What is ATSC digital TV,
Step 2: Installing the WinTV-HVR under Vista
Boot into Windows Vista. Insert the WinTV-HVR-1800 Installation
and how does the
CD-ROM in your PC's CD-ROM drive.
When the Found New Hardware box opens, click Locate and install
for FM radio
PCI Express Video Recorder
Click Continue. If you see a message which asks about searching on-
for Cable TV
ATSC digital TV is a over-the-air digital TV for North America. ATSC
line, click Don't search
with dual tuners for NTSC and
digital TV typically requires an antenna for reception, and is currently
ATSC Digital TV
broadcast in 200 cities, with over 1500 TV stations.
Note: ATSC digital TV is NOT digital cable TV or digital satellite TV.
The WinTV-HVR-1800 cannot receive digital satellite or encrypted
digital cable TV.
Note: Some cable broadcasters send ATSC digital TV on their digital
Step 3: WinTV-
Left Audio input
networks as "clear QAM". See the section entitled "QAM reception"
for instructions on tuning for QAM channels.
Right Audio input
ATSC digital TV is transmitted in several resolutions, from "standard
After the WinTV-HVR
definition" which is similar to cable TV, up to high definition which
driver has been
has about 16 times the resolution of normal cable TV. In any resolu-
installed, you need to
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tion, ATSC digital TV gives sharper pictures than analog cable TV
run WinTV Setup to
and near CD quality sound.
After booting Windows, install WinTV-HVR Windows device driv-
complete the installa-
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er from the WinTV-HVR-1800 Installation CD-ROM.
tion. Run SETUP from
WinTV-HVR-1800 has a built-in analog cable TV and digital ATSC TV
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tuner. It uses your PC CPU for displaying both analog and digital TV
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After the Windows driver is installed,install the WinTV applica-
programs on your PC screen.
tions from the WinTV-HVR-1800 Installation CD-ROM.
Click Install to start
The decoding of high definition ATSC is very processor intensive,
the application instal-
and the smoothness of high definition TV programs depends upon
Step 1: Install the WinTV-HVR-1800 board and connect
lation. The installation
how fast your PC is. Other PC activities that consume CPU resources
may require a file from your Windows CD-ROM, so keep it handy.
might affect the display of ATSC digital TV. Slow video, jerky video
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Turn the power off on your PC. Install the WinTV-HVR-1800 into a
and momentary pausing of video are all results of a CPU which is
After the Setup program is complete, you will see the WinTV icon on
PCI Express slot. Note: You cannot install WinTV-HVR-1800 into a
temporarily being used by other activities.
your Windows desktop.
PCI slot. Plug your cable TV into TV Connector. Plug your ATSC
For the best ATSC digital TV reception, a roof top 'Wideband or
digital TV antenna into the ATSC Digital TV input.
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Highgain' antenna is recommended. TitanTV.com has a good ATSC
The S-Video/composite video input can be used to bring video from
digital antenna selector which can be found under Resources.
Running WinTV for the first time
a VCR, camcorder, camera, DVD player or satellite TV receiver. If
your video device uses composite video instead of S-Video, use the
Contents of the WinTV-HVR-1800 package
To run the WinTV application for watching TV, recording videos and
supplied Composite to S-Video adapter. Plug your composite video
playing them back on your PC, double click on the WinTV icon on
WinTV-HVR-1800 PCI Express board
connector (normally yellow) into one end of the Composite to S-
your desk top.
Video adapter and the other end into the S-Video/Composite video
Hauppauge remote control receiver and IR transmitter/receiver
When you run WinTV for the first time, a message says Would you
input connector on WinTV-HVR-1800.
cable (on models with Hauppauge remote control)
like to scan for channels now? Click YES.
WinTV-HVR-1800 is a PCI Express TV tuner board with an analog TV
The Remote control receiver/blaster cable is plugged into the Remote
Click the Scan button and WinTV will automatically scan for both
tuner, an ATSC/QAM digital TV tuner plus a hardware MPEG-2 encoder.
control socket. Use the Velcro
WinTV-HVR-950 Installation CD-ROM including Vista drivers and
WinTV-HVR-1800 is designed for WindowsXP and Windows Vista.
analog and ATSC digital TV channels. The scanning process takes
dot (on the back of the Remote
WinTV v6 application with the WinTV-Scheduler
about 10 minutes. The scanning process for ATSC will scan from
control receiver) to position the
Note: if you are running Windows Media Center application, you only
channels 2 to 68.
Remote control receiver where
need to install the WinTV-HVR Windows device driver.
it will be able to receive infra-red
The ATSC digital channels that are found will appear in the channel
commands from the Remote
listing box. The Name is the name as defined by the broadcaster.
control transmitter. Add the
The Channel number is created by the WinTV application. For ATSC
Install the WinTV-HVR-1800 board in a PCI Express slot in your
supplied batteries to the
digital channels, since each primary channel might have several sub-
PC and connect the TV cables. For the best ATSC digital TV
Remote control transmitter.
channels, the channel number is calculated so that channel 22.2
reception, use a high quality roof top antenna.
would be listed as 1222. Channel 7.2 would be listed as 1072.
