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Old 03-23-2009, 05:29 PM   #1  
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If this has been addressed in another topic i apologize.

Im looking to hook up my uverse to my computer, before i buy a hd tuner card, i need some help...

from research:

Uverse boxes do NOT have a firewire connection..
from what i can tell, the only way is hdmi out of box to an hdmi tuner card---expensive

Anyone have any info that im missing? I read that s-video reuins HD and im not sure if tuner cards have the 3 composite connections...Id hate to switch TV services, but i really want to capture HD 1080i...
I called Uverse and they told me to buy an hdmi to usb cable??? Cant find one, and cany see how the quality would remain..

Any help would be GREAT!!
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Old 03-23-2009, 06:38 PM   #2  
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I use this: Hauppauge 1212 HD-PVR Video Capture device

It uses component video to record in HD. Works very well. Other than that I don't know any other solution.
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Old 03-23-2009, 06:44 PM   #3  
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I don't know of any PC video cards that have HDMI input. The usb to hdmi adapters i've seen are for connecting a secondary monitor, not for use as an input device. There are lots options if you're okay with a crappy analog SD signal though.
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I don't know of any PC video cards that have HDMI input. The usb to hdmi adapters i've seen are for connecting a secondary monitor, not for use as an input device. There are lots options if you're okay with a crappy analog SD signal though.
Yeah, I wouldn't even consider using SD to transfer video since the Hauppauge box will allow high definition transfers at 1080i or 720p.
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Old 03-23-2009, 07:55 PM   #5  
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Yeah, I wouldn't even consider using SD to transfer video since the Hauppauge box will allow high definition transfers at 1080i or 720p.

That actually sounds like my best bet...the other question is i did a search on hd tv tuners and some say they have s-video and composite video input...so could i just get that which is 100$ and connect hd uverse to pc using composite video? Or am i mistaking the wires?



just askin, and thanks for your help!
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s-video and composite video is SD. The Hauppauge box uses component video.

Composite video is a single wire usually yellow and is limited to 480i.

Component video is three wires usually red-green-blue and will carry HD at 720p or 1080i.
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s-video and composite video is SD. The Hauppauge box uses component video.

Composite video is a single wire usually yellow and is limited to 480i.

Component video is three wires usually red-green-blue and will carry HD at 720p or 1080i.

ok, thanks!! I understand completly now..looks like thats my next purchased..just purchased an external bluray burner 250$ cheaper than dell is seeling it for

Now the hdpvr i will get..if you like it it must be ok...so the composite wires will capture 1080i? Is there a certain brand of wire thats best?

and last question..can i capture stuff thats on my dvr with this system?
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ok, thanks!! I understand completly now..looks like thats my next purchased..just purchased an external bluray burner 250$ cheaper than dell is seeling it for

Now the hdpvr i will get..if you like it it must be ok...so the composite wires will capture 1080i? Is there a certain brand of wire thats best?

and last question..can i capture stuff thats on my dvr with this system?
Yes it will capture at 1080i. Any good component cables will work fine. I recommend monoprice.com for these. The box comes with a set of RGB+stereo audio.

I capture 1080i video all of the time from my U-verse box. Transferred American Grafitti from HDNET Movies today. I don't think you will be disappointed with the unit.

By the way, you will want to do some testing as far as having the HDMI and component cables connected at the same time. On my U-verse box the component reverts to SD with the HDMI connected. So I hooked up the Hauppauge box with component cables and then did a pass through from it back to my TV. If you are using HDMI right now, that will be something to watch for.

In this link: Hauppauge 1212 HD-PVR Video Capture device it shows how the recommended hookup is done. It also discusses the way to edit the recorded files for stripping commercials. And finally at the end there is a link to an amazon page for ordering it online. Good luck.

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dell has that device on sale for $153 - see link

http://www.slickdeals.net/permadeal/...ice-153-Or-149
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Nice! Thanks! And thanks you rbinck for all your help..i have a uverse box just for my computer, so I will use the 3 wire with the PVR

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Need any more assistance, just shout out! I'm sure you will enjoy the unit, I have mine.
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Old 03-24-2009, 03:44 PM   #12  
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so just to confirm before i order this jewel...

I can capture any hd channel and also capture whats already on my dvr? Correct? What file format does it capture to? Or a better question is what is the best file format to capture it to?

Id like to capture a concert from hdnet and burn to blu-ray..

i just wanted to ask b4 i order it..the coupon for dell expires on thursday..

thanks for all the help!
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So far I have not seen any HD programs that I could not capture and as far as I know there is not restrictions through the component video outputs. It captures to a .m2ts container with a h264 codec. It comes with software that will allow the conversion necessary to make a Blu-ray compatible DVD using standard DVDs. I haven't used that because I just play the files, so I'm not sure how much can be put on a single density or a double density DVD. If you have a Blu-ray burner, then you can probably get several movies on a Blu-ray disc. It takes between 5 and 8 GB per movie of 1:45 to 2 hours.

I record and transfer HDNet Movies all of the time.
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Old 03-24-2009, 07:26 PM   #14  
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thanks! Sounds awesome..I thought of switching to direct tv at 1st, but this will save me money over the long run....At&t uverse is hard to beat price wise..

Thanks for all your help !!! have a good night
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Old 04-02-2009, 09:50 PM   #15  
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ok, so i got the Hauppauge 1212 from dell for 163.00 I have a couple other questions, maybe you can help, maybe not...

is it better to capture in mp2ts? or ts?

I thought dvd architect would author the file i wanted, but its showing it as audio only, but its video...I havent tryed the ts. yet...what good software authors blu ray?

any help like the rest would be appriciated
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