Record TV in Windows Media Center

If your computer has no TV tuner, an optional analog or digital TV tuner is required to play and record TV in Windows Media Center.

You can use Windows Media Center to record live TV and movies. When you record a TV show or movie, the TV show that you record is saved as a Microsoft Recorded TV show with a .dvr-ms file name extension.

If you want to control Windows Media Center with a remote control, an optional Windows Media Center remote control is required.

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To record a TV show or movie

 

You can choose to record a TV show or movie while the show is playing, by selecting the show in the Guide or by using the Search function. When you record a live TV show or movie, the show is recorded from the moment you start recording. For example, if you are halfway through watching a show, you cannot record from the beginning by pressing RECORD on the remote control or by clicking the Record button.
Do one of the following:

To record a TV show while it is playing, move the mouse, and then click Record on the transport controls.
On the start screen, scroll to TV + Movies, click guide, locate and right-click the TV show that you want to record, and then click Record.

To record a TV series

 

1. On the start screen, scroll to TV + Movies, click guide.
2. Locate and right-click the TV series that you want to record, and then click Record Series.

To play recorded TV

 

 
1. On the start screen, scroll to TV + Movies, and then click recorded TV.
2. Scroll to and locate the recorded TV show that you want to watch.
3. Click the recorded TV show that you want to watch.
4. On the program info screen, click Play.You can then use the transport controls to fast forward, rewind, pause, or stop playing the recorded TV show.

To see how much time has passed when playing your recording, click Pause Picture of Pause button and you will see a time span bar.

To play a recorded movie

 

1. On the start screen, scroll to TV + Movies, and then click either recorded TV or dvd library. (The DVD library appears if you have a DVD changer.)
2. Click date recorded or title, and then navigate to the recorded movie that you want to watch.
3. Click the movie that you want to watch, and then click Play.

To record by keyword

 

You can choose to record TV shows and movies based on keywords such as the actor name, director name, movie title, program title, or generic keyword. In the future, when a TV show or movie airs that matches keywords that you specify, the TV show or movie will be recorded.
1. On the start screen, scroll to TV + Movies, and then click recorded tv.
2. Click add recording.
3. Click Keyword.
4. Click Actor name, Director name, Movie title, Program title, or Generic keyword depending on the keyword that you want to use for recording.
5. Type the keyword for your recording, and then click the matching keyword in the resulting list.
6. Click or + for the different settings to specify the criteria that will be used for your custom recording.
7. Click Record, and then click OK.

To record by channel or time

 

Rather than recording one TV show or a TV series, you can create a custom recording that lets you record a specific channel at a specific time.
1. On the start screen, scroll to TV + Movies, and then click recorded tv.
2. Click add recording, and then click Channel and Time.
3. In Channel, enter the channel that you want to record.
4. In Frequency, click the or + button to specify how often you want to record the channel.
5. If you selected Record Once for Frequency in Date, click or + to specify the recording date.
6. In Start time, enter the time you want the recording to start.
7. In Stop time, enter the time you want the recording to stop.
8. Under Keep, click the or + button to specify how long you want to keep the recorded show.
9. On the manual record screen, click Record.

To change the title of a single show or series

 

1. On the start screen, scroll to TV + Movies, and then click recorded tv.
2. Click add recording.
3. Click Channel and Time.
4. Click Change Title.
5. Enter the new title using the numeric keypad.
6. Click Save.

To set general recording options for a single show or a series

 

1. On the start screen, scroll to Tasks, and then click settings.
2. Click TV, click Recorder, and then click Recording Defaults.
3. In Keep, click or + to specify how long to keep the recorded TV show.
4. In Quality, click or + to select the quality at which the TV show will be recorded.
5. In Start when possible, specify the time to start recording. You can choose to start recording On Time or up to four minutes before the scheduled start time of the show. However, if there are two recordings scheduled back to back and you add to the start time of the second one, a recording conflict may occur.
6. In Stop when possible, specify the time to stop recording. You can choose to stop recording On Time or up to four minutes after the scheduled end time of the show. However, if there are two recordings scheduled back to back and you add to the stop time of the first one, a recording conflict may occur.
7. In Preferred Audio Language, click English or Any other language.
8. (For series only) In Series Only Recording Defaults, specify how many recordings of the show you want to keep.
9. Click Save.

To record only the new episodes of a series

 

The Show type is available only when recording a series or multiple episodes in a Keyword record.
1. On the start screen, scroll to Tasks, click settings, click TV, click Recorder, and then click Recording Defaults.
2. Click the arrow button to scroll down to the end of the screen.
3. Under the Series Only Recording Defaults section, do one of the following:

Click the or + buttons to select First run to record the shows that have an original air date of less than a week or that are not marked as reruns.
Click First run & rerun to record all shows that fit your setting selections.
Click Live to record all shows in a series that are aired live.
4. Click Save.

To set how many recordings for a series are kept (for series only)

 

The Keep Up To option is available only when recording a series or multiple episodes in a Keyword record.
1. On the start screen, scroll to Tasks, click settings, click TV, click Recorder, and then click Recording Defaults.
2. Click the arrow button to go to the end of the screen.
3. Under the Series Only Recording Defaults section, click the or + buttons to select a Keep up to option.
4. Select the number of shows in a series that are stored in Recorded TV at one time. You can choose to store from one to ten episodes or As many as possible. The recorder stores only up to the limit that you indicate.
5. Click Save.
 

To add or remove folders that Windows Media Center searches when it looks for recorded TV

 

1. On the start screen, scroll to Tasks, click settings, click TV, click Recorder, and then click More TV Locations.
2. Follow the steps in TV Discovery to search other folders for recorded TV shows.
NoteWindows Media Center allows you to easily rip, burn, store and organize your personal music, videos, pictures and recorded TV programs. Please respect the intellectual property rights of others and do not copy or otherwise use copyrighted materials without authorization. Examples of materials that may be copyrighted include documentation, graphics, lyrics, photographs, clipart, animations, movie and video clips, as well as sound and music (including when MP3 encoded).
Unauthorized use of copyrighted materials may violate U.S. and international copyright laws and subject you to significant civil and/or criminal penalties. Copying or sharing unauthorized materials also violates the Terms of Use, an agreement that you accepted when you installed Windows Vista.

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