FlyVideo 3000 -IntroductionFounded in 1990, Animation Technologies, Inc. is the industry leader in the development and manufacturing of multimedia video technology. The company develops, manufactures and markets five major product lines: Fly Video TV/Captures Series, PC Camera Series, USB video capture series, PC to TV Scan Converter, and Video Modem Series products for use in portable or desktop video, multimedia, imaging and other applications. Lifeview, while producing some very low end graphics cards tend to stick more with the digital video end of the consumer market with digital video capture cards, USB video capture and above all their award winning PCI TV Tuner cards, for which they are well known for.Thanks to Rectron Communications, today we have our hands on Lifeview's latest offering on the TV Tuner range, the FlyVideo 3000. The FlyVideo 3000 PC-TV board is designed to satisfy different user needs while offering basic functions such as TV reception, FM radio, stereo sound, video recording, and video capturing. FlyVideo 3000 is a single slot PCI card with a built-in 125-channel capable TV-tuner that automatically scans antenna or cable TV sources for channels. With the external audio/video inputs, you can also connect it to a DVD player, VCR, camcorder or video camera. Along with these already impressive features the 3000 comes with one extra feature, FM Radio receiver for you to play and record your favorite songs from FM radio.Now that we have a brief overview lets take a look at the specs of the card and package itself.
FlyVideo 3000 -Specifications- ChipsetPhillips SAA7134HL- AudioNTCS MonoPAL Stereo 2 (amplified)- VideoS-Video InputComposite Input- PC Interface SettingsSupports up to 24-bit color at 1280 x 1024 dpi for desktop viewingDirectX supportPCI Motherboard Interface- Full Motion CaptureSizable capture up to 720x576 resolutionSupports 16, 24, or 32-bit colorCapture up to 30 fpsCaptures to AVI or MPEG1 file formats- Still Frame CaptureSizable capture up to 720 x 576 resolutionSupports 16, 24, or 32-bit colorSave to BMP file or Clipboard- External Interface75 ohm IEC coaxial input (cable TV)FM radio input (with included FM antenna)Composite (RCA) inputS-Video (SVHS) inputAudio input and line audio output2.5mm IR Receiver Jack- Package ContentsFly Video 3000 cardInstallation CD-ROMInstallation guideStereo audio mini-jackLoop-back FM cableRemote control and infra-red receiver2 AAA batteries for remote control
FlyVideo 3000 -FeaturesThe Card
FlyVideo 3000 -ConclusionFlyvideo have once again given us a great little add-on for the PC users/Home entertainment freaks. With super low CPU utilization and hardware encoding and decoding, this card is one of the best I have ever had the pleasure of using. While a few niggles were present such as not including any onboard RAM for caching (comes in handy incase you have high speed RAID arrays) or the internal soundcard audio connectors, I can still say this card works better than my old one.- ProsHigh Quality ChipsetSupports over 1200 resolutionsLow Resources neededMPEG1 Video capture- ConsNo Internal Sound connectorNo RAM for cachingRating - 8.5/10
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