Originally Posted by ilovejedd
From your cableco-issued DVR to clear QAM tuner, no. You'd have to use something like the Hauppauge HD PVR to capture in high definition from the DVR. If you just want a copy of the show for archival, you can capture to standard definition using the analog input (S-Video or composite) on your card. Whether your monitor is HDCP compliant or not has no bearing with this.
If you mean to store HD recordings straight to DVD (no re-encoding, etc), then that might prove impractical. I'm not sure if you can even write a 4+GB file to DVD without splitting.
What program did you use for recording clear QAM? I've had no problems getting the basic channels with GB-PVR + HDHomeRun.
Thank you for your reply. I guess my purpose of saving HD videos is rather unusual. Most of the HD stuff I'd like to store is 20 second to 5 minute clips. I could either split >4GB clips with an mpeg splitte or store in my external HDDs.
I used Pinnacle PCTV Pro (the latest version) that came with the ATSC/QAM tuner trying to pick up clear QAM channels. I wonder if it has to do with the way things were set up, and any thoughts and suggestions on this are greatly apprecicated.
First of all, here are tuners on my computer and connections I had when I attempted the scan for QAM signals.
1st Tuner (I had this and the soft already installed before adding the 2nd tuner):
USB tuner for ATSC and NTSC but no QAM
An OTA antenna was connected.
PCI card for ATSC, QAM and NTSC.
A coax from a wall and S video from a STB.
I had hooked up my OTA antenna to both and recorded a couple of stuff before. I unplugged the OTA antenna from the PCI card, hooked up a coax cable instead, opened the soft, PCTV Pro, and then began a channel scan specifically for QAM signals through the PCI card. The software shows a list of available devices and allows you to choose which one you want to scan.
Here's a list of available devices for scanning:
PCTV HD Pro Stick (USB) Analog
PCTV HD Pro Stick (USB) Digital Antenna (ATSC)
PCTV HD PCI Analog
PCTV HD PCI (FM) Radio
PCTV HD PCI Digital Antenna (ATSC)
PCTV HD PCI Digital Cable (ClearQAM)
Each of the listings has a box next to it, and I only had the Clear QAM checked for scanning as I already had scanned for ATSC and saved the channels after installing the PCI card.
Any idea? I think I read somewhere that most of the cable companies don't send free clear QAM. They want you to rend their cable cards, though I may be mixing it up with something else.