Originally Posted by Fiberopme
1. You folks need to stop thinking about DRM, Encryption, etc. etc.
These things are in the past....
"Rules are made to be broken" (If Politicians can do it, so can we).
If your too busy looking into the BOX, you can't see what's OUTSIDE the Box.
Ever hear of "Think outside the Box" ? Let me explain....
First of all, whatever you can see on your screen ie: TV, Computer, Laptop, you can record. Sometimes, for free !
Let's start with the DVR/TV scenario ! NEVER buy a Video capture card from the U.S.A. There are limits, controls and other things in the card it's self that keeps you from doing what you wanna do. I would go into the Micro-Electronics involved, but, that's another topic.
If you have an HDMI, Composite, Coaxial, RCA cable output on your DVR.... Etc. Buy or search rather for HDMI Capture card FIRST ! NO American sold products. Buy Korean, or Chinese, Japanese. Anywhere there is NO Region or Limit of any kind. I would give you websites but... I'm not doing all the work here.
Get a three way for your output, HDMI, Composite, etc. etc. This way you can see what it is your recording WHILE you're recording. Very Important.
Once the video is on your Computer, There are literally hundreds of programs to EDIT out commercials, etc. etc. Nero, AVS, Corel, HandBrake, etc. etc.
After this is completed your free to put on DVD.
If you want an easier method, There are several DVD recorders for the TV. Panasonic makes a decent one. Stay away from Sony products since they own most of the Movie studios and their products suck. :-)
The DVR boxes that come with Direct TV and other Satellite companies are in Linux format. You'd need a Linux machine with High knowledge of the inner workings of Linux just to rip the stuff from the Hard Drive from said boxes.
Why Linux? Well, if it was in Mac or Windows format, they'd have to pay royalties to those said companies where as Linux is Open-Source. Which means FREE ! Smart if you think about it.
I tried this, it took me two weeks just reading blogs, forums, emails from others who have done it and I managed to get it completed. The quality was not as good as I had hoped but, I did it none the less. There are easier ways....
Capture cards for your computer/Laptop.
Boy, there are hundreds, ALL claiming to do everything, BUT none ever do.
It's like buying a new car, then the next year a newer car comes out and it has 100 NEW things added to it.
For example, I purchased (After searching and researching) 100's of models of media Players. I found ONE, Reads everything, does everything. They've had one issue with streaming that was resolved with an update. However I never use the streaming... It was really cool that their Fast response to customers complaints got answered so quickly ! I bought two more since then, updated them, and put them away in case an unforeseen electrical surge or theft.
I know what you're thinking, Use a Surge Protector. I'd like to see a surge protector stop a lightning bolt that has up to 1200kA running through it.
Back to my point... Research ! Research ! Research !