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Prolink PixelView Movie Maker MPEG Card Review - Video Maker - Page 4

By: Mike Wright | Players & Accessories in HT & Movies | Posted: Dec 11, 2001 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.5%Manufacturer: Prolink

Included Ports



With all the functionality of this card, it's time to take a look at how it manages to connect to everything. So lets tale a look at each available port and see what we have to work with...


- TV Antenna


Though labeled as simply a "TV" connector, this port will accept an antenna connection, a standard cable TV connection, or a video satellite hook-up. Basically, if it will plug into your television, then it will be accepted into this tuner.


- Multi-Purpose Connector


The second port has a number of different functions. It is a multi-purpose port that allows for the hookup of a remote control, audio input, composite video input, and S-Video input. To accomplish so many duties, it uses a multi-port converter cable.



This cable allows for the connections of all the equipment necessary for the above tasks.



Remote control on the PC? Of course! In this modern day of laziness, who could possibly think of putting a TV onto the computer and then have to manually change the channels? So Prolink has added a remote control feature. All it takes is for the cable above to be hooked into the Multi-Cable, then stick the tip of it somewhere where you can see it enough to get a line of sight with the remote control. From there, it's just like sitting in your favorite chair and surfing the channels.


- S-Video Out


In the event that you want to be able to see those captured movies on your television set, there is an added S-Video output port that allows just that. It supports 800x600 resolutions in either "Hi-Color" or "True-Color" when outputting to the TV.


- Composite Out


This port is the companion of the Composite In port on the Multi-Cable. It allows you to attach devices such as your camcorder.


- Audio Out


A simple RCA type jack is installed at the bottom to allow for sound to be heard from the different sources compatible with this card. You'll need a small cable with two RCA jacks on it to connect to the "Line-In" of your sound card. From there, it is a simple matter of making sure that the "Line-In" function of your sound card is enabled to be able to hear. This can usually be done through your sound card's mixer. For some reason, this was the only cable that did not ship with the card. It may have been a factory glitch, but it was missing in our review sample.


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