Avermedia AVer MediaCenter User manual

AVer MediaCenter
User Manual
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1
Introduction ......................................................................... 1
1.1
System Requirements..................................................................................................... 2
1.2
Activating AVer MediaCenter ....................................................................................... 2
1.3
Overview of AVer MediaCenter .................................................................................... 3
The Main Screen ....................................................................................................................... 3
The Main Control Buttons ........................................................................................................ 4
Navigation Tree......................................................................................................................... 5
1.4
Remote Control (Optional)............................................................................................ 6
Overview of the Remote Control .............................................................................................. 6
Overview of the Remote Control (continued)........................................................................... 7
1.5
Running AVer MediaCenter for the First Time ........................................................... 8
Chapter 2
Getting Started .................................................................. 10
2.1
TV ...................................................................................................................................11
Scanning TV Channels.............................................................................................................11
Watching Live TV................................................................................................................... 12
Selecting a TV Channel .......................................................................................................... 12
Adjusting Volume ................................................................................................................... 13
Specifying a Channel Name or Description............................................................................ 13
Fine Tuning Color and Quality of the Display........................................................................ 14
Deleting a Channel.................................................................................................................. 15
Editing the Channel Group Table............................................................................................ 16
Managing the Channel Groups ............................................................................................... 17
Using OverScan Function ....................................................................................................... 19
Changing the TV Channel Order ............................................................................................ 19
Capturing Images .................................................................................................................... 20
Recording a TV Program Directly .......................................................................................... 20
Playing a Recorded TV Program ............................................................................................ 20
Viewing EPG Information (Only Available for Digital TV) ................................................... 21
2.2
Radio.............................................................................................................................. 23
Listening to the Radio ............................................................................................................. 23
Selecting a Radio Channel ...................................................................................................... 23
Adjusting Volume ................................................................................................................... 23
Deleting a Channel.................................................................................................................. 24
Changing the Radio Channel Order ........................................................................................ 24
Recording a Radio Program Directly...................................................................................... 25
Playing a Recorded Radio Program ........................................................................................ 25
2.3
Video .............................................................................................................................. 26
Playing Video Files ................................................................................................................. 26
2.4
Music ............................................................................................................................. 27
Adding Music to your Playlist ................................................................................................ 27
Playing Music ......................................................................................................................... 28
2.5
Pictures .......................................................................................................................... 29
Viewing the Captured Images ................................................................................................. 29
Playing Slide Show ................................................................................................................. 29
Chapter 3
Advanced Operations ........................................................ 30
3.1
TV .................................................................................................................................. 31
Using Schedule Recording...................................................................................................... 31
Using TimeShift ...................................................................................................................... 33
Switching Between TV and External Video............................................................................ 33
Multi-Channel Display (Only Available for Multi-Card/Dual Tuner Series Users)................ 34
Multi-Program Display ........................................................................................................... 35
3.2
Radio.............................................................................................................................. 37
Using Schedule Recording...................................................................................................... 37
Using TimeShift ...................................................................................................................... 39
3.3
Video .............................................................................................................................. 40
Picture-in-Picture(PIP) / Picture-by-Picture(PBP) Display..................................................... 40
Chapter 4
More Settings ...................................................................... 41
4.1
General Settings............................................................................................................ 42
Configure Storage ................................................................................................................... 42
Configure Snapshot................................................................................................................. 43
Video Device (Only Available for Multi-Card / Dual Tuner Series Users) ............................. 44
More Options .......................................................................................................................... 45
4.2
TV Settings.................................................................................................................... 46
Configure Digital TV Î Configure TV Signal ...................................................................... 46
Configure Digital TV Î Manage Programs........................................................................... 46
Configure Digital TV Î Configure Recording.......................................................................... 47
Configure Digital TV Î Configure Color Adjustment .......................................................... 48
More TV Options .................................................................................................................... 48
4.3
Radio Settings ............................................................................................................... 49
Manage Digital Radio Programs............................................................................................. 49
Configure Digital Radio Recordings....................................................................................... 50
4.4
Video Settings ............................................................................................................... 51
4.5
Picture Settings ............................................................................................................. 52
4.6
About ............................................................................................................................. 53
Appendix
............................................................................................. 54
Hot Keys ................................................................................................................................. 55
Glossary .................................................................................................................................. 56
Chapter 1
Introduction
Thanks for purchasing AVer MediaCenter.
This powerful application allows you to
watch TV, listen to the radio, create slide
shows, record favorite programs and enjoy
other features on your PC. With our
easy-to-use remote control, you can enhance
your PC experience. Turn your computer
system into a real multimedia entertainment
center.
This Chapter will guide you through the
essential information of AVer MediaCenter.
Please do read this chapter before using this
application.
Please be noted the functions and images
may vary depending on the product you
purchase and the area you live.
System Requirement................................ 2
Activating AVer MediaCenter................. 2
Overview of AVer MediaCenter.............. 3
Remote Control ........................................ 6
Running AVer MediaCenter for the First
Time .......................................................... 8
1.1 System Requirements
System requirements are described in detail below. Before using AVer MediaCenter, verify that your PC meets
the requirements below.
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Pentium 4 2.6GHz (Hyper-Threading) or Pentium Mobile 1.8GHz or above
VGA card with 128M memory supports DirectX 9.0 or above
For HDTV, VGA card should supports DXVA
512MB RAM or above
Sound Card
200MB HD size
Windows XP SP2 / Windows XP MCE / Windows Vista™ / Windows Vista™ MCE
For TimeShift and Record in MPEG-2:
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Intel Pentium® 4 3.0GHz (Hyper-Threading)
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VGA card supports DirectX 9.0c or above with 128MB RAM
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512 MB RAM or above
9
PCI-Express x 1 slot
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Sound Card
9
Windows XP SP2 / Windows XP MCE / Windows Vista™ / Windows Vista™ MCE
For Dual Tuners Recording:
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Intel® Core™2 Duo E6300
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1G RAM or above
For HDTV (H.264) only (Single Tuner)
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Intel® Core™2 Duo E6600
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1G RAM or above
For HDTV (H.264) only (Dual Tuners)
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VGA card supports DirectX 9.0c and DXVA (HDTV)
9
Intel® Core™2 Quad Q6600
1.2 Activating AVer MediaCenter
To run the application, click Start, point to Programs, choose AVerMedia, select AVer MediaCenter and
then click AVer MediaCenter. Another way is to double-click the AVer MediaCenter program icon “
the desktop. Or, you can double-click the AVer Quick “
”on
” launcher located in the lower right corner of the
screen.
