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PCITV bags frame capture, stereo sound

By Chris Williams. Published: 9th Jul 2004, 22:22:50 | Permalink | Printable

Telly to your desktop

a PCI TV cardA new version of Simon Wilson's PCI TV card driver is now available, and sports new features that include the ability to capture frames and stereo audio support. Simon's software currently works with the Castle Iyonix, although a MicroDigital Omega suitable version is being "investigated".

The driver, which allows users with suitable PCI TV cards to watch TV from their desktops, also now includes support for image cropping, SECAM, picture controls (such as brightness) and keyboard controls. Overlay support is also in the pipeline, according to Simon.

We suspect that a combination of AudioIn (free, as in 'free beer') and PCITV (free, as in 'free speech') will present Iyonix users with interesting audio and visual capturing possibilities.


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The "stereo audio support" for the PCI TV card driver does not replace AudioIn as a sound input device for the computer? Or is AudioIn a separate sound input source which will give you more input options if you have both AudioIn and PCI TV devices? The PCI TV card's support for image cropping, does this mean to save as !Sprite and JPEG ??? (it sounds like support for a RISC OS "snapshot" of the screen?) The PCI TV card driver looks like a great feature to have. Regards, Steve.

 is a RISC OS UserSawadee on 11/7/04 9:43AM
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You have two options for audio in: an external (3.5in - 3.5in) connection from the TV card's line out to the Iyonix's line in; or an internal connection to one of the Iyonix's mixers (eg AUX2), just like how you connect up your CD audio. You can record from either source using AudioId.

The image cropping means you can drag the TV window off the edge of the screen - in earlier versions the picture would wrap around to the other side.

And there's now a 'save image' button on the toolbar that saves the current frame to a sprite file. You could still take a screenshot of the TV using Paint, but you have to mess about dragging the area you want to capture, and hope that the picture frame isn't halfway through redrawing when the sprite is grabbed.

And yes, PCITV is a great addition to the Iyonix.

 is a RISC OS Usermonkeyson on 11/7/04 12:08PM
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