Configuration: duplicate configuration menus for color, audio,
Troubleshooting section for information on
Click on the desired channel, then Edit. Change the ChannelName to
Full screen TV
the name of the station, change the description or fine tune. Then
MPEG settings, etc.
choosing an ATSC antenna.
for setting the TV window size
ote: When initially installed, WinTV-
HVR-1800 uses a setting which does
Click your right mouse button on the Current TV channel box and
Click the Pref button to open the Preferences menu. You will have
not take advantage of graphics
you'll see a pop list of all channels. Use your mouse to select the
acceleration. If you experience problems
channel you want to tune to.
these are the settings for the On Screen Display of the TV
when watching ATSC digital TV channels,
channel and Audio Volume, plus controls for the Toolbar mode
see the Troubleshooting section.
Selecting an External Video source (VCR or set top box)
(Title mode), NoToolbar mode (No Title) and Full Screen (TV
Click on Menu / Suite Manager and then click the Sources tab. To add
Click your right mouse button in the TV
Rescanning TV channels
a composite video source, click the Composite button, give it a Name
window to remove toolbars.
Movies: here is where you configure the video and audio settings.
and then click Save. To add a S-Video source, click the S-Video but-
If you want to rescan for TV channels,
You can set the movie record directory (DVCR Record File
Click again to restore toolbars.
ton, give it a Name and then click Save.
click Menu / Suite Manager. To scan ana-
Path), the MPEG Quality settings, and the Audio settings.
log cable TV channels, under Sources,
Current TV channel
To switch to this source, click your right mouse button in the Current
Snap Shot: here is where you can set the size of your captured
and channel selector
highlight Analog source and click Auto
TV channel or video source window. You will see a list of all chan-
images, plus single or two field captures.
nels. At the end of the list you will see the name of the source you
Audio: your audio settings are configured here.
Click your right mouse
just added. Chose the source.
To scan for digital ATSC channels,
adjust the color of your TV picture here.
button here to see the
under Input Sources, highlight ATSC source
Snapshot viewer window
and click Auto scan.
Displaying TV full screen
If you cannot hear audio
Double click on each
During the scan for ATSC digital TV chan-
When you click the Full screen TV button, TV will appear full screen.
If you cannot hear audio when the WinTV application is running,
"thumbnail" to see image
nels, the Signal Status will show a quali-
When finished watching TV full screen, click your right mouse button
full size. Click and hold
check the following:
ty level and the locked box will be
in the TV window.
your right mouse button
Click on the Pref button and the audio tab and make sure the
checked if a channel is detected.
to see image options.
If you see video with a black box to the left and right of the TV
Audio Mixer Input is set to Wave.
image, click the Pref button then click TV mode tab. Check the box
Setting up the channels
Open Windows Volume control menu (double click on the
which says "Allow resolution change".
small speaker icon in the lower right hand corner of your PC
After you have scanned for channels, you
screen). Make sure Wave is not muted and the level is about half
can add channel names and fine tune
analog channels for better reception. To
With Always on Top, the WinTV window can always be visible on
If you do not see Wave listed in the Volume control menu, click
do this, click the Menu button on WinTV,
ote: if you do not receive any ATSC digital TV channels, an
your Windows desktop. To turn on Always-on-Top, simply click the
then click Suite Manager. You can also click and hold your right mouse
on Options / Properties in this menu and under Show the fol-
Always-on-top button. It will turn green. To turn off Always on Top,
antenna signal booster might be needed. After adding a signal
lowing volume controls put a check mark next to Wave. This
button, then click SuiteManager.
click this button again.
booster, see below for instructions on rescanning and the
will add Wave to the list of devices. Click OK and then you
A convenient way to use Always-on-Top is to make the TV window in
should see Wave listed. Once again, make sure Wave is not
the no-title mode small, and to make the TV window in the title mode
muted and the volume is half way up.
larger. Then you can switch very quick from a small window to a
If you do not hear audio when playing back a recorded video file
larger one simply by clicking the right mouse button.
(or do not hear audio when in the Pause mode), then open up
Click the Menu button to open the TV Setup menu. Here is the main
control for TV channels, and duplicate controls for other functions:
Suite Manager: configure the TV tuner (scanning, naming, fine tun-
ing, etc.), setting up 'favorite channel lists' and set an external
A/V source to a TV channel.
To rewind the video 10 seconds, click the rewind 10 seconds but-
the Windows Volume Control Mixer and make sure Wave is
file is then saved to disk using the automatically assigned file name. The
listed and not muted.
ton. If your video was paused, click the Play button.
Time counter is reset to 00:00:00 after the recording is saved.