Introduction
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Note: AVerQuick allows to set the desired default application, which means you can
choose either AVerTV 6 or AVer MediaCenter as the default application when double
clicking AVerQuick icon
. To do this, right click AVerQuick, choose “Setting”, and
select the preferred application in the “Application” tab.
1.3 Overview of AVer MediaCenter
After running the software, the main screen of AVer MediaCenter appears, which includes “TV”, “Radio”,
“Video”, “Music”, “Pictures” and “Settings”. This section briefly introduces main menu, sub menus and
setting items. For more details, please refer to Chapter 2.
¾ The Main Screen
Description
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p
q
r
Title bar
Main menu
Main window
TV monitor and control panel
Display the system time
; Note: You will not see the TV monitor and control panel until scanning TV channels.
Introduction
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¾ The Main Control Buttons
Description
Go back the main menu
Go back one level
Open user manual
Minimize the application
Restore the previous size
Exit the application
Description
/
Switch from real-time TV or
Radio to TimeShift mode. / Freeze
the playback temporarily.
Stop the playback, recording,
TimeShift, etc.
Play the selected file
Record the current program.
Play the previous/next file in the
playlist.
Move backward or skip forward
in intervals.
Capture a single image or a
sequence of images.
Enable the PIP or multiple
channel display function.
Switch to display all the programs
that are under the same frequency
simultaneously. (This function is
only available for digital TV.)
Switch to different aspect ratios.
Go to the next upper or lower
active channel.
Turn on / off the sound.
Increase or decrease the sound.
Choose between available audio
modes
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¾ Navigation Tree
; Note: The items may vary depending on the product you use and the area you live.
Introduction
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1.4 Remote Control (Optional)
The remote control supports all the features of AVer MediaCenter. To use, just point the remote control at the
receiver, and press button.
◎ MCE Remote Function: The remote control is compatible with Microsoft Media Center Edition. To
use the function, please go to our website to download the support software.
¾ Overview of the Remote Control
Button
Description
(1)
Turn on/off the application.
(2)
Set the time to put your computer into
Standby/Hibernate mode, exit the
application or turn off the computer.
View Teletext / Close Caption information.
(3)
(4)
(5)
PIP Mode: Turn on/off the PIP-positioning
function. When enabled, you can move the
selected screen using the arrow buttons.
Use numeric buttons to select a channel.
Use Clear to delete the unwanted digit or
letters.
(6)
Go back to the previous page.
(7)
Display the current program’s information.
(This function is not available for this device.)
(8)
Channel up and channel down.
(9)
View EPG information.(This function is
only available for digital TV and radio)
Capture an image or a continuous sequence
of images.
Main Screen: A shortcut to the main
menu--“TV”.
Teletext Mode: Jump to the teletext page of
the corresponding color according to this
button.
Main Screen: A shortcut to the main
menu-- “Video”.
Teletext Mode: Jump to the teletext page of
the corresponding color according to this
button.
Switch from real-time TV or Radio to
TimeShift mode.
(10)
(11)
(12)
(13)
(14)
(15)
Play the selected file or temporarily freeze
the playback.
Go to the previous item in the playlist.
(16)
Move backwards in intervals.
(17)
Change between available signal sources.
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¾ Overview of the Remote Control (continued)
Button
(18)
(19)
(20)
(21)
(22)
Description
Switch to different aspect ratios (4:3, 16:9,
Full Screen, Keep Aspect Ratio).
Switch to live TV source in full screen.
PIP Mode: Turn on/off the PIP-sizing
function. When enabled, you can enlarge or
shrink the selected screen using the arrow
buttons.
Activate the Picture in Picture(PIP) /
Multi-Channel Display function.
Go to the main menu.
(25)
Main Screen: Use the arrow button to
navigate all on-screen items. Use OK to
confirm the selection.
PIP Mode: Move or change size of the
selected screen by the arrow buttons.
- Confirm the selection.
- Choose item from the drop-down list.
Turn off/on the sound.
(26)
Volume up / Volume down.
(27)
Change between available audio modes.
(28)
Main Screen: A shortcut to your main
menu--“Pictures”.
Teletext Mode: Jump to the teletext page of
the corresponding color according to this
button.
Main Screen: A shortcut to your main
menu--“Music”.
Teletext Mode: Jump to the teletext page of
the corresponding color according to this
button.
(23)
(24)
(29)
(30)
Stop the playback, recording, TimeShift,
etc.
(31)
Record the current program.
(32)
Go to the next item in the playlist.
(33)
Skip forward in intervals.
(34)
Return to previously accessed channel.
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1.5 Running AVer MediaCenter for the First Time
When you run the AVer MediaCenter for the first time, a set up wizard will automatically appear and take you
through all the necessary settings step by step.
1.
When a dialog box appears, click Yes.
2.
Choose the primary device or tuner for
watching TV or listening to the radio and
then select Next (as shown on the right).
Then choose Next again to continue.
3.
Choose the country where you located and
select the correct S-Video and Composite
Video Standard. Then select Next. (If the
country you choose is USA or Canada, you
can determine the signal type: Antenna,
Cable-Standard, Cable-HRC or Cable-IRC.)
(Note: The option “Standard” includes
cable-Standard and cable-IRC.)
4.
Then the wizard will show the setting
process and lead you to set up all available
signal sources (As shown on the right).
Select Next to continue the process or select
Skip to ignore the setting.
5.
Determine the TV source and select Next.
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6.
Select AutoScan to start scanning (As
shown on the right). After scanning, select
Next to continuously set up other signal
sources if any.
7.
After finishing all settings, select Finish.
8.
Select Next to continuously set up other
device if any.
9.
