WinTV v7

Live TV on your PC, in a window or full screen!

WinTV v7 application
WinTV v7 ... TV in a window or full screen
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How do we make the world’s best and most reliable TV tuner hardware for PC’s even better for our customers? By giving it brilliant new software.

As we move from the age of analogue to digital and now high definition TV broadcasts, it leaves us all having to upgrade our TV set’s and set top boxes in order to keep up to date. Well here at Hauppauge we have had to do the same, while all our digital hardware has been able to receive HD broadcasts for some time, our software unfortunately hasn’t. So we took the opportunity to not only add HD capability, but completely redesign our software from scratch.

The result is our new WinTV 7 application, featuring:

  • A new, clear and intuitive interface
  • Single configuration and scanning pop up menu
  • High Definition TV and video support (selected models)
  • Integrated Scheduler/TV Guide
  • Integrated Teletext (where supported)
  • Instant time shift and recording
  • Multiple tuner support
  • Built-in video player, which supports a wide variety of video formats
  • Logical channel numbers
  • Signal strength monitor

In addition WinTV v7 now also supports the following other languages:

  • English
  • Chinese - Simplified
  • Chinese - Traditional
  • Czech
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • Finnish
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Norwegian
  • Polish
  • Spanish
  • Swedish

WinTV v7.2 with Extend

Live TV streaming from your PC to your iPhone or iPad

WinTV Extend is a built-in Internet video server for the WinTV v7.2 application. WinTV Extend will take your live TV signal and send it to your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC computer over either a home WiFi connection or over the Internet*.

WinTV v7.2 is available from the Hauppauge webstore as part of the WinTV HD CD. You can order it from our webstore.

All you need on your iPhone/iPad/iPod touch is a Safari browser pointed to your PC at home**. If you are using a Mac or a PC, all you need is a browser (Safari recommended on the Mac) and a Flash video player.

Extend running on the iPhone and iPad - screen shots

Here are some screen shots of an iPhone receiving video from WinTV Extend. The iPhone pictures show the TV control overlay with Pause and 30 second replay.

Notes:

  1. * WinTV Extend will attempt to scale the video stream depending on bandwidth available, streaming via mobile internet is subject to phone reception and may incur high usage on your phones data tariff, please check with your mobile provider about cost and availability of this service.
  2. ** You will need to know the IP address of your computer and your home router/firewall will need to be configured to allow a direct connection.

Basic control of WinTV v7

TV Mode Buttons

Playback Mode Buttons

    Basic control of WinTV v7:

  • To remove the TV tools (called "No Title mode"), double click your LEFT mouse button in the live TV.
  • Window,to Watch TV full screen double click again, to exit full screen hit the ESC key. You can also change the viewing modes from a drop down menu by a right click in the live TV window.
  • Changing TV channels: Click Channel Up or Channel down. Or RIGHT click in the live TV window to the drop down menu and go to channels which will display the current TV channel list for fast channel changing. You can also change channels by using the numbers on the keyboard or by pressing the letter on the keyboard for the channel name that you want to view.
  • Record TV: click the red Record button to start recording.. When you are finished recording, click the stop button then click the TV button to return to live TV. You can automatically schedule a recording by using the Hauppauge WinTV Scheduler and Guide.
  • Playback: Click the folder button to open your video folder to select the file for playback.
  • Audio setting: RIGHT click the mouse button on the "audio stream" you can change the available audio language settings of the current TV program that you are watching.
  • Control menu: RIGHT click the mouse button in the TV window, the control options are displayed.

In order to re-size the window, move the mouse pointer to the edge of the TV window. This changes the mouse pointer into a double arrow. Press and hold the left hand mouse button and drag the window into the desired size, releasing the left mouse button when finished.


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WinTV Windows driver and WinTV v7 latest version download

WinTV v7 application and driver download package

WinTV v7 installation package, version 3.3 for Windows 8, 7, Vista and XP

File name: wintv7_cd_3.5.exe
File size: 141Mb

This download is a complete installation package, including drivers for supported WinTV products plus the WinTV v7 application and utilities.

Installation notes:

A valid WinTV application CD-ROM will be needed to install this WinTV v7 version. Any WinTV v6 or WinTV 7 application CD can be used during the install. If you do not have your original WinTV CD-ROM but would like to update to WinTV v7, you can purchase a new CD on the Hauppauge webstore

If you have a WinTV v7.2 CD-ROM with Extend, then the latest version of WinTV Extend will also be installed.

