I am looking to add a Winfast TV2000XP to my PC. Not having had any experience in the field before, I was simply wondering how well it will perform in my machine. I run a Celeron 700Mhz, 128Mb PC100 SDRAM, 5,400rpm 20Gb HDD, PCI Radeon 9000 64Mb (Hercules), and an IBM 17in monitor. I have only two questions:
1. Will the picture be smooth running full-screen? 2. Will my PC be capable of recording/pausing TV broadcasts at acceptable quality?
got an advent 3054 600mhz p4, 256Mb PC133, 20Gb HDD on Win ME. Hauppauge WinTV Card with FM Radio in.
these cards display smaller than screen size which is a disappointment, as my really old card from 1997 did full screen.
find it v difficult to get video to record for long periods of time (longer than 3 mins) without a system lock-up. driver updates etc have no effect. encoding video in TMPGEncoder is no problem but slow, so its not a hardware issue with the PC as far as i can tell
you may have more luck with a newer card but then again...
The WinTv card should display Ok in full screen without any problem - I assume you have set it to "TV mode" so if it doesn't do so that's unusual. Your aerial signal strength more than anything else is likely to affect the picture quality but that's unconnected with the card itself.
I just went and spent £25 on a Pinnacle PCTV Rave, sending the signal through a good Nicam VCR and a Hi-fi. The picture quality is perfect at full screen and I still get lovely stereo (no thanks to the card!). I don't care about video capture really - the VCR is a brand new £200 Sony. Thanks for the advice, this thread is now resolved.