PCI Express Video Recorder
with dual tuners for NTSC and
Hauppauge Computer Works, Inc. 2006-2007
Hauppauge Computer Works, Inc.
91 Cabot Court
Hauppauge, NY 11788
Tech Support: 631-434-3197
Web site: www.hauppauge.com
July 15, 2007
Contents of the WinTV-HVR-1800 package
WinTV-HVR-1800 PCI Express board
Hauppauge remote control receiver and IR transmitter/receiver
cable (on models with Hauppauge remote control)
WinTV-HVR-950 Installation CD-ROM including Vista drivers and
WinTV v6 application with the WinTV-Scheduler
Full screen TV
Current TV channel
and channel selector
Click your right mouse
button here to see the
Snapshot viewer window
Double click on each
"thumbnail" to see image
full size. Click and hold
your right mouse button
to see image options.
ote: if you do not receive any ATSC digital TV channels, an
antenna signal booster might be needed. After adding a signal
booster, see below for instructions on rescanning and the
the Windows Volume Control Mixer and make sure Wave is
listed and not muted.
Watch, Pause and Record TV
There are four buttons to control Live TV, Recording, Pausing and
Playback of TV. Clicking on the Pause button will cause the Pause
menu to roll down from the WinTV application, while clicking on the
Record button will cause the Record menu to roll down.
Quick instructions on recording and pausing your TV
If you want to record a TV show you are watching:
- Click the Record button to lower the record and play menu
- In the Record menu, click the red record button to start recording
- When you are finished recording, click the stop button
- Click the Play button to play the video you just recorded
- To play a video you recorded earlier, click the File button and then
move your mouse and click once on the video you want to play.
Click Open and then the Play button. For more instructions, see the
section entitled Record mode.
If you want to pause a TV show you are watching:
Click the Pause button to lower the pause menu. After about 15
seconds, your screen will stop and the Time counter will start
To start the video from where you paused, click the Play button
To pause the video again, click the Pause button
To rewind the video to the beginning, click the Skip to the begin-
ning button. If your video was paused, click the Play button.
Record and Playback toolbar
What is ATSC digital TV,
and how does the
ATSC digital TV is a over-the-air digital TV for North America. ATSC
digital TV typically requires an antenna for reception, and is currently
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
networks as "clear QAM". See the section entitled "QAM reception"
for instructions on tuning for QAM channels.
ATSC digital TV is transmitted in several resolutions, from "standard
definition" which is similar to cable TV, up to high definition which
has about 16 times the resolution of normal cable TV. In any resolu-
tion, ATSC digital TV gives sharper pictures than analog cable TV
and near CD quality sound.
WinTV-HVR-1800 has a built-in analog cable TV and digital ATSC TV
tuner. It uses your PC CPU for displaying both analog and digital TV
programs on your PC screen.
The decoding of high definition ATSC is very processor intensive,
and the smoothness of high definition TV programs depends upon
how fast your PC is. Other PC activities that consume CPU resources
might affect the display of ATSC digital TV. Slow video, jerky video
and momentary pausing of video are all results of a CPU which is
temporarily being used by other activities.
For the best ATSC digital TV reception, a roof top 'Wideband or
Highgain' antenna is recommended. TitanTV.com has a good ATSC
digital antenna selector which can be found under Resources.
WinTV-HVR-1800 is a PCI Express TV tuner board with an analog TV
tuner, an ATSC/QAM digital TV tuner plus a hardware MPEG-2 encoder.
WinTV-HVR-1800 is designed for WindowsXP and Windows Vista.
Note: if you are running Windows Media Center application, you only
need to install the WinTV-HVR Windows device driver.
Install the WinTV-HVR-1800 board in a PCI Express slot in your
PC and connect the TV cables. For the best ATSC digital TV
reception, use a high quality roof top antenna.
Troubleshooting section for information on
choosing an ATSC antenna.
ote: When initially installed, WinTV-
HVR-1800 uses a setting which does
not take advantage of graphics
acceleration. If you experience problems
when watching ATSC digital TV channels,
see the Troubleshooting section.
Click your right mouse button in the TV
Rescanning TV channels
window to remove toolbars.
If you want to rescan for TV channels,
Click again to restore toolbars.
click Menu / Suite Manager. To scan ana-
log cable TV channels, under Sources,
highlight Analog source and click Auto
To scan for digital ATSC channels,
under Input Sources, highlight ATSC source
and click Auto scan.
During the scan for ATSC digital TV chan-
nels, the Signal Status will show a quali-
ty level and the locked box will be
checked if a channel is detected.
