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Watching and Recording TV with AVerMedia TV Player (Windows 8)

This document pertains to HP Desktop Windows 8 computers with a television tuner and AVerMedia TV Player installed.
With the built-in AVerMedia TV player, you can watch television, pause live television, and record programs on your computer.
 note:
If you are not using the latest version of Windows 8, some graphics and information in this document may vary. You can get the latest version from the Microsoft Store.
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HP supports the lawful use of technology and does not endorse or encourage the use of our products for purposes other than those permitted by copyright law.
Before you begin
To watch broadcast television on your PC, the AVerMedia TV Player must be connected to a signal source. Some of the supplies you may need include:
  • An aerial antenna.
  • An RF modulator.
  • A coaxial (RF) cable. For best results, use a short cable.
  • A composite video (RCA) cable.
Connecting to a broadcast signal source
Connection options vary based on TV tuner type, the options available in your community, and whether you subscribe to a cable or satellite television service. Choose one of the following options:
Setting up AVerMedia TV Player software in Windows 8
Follow the steps below to set up your AVerMedia TV Player.
  1. On the Windows 8 Start screen, type AVerMedia to open the Search charm.
    Figure : Searching for AVerMedia
    Searching for AVerMedia
  2. Select AVerMedia TV Player from the results list.
  3. On the Settings screen, click Next.
  4. When prompted to activate Setup Wizard, click Yes.
    Figure : AVerMedia TV Player Setup Wizard
    AVerMedia Setup Wizard activation window with Yes highlighted
  5. On the Video Device menu in Settings, confirm that an AVerMedia device is selected from the drop-down menu, and click Next.
    Figure : Video Device menu
    Video Device menu with Next highlighted
  6. On the TV menu in Settings, select your country or region from the drop-down, and click Next.
    Figure : Country/Region drop-down in TV menu
    Country/Region drop-down in TV menu with Next highlighted
  7. On the TV menu, click Next to begin configuring Analog TV.
    Figure : Configure Analog TV in TV menu
    Configure Analog TV selection in TV menu with Next highlighted
  8. To scan for cable stations, choose the signal type (most commonly Cable - Standard) from the drop-down and click Next.
    Figure : Analog TV signal type choices
    Signal type drop-down choices for analog TV with next highlighted
  9. On the Analog TV menu in settings, click Auto Scan.
    Figure : Analog TV Auto Scan
    Analog TV scan menu with Auto Scan highlighted
  10. Wait while AVerMedia TV Player scans for available analog stations.
    Figure : Analog TV auto scan in progress
    Analog TV scan of television channels
  11. When the scan has completed, confirm that the check box next to channel 3 is selected.
  12. Click Next.
  13. On the Digital TV screen, click Next.
    Figure : Configure digital TV
    Digital TV screen with Next highlighted
  14. On the Digital TV menu in Settings, choose the signal type from the drop-down [most commonly Antenna (ATSC) or Cable (QAM) - Standard] and click Next.
    Figure : Digital TV signal type
    Digital TV signal type selections
  15. Wait while AVerMedia TV Player scans for available digital stations.
    Figure : Digital TV auto scan in progress
    Digital TV scan of  television channels
  16. When the scan is finished, click Next.
    Figure : Completed Digital TV scan
    Digital Scan that has just completed, with Next highlighted
  17. On the Settings screen, click Finished to complete setup.
    Figure : Analog and digital TV configuration
    The screen after analog and digital TV have been configured, with Finish highlighted
  18. After scanning for television stations, return to the main menu by clicking the AVerMedia logo button in the upper-left corner of the screen in the title bar.
    Figure : AVerMedia logo button in the title bar
    The AVerMedia title bar with logo button selected
Viewing live TV with AVerMedia TV Player in Windows 8
Follow the steps below to view live television.
  1. Use one of the following methods to open the AVerMedia TV Player:
    • From the Windows desktop, double-click the AVerMedia TV Player icon.
      Figure : AVerMedia TV Player desktop icon
      The AVerMedia TV Player desktop icon
    • On the Windows 8 Start screen, type AVerMedia to open the Search charm. Then select the AVerMedia TV Player in the search results.
      Figure : Search
      Searching for AVerMedia
  2. On the main menu, click the TV icon.
    Figure : Main menu with the TV icon selected
    The main menu  with the TV icon selected
  3. Select digital or analog TV from the drop-down.
    Figure : Television type drop-down
    The AVerMedia TV Player with television types displayed in the drop-down
  4. To enlarge the viewing screen, click the Full Screen button.
    • Click the back button to leave full-screen mode.
  5. To view a list of channels, click the Program List button on the left side of the menu.
  6. If watching digital TV, select the channel you want to watch.
    Figure : Program List in Digital TV
    List of available television channels
  7. If watching analog TV, select channel 3, and then turn on your cable or satellite set-top box and switch to the desired channel.
    Figure : Channel 3 in Analog TV
    Analog TV with channel 3 selected
  8. Click Exit to close the list.
Use the control panel in the lower-left corner of the screen to change channels, control volume, and more.
Figure : AVerMedia control panel
The AVerMedia control panel
  • Channels: Click the channel up and down buttons , or enter the channel number using the computer keyboard.
