Originally Posted by hookbill
My new Del PC is a Media computer and I have recorded HD channels but without a box or a card you are limited to what you can do with it. Unless you know what you are doing, and obviously I don't.
I tried to record Hell's Kitchen off of it for my wife but I was unsuccessful about how to take the file that was recorded and load it into Drop Box. Right now I have a splitter doming from just before my modem/router so I can get all basic TWC, but no digital shows. You and I have talked about this probably 2 years ago, you were the first to get on the PC bandwagon. Well, I'm trying to figure some stuff out but so far not so good. And Just like TiVo, no transfer of digital programming, not that I get any of ther then local HD channels. Suggestions?
Sorry for the late reply. As for moving recordings over, that should be as simple as opening an explorer window (any location. Can use computer, Music, Documents, etc from the start menu) and on the left panel at the very top hit 'Recorded TV'. But please do check the file size first. Most likely the capture card in your machine is saving as MPEG2 (I have not seen a capture device designed to work with WMC that does MPEG4 yet. The Hauppage HD-PVR does but it is more or less a dedicated capture device and has to be hacked to work as a tuner with WMC at last check) and produces huge filesizes especially with HD material. IIRC last time I had my OTA tuner hooked up an SD subchannel netted me around 600MB per hour of recordings. If this is an analog channel it could be higher depending on recording settings. HD I do not recall but is pretty huge. Likely in the 5-8GB area per hour. If she is destined to put these on Dropbox you're going to need to find a tool to convert them to H264 and downsize them. I had one in particular I used when I did more OTA recordings on my PC which basically watched for new recordings, went in and automatically cut commercials and converted to a smaller H264 file. Though was a bit buggy and does require a bit of setting up outright. If you are wanting to check that out it is called MCEBuddy: http://mcebuddy.com/
Past that I'm not fully aware of what is out there that would be a simple endeavor to go through.
Capturing details regarding TWC: A standard ClearQAM card which you likely have will, at best and highly likely on TWC, get you just your basic analog channels and your local HD's and MAYBE a few lesser channels they don't care about leaving open in digital. Years ago I checked on my TV up in that area and I believe the 'extras' I got was WKYC (mind you in my area that is not our DMA. WFMJ was our equivalent NBC channel) plus the weather subchannel and also seemed to get subchannels of a few other OTA stations which are not in TWC's official channel listing. In addition seemed to be stuff like the PPV preview channel, a shopping channel here or there, and that was it. If all you get is the analogs with no sign of digital channels you either don't have a QAM tuner (check and see. If it says ATSC that is a good sign) or you have too many splitters ahead of it reducing the signal beyond usability. In my personal experience PC based tuners seem to be a hair more sensitive than your average set-top or TV tuner.
If you want more than that such as your paid for premium channels you'll need to pick up a CableCard ready tuner which, thankfully, are abundant these days more than they were a few years ago. All you really need to do is run a quick google search for CableCard tuners and you aren't more than a click away from one. Hauppauge has one, SiliconDust has one, and a company called Ceton has a couple in their arsenal. All comes down to what your PC can use (If it is an All-in-one you can only use ethernet or USB based ones, otherwise Ceton's is internal), how may tuners you want, and your budget.
As far as transferring files it is just about the same as Tivo's (if they haven't changed things) and largely depends on what copy protection TW sends down. If it is set to copy freely, you can copy and move the file around however you wish. If copy once or never, you are SOL and have to watch it on the same machine recorded. Unfortunately as we all know that is standard in the cable industry and not a Windows/WMC thing.
Hope that helps at least a little bit!