TV card: Multiple recordings?

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by alan.larkin, Aug 20, 2005.

  1. alan.larkin

    alan.larkin Guest

    Total newbie to this so go easy.

    I want to buy a TV card. I intend to turn a desktop into a DVR. What I
    hoped this card could do is;

    1. Allow me to watch/pause/rewind live tv.
    2. Allow me to record one channel while watching (preferably with the
    pause/rewind etc. functions still available) another channel.
    3. Maybe even allow mw to record a second distinct channel while doing
    above.

    I am getting confused as to whether or not this is possible with a
    single card. Does one exist? If I need two does the control get
    horribly tangled and complicated?

    Please advise,
    Thanks.
     
    alan.larkin, Aug 20, 2005
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    Alpha Guest

    Alpha, Aug 20, 2005
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  3. alan.larkin

    Alpha Guest

    PS

    If I were you, I would seriously consider getting a stand-alone DVD recorder
    that has a hard disc drive. The firmware etc. is already there to handle
    the functions you want. You can always take the DVD-Rs and edit them etc.
    after the recording.
     
    Alpha, Aug 20, 2005
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  4. alan.larkin

    Alpha Guest

    By the way, the answer to your last point is no...not on a single card.
    This whole thing is nontrivial. Buy two stand-alone recorders, just as you
    would with VHS tape.
     
    Alpha, Aug 20, 2005
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    AnthonyR Guest

    Yes, or just rent a dual tuner DVR for $8 a month from your cable co! How
    can you beat that?
    :)

    AnthonyR.
     
    AnthonyR, Aug 21, 2005
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  6. Actually, these cards do exist. But as far as I know it's only for digital
    tv (seen 'm in Japan in a shop).

    -martin-
     
    Martin Heffels, Aug 21, 2005
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  7. alan.larkin

    Gerald Meyer Guest

    I believe the Hauppauge PVR-500 has two tuners and will allow you to all
    that you ask.
     
    Gerald Meyer, Aug 21, 2005
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  8. alan.larkin

    Alpha Guest

    You are correct. I am very happy to know about this card. It must be noted
    that to be fully functional, XP Media Center edition must be used, not XP
    home or pro.
     
    Alpha, Aug 21, 2005
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  9. alan.larkin

    alan.larkin Guest

    Thanks all. That helps a lot.
     
    alan.larkin, Aug 21, 2005
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  10. alan.larkin

    David Chien Guest

    Any ATI All-In-Wonder card for the main video slot + TV-Wonder PCI card
    for the secondary TV tuner.

    You can then do what you want - record on one, watch on the other with PIP.
     
    David Chien, Aug 22, 2005
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  11. alan.larkin

    Alpha Guest

    I see no information on those web sites that it does true PIP. Can you
    direct me to information on this?
     
    Alpha, Aug 23, 2005
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