  • Aspect ratio: To change the proportion of what is displayed, click the aspect ratio button.
  • Muting: To mute the audio, click the mute button.
  • Volume: To increase or decrease the volume, click the plus or minus buttons.
  • Audio: To choose between stereo or mono, or to choose between languages (where available), click the Audio Mode button.
    Figure : Audio Mode set to Spanish
    AVerMedia TV Player with audio mode set to Spanish
  • Pause: To pause live TV, click the pause button.
  • Move in intervals: To move backward or skip forward in intervals, click the double-arrow buttons.
  • Move using the slider tab: To return to any part of the program, use the mouse pointer to drag the slider tab on the time bar in the lower-middle area of the screen.
    Figure : Slider tab in the time bar
    The time bar with the slider tab highlighted.
Recording television with AVerMedia TV Player in Windows 8
Follow the steps below to record a program as it airs, or to schedule the recording for later.
  1. To record live TV, go to the main menu by clicking the AVerMedia logo button in the upper-left corner of the screen in the title bar, and click the TV icon.
  2. Select the desired station, and then click the record button on bar at the bottom left corner of the screen.
Schedule a television program to record at a later time by going to the main menu and clicking the AVerMedia logo button in the upper-left corner of the screen in the title bar.
  1. Click the TV icon.
  2. Click the Schedule Recording button to record a program.
  3. Click the New Schedule button.
  4. Click the Change Name button, and type the program name of your choice into the field using either the computer keyboard or the onscreen keyboard and mouse pointer.
  5. Choose Silent Recording, Active TV Application, or Recording from the Task drop-down.
    • Silent Recording records the program silently; the recording will have audio when played back, but there will be no sound during the recording.
    • Active TV Application automatically opens AVerMedia TV Player at a specified time and switches to the selected channel without recording the television program.
    • Recording records the program with audio.
       note:
      The computer must be turned on and must be logged in to record or tune in to the program.
  6. Select from the Launch Live TV, Exit, Log Off, Stand By, Hibernate, or Power Off options in the After Recording Mode drop-down.
    • To return to live broadcasting after the recording has completed, select Launch Live TV.
    • To exit AVerMedia TV Player after the recording has completed, select Exit.
    • To automatically log out of Windows after recording has completed, select Log Off.
    • To put the computer into stand-by mode after recording has completed, select Stand By.
    • To automatically save everything and turn off the computer after recording has completed, select Hibernate.
    • To shut down the computer after recording has completed, select Power Off.
  7. Click the down-arrow at the bottom-right corner of the screen.
    Figure : Schedule a recording
    Recording options with arrow buttons highlighted
  8. Select Digital TV or Analog TV from the Source drop-down.
  9. Select the channel from the Channel Number and Name drop-down (when recording analog TV, select channel 3 and change the channel on the a set-top box to the desired channel), and then click the down-arrow at the bottom-right corner of the screen.
  10. Select Once to record a program one time, or Weekly or Daily for a recurring program.
  11. If recording a program one time, click the Date button, and then select the date from the calendar.
  12. Using the 24-hour time format, enter the start time in the Time field; for example, if you are recording a program that airs at midnight, enter 00:00 as the time.
  13. Click the down arrow in the lower-right corner.
    Figure : Day and time recording options
    Day and time options for recording a television program with arrow buttons highlighted
  14. Enter the number of hours and minutes for the program to record in the Recording Duration fields.
     note:
    For best results, schedule the recording for a few minutes before the program is set to begin, and lengthen the recording duration to continue for a few minutes after the program is expected to conclude.
  15. To split a recording into two files to make it easier to burn to a disc, select the check box next to Split File Size, and then select the disc type from the drop-down.
  16. Click the folder button if you would like to change the default working file.
  17. Click Save.
    Figure : Final scheduling options
    Recording duration, file-splitting options, and default working folder options with the Save button highlighted
 note:
When recording analog TV, you must set the channel in AVerMedia TV Player to channel 3, and then set the channel on the cable or satellite provider's set-top box to the channel on which the program will air. The set-top box must be on and tuned to the channel airing the program that is recording.
Watching recorded television with AVerMedia TV Player in Windows 8
Follow the steps below to watch recorded TV on your PC.
  1. Select TV from the main menu.
  2. Click the Recorded Files button.
  3. Select the desired video from the list on the right side of the screen, and use the control panel on the bottom left corner of the screen to control video playback.
    • To play the video, click the play button. .
    • To move backward or skip forward in intervals, click the double-arrow buttons.
    • To return to any part of the program, use the mouse pointer to drag the slider tab on the time bar in the lower-middle of the screen.
    • To pause the recording, click the pause button.
    • To stop the recording from playing, click the stop button.
    • To skip to the next video, click the button.
    • To go back to the last video, click the button.
  4. To view other stored videos, select Video from the main menu.
  5. Double-click the desired video from the files on the right side of the screen.
To delete recordings:
  1. To delete all recorded files, select TV from the main menu.
  2. Click the Recorded Files button.
  3. Click the Remove All button, and then click the Yes button in the Delete the Recording Files dialog box.
Settings in AVerMedia TV Player
To configure settings, go to main menu by clicking the AVerMedia logo button in the upper-left corner of the screen in the title bar, and then click the Settings icon.

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