If you want to re-configure all the settings
again, go the main page and select
“Select”Î “General” Î “Run Wizard
Again.”
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Chapter 2
Getting Started
This Chapter will start with the basic usage
of AVer MediaCenter, including scanning
programs, playing music, recording a TV/
Radio program, and so on.
Before using the application, it is necessary
to understand all the basic operations in this
chapter.
TV............................................................ 11
Radio ....................................................... 23
Video ....................................................... 26
Music....................................................... 27
Pictures ................................................... 29
2.1 TV
Under the TV main menu, you can enjoy watching TV, record your favorite program and so on.
¾ Scanning TV Channels
If you didn’t run the setting up wizard, a dialog box will appear to prompt you to scan for channels when
selecting the main menu “TV”.
1.
When the Program Information dialog box
appears, select Yes.
2.
Then the wizard leads you to the “Settings”
page to automatically scan channels.
3.
You can check the scanning progress from
the progress bar. After scanning, the active
TV channels will be listed inside the box.
4.
5.
Terminate the scanning, simply select Stop.
If there are channels missing, select All
Frequency Scan. This may take you a while,
please be patient.
; Note:
1. If you didn’t follow the wizard to automatically scan channels, you can select “Settings” Î “TV” Î
“Configure Digital TV” Î “Manage Programs” and choose Auto Scan to scan for channels.
2. After Media Center Edition scan, you may not be able to lock channels with AVerTV 6. Please restart the
computer to make it function normally.
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¾ Watching Live TV
You can enjoy analog TV, digital TV or both of them depending on what your product is.
1.
After scanning, go to the TV page and you
can see a preview TV window in the
right-hand section of the screen.
2.
To switch the preview mode to the full-screen
mode, select Live.
3.
If you want to go back the preview mode,
press
on the remote control or select
in the top-left corner of the screen.
¾ Selecting a TV Channel
There are four ways of switching between TV channels:
1.
Use the numeric keys on the remote control to get your desired channel.
2.
Use the Channel Up/Down buttons (
on the remote control or
on the control panel)
repeatedly until reaching your desired channel.
3.
4.
Enter the number on your numeric keypad to get your desired channel.
Select the Program List and select the channel you want.
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¾ Adjusting Volume
To increase or decrease volume when watching TV, press
control panel.
To disable the sound of the program, press
on the remote control or click
on the remote control or click
on the
on the control panel. Press
the same button again to turn on the sound.
¾ Specifying a Channel Name or Description
To assign a channel name or specify description:
1.
Select “Settings” Î “TV” Î “Configure
Digital TV” Î “Manage Programs”
2.
Select the desired channel you want to assign
a name or description.
3.
Enter the name or description under the
Channel Name.
4.
Choose the preferred audio mode from the
drop down list.
5.
Select Save to save the settings or select
Cancel to abort without saving. If you want
to revert to factory settings, select Default.
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¾ Fine Tuning Color and Quality of the Display
If the color and quality of a particular channel needs to be adjusted, please do the following.
1.
Select “Settings” Î “TV” Î “Configure
Digital TV” Î “Manage Programs”
2.
3.
Select the desired channel.
Select
in the bottom-right of the screen
to go to the second page.
4.
Then use
to adjust the Brightness,
Contrast, Hue, Saturation and Sharpness
until the image color is accurate.
5.
You will need to perform fine-tune only if the
reception of the selected channels is not clear.
Use
6.
to get a clear TV picture.
Select Save to save the settings or select
Cancel to abort without saving. If you want
to revert to factory settings, select Default.
; Note: By default, the system is set to disable the color adjustment items. To adjust image color of one
specific channel, you need to go to “Settings” Î “TV” Î “Configure Digital TV”Î Configure Color
Adjustment” and clear the Apply All check box. After clearing the Apply All check box and select Save, you
can now adjust the setting of a specific channel.
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¾ Deleting a Channel
If you want to exclude undesirable channels from your channel list, do the following:
1.
Select “Settings” Î “TV” Î “Configure
Digital TV”Î “Manage Programs”.
2.
3.
Select the unwanted channel.
Choose
. This channel will be removed and
that means you won’t be able to access these
programs anymore. If you want to watch that
channel again in some day, you need to rescan
all channels.
4.
If you just want to skip a particular channel,
simply clear the check box.
Getting Started
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¾ Editing the Channel Group Table
To add or remove channels from the channel group, do the following:
1.
Select “Settings” Î “TV” Î
“Configure Digital TV”Î “Manage
Programs” Î “Group Setting”.
2.
The default and the first channel
group*Note are listed in the Group Setting
table.
3.
You can see all groups in this table. (To
see more groups in the table, use arrow
buttons
in the right bottom
corner of the screen).
4.
If you choose “Configure Digital TV” in
step, there will be an additional option
“By Content Provider” on this page. This
option allows you to classify channels that
are under the same frequency into one
group.
5.
Click the cell to add the desired channel
in the channel group. The mark V
appearing indicates that channel has been
added in the group.
6.
Click the cell again to remove the channel
from the channel group.
7.
The new setting will be saved
automatically.
; Note: If you want to search a channel by channel name, select Search.
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¾ Managing the Channel Groups
Channel groups are used to organize and group channels that suit your needs. To manage your channel groups,
do the following:
1.
Select “Settings” Î “TV” Î
“Configure Digital TV”Î “Manage
Programs”Î “Group Setting” Î
“Modify”.
2.
If you want to create a new channel
group, select Add. You can also select the
existed group to enter the next page to
modify the group name.
3.
Type in a group name and click Save.
4.
You can use
group or use
to remove a channel
to move the
channel group to the desired location.
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5.
The first channel group will be shown in
the Group Setting table.
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¾ Using OverScan Function
On some broadcast channels, you might see distorted lines or black spaces on the top, sides, or bottom of the
screen. These video artifacts derive from the source signal, and can be masked using the OverScan feature.
1.
Select “Settings” Î “TV” Î “Configure
Digital TV” Î “Manage Programs”
2.
Select the channel you want to hide the edges
of the picture.
3.
Specify an appropriate number (0~20) to get
the better quality.
4.
