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ArcSoft TotalMedia 3.5: 

When you first launch the ArcSoft TotalMedia 3.5 application, there's a list of actions off to the right hand side of the opening screen. These options include TV, Picture, Radio, Video, To Go, and Setup. The date and time are also displayed. Selecting the TV option sends you to the TV section of TotalMedia 3.5 where you'll be able to watch your TV signal on your comptuer, with options for Full Screen, EPG, Channels, Recorded TV, Schedule, and Settings. The Full Screen button does just that, Channels brings up a list of channels that the application has found and saved, Recorded TV displays a list of recorded TV files that you have saved on your computer, and Schedule allows you to schedule future records. Clicking the Settings button brings up another list of buttons, including Reset TV Signal, Edit Channels, TV Settings, Import Channel List, and Export Channel List. The Edit Channels button allows you to select which TV channels you wish to have displayed when you go to change the channel, while the Settings button brings up your typical TV options — Closed Caption, Audio, Video Standard, Digital TV EPG, and Time Shifting (which allows you to pause live TV and watch recorded TV before the recording is complete).















Back on the main screen of the TotalMedia 3.5 application, the Pictures link sends you to a screen that has a thumbnail view of whichever folder you have selected to display on the right-hand side with the folder selection at the top of the screen. On the left-hand side of the screen, there are options for playing a slide show, printing images, editing them, or burning them to a disc. When you click the Edit button, you are given a full screen display of your selected image with a very basic image editor layover at the bottom of the screen. The Settings button under the Slide Show section allows you to change the interval between each image displayed, choose your transistions, select whether to loop the slide show, and also lets you add a music soundtrack to your slide show, if you wish to.


Back to the main screen of TotalMedia 3.5, the Radio button launches TotalMedia Radio where you can listen to music over your favorite radio station. You can scan channels, record something off the radio, and edit the radio settings here. When you click the settings button, you are given the option to select the device name, change the Scan Step when you click the seek button, and change where you want your recorded radio files to be stored on your computer.



When you select the Video button back on the main screen, you are sent to the Video screen. This is where you are going to play any video files that you have on your computer. You can browse your computer at the top. The right-hand section of the screen contains a list of all the files located in your selected folder, while the left-hand side contains the Capture button, Burn to Disc button, and Settings button, as well as a small pane at the bottom that shows you the video file playing. When you click the Video Settings button, the video settings screen pops up. However, there aren't many options here, only a Subtitle/Closed Caption checkbox, along with a Capture Settings button. When you click the Capture Settings button, you'll see a video preview in the top right-hand corner, along with the abilities to enter a file name and select how long you want to capture. There is also a Settings button here, which allows you to change the Video Device, the Video Input Source, the Video Standard, Closed Caption, Audio Device, and Audio Input Source. At the bottom of this screen is a button that will auto detect the video signal for you.




There is a Master Settings menu on the Main Screen when you first open up TotalMedia 3.5, which allows you to change the General, TV, Video, and Pictures settings. When you go under the General Settings submenu, you will have the options to change the Disc Creation, Printer, Frame Storage, Video Recording Storage, Display Settings, and Parent Control settings, as well as an About TotalMedia button. The Disc Creation settings is where you can change the TV System, the Burn To, the Disc Format, and the Audio Format. The Printer settings is where you are able to select which printer installed on your network/computer you wish to use.




The Frame Storage settings and Video Recording Storage settings are very similar screens. Both sections allow you to set where you want to save the respective files on your hard drive. The Frame Storage settings also allows you the option of changing the file type, while the Video Recording Storage settings allows you to change the quality of the video file TotalMedia creates. The Display Settings allows you to turn Hardware Acceleration on, change the Aspect Ratio, and enable or disable Deinterlace. You can also change your Display Effect, which is going to be displayed when you change between screens inside TotalMedia.



Under the General screen, there is also the Parent Control settings. When you select this button for the first time, you are given a dialog box that requires you to create a password to protect these settings. Once a password is created, you are able to get into the Parent Controls screen where you can change the DVD Parent Control or the TV Ratings. Under DVD Parental Control settings, you can change what ratings the player is going to be allowed to play — Unlimited, G, PG, PG-13, R, and NC-17. Once you go into the TV Ratings, you can enable the TV Blocking, which will then block unrated TV programs. You can also select the maximum allowed TV Rating here.




The final two screens are your To Go screen and About TotalMedia screen. To Go allows you to transfer files to a supported mobile device — iPod Video, Sony PSP, Windows Mobile Device, Creative Zen Vision M, and ScanDisk Sansa e200. About TotalMedia displays which version you have installed, as well as providing you the option to check for updates.


  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: The Cards
  3. Closer Look: ArcSoft TotalMedia 3.5
  4. Specifications & Features
  5. Testing: Setup
  6. Testing: Picture Quality
  7. Testing: Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2
  8. Testing: Batman Arkham Asylum
  9. Testing: 3DMark 11
  10. Testing: Temperatures
  11. Testing: Power Consumption
  12. Conclusion
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