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The second Window, provides picture adjustment options and a control for the quality of the timeshifting mode. The card is tv20000xp an FM radio tuner, with a separate coaxial input and included wire antenna for just this purpose.
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 include with the unit. While the manual does cover the basic functions of the tv2000dp and tv0200xp remote, it offers no insight into several areas which will be important to users of the TVXP Expert.
For the record, it’s ‘TV XP series model 3. In addition to bringing a TV signal into your computer monitor, it supports both recording of live TV broadcasts onto hard disk, and timeshifting.
Leadtek WinFast TV2000 XP – TV / radio tuner / video input adapter – PCI Series
The included manual manages to be both sparse and cluttered at the same time, this is where the TVXP looses a few points. For example, there is no information provided on the advantages and disadvantages of the various video capture formats the card offers. Installing the Winfast PVR software was also very straightforward.
Suffice to say, we were not impressed by the manual with the Leadtek TVXP Expert, and hope the company makes efforts to improve the documentation with what is otherwise shapping up to be a fine product. The various viewing modes tuner, S-video in, etc. The small plug on the end is for the Infra-read sensor that goes along with the included remote control. This is a very unfortunate omission.
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.
Leadtek WinFast TV XP Expert TV-tuner Review –
From here you can set several advanced leatek including the desired bit rate, and frames per second of the recorded feed. Well there are more than 10 video formats to choose from The separate multi-language quick setup guide is not a whole lot of help either. That is to say, they bring the video into the computer to be manipulated, or recorded, before being output to a monitor or TV. This PCI card has ambitions to replace your Lezdtek, with video recording straight to DVD, timeshifting and an assortment of other goodies made for a computerized home theater setup.
Overall, I found the program fairly easy to get to grips with, though the timeshifting function was initially a bit confusing.
LEADTEK Tv Tuner WinFast TV2000XP Deluxe Application
This is the good stuff. While the primary purpose of a TV-tuner is still to put that cable TV signal on your computer monitor, these products are definitely moving towards the role of video appliances. Does this all sound too good to be true? The first screen shown here, controls the capture format used to record TV signals onto hard disk or DVD, and audio configuration. Unless the user is well versed in computer video formats, he or she will have to use trial and error to find out which video format offers the best performance and file size.