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Overview
This property software package converts the computer into a TV set and a PVR at he same time by working as a front-end. With the Electronic Program Guide included you can search listings for favorite programs. And you can also convert VHS tapes to DVD or video CD discs.
Working as a TV, you can pause, rewind and replay while watching live TV.
Working as a VCR, with an integrated EPG, you can schedule programs for recording selected shows.
Platforms
This package software is only available for Microsoft Windows platforms: Windows 98SE/2000/Me/XP
Features
Sleep timer
This feature set up a sleep timer in case you doze off watching TV. You can set it up to turn off automatically after 30, 60, 90 or 120 minutes.
Task manager
The Task Manager is like having a personal TV assistant. The Task Manager handles the scheduling of programs you want to record, manages lists of files to be burned to disc and performs off-line transcoding jobs.
Screen capture
It captures screen shots from any program you are watching. The shots are saved as a digital picture (Bitmap file) and stored on your hard drive.
Television viewing
EPG (electronic programming guide)
This package software integrates an EPG. It works with Decisionmark’s TitanTV in the United States, Fast TV in Europe, and Sony IEPG in Japan. With the EPG you find shows and schedule them for recording or viewing later.
Television standards
It supports MPEG-1, MPEG-2, VCD NTSC, VCD PAL, SVCD NTSC, SVCD PAL, DVD NTSC and DVD PAL formats.
Channel surfing
The program displays video thumbnails of 16 channels at once so you can scan what’s on at a glance.
Television control
The TV Control is just like the controls on a regular television. It has all of the standard functions like volume control, changing the channel, and more.
Television control problems
A list of channels can be created using the Autoscan feature. The channels along with their chosen names can then be saved to a file with the extension of CHAN. However, for many users, the channel list file is not loaded when WinDVR is started. This means you have to scan for channels AGAIN, or if you saved your list of channels, MANUALLY load the channel list file. The only way to make a specific channel list load on startup is to complete the following steps:
Install WinDVR
Configure the channels exactly the way you want them, and save the list to a .CHAN file from the program to a safe location (outside the WinDVR’s installation directory)
Uninstall WinDVR
Reinstall WinDVR
When the program launches for the first time, a configuration wizard will start up. When given the chance to autoscan the channels, load the .CHAN list that was saved in step 2
Time-shifting
This feature allows you to pause live TV, create your own instant replay, or fast-forward through commercials with Time Shifting and InterVideo Home Theater. It can be useful in order not to miss any of the action if youe called away from the TV.
Parental control
With Parental Control feature you can lock out channels you don’t want them to view.
Teletext
The softxare incorporates Teletext, a television information service in Europe that offers fun, facts and information 24 hours a day.
Recording functions
DV, VCD, SVCD and DVD compatible file output
You can save shows as DV (digital video), VCD (video compact disc), SVCD (super video compact disc) and DVD files.
Video
It utilizes advanced de-interlacing technology for maximum compression efficiency and to remove the video artifacts that may appear when watching movies and TV shows on a computer screen. As in any digital video signal, compression algorithms are used and also full frame rate video capture (at full resolution, 720×480 or 720×576) and time-shifting in terms of video smoothness and synchronization.
Video encoder
It has a video encoder available for video recording. You can record video in real-time using this encoding technology.
Skinable
User interface controls can be customized with skins. Only one skin included in installation, no skin creation tool available. Example skins: Vali’s WinDVR3 skins
System requirements
Processor: PIII 500 MHz Intel or AMD processor (higher recording quality possible with faster processors)
RAM: 64MB Minimum, 128MB Recommended
Operating System: Windows 98 SE/ME/2000/XP
Sound: Audio input device with WDM (Windows Driver Model) drivers
Input Device: PCI or USB TV tuner with WDM drivers (undocumented: also supports some AGP video card integrated tuners)
Others: DirectX 8 required
See also
Microsoft Windows
Windows Media Center
PVR
Direct to Disk Recording
Comparison of PVR software packages
D-VHS
DVD recorder
Freeview+
Hard disk recorder
Media PC
MythTV
SageTV
References
^ Corel webcast regarding InterVideo acquisition
^ Corel page regarding WinDVR 3
External links
How DVR works.
The DV Show – Podcasting the Ins and Outs of Digital Video
DVRplayground – Online community devoted to discussing DVR trends and technology
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