Select Save to save the settings or select
Cancel to abort without saving. If you want to
revert to factory settings, select Default.
; Note: By default, the system is set to disable the Overscan item. To apply the overscan setting to one
specific channel, you need to go to “Settings” Î “TV” Î “Configure Digital TV”Î “Configure TV
Signal” and clear the Apply All check box. After clearing the Apply All check box and select Save, you can
now adjust the setting of a septic channel.
¾ Changing the TV Channel Order
You may change the sequence of channels as you prefer.
1.
Select “Settings” Î “TV” Î “Configure
Digital TV”Î “Manage Programs”.
2.
3.
Select the channel you want to move.
Use
to move upward or downward
until the selected channel moves to the desired
location.
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¾ Capturing Images
While you watch TV or recorded video from your PC monitor, you can use the application to capture images
for your document, presentation or web page.
1.
2.
Select “TV”.
Press
on the remote control or select
on the control panel to capture a still image. To capture
another image, press that button again.
3.
To view the captured images, go back the Main Menu and select main menu “Pictures”. All the pictures
are listed in the right-hand section of the screen.
; Note: For details, refer to the section titled “Pictures” in Chapter 2.
¾ Recording a TV Program Directly
To record a program now:
When watching TV, select
to record a program immediately. To stop recording, select
.
¾ Playing a Recorded TV Program
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Select “TV” Î “Recorded Files”.
All the recorded files are listed here.
You can view those file by date, title or status.
Choose the desired file.
If you want to delete all recorded files, click the
Remove All buttonÆYes.
6.
7.
Select Play.
To switch to the full-screen, double-click the
small TV monitor.
8.
To temporarily pause the playback, select
To stop the playback, select
.
.
; Note: For the related information, refer to “Video”Î “Playing Video Files” in Chapter 2.
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¾ Viewing EPG Information
Electronic Program Guide (EPG) is a service that allows you to check the next succeeding program schedule
and even the program schedules of the whole week. If the EPG service is provided in your region/country, do
the following to view the EPG information.
1.
2.
Select “TV” Î “EPG”.
You can use
to choose the desired
day.
3.
Then Use
in the lower right of the
screen to find the channel you want. To select
other period of time, use
4.
.
Select Update to download the latest program
schedule.
5.
6.
Select the desired program.
To record the program for future viewing, use
Scheduling.
7.
To tune into the program for some time in the
future, use Activate Live TV.
8.
9.
Use
to go back the EPG page.
Select Search Programs to have the advance
searching function.
10. On the next page (as shown on the right), you
can search by key words, time, program type
and the parental rating.
11. After setting all conditions, select Search.
; Note:
1. For more details on establishing a schedule, refer to “Using Schedule Recording” in Chapter 3.
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2. “Type” and “Parental Rating” are only effective when your EPG system transmits information about the
program type and parental rating.
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2.2 Radio
If the product you purchase with radio function, then you can read this chapter to learn more knowledge about
this.
; Note: If you didn’t follow the wizard to automatically scan channels, you can select “Settings” Î “Radio”
Î “Configure Digital Radio” Î “Manage Programs” and choose Auto Scan to scan for channels.
¾ Listening to the Radio
You can enjoy listening to the FM Radio, digital radio or both of them depending on what product you
purchase.
1.
After scanning, go to the Radio page and
you can see all available channels listed in
the right-hand section of the screen.
2.
Select the channel you want.
3.
Select Live Radio to listen to the live
program.
¾ Selecting a Radio Channel
There are three ways of switching between radio channels:
1.
Use the numeric keys on the remote control to get your desired channel.
2.
Press the Channel Up/Down buttons (
on the remote control or
on the Control Panel)
repeatedly until reaching your desired channel.
3.
Enter the number on your numeric keypad to get your desired channel.
¾ Adjusting Volume
To increase or decrease volume when listening to the radio, press the Volume +/- on the remote control or
press the button
on the control panel.
To disable the sound of the program, press
on the remote control or select
on the control panel.
Press the same button again to turn on the sound.
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¾ Deleting a Channel
If you want to exclude undesirable channels from your channel list, do the following:
1.
2.
3.
Select “Radio”.
Select the unwanted channel.
Select Delete to remove the undesired channel.
This channel will be removed and that means
you won’t be able to access these programs
anymore. If you want to listen to that channel
again in some day, you need to rescan all
channels.
4.
If you just want to skip a particular channel, do
the following:
5.
Select “Settings” Î “Radio” Î “Configure
Digital Radio”Î “Manage Programs”.
6.
Choose the unwanted channel and clear the
check box.
¾ Changing the Radio Channel Order
You may change the sequence of channels as you prefer.
1.
Select “Settings” Î “Radio” Î “Configure
Digital Radio”Î “Manage Programs”.
2.
3.
Select the channel you want to move.
Use
to move upward or downward
until the selected channel moves to the desired
location.
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¾ Recording a Radio Program Directly
To record a program now:
to record a program immediately. To stop recording, select
When listening to the radio, select
.
¾ Playing a Recorded Radio Program
1.
2.
3.
4.
Select “Radio” Î “Recorded Files”.
5.
6.
Select Play.
All the recorded files are listed here.
You can view those files by date, title or status.
Choose the desired file.
To temporarily pause the playback, select
To stop the playback, select
.
.
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2.3 Video
With this function, you can view recorded programs or other video files.
¾ Playing Video Files
1.
2.
Select “Video”.
You may see some recorded video files
are listed on the right hand section of the
screen. Or you can select More Videos to
choose other folders.
3.
4.
Select the file you want.
Select
on the control panel to stop
the playback and return to live program.
To pause the playback, press
the remote control or select
on
on the
control panel.
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2.4 Music
You can create your music library and enjoy music with our AVer MediaCenter.
¾ Adding Music to your Playlist
Add your favorite music to AVer MediaCenter music playlist and then you can playback music from the
playlist next time.
1.
Select “Music” Î “Add Music” and then
select the desired folder.
2.
Choose the tracks you wish to play. Press
on the remote control or Space button
on your keyboard to confirm the selected
file or folder.
3.
Select OK to go back one level.
4.
