Elgato Releases “Vuvuzela Filter” For EyeTV

There’s an element to this year’s World Cup proceedings that I don’t recall from previous years, and that’s the vuvuzela. Despite the fact that it’s a great word, the reality is that it makes watching any of the actual games an annoying experience. I have to say though, it’s a lot better than online baseball games! The constant, horrendous buzz makes me feel as though I’m sharing the experience with a gigantic hornet in the room with me.

Those of you who have an EyeTV — a Mac-based TV tuner — will be pleased to hear (or not hear, as the case may be) that Elgato has created a limited-time filter for EyeTV 3.4 that purports to remove that hideous drone. The filter can be switched on and off at any time, but don’t expect it to last any longer than the length of the World Cup games themselves; a representative confirms that it will disappear with the release of the next software update.

There’s a sample of the filtered experience to be had here, and to be quite honest, I didn’t hear that much of a difference. I expected a complete cessation of the buzzing sound, but instead I still heard the buzz, but with the low-end frequencies chopped off, leaving a higher-pitched noise still evident. As you might surmise, the filter works on the frequencies of the vuvuzelas, but there’s probably enough of a crossover of other ambient sounds that removing all frequencies would disrupt the sound even worse than the vuvuzelas themselves do.

If you find the filtered-out result worthwhile, check out the free download right away.