Pause, rewind, record TV shows on computer
Harpreet Singh November 15, 2010
Ok, those set-top boxes that record TV programmes that you can't see but don't want to miss fill your heart with desire, don't they? One day, you say, I will get it for my TV. Actually, you need not wait so long. Your home computer or laptop with Windows Media Centre (Vista Home Premium/Vista Ultimate/Windows XP with Media Center) can be turned into a personal video recorder (PVR) that records, pauses, rewinds live TV programmes. It can also record future programes. It is easier than you think. Here's a step by step guide.
STEP 1: Insert TV tuner card into an empty PCI slot. Attach antenna or cable to tuner card.
STEP 2: Install any TV recording software and drivers. No need if you have Media Center.
STEP 3: Go to Media Centre and watch, pause, rewind or record live TV programmes.
1) The TV tuner is also able to record videos coming from external video players such as VHS players and video camera through its auxiliary connector.
2) Consider building a machine with a dual core or quad core processor. A fast multi core processor is a must if you plan on watching and recording hi definition TV at the same time.
3) Get good TV tuner cards with built in hardware encoding. Tuner cards with MPEG hardware encoding will take a load off your processor when they record TV shows. This will help ensure that you won't get any skipping or problems in your recorded output.
4) The minimum memory required depends on the type of software you are installing (usually less than 500 mb). But for recording and saving videos for playback later, you should have free disk space of 50-100 GB. More memory space is always better.
Types of TV tuner cards available in the market:
ANALOG TV TUNERS
DIGITAL TV TUNERS
HYBRID TV TUNERS
COMBO TV TUNERS