So, enough with the technical talk and on to the XRecorder itself. Using
the software, the user can select the source device on the Xrecorder, arrange
TV channels as well as choose the recording quality.
The XRecorder comes bundled with Ulead's Video@Home software.Software installation
is a breeze, all you need to do is install the necessary drivers from the included
CD, and the bundled software that controls the unit’s functions. The
software used is Ulead’s Video@Home vR2.0 which proved to be quite easy
An infrared remote control is included as well, allowing you to control the
unit’s functions, like changing channels, adjusting volume etc. The infrared
receiver is located in the front of the box. However, while simple to use,
Video@Home does not offer advanced features, lacking a channel browse function,
picture-in-picture or downloadable programme schedules. On the other hand,
key PVR features like scheduled recording and time shift are provided.
The X-recorder also has a built-in TV tuner that allows the user to receive
a signal from an Antenna or Cable TV input, with the ability to
any desired TV channel. The antenna input is located on the rear panel of
the XRecorder, next to the 5V DC input. Furthermore, the XRecorder can operate
as a standard TV receiver. Simply set the source device to TV in Video@Home.
operating as a TV receiver, the
only settings that must be configured are the Country/Region, TV
system and Input Type.
You will need to know the transmission standard supported in your
country (e.g. PAL, NTSC).
country is not listed, then choose one that supports the same standard as yours.
For our tests, we
selected Germany and Pal with input from an Antenna.
Next, by selecting the Auto Scan button, the system will scan through all
the channels automatically, and marking with a tick any channels that produce
a signal (see the screen-shot at left).
Ulead's Video@Home also includes a scheduled writing feature. By using this
feature, you can record a TV program at a scheduled time,
so you will never have to lose your favorite show again. Simply specify
date, the start and the end times, the recording frequency (i.e. whether this
is a once off job, every day, etc), and the recording mode (quality). One handy
feature that is missing here is an auto shutdown option so that the system
will shutdown when recording has finished.
The retail package
also includes an IR remote control (see photo at left). The dimensions
of the control were a little bigger than we expected
but it does allow you to fully control the X-Recorder with
the remote control. The response time is fast and it includes Power On/Off
, Channel Up/Down, Volume Up/Down, Mute, Source selection, Record, Snap and
navigation buttons. One snag is that there is no explanation
in the manual for what each button does, so you'll have to experiment. While
most buttons are similar to those found on most common remote controls, on
button that may not be so well known is SAP (Second Audio Program). Most
television sets can receive two separate audio
and a Second Audio Program (SAP) channel.