Originally Posted by blueiedgod
What kind of TV? OTA or Cable?
Cable may or may not be encrypted, and may or may not be copyright protected.
Encrypted is OK, copyright protected you are SOL. There is nothing you can do with the file that has been copyright protected, you can move it to a different machine, but it will only play on the machine it was originally recorded on. You can't edit it, or remove commercials from it.
So, you end up with Terrabytes of storage, like us. 17 Tb!
I'm actually trying to do EXACTLY what you have set up. I have Verizon FIOS, and I want to record and save as much TV as possible. I don't want Copyright protected material though. If I can't play it on another machine, it makes zero sense to have it to me. No reason to have huge WTV files of a television series that takes up 100 gigs for a season or something crazy. I'm simply trying to figure out how to record TV, compress it into something similar to what all the release groups do with torrents (it can be a little bigger than those files since I know I'm doing it myself and don't have the same setup). The problem is so much information is outdated so thats why I came here. Following a guide from 2008 is great and all, but a ton of technological advances have happened since 2008 and 2013. It's surprising to not find a recent guide on ripping TV to small but high quality files.
I have no intention of throwing out my other boxes (Well it's my family), but I do want to make the tv watching experience better for everyone so that's why I'm trying to figure this out. My mom has no clue how to DVR a show and then pull it up. I'm hoping if I can set this up to automatically record all of our favorite shows and import them into XBMC, that she and the rest of the family, won't have to worry about understanding DVR or ondemand. EVerything will just be there.
I'm currently only at 6TB of space. 4TB drives though are under 150. I plan on picking up more of them as I need more space.
I really want to understand how to make high quality encodes though similar to ones people download off the internet. I don't see a reason anymore of downloading TV when I could save the bandwidth and just get a Ceton Quad Tuner for 200 dollars. I'd rather use my bandwidth to play games and for other things haha.
Originally Posted by dazzo17
Yes MCB does a reasonable job but has a few flaws with the add removal software.
I did a guide on the freeware way of doing this a while ago as I used to do this myself if you do a bit of a search you should find it on the forum from memory it took about 3 to 4 steps to get the job done.
Now I use Video Redo TV Suite but you have to pay for it its not free but does an excellent job with windows 7 recordings. You can also re-encode with this as well but I then bulk process the edited files with Handbrake which I think is faster and easier to set the settings for.
I don't mind paying an upfront fee if I have to. Besides, if I really don't want to pay for software there is a way around it. I'll take a look into it.