Originally Posted by mkerdman
What HDMI Capture Solution are you using?
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It's a Unisheen BM3000-HDMI. I purchased it from Aliexpress, they come straight from China. It's clever how it works. It's a device with an HDMI port an an ethernet port. It automatically encodes the HDMI input to H.264, and makes it available over the network.
I use SageTV as my DVR software, and there is an excellent plugin for it called OpenDCT that supports this device. A few downsides to this device:
-Stereo only, no 5.1
-There are several models (BM1000, BM1500, BM3000, BM3500) that each support various features. The one I have can provide higher bitrates (up to 32mbps), but the only picture setting you can set is contrast. Other picture settings like brightness, colour, tint, and saturation can't be set. I believe the BM1000 supports these picture settings, but it is also a lower bitrate.
-The quality is slightly less than the R5000 mod. This is to be expected since it has to re-encode the signal. It's acceptable, but definitely noticeable. Shaw Direct already over compresses everything, so I was doing a lot of A/B testing between this and the R5000.
On the plus side:
-I could never get my computer to reliably use sleep mode with the R5000. Not a problem with this new device.
-The R5000 just captures the raw stream, so if the GOP/timeline packets are messed up, it ruined playback on SageTV extenders unless you corrected the stream. I would run any broken files through VideoRedo's quick stream fix. This couldn't be run until the file was finished recording though. So if the show is 2 hours long, and the timeline is messed up 10 minutes in, you have to wait until the show is over to fix it (and then watch it). No problems at all with the BM3000 in this regard.
-Gapless playback on SageTV. With the R5000, every time a show ended, it had to reinitialize the stream. This would also take a few seconds. The BM3000 doesn't have this problem, and the transition between shows is seamless.
-The device can encode multiple streams at once (I think up to 4 on my model). So you can have one high bitrate 1080p stream, and a lower bitrate 720p stream at the same time. It's the same video, just different bitrates/resolutions.
So some good and some bad. Overall I like it though. I've been using one of these for about 6 weeks and no problems other than those I listed above. I just installed a 2nd one earlier today (when I decommissioned the DSR505).