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How to record TV shows and convert to Zune WMV on computer
on Mar 20, 2007 at 2:16:32 pm

The guide has two parts. One is to record satellite, TV and DVB cards, miniDV cameras, video capture cards, web cams including ones with hardware MPEG 2 encoder to MPEG2 with computer. The other is to convert to Zune WMV with freeware.

Part 1. Record TV shows on computer

AVS TV Box is not only TV viewer software but also personal video recorder software which lets you watch and record video from any windows video capture device like satellite, TV and DVB cards, miniDV cameras, video capture cards, web cams including ones with hardware MPEG 2 encoder. The recording process is easy to handle. The detailed steps are as follow:

1. Connect your capture device to you PC and install the capture device driver. You'd better read the manual that comes with your capture device to see how to connect with PC in order to avoid any damage and installation problems.
Note: if your capture device is connected via USB-cable, it isn't needed to install additional driver software.

2. Download [url=]AVS TV Box to record tv shows, run it. You can konw more features about it by referring [url=]here.

3. Before you can start watching the channels, you need to configure them. Now, please press the Configure button on the main controls panel or select the Settings... option in the Express menu to activate the Configure window.

3. Select the Device Params tab of the Configure window to set device parameters. The availability of the settings depends on the type of the device.
Take TV tuner for example, you need to select the Country of the broadcast, TV Source (Antenna or Cable), Video input, Video standard depending on the country and broadcast standard, Audio device and Audio input that will serve as a sound source.

4. Select the Channels tab of the Configure window. Click the Add Channel button to add the cameras to the channels list or Scan for TV or Digital TV tuners to search for the existing channels. Press the Add to Favorites button to add the favourite channels to the favorite list so that it could be displayed in the Favorite window and you could easily switch to it.

Take TV tuner for example again.

Click the Scan button to start scanning for the channels. You will be offered the opportunity to scan all the channels the tuner supports, continue the channels scan, if you started some scan before but interrupted for some reason or scan only the selected channels range, that can be set in the below boxes. You can also clear the channels list before you start scanning for new channels or leave it as it was to append the newly found channels to the list:

Note, that you can add the channels with good signal to the favorites list during the channels scan. To do that simply mark the Automatically add the channels with good signal to the favorites list checkbox in the Scan Parameters window.

After the tuner finds the channels you can select the necessary stations from the list of the present ones and add them to the favorites list, ticking them and clicking the Add to Favorites button. The channels already in the Favorites list will be marked with a red dot on the list in the settings window. To clear the list of the channels click the Clear list button, after that you can perform a new scan pressing the Scan button.

To view the channels properties and change some of them you can click the Properties button. The following window will be opened:

Note that you have a possibility of fine tuning the selected channel - use the Frequency field to tune in the channel if the program could not find it due to, for instance, a weak signal.

5. Select the Paths tab of the Configure window to set the recordings and snapshots paths.

6. Select the Record tab of the Configure window to set the video and audio parameters of the files that you will capture your video with.

7. If you want to set the parameters of the colors of the displayed video image, select the Colors tab to set.

8. After all settings are completed, click the OK button to accept all the changes and close the configuration window. Then you can start recording the video by clicking the Record button on the main controls panel, take snapshots, and watch TV shows on PC.

Part 2. Converting to Zune WMV

1. Download [url=]Encode360, run it.

2. We'll start by configuring Encode360, this step only needs to be done the first time or when you update to a newer version. Hit advanced settings. This is a screenshot of my settings, my settings are truly designed for high quality outputs, you can adjust the settings to speed up encoding time as follows:

-For codec I like to use WMV9 for better quality, however you can also try WMV8 for faster encoding time, there is a difference in quality but it's personal preference.
-For mode, bitrate based VBR 2pass will give the best quality output, you can use CBR 1 pass for faster encodes.
-Check "Force 2 channel audio downmix"
-Set bitrate automatically for Zune (drop down list) - You must do this to produce compatible files, or the Zune software will re-encode when you try to sync!!!!
-Be sure to check "Automatic Video Scaling" - This will maintaint the aspect ratio of the input source. This means your widescreen movies will remain in widescreen, and you won't get the nasty stretching of people that many other encoders do. It will however mean that you get the black bars at the top and bottom of your screen when you watch the movie on your Zune. Some people don't like this, but it maintains the AR and lets you see the movie as it was meant to be seen.
-Output should be set to 320x240(Zune)
-Resolution to FULL - anything less and the quality degrades a lot!

OK, we're set!!

3. Press the + button to add your file.

4. Once your file appears in the list hit ENCODE.

Encode360 will begin pre-processing, during this time there's no progress indicator, don't panic. After pre-processing you will get a progress bar. The file will, by default, appear in the same folder as your source file, unless you specified otherwise. I have set "Create Encoded Files Here:" to the My Videos folder in My Documents, this lets Zune Software pick it up and add it to my library automatically. Now you can sync to your Zune and enjoy a high quality encode!

I hope this guide was easy enough to follow. If you have any suggestions and feedback, let me know. I will try and update it when I feel it's necessary.

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Re: How to record TV shows and convert to Zune WMV on computer
on Mar 24, 2007 at 5:46:46 pm

jeffmatt, good job!

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Re: How to record TV shows and convert to Zune WMV on computer
on Apr 1, 2007 at 10:30:48 am

I have tried the way

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