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Old 01-12-2009, 11:15 AM   #1  
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How can I transfer items from my HD DVR to either an external HD or a Computer ?
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Hauppauge HD PVR.
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Hauppauge HD PVR.
That's it! Works very well. See: Hauppauge 1212 HD-PVR Video Capture device for information.
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The original poster was asking how to directly transfer recordings from the DVR to an external hard drive or a computer. You can't do that.

The ways other people have mentioned requires you to play the recording on the DVR, hook up some hardware to the output, and record the program as it's playing. I don't think that's what the original poster had in mind.
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The original poster was asking how to directly transfer recordings from the DVR to an external hard drive or a computer. You can't do that.

The ways other people have mentioned requires you to play the recording on the DVR, hook up some hardware to the output, and record the program as it's playing. I don't think that's what the original poster had in mind.
But I don't know that.

Many people just don't know what they want or what terms are exactly correct. Once you record a program with the HD PVR and then delete the program in the DVR, it is indeed transferred, in the broadest sense of the word. It may not be copied exactly bit for bit, but it is transferred.
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That's it! Works very well. See: Hauppauge 1212 HD-PVR Video Capture device for information.
What type of file format does that device record in? How easily can you create a DVD of the captured audio/video? Or have you even tried?
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If it's a DirecTV supplied DVR, the recorded media is encrypted but likely an MPG4 format. The question is whether the HDMI or 1080I component video output would work with an external recording device and maintain the HD resolution of the recorded program.
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The original poster was asking how to directly transfer recordings from the DVR to an external hard drive or a computer. You can't do that.

The ways other people have mentioned requires you to play the recording on the DVR, hook up some hardware to the output, and record the program as it's playing. I don't think that's what the original poster had in mind.

That's exactly what the Hauppauge PVR does. It records the content to an external system. Pretty simple.
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If it's a DirecTV supplied DVR, the recorded media is encrypted but likely an MPG4 format. The question is whether the HDMI or 1080I component video output would work with an external recording device and maintain the HD resolution of the recorded program.
Yes, the Hauppauge PVR maintains the HD resolution.
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What type of file format does that device record in? How easily can you create a DVD of the captured audio/video? Or have you even tried?
It creates a m2ts file. There is software that will author DVD files for the files. No I haven't tried it because it would be SD. I record all of the files to USB HDD and then either play them through my HTPC or my Hauppauge 1212 HD-PVR Video Capture device so I really don't need a SD DVD.

It is possible, with software supplied, to convert files captured to DVD or 2x DVD so they can be played in a Blu-ray player in HD, but is limited to about 1 hour on a 2x DVD.

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Yes, the Hauppauge PVR maintains the HD resolution.
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It creates a m2ts file. There is software that will author DVD files for the files. No I haven't tried it because it would be SD. It is possible to convert files captured to DVD or 2x DVD so they can be played in a Blu-ray player in HD, but is limited to about 1 hour on a 2x DVD.
Thanks, that's exactly the info I needed. This unit is on my short list now...
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It creates a m2ts file. There is software that will author DVD files for the files. No I haven't tried it because it would be SD. I record all of the files to USB HDD and then either play them through my HTPC or my Hauppauge 1212 HD-PVR Video Capture device so I really don't need a SD DVD.

It is possible, with software supplied, to convert files captured to DVD or 2x DVD so they can be played in a Blu-ray player in HD, but is limited to about 1 hour on a 2x DVD.

Or you can use double-layer DVDs and record about 2 hours on a disc.
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Or you can use double-layer DVDs and record about 2 hours on a disc.
Yes, depending on the bitrate selected and how you record the disc. If it is a data file you can fit more than an hour on a 2x DVD and if the encode is set low you can get more than an hour on a 2x disc. For higest quality and via the Blu-ray conversion they say about an hour.

Are you getting 2 hours? How were they recorded?

btw the files are m2ts (or .ts) containers with h.264 codec.
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