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|AverMedia AverTV HD DVR||HDMI
*based on user reports.
|Description (from the manufacturer site)|
|The AVerTV HD DVR - is a High Definition / Analog video capture card. Itís equipped with HDMI input and through the included Dongle Cable, users will have Component, S-Video and Composite Video input interfaces as well. This Allows users to connect to their Cable / Satellite Set-Top-Box, Gaming Console and HD Video recorders to capture High Definition and Analog video content on their PC.
The package includes our AVer MediaCenter software application with advanced software encoding algorithm engine and built-in schedule recording features. Users can capture HD video up to 1080i, and save it in MPEG-2 or H.264 file format (which can be used to playback on your iPod
or PSP gaming device) as well as program start and end times of TV shows from your HD Cable / Satellite Set-Top-Box.
* Turn analog video tapes into DVD or VCD formats
* Equipped with HDMI input
* Directly transfer to DVD/VCD burner from video recording
* Capture HD video up to 1080i
* Edit, organize and highlight video clips on storyboard
* Compatible with Windows 7
* Digital recording in MPEG 2, H.264 and iPod format
Input Signal (HD)
* Component (YPbPr)
* Stereo L/R Audio
Input Signal (Standard)
* Stereo L/R Audio
Comments posted by rehatman2011 from China, September 03, 2011:
Compatibility: Win95? Win98? Win2K? WinXP? Vista? NT4? MAC? Linux? - Rated: 9 of 10.
Total rubbish. Cannot capture any higher than the input source. I tried capturing an uncompressed video through s-video and the audio wont go higher than Sampling rate of : 44.0 KHz. When converting to mpeg the audio is out of sync.
Also it captures everything de-interlaced with no setting to change. anything.
Comments posted by insipod from Australia, June 13, 2011:
Compatibility: Win95? Win98? Win2K? WinXP? Vista NT4? MAC? Linux? - Rated: 3 of 10.
First things first, this card does have DirectShow/WDM drivers so it will work with programs like VirtualDub. One exception is Virtual VCR, it does not seem to detect the on board audio capture part of the card. It is fully supported with drivers for the 32 and 64 bit versions of XP/Vista/7.
Don't bother the AVer MediaCenter software if you intend to do uncompressed SD analog capture. It deinterlaces captured video and doesn't work with HuffYUV and other codecs. For HDMI or progressive sources it should be fine. Here is the WDM driver mapping for the inputs.
AVermedia BDA Analog Capture:
Composite = ditto
S-Video = ditto
AVermedia BDA Analog Capture Secondary:
Composite = component input
S-Video = HDMI input
One thing that should be noted about this card is that the analog inputs are EXTREMELY sensitive to sync problems and video levels. If you are capturing from a VCR, the slightest dropout or time-base error will cause dropped frames. A full frame time-base corrector is a must with this card when capturing from VCR sources.
Comments posted by NJRoadfan from United States, January 29, 2011:
The drivers and application software are updated every few months based on user feedback on web sites like New Egg in the Feedback tab for the product. From time to time they may rename the capture card model on their web site: "DarkCrystal HD Capture?"
The latest drivers and application are sometimes found on this web page:
http://www.avermedia-usa.com/AVerTV/Product/Produ ... b=APDriver
The application software that came on the CD / DVD packaged with the unit had errors and limitations for setting the resolutions for the various types of videos, requiring me to download the latest software to access the proper resolution settings.
The documentation is not all encompassing since it fails to document the most recent version of software.
The software has some minor user interface issues with ease of use with the Time Scheduling of a recording where some of the input fields for time are initialized as insert mode rather than over-type mode, pre-filled with default text, length limit edits in place--thereby preventing any user input unless the delete key and or cursor keys and backspace are used to erase the pre-filled time values, and there exists no count-up / count-down mouse buttons on the hours or minutes fields to otherwise mitigate this situation. Once the entries are manually cleared by the user pressing the delete key, entry of the desired time setting can proceed normally. A validation edit check on the minutes field performs a text to numeric conversion for sanity, but then replaces the input field without zero-fill prefixing minute values less than 10 so that if "10:00" is input, the result would be "10: 0" is displayed on the input entry field--this causes no trouble because when the save button is pressed, the entry is nicely accepted, and the schedule summary screen lists the recording start time as "10:00" properly.
HDCP is implemented only for Live TV and the time shift function for pausing live TV, and not recording of HDCP program material. The Time Shift HDMI captured digital TV program material is saved to disk for a maximum span of time of about 30 minutes in high quality mode. AFAIK this span of time is not adjustable in any of the software's user interface settings functions.
