Friday, January 21, 2005

One of the unspoken purposes of this blog is to keep people posted on my writings, and in that I've been horribly remiss. I've been particularly busy with fps: In the last few months I've written reviews of the new Appleseed, the first Gargoyles DVD (I also interviewed series creator Greg Weisman), The Incredibles, Samurai Champloo and probably a few other things I've forgotten.

Also, about a week ago my article on PC TV tuners appeared in PC World -- my first solo article for the magazine. (In the past, solo articles have been for the website; the only other time I've appeared in the magazine, it was for a feature in which I was one of many contributors.) If you read the article on the website, there are extra details that didn't appear in print.

Even so, I've been receiving some questions about topics I couldn't cover in print or online. To wit:

Q: I was wondering if [the tuners you reviewed] work just as well if I only have broadcast. Do I need anything other than the regular aerial antenna I use for broadcast TV?

A: If your antenna signal comes over a coaxial cable, then there's no problem. All of the tuners had a software or hardware option for receiving from an antenna. If memory serves, the Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-USB2 has two separate connections for cable and antenna connections.

Q: Do the Hauppauge WINTV-PVR-USB2 or the ATI TV Wonder USB 2.0 tuners allow one to edit out commercials before burning to DVD?

A: It's not the tuners themselves that allow editing or not -- you need editing software to trim out unwanted footage. See the chart to find out which tuners come bundled with editing software.

(Maybe I should start an FAQ for my articles? It's not the first time I've received questions...)


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