Awesome thread! I just purchased a HDTV, so of course the first thing I did after reading this thread was have Cox activate the firewire on the back of my 3250HD.
So far, I've had success recording via kaadray's AVCBrowser 0.3 (*great* app, btw!). I've recorded INHD, Discovery HD and other channels with no issues. Like others, no luck recording premium HD channels like HBO-HD.
My only problem so far is playback in VLC -- like mentioned in other posts, I have no audio playback on my G5 dual 2.0.
Ok, so here are my questions:
1. Is there a Mac alternative to VLC that *will* handle audio playback on the G5?
2. How can I play the recorded .m2t files back on my HDTV/3250HD?
3. Is there a way to change channels on the 3250HD via AVCBrowser? (I've only seen directions for the 6200)
4. Is there a way to encode/convert .m2t files to burn/play on a DVD player?
5. I see lots of premium HBO HD shows posted on the net for download (Sopranos, Deadwood, etc). How are people recording this if there's a 5C restriction? Do they record it on a D-VHS like the JVC and then somehow dump it from the the D-VHS deck to a PC/Mac?
Here's my big question (and one that will show my total newbie cluelessness):
We know that recorded HD content takes up about 9GB for 1hour, so 30 minutes (give or take) of HD content should fit on a single DVD-R sans compression. Given that, would a DVD burned with 30 minutes of HD content still play in 1080i upon playback, or are progressive DVD players limited to 480p playback, regardless of source material? Would a DVI-equipped DVD player allow playback of recorded HD content?
Thanks all. I know most of these questions have been addressed, but I've just browsed through 30 pages of posts in this thread and I'm cross-eyed after nearly 3 hours of reading.