Originally Posted by dare2be
I suspect that we are going to have a variety of requirements of a device(s) depending on who you talk to. Dartman describes a nice setup using the HD Homerun Prime, yet that is only used for cable. Others will want just OTA ATSC, or SD line inputs for VHS transfers, or HD component inputs for recording/archiving Satellite/internet streaming devices (Roku, WD Live, etc). Perhaps we should all jot down our minimum requirements/desired uses and have Wajo (sorry, man) tabulate these in the first post.
My primary uses:
1. SD composite or S-Video inputs for VHS transfers to MPEG2 for archiving to EHD and burning compatible DVD menu structures.
2. HD component inputs for AVCHD MP4 archiving of satellite programming and Roku output of Hulu, Amazon Prime, Netflix streams, etc.
3. DVD burner for portability and backup of MPEG2 DVD compliant content and AVCHD HD content playable on BluRay players
4. Basic editing features: cut scenes/commercials, manage chapter marks, split/combine titles
Secondary uses (nice to haves, not required):
1. HDMI inputs/passthru
2. BluRay burner for compliant BluRay disc creation
3. ATSC tuner for OTA TV reception with guide/timer/search functionality
We kind of have a starter wish list
in the person of our Funai Wish List
, right? In trying to remedy Funai deficiencies aren't we also defining HTPC function?
Since I have to share my 1 TV with the rest of the family for record setups and editing and burning... I know I'd like to be able to use the PC display for those purposes, thus need a 2nd display capability
(switch between the two, etc).
Also a list of things that make cable/sat/fiber DVRs popular
would be instructive:
1) The guide (set recordings by series, search, etc)
2) The guide
3) Keep until I erase
4) The guide
5) it comes free with the service (mine did, I think)
6) lots of promotion in advertising
I know I'm implying a closer link between The Source and the HTPC and that usually means $$.We all offload our HDD to DVD
(with notable exceptions- bow to Auskck and his external SATA disciples) when they get full. I always have seen the DVD as the ultimate portable/sharable format
. There are few folks who want to "share" with me tho' and it's getting lonely. Also being told I should rely on "the cloud" to get my viewing is getting old. Perhaps stopping DVD collecting (and going to HTPC) is just an excuse to get away from those niggly problems, eh?
While I dread sucking my DVD collection into a honking JBOD or the like it's looking pretty attractive about now.
BTW, AT&T uVerse has stifled some of my burning enthusiasm
. Basically it's a STB that I s-video connect to my 3576. I have to queue up a real time transfer to get stuff to my 3576 for edit/burn. I don't know how to assess the "quality" of this material, no fancy WS tv yet. It does provide great DVR function with Guide. For the time-displacers in the family it's tops. It rendered the tuner in my 3576 (for all it's foibles) useless. So "tuner cards" are worthless for uVerse users. Of course, there are other services...
Thanks all, Mike.