1st I would like to say I love that this thread is still alive since I used it way back in 04' to record from my Comcast STB to PC.
I recently got COMCAST Xfinity & hoping this recording the dire ct stream from STB to PC still works. Does anyone have an updated process to make this happen with all the updated drivers and software? I'm running W7 SP1 64Bit and a brand new COMCAST Xfinity box. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
There are no 64-bit Windows drivers, you need to run 32-bit for it to work and even then you may have a lot of issues to deal with.
If you plan to capture regularly or use a computer as a DVR, a cable card capture system like HD Homerun Prime is a much better option.
Last edited by Vampidemic; 07-25-2014 at 04:22 PM.
I've been using CapDVHS to capture both live and recorded TV from my Motorola DCT box for some time. I am considering upgrading to the X1 platform.
Has anybody been successful in capturing DVR content from an X1 DVR using this or other method?
Users have reported that the X1 boxes do not have FireWire outputs. Assuming this is true with all of the available X1 hardware, your only option would be to use a capture device that captures the video output and re-encodes it. For example, the Hauppauge HD-PVR2 devices can do this from the component or HDMI outputs (if you work around HDCP).
I have used a HD-PVR2 to capture content from my older Comcast DVR over HDMI, but it's a pain as I always have to repair the captured content, a problem reported by other users of this device. I use this to capture content on my DVR that I'm unable to transfer by FireWire. Should work with the X1 with the same caveats.
I would suggest looking into cable card tuners like the HD HomeRun Prime. That way if you plan in advance you can record directly to your computer. This is what I use for shows I want to archive, though I still have the Comcast DVR for my wife to use and for VOD service. Others use this with a HTPC as a DVR to save rental fees.