I have recorded some stuff on my Directv HD DVR, and I want to rip it to my PC so I can save it, is this even possible?
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11/29/07 at 10:12pm
This depends on what you mean.
There is no way to transfer recordings off of the DVR to your PC. Everything is super-encrypted and no method exists to break that.
And, unlike cable TV, the Sat companies are not required by law to allow for FireWire transferring material to a DVHS VCR or PC.
There is no chance of getting a truly perfect lossless copy of anything. But you can get a high quality recording using the Hauppauge Colossus (which records via the HDMI output of your Sat DVR), or the Hauppauge HD-PVR (which records via the Component output of your Sat DVR). There are also other similar units such as the Black Magic Intensity Pro (I only have experience using the Hauppauge products).
You should focus on those devices, as they are as close as you're going to get.
|Colossus also has an HDMI input port, so you can record HD video at up to 1080i from a un-encrypted HDMI source.
Note: most cable and satellite TV set top boxes encrypt HDMI output, so you cannot record from these sources.