How to record TV on your PC
Products needed: TV tuner card (with included recording software), cable signal, computer.
Today, we're going to show you how to record TV on your PC. It's the perfect way to watch your favorite shows in your bedroom or office, even if you don't have a television there.
The first step is to make sure you have a cable signal by connecting a cable wire to your TV tuner card. If you've installed your tuner card correctly, you'll see the same coaxial input you'd find on most analog televisions; it should be toward the bottom of your PC, about two-thirds of the way down. Securely connect your cable wire to the coaxial input, screwing it in until you meet resistance.
Now, we'll load the program that allows you to record your incoming cable signal. On the Start menu, select Programs and look for the program group containing your TV tuner's software. Every card has its own unique software and often comes with more than one program, so consult your manual to find out which specific program allows you to record to your computer.
Once the program is open, select the channel where the show you'd like to record is scheduled to air. When you're ready to start recording, hit the record button. At this point, the software will likely ask you for a filename; this will be the name of the video that gets stored on your computer. Now, sit back, relax, or go do something else--you won't need to do anything until the show you're recording is over.
Once your show has finished, hit the stop button on your recording software. That's it! You now have a video file on your computer that you can watch whenever you want or archive onto a DVD.