Then you can see the added files displayed
in the right-hand section of the screen.
5.
Use
to remove one track or select
Remove All to delete all tracks in the
playlist.
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¾ Playing Music
To playback music:
1.
2.
Select “Music”.
Enable Sequential to play tracks in order
or Random to shuffle the order.
3.
To continue playing all the tracks, select
Loop check box.
4.
Use
to determine the order of the
tracks in your playlist.
5.
Then select
to start to listen to the
music.
6.
Use the following buttons to control your
playback.
Advance the playback.
Rewind the playback.
Play the next track.
Play the previous track
Freeze the playback.
End the playback
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2.5 Pictures
In this section, we introduce methods to view your pictures and play a slide show.
¾ Viewing the Captured Images
1.
2.
Select “Pictures”.
The captured thumbnails are displayed in
the right-hand section.
3.
By clicking on the thumbnails, you can
view images in a full-screen window.
4.
Select More Pictures to find the folder
that contains the desired pictures if your
images are not saved in the default folder.
; Note: You can view thumbnails and enjoy live TV / radio or music at the same time.
¾ Playing Slide Show
1.
2.
Select “Pictures”.
Select Play Slide Show to start a slide
show.
3.
To stop the slide show and go back to the
previous page, press the button
.
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Chapter 3
Advanced
Operations
Beyond basic usage, what else you can do
with AVer MediaCenter? In this chapter, we
take you to the next level and explain the
advanced features of this application.
TV............................................................ 31
Radio ....................................................... 37
Video ....................................................... 40
3.1 TV
¾ Using Schedule Recording
You may need to record a program for some time in the future, first go to the TV page, select Schedule
Recording and then select New Schedule.
1.
Choose the appropriate device. For
instance, if you want to record digital TV
program, you should choose the device
that can receive digital signals.
2.
Type the desired name for the recording
in the Schedule Name text box.
3.
From the Task drop-down list, select
Active TV Application to tune into the
desired channel. You can also select
Silent Recording to perform background
recording or select Recording to save a
program for future viewing.
4.
In the After Recording Mode option, it
automatically switches to the selected power
control mode when the schedule recording
is completed. Choose an appropriate power
control status listed below:
z
Launch Live TV: Switch to real-time
TV mode.
z
Exit: Turn off the Application.
z
Log Off: Log off from windows.
z
Stand By: Turn off your monitor and
hard disks.
z
Hibernate: Save everything and then
turn off your computer.
z
Power Off: Shut down your computer.
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5.
Next, determine the signal source and
channel.
6.
In the Task Period, you can set the
schedule once or on a daily/weekly basis.
7.
Determine the file format and recording
duration.
8.
This application lets you to divide the
recording files into parts for burning onto
removable optical media, such as CD
(650 MB) and DVD (4096 MB) discs.
Select the Split File Size option and
select the appropriate video file size from
the drop-down list so that each video file
will not exceed the limit. Or you can
choose Customize to assign the file size
you want.
9.
Finally, choose the destination folder to
save the recorded file.
10. Select Save to save the settings or
select Cancel to abort without
saving.
; Note:
1. Before establishing a schedule, please make sure that your system time is correct.
2. While you are away from your desk, you can put your computer into Stand By or Hibernate mode. When it
comes to your setting time, your computer will come out of Stand By or Hibernate mode and start to execute
the schedule recording. For details about configuring the power options, please refer to the documentation that
came with your operating system.
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¾ Using TimeShift
The TimeShift function performs background recording of a program, and lets you return to any part of the
recorded program. At the same time, the live program continues to be recorded and played back so you won’t
miss any part of the show. You can also advance forward to skip commercials or rewind to replay scenes
again.
1.
2.
Select “TV”.
On this page, you can select TimeShift, press
on the remote control or select
on the control
panel. Then on the upper-right corner of the main screen displays the background recording time and the
current-show time.
3.
4.
Select
to move backward in fixed intervals until reaching the part where you left off.
To advance forward and skip some parts of the recording, select
to move forward in fixed
intervals.
5.
To temporarily pause the playback, press
panel. To resume, select
6.
on the remote control or choose
on the control
.
To return to the real-time program, select
. This switches off the TimeShift function and returns you
to the live program.
;
Note: The application will create a temporarily recorded file when the TimeShift function is being
performed for a program. This file will be removed when you select
.
¾ Switching Between TV and External Video
If the device you use has external signals, you can watch video from an external source such as a VCR or camcorder:
1.
2.
Select “TV”.
From the drop-down list, choose the type
of video source.
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¾ Multi-Channel Display (Only Available for Multi-Card/Dual Tuner
Series Users)
When you install two or more TV tuner cards or devices in the computer, this function allows you to watch
many channels at the same time.
1.
2.
Select “TV”.
On this page, press
control or use
on the remote
on the control panel.
You can see TV icons
on the
bottom-right corner of the screen. In this
example, two TV icons appearing indicates
two devices are installed in this computer.
3.
You can choose either
or
to
switch between different TV signals.
4.
To display all available TV signals
simultaneously, select Live.
5.
Select
or
repeatedly to switch
between Full screen mode, PIP mode and
PBP mode (as shown on the right).
6.
To switch and listen to the sound of another
(Full Screen Mode)
TV signal, simply use the arrow button Å
Æ to select the PIP/PBP screen.
(PIP Mode)
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(PBP Mode)
7.
Under PIP mode, to change size of the PIP
screen, first press
control. Then use
image or use
on the remote
to shrink the
to enlarge the image.
To exit the PIP-sizing mode, press
again.
¾ Multi-Program Display
In the digital terrestrial field, a single channel (frequency) is able to carry more than one TV program at the
same time. That’s why usually there are only a few active channels found, but many programs are listed. This
section tells you how to watch different programs that are under the same frequency (channel) simultaneously.
1.
2.
Select “TV”.
On this page, use
on the control
panel. You can see TV icons
on the
bottom-right corner of the screen. In this
case, three TV icons appearing means
under the same frequency, there are three
different programs.
3.
You can choose TV icons to switch
between different programs.
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4.
To display all available TV signals
simultaneously, select Live.
5.
