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Old 05-11-2009, 08:21 PM   #1
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Default Format of DVR recorded Video?

I couldn't find this subject nor anyone asking in my search through the Forum.

Does anyone know what video format the Directv HD-DVR record into the box hard drive?
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It's an encrypted format that you can't copy off the DVR hard drive and play back on a PC.
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Old 05-12-2009, 07:38 AM   #3
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There must be a video format that's behind the encryption....I'll search other forums...and if I find an answer I'll come back and post it.
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It sounds like the video format is in Mpeg-2 or Mpeg-4. A post an reply at the Directv forum posted the following Q&A to record onto a DVD or VCR:

" How to connect VCR/DVD Recorder to Record DIRECTV
Apr 28, 2009 The typical setup to record from your DIRECTV Receiver/DVR to a VCR or DVD recorder is:

* DIRECTV Receiver/DVR Audio/Video Output -> matching TV A/V Input (e.g. INPUT1)

* DirecTV Receiver/DVR A/V Output -> matching DVD/VCR Recorder A/V Input

* DVD/VCR Recorder A/V Output -> matching TV A/V Input (e.g. INPUT2)

Use the TV's Input/Source Selector Function to switch between the DIRECTV receiver and VCR/DVD Recorder. To record on the DVD/VCR Recorder, select the DirecTV Receiver/DVR Input on the recorder, set the DirecTV Receiver/DVR to the channel to record (or play a recording to copy on a DVR), and start recording on your DVD/VCR Recorder.


Once I get the recording onto DVD, I'm struggling having any software recognize the recording other than playback.
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I have recorded a lot of our vacation video to my DVD recorder and then used #1ripper software to rip the dvds to a mpg file. Then I use VideoReDo to edit it. I also have done the same from my DVR.

I used DVD+R discs to record on and they have to be finalized for the PC to be able to read them. I found the standard quality to work the best and going to worse quality or the best quality, the PC had difficulty reading the DVDs.

On the recorded DVD you will find multiple files which are combined by the #1ripper.

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Directv has introduced a Beta software one can download onto a computer. As long the computer meets all the requirements (CPU, Graphics card, LAN, etc.) you can download dvr programming directly to a computer and watch it on your computer.

Two items on the D*TV site noted:

DIRECTV2PC applies the hardware protection mechanism on protected content using hardware acceleration technology.

DIRECTV2PC cannot play the video content on your output device if it cannot apply the hardware protection mechanism.

I've downloaded the software and I'll post my results. If anyone else has downloaded and used the DIRECTV2PC, please let me know.
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I have recorded a lot of our vacation video to my DVD recorder and then used #1ripper software to rip the dvds to a mpg file. Then I use VideoReDo to edit it. I also have done the same from my DVR.

I used DVD+R discs to record on and they have to be finalized for the PC to be able to read them. I found the standard quality to work the best and going to worse quality or the best quality, the PC had difficulty reading the DVDs.

On the recorded DVD you will find multiple files which are combined by the #1ripper.

Hope this helps.
Thanks RB...
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DIRECTV2PC

The HDCP display requirement seems a high hurdle to meet. The only one I have connected is my 46" Sony but that is already connected to my HR21. My main PC has a 24" display connected via DVI but I doubt it is HDCP.

I don't see the point of this offering with such high requirements. It is obviously much, much cheaper to add more D* receivers than new HDCP compliant video cards and displays on a computer.

Before you make the plunge, don't believe the Nvidia cards listed are HDCP no matter what they say. The ATI 3650 I installed a while back passes Cyberlinks BD Advisor test and the D* Advisor. It's a P4 with XP and passes while my Core-duo Vista laptop fails the video and I thought that was HDCP compliant.

I need to keep searching for less expensive alternates.
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If anyone else has downloaded and used the DIRECTV2PC, please let me know.
I downloaded DIRECTV2PC.
It wouldn't even let me play the video from the DVR back on my built-in laptop display due to some protection thing.
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If you are wanting to transfer HD video to your PC the only way I know to do it without hassles is to use Hauppauge 1212 HD-PVR Video Capture device to capture component HD video and digital audio. I use it instead of rippers as well. If you have a Blu-ray player or another PC that will output HD via component video then it will do the equlivalent of ripping at a lot shorter time. The picture quality is as good as the DVR original and almost as good as the HDM originals. Also since it uses component video there is no HDCP to contend with either recording or playback.
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If you are wanting to transfer HD video to your PC the only way I know to do it without hassles is to use Hauppauge 1212 HD-PVR Video Capture device to capture component HD video and digital audio. I use it instead of rippers as well. If you have a Blu-ray player or another PC that will output HD via component video then it will do the equlivalent of ripping at a lot shorter time. The picture quality is as good as the DVR original and almost as good as the HDM originals. Also since it uses component video there is no HDCP to contend with either recording or playback.
Thanks RB. I take it that what ever you capture on the Hauppauge you can burn to DVD?
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Thanks RB. I take it that what ever you capture on the Hauppauge you can burn to DVD?
Yes you can. The unit comes with software that will allow you to burn HD to a single layer or dual layer standard DVD that will play on a Blu-ray player. It is limited to about an hour on a 4.7 Gb DVD and about 2 hours on a dual layer DVD.
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Yes you can. The unit comes with software that will allow you to burn HD to a single layer or dual layer standard DVD that will play on a Blu-ray player. It is limited to about an hour on a 4.7 Gb DVD and about 2 hours on a dual layer DVD.
I see that Amazon has the Hauppauge 1212 HD-PVR Video Capture device for $205.00, that's less expensive than buying a compatible computer in order to use DIRECTV2PC software. Is the 1212 the latest model?
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I see that Amazon has the Hauppauge 1212 HD-PVR Video Capture device for $205.00, that's less expensive than buying a compatible computer in order to use DIRECTV2PC software. Is the 1212 the latest model?
Even when the DIRECTV2PC software works perfectly it's only going to let you view a DIRECTV DVR recording on a PC. It's not designed to allow you to download the program from the DVR to your PC so you can then record it to a DVD.
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Even when the DIRECTV2PC software works perfectly it's only going to let you view a DIRECTV DVR recording on a PC. It's not designed to allow you to download the program from the DVR to your PC so you can then record it to a DVD.
Yeah I read something about that on the Directv Forum. I downloaded the directv advisor software. And I read that you only get (2) downloads of the Directv2PC. You have to have Directv2PC on your computer in order to view the download and it's not with 5.1 audio.
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