Originally Posted by JimLely
I don't understand the HDMI reference since it passes dolby digital 5.1.
Not sure if this box can do that. This is from Hauppage's web site:
"Includes SPDIF optical audio input, for awesome sound in your recordings. Also supports 5.1 channel audio passthrough for use with home theater systems."
Whether the 5.1 is present with the HDMI signal from the STB or has to come from the optical out of the box when making a recording isn't mentioned. The AC-3 codec was not made available for the software as Hauppage (apparently) did not pay Dolby Labs for the codec on this new software. However, the old Arcsoft capture software does work. This is where you can use the optical in....
However, I notice this post from SHS on Videohelp:
"I can't speak for component input but I was only getting aac audio at first with the capture program over HDMI when I only installed that new driver with the capture app. It was ignoring my settings. I had to install the full bundle containing Showbiz, WinTV7 etc... on the "Beta" page I referenced in my earlier post (#70) which includes the 1.4.31143 driver as above (you have to open the beta tab in the link I provided to see it). After that under "Advanced" and "Audio Encoder" uncheck "disable HDMI ac3 support" in the capture app. Then close it and open Showbiz and make sure it is unchecked there too. Then reopen the capture app and now it should cap ac3 over hdmi. I unplugged the pvr2 after doing this and rebooted the PC and it works.
What's missing in the capture app is the feature to stop the cap after a set time like there is in Showbiz."
Further along in the same thread:
"I told you that Tool (Hauppage Capture) doesn't work with AC3 only Showbiz works with AC3 recording
spdif input itself does work"
So, according to these posts, HDMI AC-3 capture does work, but only in Showbiz (if it is available as an input in that software)? You can't record HDMI AC-3 in the new capture tool? I thought you could when you turn it on in the advanced settings? One says yes, the other says no. Which is it? Or maybe I'm just confused and have to try to turn the AC-3 record on in both pieces of software. Going through the past 5 pages here and several more at Videohelp has confused me a bit. As I said though, AAC stereo sound will be good enough for old movies and TV shows that were originally recorded as mono or 2 channel stereo however new shows are going to be a pain if I have to keep charging parameters in the software.
Also, is here a list of which channels broadcast in 720p or 1080i? Might be best to record in the native format when at all possible.
After a bit of looking I found this antiquated piece:
What pray tell is 1440X1080? I *presume* it's still classed as high definition? And the bit rates at under 10 Mbps seem to indicate that the caps we are making at 13.5 Mbps or higher are a waste of time for those sources. Any newer data?Edited by Doug O - 9/12/13 at 3:51pm