Clicking the File button opens the File menu. The last file recorded
For more instructions, see the section entitled Pause mode.
is listed in the File name box. In the File menu you can:
Watch, Pause and Record TV
Rename your recorded video file. To rename a video file, find
There are four buttons to control Live TV, Recording, Pausing and
Clicking the Pause button while Recording will pause your
the file you would like to rename, highlight it with your mouse,
Playback of TV. Clicking on the Pause button will cause the Pause
audio/video on screen but will continue to record the video to
and click and hold the right mouse button. Go down to
Click on the Record button on the WinTV application to open the
menu to roll down from the WinTV application, while clicking on the
disk. Clicking the Pause button again will continue to play the video.
Record and Playback control bar.
Rename and then you can type in a new name. Remember: you
Record button will cause the Record menu to roll down.
must keep the MPG extension on the file.
Quick instructions on recording and pausing your TV
Play a video file previously recorded: find the file you would
like to play, highlight it with your mouse (one click of the mouse
Clicking the Stop button will stop the video you are recording or play-
button) and click Open. Then click the Play button.
The time is specified in a Hour:Minute:Second format.
If you want to record a TV show you are watching:
ing back. Once the video is stopped, live TV will be displayed.
- Click the Record button to lower the record and play menu
Delete recorded video files which you no longer want (and
which consume hard disk space). Click your right mouse button
- In the Record menu, click the red record button to start recording
A timed record is started by clicking the Record button. Each time
on the video file once, go down the menu and click on Delete.
- When you are finished recording, click the stop button
you click Record, the Record Timer is incremented by 15 minutes.
Click on the Play button on the WinTV application to open the
- Click the Play button to play the video you just recorded
Record and Playback control bar.
At the end of the time specified by the Record timer, the record will
- To play a video you recorded earlier, click the File button and then
stop. Also, clicking the Stop button will stop a timed record. The
move your mouse and click once on the video you want to play.
time is specified in a Hour:Minute:Second format.
Clicking the Pause button or OTP button on the WinTV-2000 appli-
Click Open and then the Play button. For more instructions, see the
cation starts the Pause mode. The Pause Menu will drop down.
section entitled Record mode.
Clicking the Play button will playback from disk the last video file
If you want to pause a TV show you are watching:
ote: It takes about 15 seconds to start Pause.
created. When playing a video, you can rewind, fast forward, replay
10 sec or skip forward 10 sec using the buttons on the control bar.
Clicking the Record button will automatically generate a file name and
Click the Pause button to lower the pause menu. After about 15
start recording your audio/video program.
When playing video files, you can quickly skip to sections of your
seconds, your screen will stop and the Time counter will start
video by hitting the 0 to 9 buttons on the remote (or your keyboard).
The recorded video file is saved in the directory set in DVCR Recorded
When you hit '1' you will skip to 10% of the length of the video.
File Path. To set the directory, click Pref and then the Movies tab. Every
To start the video from where you paused, click the Play button
When you hit '2' you will skip to 20% of your video.
time you record a file, a new file is automatically created. The file will be
The Pause buffer is space on your hard disk where video is stored
formatted as (source)_(Channel)_YearMonthDay_TIme.
To pause the video again, click the Pause button
during the Pause mode. The maximum amount of time which your
For ATSC digital TV programs, the quality level recorded is the same as
TV program can be delayed is dependent upon how much storage
To rewind the video to the beginning, click the Skip to the begin-
it is transmitted by the TV station. For example, if the TV station is trans-
space you have set for the Pause buffer and which type of MPEG
Clicking the Pause button while Playing will pause your audio/video
ning button. If your video was paused, click the Play button.
mitting a high-definition program, WinTV will record the program in high-
format you have chosen. The Pause Buffer Size can be set by click-
file. Clicking the Pause button again will continue the playing.
ing the Pref button and then the Movies tab (see the section entitled
For analog cable TV, the quality of the video recording is set in the
"Configuring the format for MPEG compression").
Record and Playback toolbar
MPEG Configuration Menu (see the section entitled "Configuring
the format for MPEG compression"). Click Pref and then the Movies
tab. In Quality Levels, the highest quality is MPEG-2 12.0 MBit/sec, and
Clicking the Rewind button will play the video file in reverse at 1x
the lowest quality is DVD Extra Long Play.
speed. Clicking the Rewind button again will continue the playing.
Fast Forward Button:
Live video continues to play in the WinTV window. You can
Skip to the
Pause video while it's being recorded.
Clicking the Fast Forward button one time will fast forward your video
The Counter will display the length of your recording
at 2X speed. Clicking the Fast Forward button two times will fast for-
ward your video at 8X speed. Clicking the button again will continue
If you had started a timed recording, the total time for the
playing back at normal speed. Note: Fast forward is not enabled
recording will also be displayed
when playing a high definition video file.
Click the Stop button to stop your recording. The recorded audio/video