Originally Posted by cloneranger
Thanks for the info. I'll check out that Firewire discussion you provided. I like the idea of building a Win 7 HTPC/WMC as mentioned by DSperber. I've already got the home network in place and plenty of old PC's I can upgrade & re-purpose.
Just in passing, I mention again that your plans and dreams of making "permanent" digitally 100% perfect edited copies/clips of HD programs are entirely controlled by whether the content was delivered to you by your cable company as copy-freely or copy-once. VideoRedo and any other subsequent post-editing storage techniques (such as burning authored BluRay collections of your work with titles, menus, chapters, thumbnails, etc., rather than collecting it on analog VCR tapes as we used to do) is all limited by this copy-freely or copy-once protection.
Mostly, the HTPC/WMC solution works perfectly. The WMC DVR software is much slicker and more reliable than the iGuide A28 software used in the Motorola DVR's from the cable companies.
Also, you have much more flexibility since you are in complete control. For example, in addition to the 4-tuner Ceton PCIe card in my PC for TWC/LA content, I also have a 2-tuner Hauppauge HVR-2250 PCIe card for OTA/ATSC use (since I also have a roof antenna). WMC handles all 6 tuners, and can even "prioritize sources" if the same channel is available from multiple tuners so that you can designate which tuner(s) are to be selected for use first if there's no scheduling conflict with another recording and they are available for use.
In the case of EVERY OTA-available program, I will always record from the OTA tuners rather than from the Ceton card as TWC/LA recompresses everything they deliver, including local broadcast networks. The picture quality is simply superior when recording the OTA/ATSC version from a roof antenna, and I have that ability through the HVR-2250.
Finally, and again this only applies to copy-freely content recorded by WMC which is the only WTV content you can work on with VideoRedo, once you edit your recordings "for posterity", you can use products such as multiAVCHD
to author the results into BluRay-compatible format (retaining 100% digital perfection from the original MPEG-2, not recompressing at all) and burn the authored results using a product such as Imgburn
You can even use single-layer or double-layer DVD+R blank media instead of official BluRay blank media (though obviously with capacity differences) for cost savings. The burned results still appear as BluRay source content to your player although not from BluRay media, so you're still going to get original quality 720p/1080i HD results at playback.
And one more "finally", many people opt for external network-based tuners using the Silicon Dust HD Homerun (for OTA) and HD Homerun Prime (for cable), rather than going for the internal tuner cards as I have. Functionally they are very similar but differ in the number of tuners available. Also, the external network-based tuners require capable LAN infrastructure whereas the internal tuner cards do not.