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Is it possible to connect my computer to my DVR and burn the recordings on to DVD? Can someone point me in the right direction.
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Question,
Is it possible to connect my computer to my DVR and burn the recordings on to DVD? Can someone point me in the right direction.
Thanks,
Clay

You can't just move the files from the DVR to the computer because of the way they are stored. You need some sort of capture device to stream (playback) the DVR content to the computer in a way that you can capture it.

You might also consider using a standalone DVD recorder.
 
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Thanks for the information. Looks like it might be too much trouble.
 

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They just released the OEM requirement on cablecards so that option will be open in the near future once card manufacturers and software makers get everything together. With a cablecard you would be able to use your pc as a DVR and store, or burn, as you like. You can do it with over the air television and basic cable with a QAM capable tuner card now but premium channels are encrypted which is why the Hauppage 1212 is recommended. As far as I know it is the only way to do it right now.

I'm thinking of getting a 1212 so that I can take encrypted video from my computer (NFL Game Rewind) and save it. I don't really care about burning but I would love to save the games. I'll probably go this route by the end of the year.
 
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There are just some saints games that I want to keep for a while. Like their game in London, possibly their game against the Eagles. I really wish I had the reopening of the dome game and the playoff game against the Eagles.
 

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It may be easier to just redownload some of the games you want. Lots of links here:

http://saintsreport.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=54

Keep an eye on woot.com. They're having a wootoff right now, and they've sold at least one upscaling DVD recorder. You can get one of those for about $50. Easier than going the capture route.

If you're trying to save HD, everything will be more complicated.
 

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I bought the 1212, and have captured a game on my hard drive, but am absoutely struggling with the dvd burn. I keep getting the error message that the file is too big, but I'm having no luck with the cutting room feature in trying to shrink it.

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I bought the 1212, and have captured a game on my hard drive, but am absoutely struggling with the dvd burn. I keep getting the error message that the file is too big, but I'm having no luck with the cutting room feature in trying to shrink it.

thoughts most welcome.

You're not going to be able to burn an HD capture to a regular DVD (unless you use the codec described below, which looks like will require a conversion - I'm not familiar with it). They usually don't support it. You need a Bluray burner and disk.

If you want to archive games, you will need to downsample, capture in regular SD (or 480p) or burn to HD media (Bluray). You're other alternative would be to get some sort of high capacity network storage and just keep everything digital and stream it when you want to watch it (there are lots of options for that).

This is from the newegg comments of your 1212:

Pros: I have been working on some scientific applications for HD video. This is the ONLY device which offers a smooth path from HD video to a Blu-Ray compatible disk.

AVCHD codec allows recording of 1.5 hours of HD, at the highest bit rate, on a regular dual layer DVD. My disks will play in all the Blu-Ray machines at Best Buy!

The other alternatives for recording are very expensive and tempremental RAID based recording systems using a $1000 HD encoder.

The most important advantage may be that the HD PVR records directly to a Blu-Ray compatible format (H264/MPEG4 TS). This converts to Blu-Ray in a few minutes --- NO TRANSCODING!

For those of you not familiar with Transcoding, this is the process required to convert video from one CODEC to another. It is almost always required to convert to a Blu-ray compatible CODEC (AVCHD). When done in software, the transcoding process typically requires 2x - 5x the actual recording time (i.e. 2-5 hours to transcode 1 hr of video)
Cons: The software application includes a very simple file editor which allows you to exclude parts of a file from you AVCHD "burn".

If you use the editor, the software recodes the video and the time required to make a disk increases by a factor of 3x.
 

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Thanks. I actually got the first half of the Eagles game on a regular DVD+R, and it plays back on the computer, now to find a regular DVD player that can play it. i don't mind two DVD's per game.

Also, I am sure I will **** something else up, so I'll end up back on this thread, and thanks for the coaching.
 

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Thanks. I actually got the first half of the Eagles game on a regular DVD+R, and it plays back on the computer, now to find a regular DVD player that can play it. i don't mind two DVD's per game.

Also, I am sure I will **** something else up, so I'll end up back on this thread, and thanks for the coaching.

I don't know of any DVD players that will play mpeg 4 HD. If you have one, PS3 will play it.
 

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Thanks. I actually got the first half of the Eagles game on a regular DVD+R, and it plays back on the computer, now to find a regular DVD player that can play it. i don't mind two DVD's per game.

Also, I am sure I will **** something else up, so I'll end up back on this thread, and thanks for the coaching.

You'll probably need to use a PC or buy a cheap blu-ray player.
 

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What do you guys do? Just take them down regular in non-HD format? This seems pretty simple, and I am not sure it's worth pulling the DVR cords out and moving it upstairs every Sunday night just to have HD recordings that I need to get a blu-ray player for.
 

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What do you guys do? Just take them down regular in non-HD format? This seems pretty simple, and I am not sure it's worth pulling the DVR cords out and moving it upstairs every Sunday night just to have HD recordings that I need to get a blu-ray player for.

(Assuming DTV DVR), if I really wanted to archive all games in HD, I would probably get a few eSATA external drives and just DVR them directly.

It creates a problem with redundancy - you would have to be creative with backing them up, but it would be the easiest way to do it, and only a few hundred dollars for a season.
 

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Speaking of which anyone making a decent DVD recorder, since MPAA banned any recording now.
 

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