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ATI TV-Wonder

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  • Editors' rating
    6.8 Good
  • $79.00

Pros

  • Inexpensive
  • works well enough so long as your PC has a fast CPU and plenty of memory
  • good software bundle.

Cons

  • No on-board hardware MPEG-2 encoding
  • single S-Video input
  • no remote control.

Graphics card manufacturer ATI has long offered standalone TV adapters besides its graphics cards with integrated TV tuners. The ATI TV-Wonder, for example, offers all the standard functions of a TV card, like Teletext and multi-picture preview.

In addition, other features are available, including time-controlled TV display, or the ability to leave the current TV program running in the background on the desktop. With the time function, for example, the software is started at a user-determined time and shows a preset channel. This ensures you never miss your favourite programme -- at least, not as long as you're sitting at your computer. If you don't have time to watch it, this is also no problem for the ATI TV-Wonder, as the included software incorporates PVR functionality.

The card does not contain an MPEG-2 chip, so the PC's main processor must do the encoding work. For DVD-quality recordings, it is therefore advisable to have at least an 800MHz or 1GHz Athlon or Pentium III processor and 256MB of RAM or more.

As with Hauppauge's WinTV PVR, you must also connect this adapter to your sound card. ATI provides both internal and external cables for this purpose. The card has an S-Video input for connecting alternative video equipment, while a supplied adapter allows you to connect a composite video source.

The software reacts quickly and without problems and the recording quality is very good, more than matching the competition. ATI is also the only manufacturer to supply video editing software to work with the card -- Ulead's VideoStudio 4.

Although the MPEG-2 encoding is done in software, if you have enough processing power the ATI TV-Wonder achieves very good results. For the price, the lack of several features and a remote control can be overlooked.

Specifications

Power Device
Type none
Interface Provided
Gender female
Connector Qty 1
Type audio, display / video
Interface S-video input, TV antenna, composite video input, line-in, line-out
Qty 1
Connector Type 4 pin mini-DIN, F connector, RCA, mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm
Miscellaneous
Package Type Retail
Microsoft Certifications Compatible with Windows 7
Color N/A
Package Type retail
Video
Type TV tuner
Form Factor plug-in card
Digital Video Format MPEG-1, AVI
Interface Type S-video input, component video input
Still Image Capture Resolution 640 x 480, 320 x 240
Analog Video Signal S-Video, composite video, HF TV signal
Digital Video Capture Speed 30 frames per second
Analog Video Format NTSC
Digital Video Capture Resolution 640 x 480, 320 x 240
Features Digital zoom, channels preview
Video Input
Digital Video Format AVI, MPEG-1
Digital Video Capture Speed 30 frames per second
Digital Video Capture Resolution 320 x 240, 640 x 480
Analog Video Format NTSC
Features channels preview, digital zoom
Analog Video Signal HF TV signal, S-Video, composite video
Still Image Capture Resolution 320 x 240, 640 x 480
Interface Type S-video input, component video input
Software / System Requirements
Peripheral / Interface Devices CD-ROM, sound card, speakers
Min Processor Type Intel Pentium
System Requirements
OS Required Microsoft Windows 95 OSR 2, Microsoft Windows 98
Additional Requirements CD-ROM, sound card, speakers
Header
Brand ATI
Product Line ATI-TV
Model Wonder
Localization English
Country Kits Canada, United States
Packaged Quantity 1
Compatibility PC
Interface Required
Type none
Input Device
Input Adapter Type TV tuner / video capture adapter
Interface Type PCI
Cable Details
Type A/V cable
Included Qty 2
Software
Type Drivers & Utilities
Slot Required
Type PCI
Form Factor half-length
Total Qty 1
Service & Support
Type 5 years warranty
Service & Support Details
Service Included replacement
Type limited warranty
Full Contract Period 5 years
Location carry-in

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Price
$79.00

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ATi TV Wonder

Part Number: 100703060
Price
$79.00