, an electronic programming guide, adaptive scanning to tv2000xl pull in weaker broadcast signals, and Microsoft Netmeeting support.
Leadtek WinFast TV XP Expert TV-tuner Review –
Beginners Guides Cases and Access. Overall, I found the program fairly easy to get to grips with, though the timeshifting function was initially a bit confusing. Like any TV-tuner, the card requires a mass of separate drivers to function within WindowsXP, as well as a couple of restarts, but all this was accomplished easily and automatically by running the setup program on the driver CD Leadtek tv2000px with the unit.
Does this all sound too good to be true? This is a very unfortunate omission.
LEADTEK Tv Tuner WinFast TV2000XP Deluxe Application
Installing the Winfast PVR software was also very straightforward. The first screen shown here, controls the capture format used to record TV signals onto hard disk or DVD, and audio configuration. For example, there is no information provided on the advantages and disadvantages of the various video capture formats the card offers. The small plug on leadtke end leadteek for the Infra-read sensor that goes along with the included remote control. Newer devices provide a wealth of standard features, such as letting you capture TV input to hard disk as one compelling example.
Leadtek WinFast TV2000 XP – TV / radio tuner / video input adapter – PCI Series
The separate multi-language quick setup guide is not a whole lot of help either. Unless the user is well tg2000xp in computer video formats, he or she will have to use trial and error to ldadtek out which video format offers the best performance and file size.
Tv0200xp included in the bundle are an analog audio cable for outputting sound directly from the TVXP to a soundcard, an FM wire antenna, the aforementioned infrared sensor with a decently long cable and a short cable with both S-Video and RCA inputs for bringing non-coaxial TV signals and audio into the TVXP.
The card is also an FM radio tuner, with a separate coaxial input and included wire antenna for just this purpose. While the manual does cover the basic functions of the program and the remote, it offers no insight into several areas which will be important to users of the TVXP Expert.
Leadtek WinFast TV XP Expert PCSTATS Review – TV XP Expert Features
From here you can set several advanced options including the desired bit rate, and frames per second of the recorded feed. Doesn’t sound too difficult you say?