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Record Tv To Pc-on Xp Pro

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#1 Shelly116


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Posted 11 June 2007 - 02:28 PM

I'm new to this site... I have been trying to figure this out for months now. I am trying to get my recorded TV shows to my PC so I can get rid of the commercials and put them on DVD's.

I have an Intel Core2 Duo/(6400) 2.13Ghz, 2Gb Ram, with Win Xp Pro V 2002 (SP2), 250 Gb HD, NVidia Geforce 7600 GT and Hauppauge WinTV PVR 500 Dual tuner TV card.

I have Dish Network with locals, tried hooking up the coax from the main satellite line at first (right out of the wall) and got no signal at all on my pc. Then realized it wasn't going through the smartcard... so I ran the splitter from the back of the TV instead. Now I can get reception on the pc (using either coax from the splitter or A/V cables direct from the back of the satellite box). So far, I have gotten this much to work with ORB 2.0

Here's the issue: It will ONLY show me the channel that is currently displayed on the television (or the dish box...same thing) at that time, and when this does work, it's very choppy at times. I do get the correct cable guide displayed on the pc, with all the correct information, but no matter which channel I try to open (if it opens) it always shows me only what is on my tv.

Does anyone have any other ideas? What software can I use to transfer the shows to the PC, and edit the commercials out?? ALL information I can find refers to Windows Media Center Edition! :thumbsup:


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Posted 11 June 2007 - 04:04 PM

I understand that a program called Video Redo can scan an MPEG-2 file (that has been captured) and automatically mark the start and end of commercials which allows you to easily edit them out using its built-in editor. The trick will be how to capture to an MPEG-2 file. Does your satellite set top box have an S-video output ? Your capture card should be able to accept this kind of input and the accompanying software should let your capture to MPEG-2.

Keep in mind that the MPEG from your satellite receiver is not MPEG-2, but what is refered to as "MPEG-1.5" which was developed and rushed to market before MPEG-2 became a standard. Recording from an analog output may be your only viable option, though not a bad one at all. A quick look at your capture card shows an S-video connector, a good sign. Also keep in mind that this card and probably its software, or lack of software, is directed at XP MCE users, not XP Home/Pro users. However, I also expect a company like Hauppauge would create some means for a Home/Pro user to fully use their card. One note in the product page: "Note: when using the WinTV-PVR-500 MCE with WindowsXP or Vista Home Basic, you need a third party TV application such as SageTV or BeyondTV". This may be the "missing link" you need.

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Posted 11 June 2007 - 06:15 PM

I think that you're connected to an output on the satellite box that is served by the tuner that controls your TV (AFAIK it's a part of the satellite box). I had satellite years ago in Germany and we had big problems even trying to use 2 TV's on different channels. The software the comes with the Hauppage card will allow you to do what you need, but you'll have to fuss with the connections to get a signal that you can use.
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