InterVideo WinDVR

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InterVideo WinDVR was a commercial digital video recorder (DVR) software package for Windows operating systems. It allowed PCs to work as a TV set and a DVR at the same time, using a hardware based TV turner card. It had an integrated electronic program guide (EPG) that was updated via the Internet. Its direct competition came from CyberLink PowerVCR.[1]

In 2003 InterVideo post a replacement product named WinDVD Recorder 4.5, offering discounts to the users by upgrading from WinDVR 3 or WinDVD Player 4.[2] However, WinDVD Recorder is not compatible with Windows 98SE/ME (Only 2000/XP is supported), this is the reason why WinDVR continued being sold, although without any further updates.

In 2006, InterVideo, the creator of WinDVD Recorder, was acquired by Corel Corporation.[3] WinDVD Recorder has been discontinued,[4] and no direct replacement has been announced. The last WinDVD Recorder version was 5.2.

Features[edit]

The application could convert VHS tapes to DVD or video CDs, and could capture screen shots from a program, and save them as a digital picture (Bitmap file) to a hard drive.

The EPG worked with Decisionmark's TitanTV in the United States, Fast TV in Europe, and Sony IEPG in Japan.

It supported MPEG-1, MPEG-2, VCD NTSC, VCD PAL, SVCD NTSC, SVCD PAL, DVD NTSC and DVD PAL formats.

The program displayed video thumbnails of 16 channels at once so you can scan what's on at a glance.

The "time-shifting feature allowed pause of live TV, and creation of instant replay, or fast-forward through commercials with InterVideo Home Theater.

The software incorporated Teletext, a television information service in Europe.

Video could be saved as DV (digital video), VCD (video compact disc), SVCD (super video compact disc) and DVD files.

WinDVD Recorder also included the same functions of the product WinDVD Player on who it is based: Battery Life Extender, Hyper-Threading Technology, Movie Enciclopedia, Aspect Ratio Correction, Time Stretching, DivX Support, PlayList Creation, Preset Display Settings, and PAL TruSpeed.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ PC Video Recording Article by Douglas Dixon (2001)
  2. ^ Discounts by upgrading from WinDVR
  3. ^ Corel Corporation Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire InterVideo
  4. ^ Corel page regarding WinDVD Recorder
  5. ^ WinDVD Recorder Old webpage backup in The WayBack Machine

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