Setting up the channels
After you have scanned for channels, you
can add channel names and fine tune
analog channels for better reception. To
do this, click the Menu button on WinTV,
then click Suite Manager. You can also click and hold your right mouse
button, then click SuiteManager.
To rewind the video 10 seconds, click the rewind 10 seconds but-
ton. If your video was paused, click the Play button.
For more instructions, see the section entitled Pause mode.
Click on the Record button on the WinTV application to open the
Record and Playback control bar.
The time is specified in a Hour:Minute:Second format.
A timed record is started by clicking the Record button. Each time
you click Record, the Record Timer is incremented by 15 minutes.
At the end of the time specified by the Record timer, the record will
stop. Also, clicking the Stop button will stop a timed record. The
time is specified in a Hour:Minute:Second format.
Clicking the Record button will automatically generate a file name and
start recording your audio/video program.
The recorded video file is saved in the directory set in DVCR Recorded
File Path. To set the directory, click Pref and then the Movies tab. Every
time you record a file, a new file is automatically created. The file will be
formatted as (source)_(Channel)_YearMonthDay_TIme.
For ATSC digital TV programs, the quality level recorded is the same as
it is transmitted by the TV station. For example, if the TV station is trans-
mitting a high-definition program, WinTV will record the program in high-
For analog cable TV, the quality of the video recording is set in the
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
the lowest quality is DVD Extra Long Play.
Live video continues to play in the WinTV window. You can
Pause video while it's being recorded.
The Counter will display the length of your recording
If you had started a timed recording, the total time for the
recording will also be displayed
Click the Stop button to stop your recording. The recorded audio/video
for FM radio
for Cable TV
ATSC Digital TV
Left Audio input
Right Audio input
After booting Windows, install WinTV-HVR Windows device driv-
er from the WinTV-HVR-1800 Installation CD-ROM.
After the Windows driver is installed,install the WinTV applica-
tions from the WinTV-HVR-1800 Installation CD-ROM.
Step 1: Install the WinTV-HVR-1800 board and connect
Turn the power off on your PC. Install the WinTV-HVR-1800 into a
PCI Express slot. Note: You cannot install WinTV-HVR-1800 into a
PCI slot. Plug your cable TV into TV Connector. Plug your ATSC
digital TV antenna into the ATSC Digital TV input.
The S-Video/composite video input can be used to bring video from
a VCR, camcorder, camera, DVD player or satellite TV receiver. If
your video device uses composite video instead of S-Video, use the
supplied Composite to S-Video adapter. Plug your composite video
connector (normally yellow) into one end of the Composite to S-
Video adapter and the other end into the S-Video/Composite video
input connector on WinTV-HVR-1800.
The Remote control receiver/blaster cable is plugged into the Remote
control socket. Use the Velcro
dot (on the back of the Remote
control receiver) to position the
Remote control receiver where
it will be able to receive infra-red
commands from the Remote
control transmitter. Add the
supplied batteries to the
Remote control transmitter.
Click on the desired channel, then Edit. Change the ChannelName to
the name of the station, change the description or fine tune. Then
Click your right mouse button on the Current TV channel box and
you'll see a pop list of all channels. Use your mouse to select the
channel you want to tune to.
Selecting an External Video source (VCR or set top box)
Click on Menu / Suite Manager and then click the Sources tab. To add
a composite video source, click the Composite button, give it a Name
and then click Save. To add a S-Video source, click the S-Video but-
ton, give it a Name and then click Save.
To switch to this source, click your right mouse button in the Current
TV channel or video source window. You will see a list of all chan-
nels. At the end of the list you will see the name of the source you
just added. Chose the source.
Displaying TV full screen
When you click the Full screen TV button, TV will appear full screen.
When finished watching TV full screen, click your right mouse button
in the TV window.
If you see video with a black box to the left and right of the TV
image, click the Pref button then click TV mode tab. Check the box
which says "Allow resolution change".
With Always on Top, the WinTV window can always be visible on
your Windows desktop. To turn on Always-on-Top, simply click the
Always-on-top button. It will turn green. To turn off Always on Top,
click this button again.
A convenient way to use Always-on-Top is to make the TV window in
the no-title mode small, and to make the TV window in the title mode
larger. Then you can switch very quick from a small window to a
larger one simply by clicking the right mouse button.
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.
file is then saved to disk using the automatically assigned file name. The
Time counter is reset to 00:00:00 after the recording is saved.
Clicking the Pause button while Recording will pause your
audio/video on screen but will continue to record the video to
disk. Clicking the Pause button again will continue to play the video.
Clicking the Stop button will stop the video you are recording or play-
ing back. Once the video is stopped, live TV will be displayed.
