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Old 10-22-2008, 12:44 AM   #1
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I'm finally cancelling Com(pressed)cast's crappy TV service and getting DirecTV!

What I'm wondering is how do I transfer a show from my old DVR to my computer or another source without losing the (compressed) HD quality, since Cumcast will want their DVR back?

My gf and I sat in on a taping of The Tonight Show this summer and I want to save a copy of it for a keepsake. I understand I need a firewire cable. Is there a specific model I need or something or certain specifations to look for? Comcast's (bottom of the line) box is a Motorola DCH3416 btw if that helps.

What software program do I need to do it with my computer? Is it free? If not, how much does it cost and where do I get it? I'm new to all of this and I'd appreciate a walkthrough. If this is the wrong board please send me to the right one.


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Old 10-22-2008, 10:48 AM   #2
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Just connect your D-VHS recorder to the DVR via firewire and "play" the content you want to move. The HD program/movie will be "moved" from the DVR to the tape in the same HD format that exist on the DVR. You can make a SD quality COPY from any of the outputs on the DVR to any device that accepts the output (DVD recorder, computer, VHS, etc). Making copies of HD material is a "no no"- but you can MOVE it.
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I'm finally cancelling Com(pressed)cast's crappy TV service and getting DirecTV!

What I'm wondering is how do I transfer a show from my old DVR to my computer or another source without losing the (compressed) HD quality, since Cumcast will want their DVR back?

My gf and I sat in on a taping of The Tonight Show this summer and I want to save a copy of it for a keepsake. I understand I need a firewire cable. Is there a specific model I need or something or certain specifations to look for? Comcast's (bottom of the line) box is a Motorola DCH3416 btw if that helps.

What software program do I need to do it with my computer? Is it free? If not, how much does it cost and where do I get it? I'm new to all of this and I'd appreciate a walkthrough. If this is the wrong board please send me to the right one.


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I had that same box from Comsuck, this is how I took my shows off the dvr before giving them the box back.

If you don't have a dvd recorder, then see if you can borrow one.
Get an S-video cable, and go from the Cable box to your dvd recorder. You can then play it in any dvd player, so you don't need the computer if you go that route.

I'm not sure that the firewire option is enabled on that stb.

Hope this helps
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I had that same box from Comsuck, this is how I took my shows off the dvr before giving them the box back.

If you don't have a dvd recorder, then see if you can borrow one.
Get an S-video cable, and go from the Cable box to your dvd recorder. You can then play it in any dvd player, so you don't need the computer if you go that route.

I'm not sure that the firewire option is enabled on that stb.

Hope this helps
I assure you an s-video cable is NOT going to MOVE / COPY / TRANSFER any HD content . . . which is what the OP wanted to do . . .
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my gf's parents have a DVD recorder. Its just analog though, its NOT Blueray or HD DVD (they DON'T even have an HDTV). Is there even such thing as Blue Ray recorders?

I don't have a D-VHS (whatever that is, I thought VHS went out with the 90's). What I do have is an old analog VCR that I bought 10 years ago, but its recordings look terrible.

The most thing is I want is to stay as close to the original HD as possible.

So as I asked in my first questions,

1.which video recording software should I buy?

and

2. is there a certain type of Firewire cable (specs / features, etc.) to look for when I go to the electronics store.

For those that are unfamiliar with the box I have, here's its specs sheet from Motorola:

http://www.motorola.com/business/US-...008406b00aRCRD
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I assure you an s-video cable is NOT going to MOVE / COPY / TRANSFER any HD content . . . which is what the OP wanted to do . . .
I know dam well that s-video does not transfer HD content, thank you very much!

I was just letting the OP know how to get them off the box he needs to return, since he did not mention a HD camcorder.
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Ok please don't argue or attack each other, lets work on solving my problem. So what do I need to buy? I'm signing up for DTV this weekend.
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my gf's parents have a DVD recorder. Its just analog though, its NOT Blueray or HD DVD (they DON'T even have an HDTV). Is there even such thing as Blue Ray recorders?

I don't have a D-VHS (whatever that is, I thought VHS went out with the 90's). What I do have is an old analog VCR that I bought 10 years ago, but its recordings look terrible.

The most thing is I want is to stay as close to the original HD as possible.

So as I asked in my first questions,

1.which video recording software should I buy?

and

2. is there a certain type of Firewire cable (specs / features, etc.) to look for when I go to the electronics store.

For those that are unfamiliar with the box I have, here's its specs sheet from Motorola:



http://www.motorola.com/business/US-...008406b00aRCRD

One of the posters in the AVS forum found a work around. Perhaps this will help you. You should probably ask Comsuck if they're firewire is enabled before you spend your cash. I know in my market they did not enable the firewire.

http://www./avs-vb/showthread.php?p=14854541
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that link doesn't work, it goes to a blank page.
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Yeah the only recording devices I have are the DVR that I have to return, and an old cheap bottom of the line VCR that I bought 10 years ago (its not even stereo!).

My gf's parents have an SD DVD recorder. Would that work? If so what cable do I need?
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Yeah the only recording devices I have are the DVR I mentioned above and an old cheap bottom of the line VCR that I bought 10 years ago (its not even stereo so hardly worth it). Nothing else.
Hi Tom, I'm sorry there is really no way to get the HD conent other than what has been discussed here.

The only thing I can suggest is that you do the s-video.
It's standard definition, however it looks really good in a upscaling dvd player.

How many ghz is your computer, and is it dual core?

http://www.engadgethd.com/2006/02/20...ng-on-your-pc/

Try this link. Like I said before, I was just letting you know how I cleared my STB.

The other thing is they have HD camcorders for 149.00 at Wallgreens. You could get a tripod, and just sit it infront of the tv if worst came to worst. It can use micro sd cards.
They have an HD out through component cables.
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So the cheapest way to go is to buy an S-Video cable and use my gf's parents' SD DVD recorder? I don't have alot of money to spend, I guess I should have mentioned that in my original post.
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So the cheapest way to go is to buy an S-Video cable and use my gf's parents' SD DVD recorder? I don't have alot of money to spend, I guess I should have mentioned that in my original post.
Yes, like I said you won't get HD, but it will look really good. I can play my dvd's on the computer, or in any dvd player. I bought an s-video cable for 9.00 including shipping. I know you want to get your stuff off that box before they take it. This way also you don't need a software program. Do you use your HDTV as a monitor for you computer?
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No, I don't have a long enough cable.
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No, I don't have a long enough cable.
Oh ok, well i use mine as a monitor. I bought a 12ft vga cable for under 20.00. just a thought.

This way you can watch your vids on a big screen, since you will have to return your g/f parents dvd recorder.

Sorry I could not help out more.
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