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#1 flobiwan

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Posted 21 August 2013 - 08:30 AM

Can anyone help me figure out a way to get my cable TV to my computer?  I'm not so much interested in WATCHING TV on my PC but in streaming it so i can record programs in DIVX.  My PC streams to my smart TV so i could then watch the divx files on my TV.  I'm just trying to figure out a way to record shows directly on my PC so i can save them.

 

Ideally, i would like to be able to go to some menu on my computer with all the shows listed, click on a show and have it download to divx, however i don't think that exists yet. 

 

Another idea is some way to wirelessly stream shows from my cable box to my PC and use some sort of software to record the show on divx.  Again, i don't know if this type of thing exists but that would be great.

 

I don't have an extra slot for another video card and i have three monitors so if i needed a TV tuner card, i would have to get one with three monitor inputs. 

 

What options are there for me?  My computer is 2 years old and reasonably powerful with 16GB of RAM.



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Posted 21 August 2013 - 08:53 AM

Hi

 

You will need to give more details. For example do You want to capture in SD or in HD?

What outputs does Your cable box support?

For example. Composite (Red, yellow, White) RCA?

Component or HDMI or RF?

 

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Posted 21 August 2013 - 09:24 AM

Have you looked into a simple TV card like:

 

http://hauppauge.com/

 

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Posted 22 August 2013 - 07:19 AM

I don't really care about capturing in HD, although i would take advantage of it if it wasn't a problem.  The cable box is an Explorer 8300HD DVR.  It has RCA out, component video, digital audio, HDMI and S-video. 

 

As it stands now, i have the cable box going to my old DVD recorder which is use to burn DVDs, then take the DVDs to my PC which i convert to divx and keep on the PC.  I'm just trying to figure out a way to simplify the process so i can go right from the cable box to the PC without so many steps. 



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Posted 22 August 2013 - 10:50 AM

I use this one with component. Just to be clear component has 5 RCA plugs.

Red, Green, Blue for video and Red and white for stereo audio.

 

I use this one with component, it does not do HDMI. It connects to a USB port. http://www.hauppauge.com/site/products/data_hdpvr.html

  • Built-in hardware H.264 high definition encoder, for high performance, high quality TV recordings
  • Component video input (YCrCb or YPrPb) from most high definition cable TV and satellite TV receivers. Optical or stereo audio inputs.
  • Record high definition video at up to 1080i resolution, 720p or VGA/D1
  • Record at datarates from 1Mbs to 13.5Mbs, constant and Variable Bit Rate
Record formats

There are three H.264 formats you can choose when recording a video:

  • .TS, which is a generic 'transport stream' compatible with many digital media players
  • .M2TS, which is compatible with the Sony Playstation3
  • .MP4, which is compatible with the XBox360

 

More details by following the Link I posted.

 

I just capture to .MP4 files and then turn them into a BluRay disk or I can play them direct on my WD media player.

 

I have decided that I like the quality of 1080i captures.

 

Good Luck

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Posted 24 August 2013 - 06:00 AM

That looks great! I was looking for avi but mp4 will stream to my smart TV as well.  Thanks! 






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