When switching video connector modes, connecting and disconnecting HDMI signal cables, starting and stopping the software, the HDMI digital handshake function is sometimes not renegotiated so that a HDCP cable box might go into a blocked signal image mode--reporting a HDCP error screen that may also be output on the cable box's S-Video output too. The solution is to disconnect the HDMI cable, switch the software into HDIM signal mode (while disconnected), stop the software while still in HDMI signal mode, reconnect the HDMI cable, restart the software (that was left in HDMI signal input mode), and then the software will properly initiate its HDMI handshaking and get a picture again for Live TV and Time Shift modes.
Some of the settings screens zoom scale to larger fonts when the window is maximized and some of the text and possibly some settings fields at the bottom of the window display may be obscured, preventing user adjustment of those fields.
The software was originally written in Chinese and not all of the critical error messages have been translated into the user's selected language via resource strings loaded from independent language resource DLL files so that Chinese pop-up critical error messages sometimes get displayed with what presumably is an OK button at the bottom of the Chinese error message text, however, these messages rarely get displayed.
The card can but rarely hangs or crashes the software. Cold booting the computer always fixes such troubles. My brother has this card and runs 32-bit mode and has reported such troubles, while I have had no troubles and run in 64-bit mode.
There is no TV Guide schedule software or ability to link to any web services to trigger any automated scheduling of a program recording.
There is a mysterious dongle signal line connector that appears to be a sub-miniature plug to possibly install an IR blaster or IR receiver, but this remains undocumented and came with no corresponding IR device to plug into this signal line socket.
To improve this package the ability to mate with and control external playback devices according to a schedule or even under manual user input would be excellent. Their software might be expanded to interface with iLink / IEEE-1394 Firewire to control a camcorder / vcr or with any kind of IR blaster to send signals to cable or satellite set top boxes to change channels, turn off / on, mute / unmute, or increase volume control for the source input signal to be recorded--this would then be coupled to an electronic program guide to assist in the entry / use of scheduled recordings of those programs.
Currently the software records to a number of different video formats and container files. The h.264 recordings are packaged only in .mp4 video files. I have some software that edits .m2ts files for output to blue ray video disks, but when given the .mp4 files as inputs, the software places a black outside border around program material that may also have a surrounding black border making the picture be a small postage sized image centered in the resulting .m2ts output file. The solution would be for this capture card to also output its h.264 to .m2ts file containers to better be handled by such editors. The editor also re-encodes the entire file rather than just cutting and remuxing the raw audio and video streams.
Their media center software works in conjunction with a variety of their TV and other capture cards so that multiple video sources can be coordinated for scheduling, watching, picture in picture, picture beside picture and so on. This is the reason why some software settings are presented on the scheduling screens that do not apply when only using one such capture card and so the functionality of those displayed fields are inexplicably disabled and won't activate or permit input / update.
Comments posted by oldspammer from Canada, January 08, 2011:
Compatibility: Win95? Win98? Win2K? WinXP? Vista NT4? MAC? Linux? - Rated: 8 of 10.
(also has win 7 32 and 64 bit drivers)
this is a piece of crap.
It will not capture interlaced video. so smooth video all
comes out choppy when recorded. the drivers are buggy as
hell and more than half the time when you change from the
composite to the svhs or HD input, you get a flash of your
selected picture then a black screen.
what is worse is that all the files that it captures (avi,
mpg, h264) are all 4x3. ie Avermedia are not technically
advanced enough to be able to set the 16x9 widescreen flag.
All video comes out squashed vertically and distorted to
A nice sounding spec list but a complete waste of time (2
months of fiddling and posting on Avermedia forums for a
fix) and money.
i should have just brought something from Canopus...live and
Comments posted by Blackout from Australia, June 28, 2010:
Compatibility: Win95? Win98? Win2K? WinXP? Vista? NT4? MAC? Linux? - Rated: 4 of 10.
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What kind of main capture features it supports
Analog VideoIn = Analog composite or/and SVHS video input
Video Card = If it is a Video Card/Graphic Card
Tv Tuner = Built-In TV-Tuner
Digital TV = Built-In Digital TV-Tuner
DV/Firewire = DV/Firewire/i.Link input
DV Converter = Analog composite or/and SVHS video input and converts to DV video
MPEG1 hardware = Capture directly MPEG1(VCD) video using hardware*
MPEG2 hardware = Capture directly MPEG2(SVCD and DVD) video using hardware*
MJPEG hardware = Capture directly to MJPEG using hardware*
MPEG4 hardware = Capture directly to MPEG4(DivX,Xvid) video using hardware*
* = Most capture cards can capture to this format using software but it usually requires a very fast computer, if it supports realtime capturing it uses the capture cards hardware and it doesn't require a very fast computer and you may get better quality but less options/settings than software capturing.
What Operating System our users have reported that it works on, Win95=Works
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What type of connection the capture device has to the computer, PCI, AGP, USB1/1.1/2, DV or PCMCIA.
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