simplicity, that's what we like. Just hook this little gem up to
your V3-3500TV and then plug your monitor cable into the other end.
You then have all the hook ups on the end of a 6' cable that can
easily be placed on your desktop. The cable is absolutely massive
because it carrys alot of I/O wires to and from the card. I found
the image quality on my desktop, with this setup, to
be crisp and clean. Maybe I was seeing things but the desktop image
quality seemed even better than the quality of my V3-3000 with a
direct linked standard cable.
So with the
AVPod you can plug in Composite or S- Video and stereo sound for
left and right channels. You can obviously get the same sources as
outputs from the Tuner/Playback section of the card. In addtion, the
Voodoo3-3500 card itself also has Audio In and Outputs that you can
connect directly to your sound card internally.
TV/FM Tuner & 3dfx Visual Reality
comes equipped with a Philips Tuner that does a nice job of bringing
in the channels and displaying them in a crisp clean window on your
desktop. This baby is cable ready and also has an FM Tuner built in
for radio as well. The quality is as good as you saw in our
review of the STB DesktopTV card.
There are also some nice utilities for using your new Audio/Video
rig. It all works just as you would expect. Like the proverbial
"clicker" you are so comfortable using during those
weekend long sporting binges, these tools are very easy to use.
This is but one
"skin" that 3dfx uses to trim up this great user
interface. You can download various other skins at http://visualreality.3dfx.com
will customize the look and feel of your remotes. Again, this
interface is extremely easy to use and so is the "VCR"
control. The VCR control panel (shown in the upper right of the
above screen shot) works just like the one you have in your
entertainment center at home, with one exception. This feature is
for playback and record of AVI or MPEG files.
This is my
chance to get my kid into the act! Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you
Twinkle-Toes himself, my Son, Michael Altavilla! :-)
Click image for
a 5MB MPEG File Recorded on the V3-3500TV. If you have a problem
viewing this file, try right clicking w/ your mouse and save the
file to your desktop. Please note, you must have DirectX 6.1 and
Windows Media Player to view this file or you may get errors.