Q. What is
A. DViCO's FusionHDTV is a total solution of hardware tuner and
software decoding that makes up the total HDTV package. Main
features are the ability to record and store Broadcast Transport
Streams on the hard disk. Unlike hardware decoders which have
their own output, the FusionHDTV uses the main graphics card overlay
output which allows for the use of VGA or DVI.
Q. How do you connect it to
receive a broadcast?
A. Where available, over-the-air local programs need an antenna to
receive. Simply connect an antenna coax to the 'RF" input of the HDTV card and
scan for signals. Check with TitanTV for
available programming in your local area.
Q. What kind of display do I
A. Because the Fusion HDTV uses the output of your graphics
card, a VGA compatible HDTV or PC monitor would be ideal. For HDTV's with
Component (Y-Pb-Pr) input, a transcoder is required for both
FusionHDTV and the PC's Windows desktop.
Q. Can I get digital audio?
A. The FusionHDTV card utilizes the audio output of the system
sound card. Sound card with S/PDIF is recommended for optimal
Q. What kind
of PC do I need?
A. Graphic card performance is one of the most important aspects
of software decoders. Following is a compilation of graphics
card compliance as provided by DViCO.
GeForce2,3 DxVA does not work at all. (reboot or hang or strange
GeForce4 Ti series do not have IDCT but only MC (requires faster CPU)
GeForce4 Mx series do have IDCT and MC. (consumes less than 50% cpu
cycle with P4 2.4G)
Radeon (DxVA mode)
works similiar even thogh 9000 has better quality at with high Windows
resolution like 1920x1080. (all the latest driver is Ok up to 3.2)
8500,9100 reboots or hang with 3.1,3.2 driver (3.0 is ok)
9500,9700 reboots or hang with 3.2 driver (3.0,3.1 is ok)
Using GeForce4 MX or
Radeon SDR model may result in stutter and drop frames depending on
the CPU, motherboard, OS combination. DDR model is recommended
Full software mode will work fine once you have 2.4G or faster CPU.
Q. Can I schedule a recording
like a VCR?
A. Yes, scheduling can be done using TitanTV.
Q. How much hard disk space is
required to record HDTV?
A. ATSC signals require 8.7GB per hour.
Q. Can I watch standard
definition (NTSC) TV?
A. Yes. The card will tune to analog TV or cable. The output can be
scaled to the HDTV singals of 720p or 1080i.
Q. Will it scale the S-Video and
A. For FusionHD II and above, the NTSC video inputs will be
scaled to the resolution of the PC overlay resolution.
Q. Can I record
premium (encrypted) cable or
satellite HD programs?
A. No. All HDTV card "stores" high-def signals in their raw data
form and decodes the signal during playback. Since Cable and Satellite services do
not use same modulation format, their signals require dedicated tuners, and once decoded, cannot
be routed to the input of the HDTV PC cards.
Q. Can I record analog TV?
Q. Can I create screen captures?