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I wish to connect my HD cable box to my PC. The only available video, maybe audio input available, is an open USB 2.0 port. The set top box has COMPONENT video out, COMPOSITE video out, COMPOSITE audio out, usb out?, one hdmi port, and one rj45 port, coax in/out. In is used, out is empty. Hdmi goes to tv which has 2. I am already using a converter box to SEND pc to TV. works well. I have done lots of research and still do not understand the workable options. A/V capture devices that use usb as the input, hd-pvrs that use either component, composite, or hdmi for inputs, simple cables with composite and hdmi connectors, and other so called solutions.

My pc has both VLC and POT PLAYER installed. Both can record from various sources including a "capture" device. The issue is I do not know if a simple SMALL sized capture like EASYCAP will be recognized by the desktop or if the included software will work. A PVR seems to be a better choice like the HAUPPGUE 1212 although it is expensive. I have seen them used but they are usually missing the cd which makes them useless.

A simple cable connection with appropriate adapters seems a better solution. Such as a 2way hdmi splitter on my set top, long hdmi cable to a converter box or adapter cable, then to the usb port. How VLC will recognize this connection, if at all, is an unknown. The capture, pvr, or even a converter box is supposed to show up in a list under "CAPTURE" tab, both in VLC and POT.

Any and all working solutions welcome. I ordered a complete EASYCAP but I will not know if it works until I try it. Like the desktop it is a yes or no. Nothing in between. Also win7 32 bit seems to be an issue. CAP is supposed to be compatible. But others says it is not. Who knows. If this works fine. If not it goes in the trash. ALL solutions welcome. I cannot believe this should be so difficult. PS--- I use AUDACITY for audio now directly from the set top. So even if the audio the CAP records is not good, as some have said, I have DAC as an alternative. VLC, and POT will do both well as long as the unit is recognized. Thanks. [email protected]
 

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I wish to connect my HD cable box to my PC. The only available video, maybe audio input available, is an open USB 2.0 port. The set top box has COMPONENT video out, COMPOSITE video out, COMPOSITE audio out, usb out?, one hdmi port, and one rj45 port, coax in/out.

My pc has both VLC and POT PLAYER installed. Both can record from various sources including a "capture" device.

A simple cable connection with appropriate adapters seems a better solution. Such as a 2way hdmi splitter on my set top, long hdmi cable to a converter box or adapter cable, then to the usb port.
Sorry, but you will need a capture device. HDMI connectors may look somewhat like USB connectors but they have nothing in common. HDMI carries uncompressed digital A/V at higher speeds than USB, so you would still need a capture device to receive HDMI video and compress it in real time.

Hopefully the EasyCap you ordered will work. If not, a used Hauppauge 1212 (which digitizes component video and stereo audio) is your best bet. I believe you can download the software from their website if the CD is missing.
 

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"They" don't WANT you to do that....copy protection, et. al.

1) Low Rez Composite Video (YELLOW) with L/R Audio (WHITE/RED) can be readily input to PC with a Video Capture Card.

2) High-Rez Digital Signal [even from Encryptied Channels] can be input to PC for Display & Recording to Disc by SOME PC Tuner Cards which have an on-board slot to accept CableCARD DeCryption PCMCIA leased from local Cable Company [may also need Tuning Adapter]....VoD/PPV are Blocked:
https://www.amazon.com/SiliconDust-HDHomeRun-PRIME-Cable-3-Tuner/dp/B004HKIB6E [3 Tuners, DLNA via WiFi]
http://cetoncorp.com/products/infinitv [4 or 6 Tuners]
http://www.hauppauge.com/site/products/prods_hd-recorders.html
https://www.lifewire.com/hd-content-into-pc-1130837

3) Note that Hauppage also has External PVR's that use Component Video I/F for Display and Recording of ANY and ALL Cable programs that a leased Cable Box can watch:
http://www.hauppauge.com/site/products/prods_hd-recorders.html
 
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