To install the WinTV v7 application update

  • Download the WinTV v7 installation package to your PC. After downloading this file, the file is normally saved in the Download directory on your PC
  • Run Setup.exe from the Download directory on your PC
  • Click Step 1. Install Drivers. This will install the WinTV Windows driver. At the completion of the driver install, you should see a message which says Drivers have been updated sucessfully.
  • Click Step 2. Install WinTV. This will install the WinTV v7 application, 'middleware', TV services and other necessary files.

This will complete the driver and application installation for your WinTV.

Release notes for WinTV v7:

  • Adds support for HD PVR 2 models 1573xx
  • Fixes an issue installing IR on drives with 2TB+
  • Fixes an issue which could cause scheduled recordings not to start after a reboot if the database had got too large
  • Updated translations
  • Adds support for HVR-1955/HVR-1975

WinTV v7 Frequenty Asked Questions

Where can I find the manual for WinTV 7?

Click on the [?] button in the upper right hand corner of the WinTV v7 application (near the "x" which closes WinTV)

How do I install the WinTV 7 upgrade from the Hauppauge website?

In order to upgrade your present version of WinTV you need to have a Wintv 6 or Wintv 7 installation CD to validate the upgrade. After you download the update insert the WinTV CD in the CD Rom drive (if the CD autoruns and opens cancel the install.) then click on the WinTV 7 download to install.

How do I rescan channels?

Open WinTV 7 and click on the setting button (Gear) in the lower left of the application then click on the devices tab and highlight your Wintv device and click Tuner setup. Here you can choose from analog digital or external inputs, or all three.

How can I save my TV Channels database?

To save your channel database go to:

C:\Users\Public\WinTV\Channel Database (Windows 8, 7 and Vista)

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Shared Documents\WinTV\Channel Database (Windows XP)

Copy the  hcwChanDB_5 files to a place for safe keeping. To replace saved channels, just copy the HcwChanDB_5 files back into the Channel Database folder.

How can I reorder or change the channel numbers in WinTV v7?

Open the Settings menu in WinTV v7 by clicking on the “gear” button in the lower left hand corner of the WinTV v7 application. Then click on the “All Channels" tab  and right click on the channel you wish to edit. Click Details. Change the Preset number to the number you want. You can also change the channel Name.

Example:
You will need to follow this procedure if you are scheduling recordings with Titan TV online program guide. For example, if you scan for TV channels in WinTV v7 and find that channel 2704 is WNBC but in the TitanTV electronic program guide WNBC is on channel 702, then do the following:

- click your right mouse button on 2704 in the All Channel list
- change the Preset to 702
- change the Name of the the channel to WNBC

Then, when you select WNBC (channel 702) in TitanTV, it will tune to channel 2704, which is WNBC.

all channels

edit channels

Where can I find my recorded files?

The default directory for recorded files is: 

C:\Users\Public\Videos

You can change the default directory by clicking on the Settings icon in WinTV 7 (the 'gear' icon on the lower left hand corner of the WinTV v7 app window), then the Capture tab. Here you will see the recording directory. You can click on Browse and pick a new directory. 

In Windows XP, files are recorded to:

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Shared Documents\My Videos\

Can I record TV shows with subtitles or closed caption?

Yes.
If the program you are watching has subtitles when you record you will also get the subtitles as part of the recording. When playing back recorded files in Wintv 7 you can use settings menu to turn the subtitles on or off. ( recorded sub titles can only be seen when using the wintv 7 application for playback.)

Can I view and record my game play from external game sources with WinTV?

Yes, as long as you can connect the game system to either S-Video or composite video on your WinTV product. If so equipped, you can view and record the game action using the WinTV application software. For close to real time video, and to eliminate the normal delay, go to Settings/Advanced options and put a check mark in Game mode. Restart the WinTV application for the change to take effect.

I am getting a black screen in WinTV v7, or I'm seeing choppy video images. What can cause this?

Signal strength. If the TV signal strength is on the edge of being too low, you might see either a black screen where the live TV picture should be, or your live TV picture might be choppy. Also, be sure that the incoming signal from your video source is working properly.

