Manufacturer: Philips Semiconductors
Caution Level: Safe
Download File Size: 4.55 MB
Operating System: Windows Vista
Latest Version / Release Date: 13.35.02.451 / 07 Dec 2006
This hardware component is a television and video capture card that is hosted on a vacant PCI slot on the motherboard of the computer system. It is supported by a manufacturer provided device driver to allow it to convert the ordinary computer system into an entertainment center that is capable of receiving television and cable television broadcasts and rendering them on the display monitor. The process is made possible by the inclusion of a built-in tuner chip on the expansion card that is capable of interpreting the television signals and converting them to data that can be displayed on the computer monitor. Part of the functionality provided by the device driver and associated software applications is to record the video and audio streams into the hard drive of the host machine. This in turn generates a digital multimedia file for the received broadcast. Playback of the file can be done using the default multimedia application of the computer system.
Unless you update your drivers regularly you may face hardware performance issues.
To check your drivers you should manually verify every device on your system for driver updates
Essentially the expansion card is designed to receive inputs from both composite and S-Video interface connections. The adapter type of the LifeTV-Max allows for video capture, television input, and still image capture as well. The hardware component is designed to generate multimedia files using the MPEG-1, MPEG-2, and MPEG-4 digital video encoding standards. The device driver makes sure that installed software applications that are associated with image or video editing can gain access to the multimedia files generated by the device. This provides the computer user with the functionality of implementing post processing effects to the stored digital file. The audio capture feature is implemented by the LifeTV-Max in conjunction with the existing sound card of the host computer system. In this context the device driver of this capture card also needs to maintain a communication layer with the device driver of the audio card to make sure that audio streams are captured. It is highly recommended you run a free registry scan for and LifeTV-Max errors before installing any driver updates.