My System Specs:
Originally Posted by atomicmoose
Here are the cliffs:
I have a SA8000HD DVR from Comcast and I am upgrading to a unit capable of HDTV signal. I will be picking the new box up on Monday. I want to know if there is anyway to copy my programs that I have recorded so that I do not lose them once I trade my DVR box in.
I noticed that there is a USB port on the front of the unit and two 1394 ports on the back of the DVR. Any way to utilize these to copy my programs off?
Intel Pentium 4 ( 3.2 GHz )
Windows XP Pro, Media Center Edition Service Pack 2
NVIDIA G-FORCE 5600 AGP Graphics Card
200 Gig Hard Drive
Charlotte N.C. Time Warner CableVideo Capture Hardware/Software:
Pinnacle Studio 500-USB version 10.7
This hardware has the FireWire... S-Video... & Composite Connectors.
The Scientific Atlantic HD 8300
has FireWire Out ...S-Video Out... RF Coaxial Out
& Composite Cables Out (Video & L/R Audio).... along with of course the HDMI and Component Out....
But for transfering data from your SA 8300 Scientific Atlantic HD 8300
to your PC
you will use either the S-Video Out or the FireWire Out.. As I don't
think there are any PCs out there yet that has the HDMI IN connections. I could be wrong. And I am sure that if I am wrong someone here will let me know...
Today I hooked up the SA 8300 to my Pinnacle Studio 500-USB Device via
S-Video, And the left and right composite audio cables.
The Pinnacle Studio 500-USB Device is connected to my PC via the HighSpeed 2.0 USB In. The "Recorded Data" from the SA 8300 was captured to my PC without any problems at all. Using The Pinnacle Studio Plus Version 10.7 Software
.I actually had to unplug my SA 8300 & and move it & the REMOTE to my office where my PC is.
Didn't have an S-Video Cable long enough to reach from my den to my office.
The ideal method of this set-up would be not having to disconnect your
SA 8300 from the T.V. it is normally connected. Keep this in mind as you read the
balance of my instructions
(Tip) Be sure to use an RF Coaxial Cable
from the RF OUT on the SA 8300 to the RF IN on a television set.For monitoring purposes only. Also after you have everything connected and the passport screen has loaded..... Go ahead and press the " GREEN LIST BUTTON "
that will bring up the recorded content you want to transfer. This will stop the Passport function from searching for channels/service... Again,remember that I have NO CABLE IN going into the
SA 8300.I am actually using the SA 8300 as a DIGITAL PLAYER/SOURCE.
( I am pretty sure that LIVE HD
will transfer in this same manner )
Once you find the content you want to transfer go ahead and press play.
You should see the content playing on your T.V. set that you have hooked up as a monitor. Now, open your Capturing Software (I Use Pinnacle Studio Plus). Once you have your software running click on your " Capturing Tab ". At this point you may not have the content showing yet in the preview window of your capturing software. If not,wait at least 5 minutes..... It took about that long for my P.C. and
the SA 8300 to reconize/sync with each other. BAM! There the footage was....
Crystal Clear even though I was using the S-Video Cable/Connection. And I have read that the only cables that will carry true HD are the HDMI and FIREWIRE.
But the quality of this video using the S-Video cable is unbelievable!
captured the footgae with absolutely NO PROBLEMS... No Frames Dropped....
The files were captured as High Quality MPEG2 files.
Can't wait to get the 6pin to 6pin Firewire Cable. As I am sure the transfer will go just as well as the S-Video Cable. But to tell you the truth I don't expect the video quality to be that much better.Watch this thread for Sample HD .wmv & HD divx files ...... for download...