Select
repeatedly to switch between
Full screen mode, PIP mode and PBP
mode (as shown on the right).
6.
To switch and listen to the sound of
(Full Screen Mode)
another TV signal, simply use the arrow
button Å Æ to select the PIP/PBP screen.
(PIP Mode)
(PBP Mode)
7.
Under PIP mode, to change size of the
PIP screen, first press
control. Then use
image or use
on the remote
to shrink the
to enlarge the
image. To exit the PIP-sizing mode, press
again.
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3.2 Radio
¾ Using Schedule Recording
You may need to record a program for some time in the future, first go to the Radio page, select Schedule
Recording and then select New Schedule.
1.
Choose the appropriate device. For
instance, if you want to record digital
radio program, you should choose the
device that can receive digital signals.
2.
Type the desired name in the Schedule
Name text box.
3.
From the Task drop-down list, select
Active TV Application to tune into the
desired channel. You can also select
Silent Recording to perform background
recording or select Recording to save a
program for future listening.
4.
In the After Recording Mode option, it
automatically switches to the selected
power control mode when the schedule
recording is completed. Choose an
appropriate power control status listed
below:
z
Launch Live TV: Switch to real-time
Radio mode.
z
Exit: Turn off the Application.
z
Log Off: Log off from windows.
z
Stand By: Turn off your monitor and
hard disks.
z
Hibernate: Save everything and then
turn off your computer.
z
Power Off: Shut down your
computer.
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5.
Next, determine the signal source and
channel.
6.
In the Task Period, you can set the
schedule once or on a daily/weekly basis.
7.
Determine the file format and recording
duration.
8.
This application lets you to divide the
recording files into parts for burning
onto removable optical media, such
as CD (650 MB) and DVD (4096 MB)
discs. Select the Split File Size
option and select the appropriate
video file size from the drop-down
list so that each video file will not
exceed the limit. Or you can choose
Customize to assign the file size you
want.
9.
Finally, choose the destination folder to
save the recorded file.
10. Select Save to save the settings or select
Cancel to abort without saving.
; Note:
1. Before establishing a schedule, please make sure that your system time is correct.
2. While you are away from your desk, you can put your computer into Stand By or Hibernate mode. When it
comes to your setting time, your computer will come out of Stand By or Hibernate mode and start to execute
the schedule recording. For details about configuring the power options, please refer to the documentation that
came with your operating system.
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¾ Using TimeShift
You can use the TimeShift function to perform background recording of a radio program and even replay.
To start the TimeShift Function:
1.
2.
Select “Radio”.
Choose the desired channel to go to the next
page.
3.
On this page, you can select Radio TimeShift ,
press
on the remote control or select
on the control panel. Then on the
upper-right corner of the main screen displays
the
background
recording
time
and
the
current-show time.
4.
Select
to move backward in fixed intervals
until reaching the part where you left off.
5.
To advance forward and skip some parts of the
recording, select
to move forward in fixed
intervals.
6.
To temporarily pause the playback, press
on the remote control or choose
resume, select
7.
. To
.
To return to the real-time program, select
.
This switches off the TimeShift function and
returns you to the live program.
;
Note: The application will create a temporarily recorded file when the TimeShift function is being
performed for a program. This file will be removed when you select
.
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3.3 Video
¾ Picture-in-Picture(PIP) / Picture-by-Picture(PBP) Display
With the PIP/PBP feature, you are able to playback recorded video files, and at the same time, watch live TV.
1.
2.
Select “Video”.
On this page, choose the desired file. Or
select More Videos to find other video
files.
3.
When playing the video file, press
the remote control or use
on
on the
control panel to enable the PIP finction.
4.
Select
or
(Full Screen Mode)
repeatedly to switch
between Full screen mode, PIP mode and
PBP mode (as shown on the right).
5.
By default, the playback recorded video is
displayed on the main screen, and live TV
is on the PIP/PBP screen.
6.
(PIP Mode)
To switch and listen to the sound of live
TV, simply use the arrow button Å Æ to
select the PIP/PBP screen.
7.
Meanwhile, the control buttons on the
screen may vary depending on the selected
screen mode.
(PBP Mode)
8.
Under PIP mode, to change size of the PIP
screen, first press
control. Then use
image or use
on the remote
to shrink the
to enlarge the image.
To exit the PIP-sizing mode, press
again.
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Chapter 4
More Settings
Before scanning channels, recording
programs, or capturing images, check the
settings page to see if they meet your needs.
With our explanation in this chapter, you can
easily customize all the settings of AVer
MediaCenter.
General Settings ..................................... 42
TV Settings ............................................. 46
Radio Settings......................................... 49
Video Settings......................................... 51
Picture Settings ...................................... 52
About....................................................... 53
4.1 General Settings
Here you can select the destination folder for saving recorded files, determine recording time and file size,
assign the number of image you want to capture, setting the Windows power options, etc.
¾ Configure Storage
1.
Select “Settings” Î “General” Î “Configure
Storage”
2.
3.
Use the default folder for saving the recorded files
4.
On the next page, you can use
Or select
to look for your desired folder.
to go up one
level to find other folders or select Change Disk
to choose other hard drives.
5.
Then Choose OK to confirm the selection.
6.
Determine the length of recording time otherwise
the system will record the largest clip that your
hard drive can accommodate.
7.
This application lets you to divide the recording
files in parts for burning onto removable optical
media, such as CD Disc (650 MB) and DVD Disc
(4096 MB) discs. Select the Split File Size check
box and choose the appropriate video file size
from the drop-down list so that each video file
will not exceed the limit. Or you can choose
Customize to assign the file size you want.
8.
Select Save to save the settings or select Cancel
to abort without saving. If you want to revert to
factory settings, select Default.
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¾ Configure Snapshot
1.
Select “Settings” Î “General” Î
“Configure Snapshot”.
2.
In the Number of Pictures box, assign the
number of images that you want to capture.
3.
In the Interval Time box, specify the interval
between captures. For instance, if you specify
10 seconds, an image will be captured every
10 seconds.
4.
Choose the format you want for saving the
captured images.
5.
6.
Use the default folder for saving images.