Click on the Play button on the WinTV application to open the
Record and Playback control bar.
Clicking the Play button will playback from disk the last video file
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.
When playing video files, you can quickly skip to sections of your
video by hitting the 0 to 9 buttons on the remote (or your keyboard).
When you hit '1' you will skip to 10% of the length of the video.
When you hit '2' you will skip to 20% of your video.
Clicking the Pause button while Playing will pause your audio/video
file. Clicking the Pause button again will continue the playing.
Clicking the Rewind button will play the video file in reverse at 1x
speed. Clicking the Rewind button again will continue the playing.
Fast Forward Button:
Clicking the Fast Forward button one time will fast forward your video
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
playing back at normal speed. Note: Fast forward is not enabled
when playing a high definition video file.
Step 2: Installing the WinTV-HVR under Vista
Boot into Windows Vista. Insert the WinTV-HVR-1800 Installation
CD-ROM in your PC's CD-ROM drive.
When the Found New Hardware box opens, click Locate and install
Click Continue. If you see a message which asks about searching on-
line, click Don't search
Step 3: WinTV-
After the WinTV-HVR
driver has been
installed, you need to
run WinTV Setup to
complete the installa-
tion. Run SETUP from
Click Install to start
the application instal-
lation. The installation
may require a file from your Windows CD-ROM, so keep it handy.
After the Setup program is complete, you will see the WinTV icon on
your Windows desktop.
Running WinTV for the first time
To run the WinTV application for watching TV, recording videos and
playing them back on your PC, double click on the WinTV icon on
your desk top.
When you run WinTV for the first time, a message says Would you
like to scan for channels now? Click YES.
Click the Scan button and WinTV will automatically scan for both
analog and ATSC digital TV channels. The scanning process takes
about 10 minutes. The scanning process for ATSC will scan from
channels 2 to 68.
The ATSC digital channels that are found will appear in the channel
listing box. The Name is the name as defined by the broadcaster.
The Channel number is created by the WinTV application. For ATSC
digital channels, since each primary channel might have several sub-
channels, the channel number is calculated so that channel 22.2
would be listed as 1222. Channel 7.2 would be listed as 1072.
Configuration: duplicate configuration menus for color, audio,
MPEG settings, etc.
for setting the TV window size
Click the Pref button to open the Preferences menu. You will have
these are the settings for the On Screen Display of the TV
channel and Audio Volume, plus controls for the Toolbar mode
(Title mode), NoToolbar mode (No Title) and Full Screen (TV
Movies: here is where you configure the video and audio settings.
You can set the movie record directory (DVCR Record File
Path), the MPEG Quality settings, and the Audio settings.
Snap Shot: here is where you can set the size of your captured
images, plus single or two field captures.
Audio: your audio settings are configured here.
adjust the color of your TV picture here.
If you cannot hear audio
If you cannot hear audio when the WinTV application is running,
check the following:
Click on the Pref button and the audio tab and make sure the
Audio Mixer Input is set to Wave.
Open Windows Volume control menu (double click on the
small speaker icon in the lower right hand corner of your PC
screen). Make sure Wave is not muted and the level is about half
If you do not see Wave listed in the Volume control menu, click
on Options / Properties in this menu and under Show the fol-
lowing volume controls put a check mark next to Wave. This
will add Wave to the list of devices. Click OK and then you
should see Wave listed. Once again, make sure Wave is not
muted and the volume is half way up.
If you do not hear audio when playing back a recorded video file
(or do not hear audio when in the Pause mode), then open up
Clicking the File button opens the File menu. The last file recorded
is listed in the File name box. In the File menu you can:
Rename your recorded video file. To rename a video file, find
the file you would like to rename, highlight it with your mouse,
and click and hold the right mouse button. Go down to
Rename and then you can type in a new name. Remember: you
must keep the MPG extension on the file.
Play a video file previously recorded: find the file you would
like to play, highlight it with your mouse (one click of the mouse
button) and click Open. Then click the Play button.
Delete recorded video files which you no longer want (and
which consume hard disk space). Click your right mouse button
on the video file once, go down the menu and click on Delete.
Clicking the Pause button or OTP button on the WinTV-2000 appli-
cation starts the Pause mode. The Pause Menu will drop down.
ote: It takes about 15 seconds to start Pause.
The Pause buffer is space on your hard disk where video is stored
during the Pause mode. The maximum amount of time which your
TV program can be delayed is dependent upon how much storage
space you have set for the Pause buffer and which type of MPEG
format you have chosen. The Pause Buffer Size can be set by click-
ing the Pref button and then the Movies tab (see the section entitled
"Configuring the format for MPEG compression").
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