KWorld PCI Video Capture and TV Tuner Cards

TV tuner cards and video-capture cards are hardware products that give home computers the ability to interpret and display television signals. The capture component of the card makes it possible to record that data to local storage. Having a KWorld card allows you to livestream gaming, watch and record TV, and save footage from outside sources.

What does PCI mean?

PCI stands for Peripheral Component Interconnect. It is a bus, or type of connection, that allows for external parts like keyboards, mice, speakers, and TV tuners to connect to a PC. You can use a standard card or a PCI Express card.

What is a capture card?

A capture card is a device that will record the video content of an external device. For example, you might want to record a video stream from a cable TV cord. Some people like to employ a capture card to record and stream the output from a video game system. They can livestream themselves playing the game on a platform like Twitch by connecting the console to the card, which is itself connected to their computer. This allows them to do volume mixing, editing, and other production work. They can also save their recordings to create VODs or YouTube videos.

Are capture cards the same as recording software?

Recording software might at first seem like an alternative option to a card, but in fact they have different roles. The software will record anything that is currently on your PC's screen no matter what it is. On the other hand, a card records what is coming to the PC via an external connection.

In addition to that, the card will usually impose less of a computational burden on the CPU system because it is doing some of the work. These two ways of recording, using capture cards and recording software, accomplish different things, and the one for you depends on whether you are recording something on the main display or something from an external source.

What is the use of a video-capture card?

Video-capture is the specific process of translating an analog signal into a digital one in video formats. The cards generally work with digital data on both ends because analog TV formats are no longer used in the US. They still perform the role of converting the data into a type that the computer can use and display.