Or select
to look for your desired
folder.
7.
On the next page, you can use
to go up
one level to find other folders or select
Change Disk to choose other hard drives.
8.
9.
Choose OK to confirm your selection.
Select Save to save the settings or select
Cancel to abort without saving. If you want to
revert to factory settings, select Default.
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¾ Video Device (Only Available for Multi-Card / Dual Tuner Series
Users)
If you install two or more devices in your computer, for example AVerTV GO 007 Plus (M15C) and AVerTV
Hybrid+FM Cardbus (E506R), you need to determine which device you want to use for watching TV, listening
to the radio and other multimedia functions. For dual tuner series users, you also need to determine which tuner
you want to use for watching TV.
1.
Select “Settings” Î “General” Î “Video
Device”.
2.
Choose the primary device from the drop-down
list.
3.
To use Multi-Channel Display function, you
need to select the secondary devices. (For more
details on this function, refer to
“Multi-Channel Display” in chapter 3)
4.
Select Save to save the settings or select
Cancel to abort without saving.
5.
To find out if your AVerMedia product supports
multi-card feature, please refer to AVerMedia’s
website.
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¾ More Options
This page allows you to set the power mode. Then you can put your computer in Stand By, Hibernate or other
modes while you are away from the computer.
1.
Select “Settings” Î “General” Î “More
Options”.
2.
You can select the UI language you want from
the Language drop-down list.
3.
By default, the system is set to select Enable
Stand By / Hibernate Support.
4.
In the second page, determine the sleep
function and choose the desired power-saving
settings, including Exit, Stand By, Hibernate
and Power Off.
5.
Select the Keep Sleep function after TV
application closed check box to enable the
function.
6.
Select the preferred video renderer from the
drop-down list.
7.
Select Save to save the settings or select
Cancel to abort without saving. If you want to
revert to factory settings, select Default.
; Note:
1. If your computer has problem with being out of Stand By or Hibernate mode, clear the Enable Stand By /
Hibernate Support option.
2. Under Window Vista system, Enhanced Video Renderer (EVR) is provided for better synchronization. (By
default, Overlay Mixer is chosen in Windows XP system and Enhanced Video Renderer in Windows Vista
system.)
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4.2 TV Settings
All TV setting tips are included within this section.
¾ Configure Digital TV Î Configure TV Signal
1.
Select “Settings” Î “TV” Î “Configure
Digital TV” Î “Configure TV Signal”.
2.
To apply the Overscan function to all channels
at a time, first select Apply All check box.
3.
Specify an appropriate number (0~20) to get the
better quality.
4.
Select Save to save the settings or select
Cancel to abort without saving.
¾ Configure Digital TV Î Manage Programs
1.
Select “Settings” Î “TV” Î “Configure
Digital TV”Î “Manage Programs”.
2.
3.
Choose the desired channel.
Select Save to save the settings or select
Cancel to abort without saving. If you want to
revert to factory settings, select Default.
4.
Under this menu (Manage Program), you can
also scan channels, determine the channel
name, change the channel order, adjust color of
the display and so on. For details, refer to
Chapter 2.
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¾ Configure Digital TV Î Configure Recording
1.
Select “Settings” Î “TV” Î “Configure
Digital TV”Î “Configure Recording”.
2.
Choose the default file format from the
Record Format drop-down list.
3.
Some formats allow you to select Edit to
create your own file format.
4.
Select Save to save the settings or select
Cancel to abort without saving.
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¾ Configure Digital TV Î Configure Color Adjustment
1.
Select “Settings” Î “TV” Î “Configure
Digital TV” Î “Configure Color
Adjustment”.
2.
Then use
to adjust the
Brightness, Contrast, Hue, Saturation
and Sharpness until the image color is
accurate.
3.
To adjust the color of all channels at a
time, select Apply All check box.
4.
Select Save to save the settings or select
Cancel to abort without saving. If you
want to revert to factory settings, select
Default.
; Note: For digital TV, if all items (Brightness, Contrast, Hue, Saturation, Sharpness) can’t be adjusted, try
to update VGA driver.
¾ More TV Options
1.
Select “Settings” Î “TV” Î “More TV
Options”.
2.
Make sure that your country or region is
correct if you cannot get any channels
after scanning.
3.
If you connect to an external video device,
you need to select the correct video
standard.
4.
Select Save to save the settings or select
Cancel to abort without saving.
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4.3 Radio Settings
This section gives you more setting properties when you listening to the radio.
¾ Manage Digital Radio Programs
1.
Select “Settings” Î “Radio” Î
“Configure Digital Radio” Î “Manage
Programs”.
2.
Select All Frequency Scan when there are
channels missing from the channel
memory. This may take you a while,
please be patient.
3.
4.
To terminate scanning, select Stop.
Select Save to save the settings or select
Cancel to abort without saving.
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¾ Configure Digital Radio Recordings
1.
Select “Settings” Î “Radio” Î
“Configure Digital Radio” Î
“Configure Recording”.
2.
Choose the record format from the drop
down list.
3.
If you choose the WMA record format in
step 2, you can click the Edit icon to
choose the preferred type of Window
Media formation.
4.
Select Save to save the settings or select
Cancel to abort without saving.
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4.4 Video Settings
1. Select “Settings” Î “Video”.
2. Use the default folder for saving the
recorded video file.
3.
Or select
to look for your desired
folder.
4.
On the next page, you can use
to go
up one level to find other folders or select
Change Disk to choose other hard drives.
5.
Then Choose OK to confirm your
selection.
6.
Select Save to save the settings or select
Cancel to abort without saving. If you
want to revert to factory settings, select
Default.
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4.5 Picture Settings
Before you start playing slide show, first check its settings to see if they fit your needs.
1.
2.
Select “Settings” Î “Picture”.
From the Play Settings drop-down list,
select Sequential to play a slide show in
order or select Random to shuffle the
order.
3.
Type a value in the Interval Time text
box to determine how long you want to
display each picture.
4.
Select the transition you want to use from
the Transition Effect drop-down list.
5.
Select
to look for your desired
folder.
6.
