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Transfer HD recordings from Scientific Atlanta Explorer 8300HD to my PC?

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
Hi, I have a question about transferring HD video to my computer from my DVR.

I have a Scientific Atlanta Explorer 8300HD DVR through Time Warner Cable. I believe that Time Warner encrypts its channels and the DVR encrypts its video files. I also believe that I would be able to use an analog video capturing device to capture an SD copy of those recordings to my computer because the encryption is digital. (Please correct me if this is not the case. I believe connecting my DVR and my PC via something like this or this should work for SD-quality transfers, yes?) My question is, is there any possible way to transfer an HD copy of my recordings to my computer somehow? They are sitting on my DVR and I just want to be able to archive them.

Relevant info: I do not plan on distributing any copyrighted material. I just want to archive it for myself. I don’t care if pulling the recordings off the DVR somehow violates copyright law -- believe me, if there was simply torrents of the stuff I want to archive, I’d have just downloaded those. Also, when I used to have a Tivo and a different cable provider in another city, the Tivo had built-in software that just let me transfer full HD stuff to my PC, which was awesome. Would leasing a cable card from Time Warner and using a video capture device with a cable card let me transfer this HD stuff, or would the cable card not affect what I have already recorded and saved?

Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
post #2 of 21
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Please, anyone? Any thoughts or feedback? It would be very much appreciated. Thanks!
post #3 of 21
See this thread, also applies to your situation.
post #4 of 21
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Originally Posted by JDLIVE View Post

See this thread, also applies to your situation.
So your answer is to either get an HDFury or go the analog transfer route with the Hauppauge HD-PVR 1212 then?
post #5 of 21
Yep, analog capture via component outputs is your best bet.
post #6 of 21
Thread Starter 
OK, thanks for the info! I asked the folks at HDFury and their solution for getting HD-quality transfers is pretty pricey -- I'd need an HDFury 4 and Dr. HDMI = $500. One final question, is the Hauppauge PVR actually necessary? Could I use something like those two links in my first post? They are way cheaper, but going the analog route, I don't want a quality drop off that is too big. Thanks again!
post #7 of 21
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Originally Posted by wosofan View Post

OK, thanks for the info! I asked the folks at HDFury and their solution for getting HD-quality transfers is pretty pricey -- I'd need an HDFury 4 and Dr. HDMI = $500. One final question, is the Hauppauge PVR actually necessary? Could I use something like those two links in my first post? They are way cheaper, but going the analog route, I don't want a quality drop off that is too big. Thanks again!

What about the Hauppauge HD-PVR2 with HDMI input?

post #8 of 21
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Originally Posted by profhat View Post

What about the Hauppauge HD-PVR2 with HDMI input?

Time Warner Cable and my DVR encrypts everything (except free channels), apparently. I am not sure that HDMI is an option as I'm under the impression digital/HD content is encrypted and that's why I was going analog -- there's no HDCP on analog. I'd have to get those via component connection, I believe -- I didn't think I could use HDMI.
post #9 of 21
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Follow up please?
post #10 of 21
Component cables are HD, too. You have to go to composite to get analog transfers and avoid HDCP.
post #11 of 21
Component cables are capable of HD, but they are not digital. HDCP is only present on DVI and HDMI outputs. Component cables may be capable of carrying other forms of copy protection, such as Macrovision, however.
post #12 of 21
Thread Starter 
OK, thank you for the replies! Then I am going to get something that looks like this:



or like this:



Yes? Unless someone tells me that won't work or they have better recommendations. I just want to finally get this stuff off my DVR once and for all! smile.gif
post #13 of 21
If you're going to go that route this one seems to get pretty good reviews but I have no first hand experience with it: http://www.amazon.com/StarTech-SVID2USB2-S-Video-Composite-Capture/dp/B000O5RIWO/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

Although I haven't done any archiving in a while, when I did it was with a DVD recorder. Despite only being able to record at 480p via composite video from my DirecTV HD DVR to the DVDR, I always found the resulting DVD quality to be more than acceptable for my purposes. YMMV
post #14 of 21
If you want to capture HD and your 8300 will output HD over component then the haupp. 1212 will work fine, you will notice practically no quality drop (depending on settings).
The Fury 2 or 3 will also work with it very nicely IF you want to use HDMI out from your source.

DO NOT get the HDMI version of the happauge, it will not work with anything except xbox using hdmi.
post #15 of 21
Thread Starter 
Just an update for posterity. First, thanks everyone for the replies. Second, I bought the PVR 1212 and I am able to get the stuff off my stupid Exporer 8300HD using the red/white/yellow plugs. It works as capturing the stream, so I have to play the entire videos to do it -- it's not a raw transfer of the files, so the quality doesn't quote match the original, but seems decent. I do get some artifacts and it needs deinterlacing, but I will take that question to the Hauppauge people.

If anyone wants to be able to save their DVR recordings, I'd recommend getting a Tivo and not the Explorer 8300HD. This thing sucks.

Thanks again all!
post #16 of 21
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Originally Posted by wosofan View Post

I bought the PVR 1212 and I am able to get the stuff off my stupid Exporer 8300HD using the red/white/yellow plugs. It works as capturing the stream, so I have to play the entire videos to do it -- it's not a raw transfer of the files, so the quality doesn't quote match the original, but seems decent.

Nice to hear that. What about the sound, does the 1212 record it on 5.1?
post #17 of 21
Why are you only doing SD, why not capturing your HD?
post #18 of 21
Not the way he is doing with the R,Y,W, but it will do 5.1 via optical. Will NOT do DTS though frown.gif
post #19 of 21
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Originally Posted by pacofortacos View Post

Why are you only doing SD, why not capturing your HD?

DRM often prevents offloading a DVR's contents entirely; he's lucky to even get SD output without having to buy expensive hardware to circumvent the copy protection.
post #20 of 21
I wonder if he even tried it, I don't think DRM is even looked at with the 1212.
post #21 of 21
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Originally Posted by pacofortacos View Post

Not the way he is doing with the R,Y,W, but it will do 5.1 via optical. Will NOT do DTS though frown.gif

I also wonder if he even tried it. confused.gif
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