Leadtek Winfast PVR 2000
First we would like to thank the company Leadtek To supply the product for inspection.
Since they began to be sold commercially, personal computers have been able to find their way into new fields almost every year. Such an area is home entertainment systems. Personal computers began to replace the entertainment devices we were used to, such as the radio, the stereo system and, more recently, television and video. This trend of change was made possible mainly by the digital media revolution that began with the invention of the CD followed by theMP3.
Leadtek, a company best known for its excellent video cards, has long been out of business in this area - for example, a videophone made by it that introduced it to the video product market a few years ago. The company's TV cards are a product of Development Of years, for the company's video-telephony and video recording systems. The PVR trend in home entertainment has been preventing, in recent years, Development Cards that are adapted to current market requirements, these include for example - advanced video processing on the card itself, a feature that this card is one of the first to include.
Development of theMP3 Reduce the storage space needed to store music minutes on digital media, allowing many music enthusiasts to store their music collection on their home hard disk and replace all the clumsy music collections on their home computers.
But the upheaval that has finally brought the home computer into the living room is the upheaval in the field of video. The beginning of this upheaval was the invention of the DVD, which is basically a video disc encoded in MPEG format (a format commonly used in computerized videos). For many reasons, such as - image quality, media size - compared to videotapes, and ease of operation, buy it DVD, being a format that allows high viewing quality and compact media (as opposed to videotapes) such acceleration that it is now difficult to find a home without at least one DVD and actually pushed The VHS cornered and caused him to be thrown out of a lot of homes.
The DIVX format, similar to the invention of the DIVX,MP3 Which reduced the volume needed to store files Music, Reduced the volume required for storing video files and thus allowed to store many hours on the hard disk.
The developments of recent years in the field of digital entertainment, are mostly new compression formats. These formats, which are usually open and allow them to be played on the computer screen (or the TV - for those who have a suitable port on the video card), are the ones that enabled the digital revolution in the living room.
In the past few years, television has changed from one end to the other, as early as the beginning of the 90, satellite TV and cables began to penetrate the world, bringing a variety of channels that were not seen before. To deal with the selection, the user often needs additional devices to complete the TV experience.
First, home video recording technology, which began in the XNUMXs. Video has quite a few drawbacks, such as the size of the media and its assembly from moving parts (who has never been stuck in a video?) As well as the relatively low quality of digital media. The invention of the DVD, devoured the cards in terms of video and marked its end. The main disadvantage of the DVD is the inability (or lack of economic viability) to record. In response to this problem and in order to finally sign the scroll, the video appeared in the US, a few years ago, a device called TIVO (and all its competitors such as ReplayTV and others) which enabled advanced recording functions (and computer hardware based).
These recording devices were called by most (Personal Video Recorder) PVR, They enabled digital recording of TV shows on a hard disk (as a home computer) by encoding them to MPEG-format video files. In addition, the instruments allowed freedom that could not have been imagined before for viewers. Functions such as skipping advertisements and stopping live broadcasts (and continuing viewing after a period of time) have become commonplace. This revolution that has transformed American television viewers from one end to the next is coming to Israel in the form of the YESMAX satellite company (and the similar offer by the cable companies whose commercial name is unknown until the publication of this review).
The TV cards for the home computer began to be sold as an entertainment option to the home computer while working (or in place). In particular, ATI TV cards were recognized as high-quality cards that were easy to operate.
The card we reviewed is manufactured by Leadtek, which is mainly responsible for some of the high-quality video cards on the market. Leadtek, which focuses mainly on display technologies with the help of personal computers, managed to create a TV card that incorporates some of the main PVR features. TV and PVR card but also an FM radio card that allows direct recording toMP3.