A scheduler is also available, allowing you to record
your favourite shows directly onto the disk when you can't watch them
live. While PowerCinema's TV mode is no replacement for a hardware PVR box
like a TiVo, it is easier to use than most other software implementations of
Unfortunately, we had three issues with the Cyberlink
PowerCinema software, one minor and two major. The minor issue was the
programs occasional sluggishness. Certain screen transitions and button presses took far longer than they should have,
it seemed, and this made selecting options quite
frustrating sometimes. Not a big deal though.
What was a big deal
was the fact that our audio (received over coaxial cable from a satellite TV
decoder, then pumped through a Creative Audigy card) would often be reduced to
painful blasts of static when we opened the TV viewing (PVR) application within
PowerCinema. This seemed to happen with no rhyme or reason. One time
the signal would be fine, and the next time we tried the screen it would be
hopelessly distorted. Generally, closing and reopening PowerCinema solved
this, but it remained an irritating problem.
The second extremely frustrating issue we had with this software was the fact
that PowerCinema will only save captured video to your 'my videos' folder in 'my
documents'. The option exists to change this folder in the interface, but
it gave us no choices; we were unable to change the save location despite having
an entire 80GB drive reserved for the purpose of testing video capture!
This seems more like a bug than anything else, but we were unable to find any
relevant updates from Cyberlink. Grrr.
In Use: The Remote
While we had
some misgivings about the remote ahead of time, it proved itself well in use.
The range was more than adequate and the buttons worked precisely.
A little more control over navigation would have been nice, as
we found we had to resort to the mouse for certain actions like taking
snapshots, but on the whole we found the Cyberlink remote control a pleasure to
use and an enhancement to the Powercolor Theatre 550 Pro bundle.