by April 3, 2003 0 comments



This is not a vanilla TV tuner card. It is much more–it can take inputs from various video sources and encode in real-time into various MPEG formats. The small file sizes arising out of real-time encoding not only facilitate DVD/VCD production, but also save the effort of changing the captured avi to mpg for DVD/VCD production.

It can tune up to 181 TV channels and supports major standards like NTSC, PAL and 
SECAM. Its auto scan function scans and tunes these channels; you can also manually fine-tune them. You can also take snapshots of movies in bmp and jpg formats. It takes input from a composite source like a camcorder or S-Video. When we used it to encode into MPEG, it neither showed any significant frame drops nor did it have any audio sync problems. But, for optimum performance from the card, ensure that DMA is enabled on your hard disk and that the hard disk is not heavily fragmented. 

The cable connector is placed in such a way that it makes it difficult to install the card in most common cabinets. Also, more cables for connecting the audio out and a printed manual (instead of a PDF) would have been a good idea. 

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Price Rs 14,500 without TV Tuner, Rs 16,500 with TV Tuner
Contact : Rashi Peripherals, Mumbai
Tel : 28260256
E-mail : ho@rptechindia.com

The card comes with a full-featured remote control that interacts with the card using an Infrared receiver that connects to the back of the card. The remote offers almost all the features that the software offers, including recording and snapshots. In a nutshell a good buy if you can fit the card in your cabinet. This card also comes without the TV Tuner functionality and costs a couple of thousand rupees lesser.

Geetaj Channana

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