There's more to TV cards than just being able to watch "The Simpsons" and surf the Web at the same time. Most can also be used to record your favourite TV shows to disk and capture footage from your analog video camera. The FlyVideo 3000 goes one better by also allowing you to receive FM radio on your PC. As well as the usual aerial sockets you'll also find composite and S-Video inputs for hooking up your video camera, and a mini jack for plugging in the infrared receiver for the remote control.
An impressive software bundle is supplied with the card. The main FlyVideo application is a combined TV and radio tuner with built-in support for capturing audio and video. It's also got limited time shift functionality that allows you to pause live TV, but how well this works is dependent on the speed of your PC. Other supplied applications allow you to capture and edit footage from analog video cameras, record radio shows as MP3 files, and set up schedules to record your favourite TV programmes to disk.
We were impressed with the quality of the FlyVideo thanks to its excellent Nicam stereo support and great picture and audio quality. However, we felt some of the software applications could have been a bit better integrated. n In brief:
LifeView FlyVideo 3000
The FlyVideo 3000 is a fine TV card "at a good price. It's got an excellent range of features and a good bundle of software, and while this could have been better integrated it is still hard to beat.
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