Originally Posted by ak3883
There are a couple threads about the HDPVR in the HTPC section.
I'll try to answer your questions:
1. Yes, but you need to use a PC. It's just a video capture device, it does not have a tuner.
2. Hauppauge isn't the best company in the world for driver support/buggy free software, but it does work(I use Win7 x64). Basically you can capture 720p or 1080i video via component video output and 5.1/AC3 audio via optical. It converts the analog HD video(after all, component is analog) to digital, in the H.264 format. There are considerable space savings with H.264/MPEG4 over MPEG2. However there is a little quality loss from the analog to digital conversion. The quality that you capture in is adjustable in the software, the highest quality is pretty close to original, usually it looks a little bit soft. For what it does and it's price point, I find it to be acceptable.
3. See answers to above. Yes you do need a computer.
4. It's one of(if not the only) consumer level/priced devices that can capture 720p/1080i HD(along with the 6 channel audio) via component INPUT. It does have software, you cannot WRITE to Blu-Ray discs without purchasing the full version(Arcsoft Total Media). You can write to regular DVDs and make discs that are compadible with XBOX360 or PS3, or just plain AVCHD discs that play in most BluRay players.
This devices exploits what is called the "analog hole" in that current cable companies/sat providers do not have to encrypt analog outputs on customer devices. HD component output is analog, thus it does not have to be protected, like DVI/HDMI which is protected and cannot be recorded. Hollywood wants nothing more than to shut this hole, and has offered cable companies access to new releases nearly a week after being put in theaters, in exchange for them enabling copy protection on analog outputs of set top boxes. This would render every single HDTV without an HDMI input obsolete, and cause a HUGE uproar.
Originally Posted by nextoo
Good explanation. But allow me to expand a bit.
The Hauppauge HD PVR records to mp4, .ts, or .m2ts files using the h.264 codec. These files can be authored as Blu-ray without purchasing the commercial version of the TME included software. There are a couple of ways to do this. One is to simply use TSmuxer to author. TSmuxer is freeware for non-commercial purposes. You can also use the included TME software and save the project to your hard drive and then use IMGburn to burn to a Blu-ray disc. IMGburn is also freeware. These are just a couple of ways.
In my opinion using a DL DVD works fine. I use my HD PVR to offload HD movies from my satco DVR in real time - there is no subsequent post process timely encoding - it's real time. Most of the files that are saved to my satco DVR are less in file size that what a DL DVD offers. So it is a good fit. Recording at around 8mps constant bit rate produces high quality recordings that at least in my mind are indistinguishable from the original. And they include 5.1 AC3 audio if the source is 5.1 with 2 hours HD video and 5.1 surround fitting fine on a DL DVD.
I use my HD PVR in a very limited way. Simply to record content and I don't use the PVR features. So my approach is very simple and works fine. The threads here on AVS that discuss the HD PVR can be found here:HD PVR link 1HD PVR link 2
Questions for all.......
I've owned a Panasonic DMR-EH75V DVD Recorder/80 GB Hard Drive for the last 3 years & does exactly what I need it to do, which is recording, editing & burning SD DVDs, but I'm ready to move up to recording HD, editing & burning on to Blu-Ray DVDs.
A slight quirk in what & how I record however...I record my team's college football games, BUT I use my Onkyo receiver's RCA Audio Outputs (set on FM Tuner of course) as my audio source. I prefer my team's announcers as opposed to the TV Network's. In-line, I also use an audio delay device
to sync the audio with the video. So my audio MUST come via RCA Outputs & MUST be separate from my video source. I'm only using my video source for video.
I use a Dish Network 722 HD DVR as my video source. Of course, most of my feeds will come from ESPN & CBS.
So my questions are...what devices & software do I need?
1. Hauppauge 1212 HD-PVR?
2. TV Tuner card (brand & model)? Appears to not be necessary using the Hauppauge since it uses its USB output.
3. Blu-Ray burner (brand & model)? Can the format that the Hauppauge produces be used to burn to a Blu-Ray DVD?
4. Editing software (brand & model)? TSmuxer seem to be the best?
5. Blu-Ray burning software (brand & model)? IMGburn seem to be the best? Or is only standard DVD-R discs recommended?
As for my current PC, it's an Intel 2.0G dual core with a 160G hard drive...running XP 64-bit. Will my current PC + a 2.0 USB 1-2 Terabyte Hard Drive suffice? Or should I purchase a new PC with beefier components & an internal hard drive for better speed (vs. a USB hard drive)?
Ultimately, my biggest question is...will I be able to mix & record a HD video signal with an external audio source? It appears the Hauppauge 1212 HD-PVR can achieve this since it has separate video & audio inputs. Is this accurate?