Originally Posted by Vidguy
Thanks to replayrob
(for the VLC tip) and DoubleDAZ
(for help getting my firewire ports activated, SARA 22.214.171.124) I have some limited PC recording capability from my 8300HD. I have tried various things and found that:
- I can reliably record items recorded on the 8300HD. No live feed. That's really all I wanted anyway.
- CapDVHS does not work with the 8300HD.
- I use VLC to record - it works, but only the latest version - v8.6a.
- Using the Media Information function in VLC I found that any recording with a bit rate over ~15,000kbps gives me dropouts/hiccups over firewire, but the feeds are still recordable. Those same original recordings are flawless displayed though component from the 8300HD. I am using a couple of active firewire extension cables to get a 40 foot connection. Don't know if this is the cause, but I might eventually test that possibility by moving the computer closer to eliminate the extension cables.
Just wanted to report I'm getting similar results to vidguy.
Wide Open West (Cleveland) just pushed out a SARA 126.96.36.199 update last week, and this activated the firewire port on my SA8300HD. I can now use the Firestb drivers + VLC 8.6a to view and save to disk previously recorded
material off the SA8300HD. I was able to view and save previously recorded 480i/720p/1080i material, from a variety of channels (NBC, CBS, NFLN, HDNet, DiscHD, StarzHD, ESPN, etc) I'm not having any problems with "copy protection" here. Maybe WOW hasn't flagged it yet, I dunno.
Nothing comes over the firewire during live programming.
Like others have reported CapDVHS crashes a few seconds into recording.
I have a fairly elderly Dell Inspiron 5100 laptop with P4 2.66Ghz processor, 512MB RAM, ATI Radeon 7500 video card, running XP Pro SP2. It records everything with periodic glitches. Probably not enough horsepower in the laptop... It's good enough to get screen caps off of though. My firewire cable is about 10 feet.
I never had to reboot the SA8300HD, nor did it spontaneously reboot while I was screwing around with this. Note that I did have to unplug/replug the firewire cable in the back of the laptop several times to get VLC to see the firewire content again. I also had an orphan VLC process running every now and then that had to be killed. Sometimes when VLC refused to play the firewire material, I had to reboot the laptop to get it back. So in summary, the whole thing is still kinda flakey.
Update: I tried viewing/recording from the SA8300HD to a relatively new Dell Inspiron 6400 Core Duo T7200 2Ghz w/2GB RAM, and this machine exhibits the dropout problem as well.
Update 2: I'm starting to suspect the SA8300HD firewire implementation is the problem here.
a. Samsung SIR-T165 live OTA 1080i via firewire to Inspiron 5100 laptop w/VLC - no video breakups
b. JVC 40K DVHS VCR prerecorded CBS 1080i football to Inspiron 5100 laptop w/VLC - no video breakups
c. Playing prerecorded 1080i HD program from SA8300HD to JCK 40K DVHS VCR via firewire - video breakups recorded on tape, not as severe as the breakups on the PC, but still annoying enough to be unusable.
d. CapDVHS doesn't crash when capturing from the JCK 40K or the Sammy T165, but does crash with the SA8300HD.