On the next page, you can use
to go
up one level to find other folders or select
Change Disk to choose other hard drives.
7.
Choose OK to confirm your selection.
8.
To create a slide show using all pictures in
the current folder and subfolder, select
Including Sub-Folder Pictures check
box.
9.
Select the Hide window on slide show
mode check box to view pictures without
video windows.
10. Select Save to save the settings or select
Cancel to abort without saving. If you
want to revert to factory settings, select
Default.
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4.6 About
The AVerTV application provides a convenient tool, which allows users to ask questions via AVerMedia’s
website easily.
1.
2.
Select “Settings” Î “About”.
Make sure you have accessed to the Internet
and then click Product Information to
access the product information webpage. Or
you can click Technical Support to connect
to our technical support webpage. (USA:
www.avermedia-usa.com/avertv)
3.
On our web page, please enter your product
version and driver version so that we can
solve your problem efficiently.
More Settings
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Appendix
More tips and explanations are included in
this chapter.
Hot Keys .......................................................55
Glossary........................................................56
¾ Hot Keys
Hot Keys
Description
Up/Down/Left/Right
arrow
Tab
Numeric keys
Space
Page Up/Down
F1
F8
F9
F10
Back
Ctrl + A
Ctrl + Shift + A
Ctrl + D
Ctrl + Shift + D
Ctrl + E
Ctrl + F
Ctrl + Shift + F
Ctrl + G
Ctrl + I
Ctrl + M
Ctrl + N
Ctrl + Shift + N
Ctrl + O
Ctrl + P
Ctrl + Shift + P
Ctrl + S
Ctrl + Shift + S
Ctrl + T
Ctrl + Shift + T
Alt + Home
Ctrl + L
Ctrl + R
Ctrl + Shift + R
Alt + T
Alt + B
Alt + G
Alt + R
Alt + Y
Alt + Shift + S
Move up, down, left or right to select the desired item.
Alt + S
Alt + P
Alt + M
Ctrl + Shift + C
Move to next item.
Use NUMERIC KEYS to directly enter the TV/Radio channel number.
Confirm the selected tracks or folders when under the main menu -Music.
Channel Up / Channel Down
Open the user manual.
Turn off / on the sound.
Volume Down
Volume Up
Back to previous page
Choose between available audio modes.
Change aspect ratio
Display the channel number.
Move backward in intervals.
A shortcut to your main menu-- “Video”.
A shortcut to your main menu-- “Radio”
Skip forward in intervals.
View EPG information.
A shortcut to your main menu-- “Pictures”
A shortcut to your main menu-- “Music”
Capture an image or a continuous sequence of images.
Play next file in the playlist.
View the recorded file list.
Freeze the playback temporarily.
Play the selected file.
Stop the playback, recording, TimeShift, etc.
Enable the TimeShift function.
A shortcut to your main menu-- “TV”
Show TV/Video programs in full screen.
Go to the main page of AVer MediaCenter
Go to the previously accessed TV/Radio channel.
Record the current program.
Play previous file in the playlist.
View Teletext information.
Jump to the Blue Teletext page.
Jump to the Green Teletext page.
Jump to the Red Teletext page.
Jump to the Yellow Teletext page.
Set the time to put your computer into Stand By/Hibernate mode, exit the
application or turn off the computer.
Turn on/off the PIP-sizing function.
Turn on/off the PIP-positioning function.
Activate the Picture in Picture function (PIP).
Switch between available signal sources.
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55
¾ Glossary
AVI
AVI is the most common video file format for playback on the computer. It can be saved in uncompressed
form if you want high quality video, or compressed using any of the available codecs if you want to minimize
the file size.
Aspect Ratio
Aspect ratio indicates the ratio of the width of an image to its height. The two most common aspect ratio of
home video is 4:3 and 16:9.
DVD
When you choose this format, the recorded video file will be saved in MPEG-2 format that is compliant with
DVD standards. Standard DVD frame size and frame rate are 720 x 480 pixels at 29.97 fps for NTSC and 720
x 576 at 25 fps for PAL.
DxVA
DxVA stands for DirectX Video Acceleration, which is an application programming interface (API) defined by
Microsoft. It allows decoders to accelerate video playback directly on the graphics processors instead of the
main CPU. This means DxVA technology can reduce the CPU usage.
H.264
Videos compressed using MPEG-4 standard are two or three times more efficient than MPEG-2. This format
can be applied to a wide variety of applications or networks and systems like HD-DVD, Digital TV, Broadcast
and Streaming applications.
Hibernate
Hibernation is a state in which your computer shuts down to save power but first saves everything in memory on
your hard disk.
iPod
A video format base on H.264 standard but has smaller video bit rate. It’s an iPod -compatible format.
MPEG-1
Choose MPEG-1 format for video files that are intended for CD-ROM playback on a computer or for Internet
transmission. MPEG-1 allows file compression and offers VHS quality picture. Just about every system
available today can play MPEG-1 and does not need special software or hardware.
MPEG-2
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Videos compressed using MPEG-2 have extremely high quality pictures and full CD-quality sound.
Choose MPEG-2 format for video files that are intended for DVD-ROM playback on a computer or if you
want broadcast quality videos.
PIP (Picture in Picture)
PIP allows you to view two or more video sources at the same time wherein the small inset screens overlaid on
the main screen.
PBP (Picture by Picture)
PBP allows you to view two or more video sources side by side on a display so that all channels are visible.
Stand By
Stand By is a state in which your monitor and hard disks turn off, so that your computer uses less power.
SVCD
When you choose this format, the recorded video file will be saved in MPEG-2 format that is compliant with
SVCD standards. Standard SVCD frame size and frame rate are 480 x 480 pixels at 29.97 fps for NTSC and
480 x 576 at 25 fps for PAL.
VCD
When you choose this format, the recorded video file will be saved in MPEG-1 format that is compliant with
VCD standards. Standard VCD frame size and frame rate are 352 x 240 pixels at 29.97 fps for NTSC and 352
x 288 pixels at 25 fps for PAL.
WAV
A common audio file format for Windows computers. It was created by Microsoft and has become a standard
PC audio file format.
www.avermedia.com
Appendix
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