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Old 11-08-2009, 07:38 PM   #1
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Just wondering if it is at all possible to copy a recording on my DirecTV DVR to my PC?

I appeared on a recording and I would like to save it, in HD. Right now I can't think of anyway to do it, other then copying it to my PC and saving it as an MPEG.

Thanks, any help would be appreciated.
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Old 11-09-2009, 07:23 AM   #2
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Just wondering if it is at all possible to copy a recording on my DirecTV DVR to my PC?

I appeared on a recording and I would like to save it, in HD. Right now I can't think of anyway to do it, other then copying it to my PC and saving it as an MPEG.

Thanks, any help would be appreciated.
This should do it for you.

http://www.directron.com/haup1212.html
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For more details on the 1212 see: Hauppauge 1212 HD-PVR Video Capture device
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I ended buying a Hauppauge® WinTV-HVR-1250 Hybrid Analog/Digital TV Tuner.....it's small and it comes with a remote. Uses composite, component and direct coaxial from a cable/satellite receiver and it's less expensive than the 1212.
This tuner downloads the video directly to the PC...
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I ended buying a Hauppauge® WinTV-HVR-1250 Hybrid Analog/Digital TV Tuner.....it's small and it comes with a remote. Uses composite, component and direct coaxial from a cable/satellite receiver and it's less expensive than the 1212.
This tuner downloads the video directly to the PC...
But it's not HD and doesn't have component inputs as you stated.
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Just wondering if it is at all possible to copy a recording on my DirecTV DVR to my PC?

I appeared on a recording and I would like to save it, in HD. Right now I can't think of anyway to do it, other then copying it to my PC and saving it as an MPEG.

Thanks, any help would be appreciated.
You could clone the dvr hard drive to a backup eSata. Can pick one up very cheap. If you ever lost it on your DVR you could reboot the dvr from the eSata. Other than the previous suggestions, that is the only way I know of backing up D* media.

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not sure if you can clone the dvr hdd since it's encrypted.
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not sure if you can clone the dvr hdd since it's encrypted.
A bit to bit copy will work on the HR 2* dvrs.
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Do they still make this item? It seems to have been discontinued? My wife tried to get one for me for Christmas, but nobody has it. NewEgg says it is no longer around. Or is there an updated one?
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Do they still make this item? It seems to have been discontinued? My wife tried to get one for me for Christmas, but nobody has it. NewEgg says it is no longer around. Or is there an updated one?
Amazon is out of stock on it but will get it back.
http://www.amazon.com/Hauppauge-1212-Definition-Personal-Recorder/dp/B0018LX0DY
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Old 12-28-2009, 07:09 PM   #11
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Do they still make this item? It seems to have been discontinued? My wife tried to get one for me for Christmas, but nobody has it. NewEgg says it is no longer around. Or is there an updated one?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...uge%20hd%20pvr
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Default Why no mention of BlackMagic Intensity Pro for HDMI Capture??

http://www.blackmagic-design.com/products/intensity/

This is a PCIe card for PC (maybe Mac?).

They offer analog to HDMI input cables, and IIRC, all copy protections are lost with analog inputs.

This may be simpler, more future tolerant than something with its own HDD but I can not speak from any experience with it.

Now you have a couple of options, but software capture of Directv2PC video is NOT one of them unfortunately!!

Unless someone knows of an app that can capture Directv2PC video or can decrypt the Directv HDDs??

Good Luck, Let us know of your success!!
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The problem with the Blackmagic card is it will not work when HDCP copy protection is required such as would be the case connected to a satellite or cable receiver. Per their technical specs:
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This card is designed to work with cameras that output via HDMI.

As far as I know the only way to record DVR content in HD video is still the 1212.
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The problem with the Blackmagic card is it will not work when HDCP copy protection is required such as would be the case connected to a satellite or cable receiver. Per their technical specs:

This card is designed to work with cameras that output via HDMI.

As far as I know the only way to record DVR content in HD video is still the 1212.
The blackmagic has cabling for component input as well.

The 1212 can NOT be the only device that can record HD content as it must get the HD content just like any other device, from some HD source be it HDMI or component (not matter the actual device).

The 1212 may have component & HDMI inputs, but any restrictions would exist with it as much as the blackmagic or any other capture device! Would hollywood allow just 1 device able to do this and not none or many?? This is controlled by fed law and s/w & h/w agreements.

There is NO copy protection via Component video inputs (assuming true HD analog is sent out when HDCP/copyright is present), HDMI is blocked for sure with no signal outputted.

Also there is the AVerMedia AVerTV HD DVR pcie ($90) which has similar input capability, but I am not too clear as to the 'analog' copying capability, HDMI copy is low res 320x240 but the s/w users guide mentions higher resolutions for avi use, no hands on experience though! A user mentions copying HD from a DTV HD receiver at 720p (choppy on his PC at 1080i so he switched-Newegg) but.....

The manual mentions that component can not be copied if HDCP is present but I wonder how they would know this if source outputted the analog signal, really, hmmmm???
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It may be that through the analog connections HD video can be recorded. I've not seen this spelled out anywhere or what the file formats end up being. You are correct that Hollywood does not limit to the one method, but I was saying to my knowledge the 1212 is the only solution for recording and playback I know of. Since the pricing is about the same, I'd be hard pressed to buy the Blackmagic card.

My post was intended to caution about the HDMI input issue, which Hollywood has said is not to be used to record HD video digitally.

But if someone can shed better light on that card, it may be an alternative.
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