I have no access or interest in digital TV for the time being, so my old Terratec Cinergy400 analog TV card will have to do.
This is a bog standard card based on the Philips SAA7134 chip.
The software Terratec delivers is a little buggy and the latest versions have very few features. So I started looking for an alternative. Google basically turned up only one: ChrisTV.
The free version of ChrisTV tries to install spyware, so I got rid of it. This did not promise well for the pro version, I don’t like companies that try to pull this kind of thing. The pro version demo was quite unstable, but at least offered some interesting features: record into avi/xvid directly and allowed to use FFDshow filters for very good cleanup of the picture.
Unfortunately, the instability is such that I will not buy it.
I would like to watch TV, record it occasionally to avi/xvid, and use external filters like FFDshow. Needs to run on Windows XP 64bit and in future probably Windows 7 64bit though that’s not certain yet. I’d like a slim package that allows me to watch TV in a window, I have no use for a full fledged HTPC PVR setup with all bells and whistles.
Is there an other alternative than ChrisTV? Freeware would be nice but not necessary, willing to pay for good working software.