Radio works in pretty much the same fashion as TV does. Hardcore gamers will want to step up to a beefier card and maybe opt for a dedicated TV tuner card, however. The DVD and Good settings are very close in quality, and seeing as our testing resulted in reasonably similar file sizes on average, you might as well pick the slightly higher-res DVD setting for most recordings. It’s not a huge deal, but the first use or two may take a bit of searching through menus to find all the options. Using the same Good setting, we recorded 4: The actual recording and playback software is fairly straightforward, though there are a couple minor menu items that you’ll have to search for to find; for example, you can right-click anywhere on the application to set up a timed recording, but you have to right-click on the actual record button to see a list of what you’ve already scheduled to record.
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They are as follows:. The DVD and Good settings are very close in quality, and seeing as our testing resulted in reasonably similar file sizes on average, you might as well pick ai slightly higher-res DVD setting for most recordings. The interface for the PVR controls also leaves a bit to be desired; it’s functional, but not as nice as something like TiVo.
ATI All-In-Wonder X600 PRO (256 MB)
So if we take a reasonable average of MB per 5 minutes of recording time for either of the higher settings, you’ll need a s600 under 2. The Longer setting looked great as well and saves quite a bit on disk space. Highly recommended for home theater PC builders who need great TV recording capabilities though not HD and a capable gaming rig.
You can record, pause and rewind TV, though only on one channel at a time. Today we’re taking a look at the All-in-Wonder X Pro. Using the same Good setting, we recorded 4: If you’ve looked around at benchmarks for other X Pro cards you’ll likely know what to expect here.
Changing channels takes a couple seconds to do both TV and radio so it’s a bit slow going. The PVR functionality is rather straight-forward as well. Rewinding is also very slow. Hardcore gamers will want to step up to a beefier card and maybe opt for a dedicated TV tuner card, however. ATI has an All-in-Wonder X XT in the works that should hopefully be seeing a release in the very near future, but as of today this is the fastest All-in-Wonder on the market. It’s definitely a capable card, and it’s one of a few options out there in its price range, it’s the only one with all of the added multimedia features.
Output quality is as expected, which is to say good as far as S-Video and composite out from a PC goes.
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If you pick up an additional TV Wonder card you can watch two channels at once, but out of the box you’re only getting a single tuner. For watching TV or what-have-you it’s fine, but for gaming, even a split-second is a problem.
For example, we recorded some Fight Night: It’s not a huge deal, but the first use or two may take a bit of searching through menus to find all the options. Radio works in pretty much the same fashion as TV does. You’ll get a frame update every few seconds, so if you’re trying to go back right to a certain play or a certain line, you’ll likely have to go back a bit and then watch up to it again.
Some of them will give you different capture options, but inside ATI’s TV application you’re offered up four different recording presets. So for example, if you’re a big fan of Edward James Olmos, you can see a listing x6000 every show he’ll be in for the next couple weeks or so.
Other than that things work well, but the impatient need not apply.
Ai images are much sharper and if you have a nice display, you’d have no problem surfing the ‘Net all day from your couch. Also note that all settings were set to their highest for each game unless otherwise noted on the benchmark see Doom 3 benches. Capturing will generally be done with ATI’s own software, though once the card is properly installed you can use any Windows video supported application, like Microsoft’s own Windows Movie Maker or Adobe Premiere.
This isn’t exactly high-resolution, but if you’re going to be playing these games on a TV then much higher probably isn’t supported anyway. How much recording time you’ll get is a bit hard to determine since it seems that the files are compressed with variable bitrates. Conclusion As you can make out from the benchmarks, this card is capable of putting up some pretty reasonable numbers.
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Home theater PCs have been more and more common in living rooms over the past few years than ever before, and many HTPC owners opt for an All-in-Wonder of some sort to power their rig. Video In The All-in-Wonder X Pro’s video-in capabilities are easily its strongest selling point and luckily its biggest strength as well.
The Video CD setting looks OK, but it really should only be used for recording crap that you have no concerns over the quality of, or if you’re super low on disk space.