Originally Posted by MikeSM
Keenan, I am just working on the backend mostly now. I have an MCE system that will act as a Sage client when i convert over, but I want to get the backend stuff worked out first.
The video it captures seems great on playback on my PC's. HD is good, and SD is fine too in a native resolution window. It just captures the digital feed, so the HDHomeRun does no encoding. It's the native resolution of the signal. Think of it like an R5000-HD without the ability to receieve encrypted channels. That's why the HDHomeRun and the R5000-HD are good friends. You use the HDHR tuners for all the programs you can, and then only use the R5000-HD for encrypted programming. It's like hamburger helper in this setup.
Yes, both devices work very well. My query was more along the lines of PQ when seen on your main display, assuming you're using something other than a PC monitor. I'm sure the HDHR has nothing to do with, but whatever combo of playback decoders chosen within Sage, Nvideo PureVideo, etc. the PQ when seen using a 1920x1080i output is a bit noisy. Doing a direct comparison from the TiVo S3 output to what Sage displays leaves something to be desired, it's just not as "clean" sharp, or clear as the S3 output. I also get macroblocking with close action such as football that I don't get with S3.
My best uneducated guess is that there is something with the Nvidia/hardware/software that's just not up to snuff preventing a clean image from being displayed.
The source hardware, both the HDHR and the R5000 system work perfect and merge well with the Sage system. I only really noticed this difference in outputs since I've had the HDHR as with my Star Choice R5000 setup I never really viewed the SC STB directly as there was no way to use it as a DVR.
Also having a heck of a time with video stuttering with 1080i material with Sage, 720p is fine, but it doesn't have anything to do with the 2 hardware sources, it's something, again, with Sage and/or the playback software.
Anyway, assuming you'll be able to compare the Sage cable output to a direct cable output, I'm curious what your thoughts will be on the PQ, currently, I'm not all that happy with it. I'm very happy with how everything works with the setup, but it's missing that last, most important piece, how it looks on screen.
BTW, are you the same MikeSM that posts at Sage?