Graphic display adapter related. The video graphics accelartion mode can cause choppy live video or possibly cause a black screen where the live TV picture should be. To optimize the video graphics mode, in the WinTV v7 application go to Settings and look under Video Renderer. EVR is the default setting. Try VMR 7, VMR 9, or overlay for better results. You may also try placing a check mark in “Use hardware acceleration when possible”.

video settings

If there is still no improvement, enabling extended logging in WinTV and emailing the log files to tech support will help in troubleshooting the problem. (To obtain extended logs, first go to Settings/Advanced options. Enable extended logging, exit WinTV and reopen it for the change to take effect).  

What video format will WinTV v7 record in?

WinTV 7 will save the recordings in a transport stream format (.TS extension). These files may be converted to MPEG2 using options in the WinTV v7 Configuration menu.

What software can I use to edit & burn the recorded files from WinTV v7?

You can use any software editor that can work with .TS files or MPEG-2 files. Here are a few examples.

Ulead DVD MovieFactory
Womble MPEG-VCR
ArcSoft Total Media Extreme
VideoReDo TVSuite

What file size will the recorded videos be?

Digital Broadcasts (DVB-T, DVB-C, Freeview HD, etc.)

The file size of a digital signal capture depends on the bitrate of the digital signal. The bitrate is set by the broadcaster and cannot be user configured. Bitrates for digital signals can range anywhere from about 1.2 Mbits/sec up to 19.3 Mbits/sec. Most of the time these bitrates are variable and not constant. Capture sizes for ATSC & QAM recordings are approximately 1.7 Gigabytes per hour up to 8.3 Gigabytes per hour.

Analog Broadcasts

The WinTV application has to convert analog signals to digital in order to record. There are four recording profiles. The following list shows recording file sizes for burning to 4.3Gb DVD:

Best - Approx 1 Hour+
Better - Approx 1 1/2 Hours
Good - Approx 2 Hours
Fair - Approx 3 Hours

How do I scan for FM radio channels? And once I have scanned for FM radio, how do I find these radio stations in WinTV v7?

On those WinTV products with FM radio, you can scan for FM radio channels by clicking the Setup button (gear button) and then clicking on the Device tab. Choose your WinTV product, and then click Tuner setup. If your WinTV TV tuner supports FM radio reception, you should see 'FM radio' listed under the types of TV formats.

Then click Analog FM radio and then Scan.

Once you have scanned for and found FM radio stations, you can listen to FM radio in WinTV v7. To select a channel, Right Click on the live WinTV v7 window to bring up the Option menu, and then click Find channel. Your FM radio channels can be found at the bottom of the channel list.

How can I see the WinTV v7 channel list all the time?

You can display the TV and FM radio channel list all the time by Right Clicking on the live WinTV v7 window to bring up the Options menu, and then clicking Find channel. You will see the Channel list (see picture below).

In the upper right hand corner of the Channel list is a small "pin" icon. Click this icon to "pin" your channel list to the WinTV v7 window.

channel list

WinTV v7 Keyboard shortcuts

Ctrl A Aspect ratio
Ctrl D Display the video and audio format of the TV program
Ctrl F Freeze the video
Ctrl Z Open TV Scheduler
Ctrl O View program details (digital TV program, where provided in the broadcast)
Ctrl S Display subtitles
Ctrl W Full screen toggle
Alt F Open File menu for playback
Alt M Open the Task Menu
Alt P Previous channel
Ctrl Q Pause
Ctrl P Play
Alt R Record
Alt S Stop
Alt T Start TV
Ctrl C Catch up
Ctrl > Skip ahead
Ctrl < Skip back

WinTV v7 Features

Works with multiple WinTV devices

WinTV v7 lets you control more than one WinTV device in your system.

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Built in Channel Guide and recording Scheduler

WinTV v7 has an integrated Guide and scheduler to make your programming quick and easy! Just right click in the TV window for a drop down menu.

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Monitor the signal you are receiving to allow you to improve aerial placement or correct signal problems on the fly!

WinTV v7 Monitor the signal you are receiving to allow you to improve aerial placement or correct signal problems on the fly!


Teletext overlay

Teletext on supported digital satellite channels can now be viewed within the WinTV v7 application overlaying the TV screen.

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Support for multiple file formats

Play back different types of files through our WinTV v7 application, now not only can you play back the files you have recorded but you can open and watch other video files on your system making WinTV v7 a multi purpose application!