From the Manufacturer
The Hauppauge 1212 HD-PVR High Definition Personal Video Recorder is the world's first high-definition video recorder for making real-time H.264 compressed recordings at resolutions up to 1080i. With the HD-PVR, you can schedule and automatically record your favorite shows in high definition directly from cable TV and satellite set top boxes. As an added feature, the HD-PVR also includes S-Video inputs so you can convert all your old home video tapes into Blu-ray DVD recordings.
High-Definition Quality Recordings on Your Schedule
At long last, a personal video recorder, or PVR, that offers high quality recordings of high-definition television shows. Now you can start building a personal archive of your favorite high definition TV programs without losing the broadcast quality.
At the heart of the HD-PVR is an H.264 high-definition encoder that's built-in for high-performance, high-quality TV recordings at up to 1080i resolution, 720p or VGA/D1. The box includes a component video input for use with most high-definition cable TV and satellite TV receivers, as well as optical or stereo audio inputs. (Audio is recorded using AC-3 encoding from SPDIF in 2 or 5.1 channel audio / Digital Dolby.)
The HD-PVR records in the AVCHD format, which can be used to burn Blu-ray DVD discs. Two hours of high-definition recordings, recorded at 5 Mbits/sec, can be burnt onto a standard 4.7 GB DVD-R or DVD-RW disk for playback on any Blu-ray DVD player. (You have the option of recording at data rates from 1 Mbs to 13.5Mbs, constant and variable bit rate.)
The recorder also includes Hauppauge's WinTV scheduler that lets you schedule your TV recordings, and a built-in IR blaster that automatically changes TV channels for your scheduled recordings. And for even greater convenience and performance, the HD-PVR features an audio / video component video loop so you can record and watch your television at the same time.
Convert Your Home Videos to Blu-ray DVDs
If you've been wondering what to do with all your home videos, the HD-PVR has the answer. Thanks to the included standard definition composite and S-Video inputs, you can plug your VCR directly into the box and record your old home video tapes into an AVCHD format, which you can then burn onto a DVD for playback on your Blu-ray DVD player.
Also included with the HD-PVR is Arcsoft's "TotalMedia Theater," a video player that lets you play back your TV recordings to your PC screen, and "MediaConverter" to convert your H.264 HD recordings onto other formats.
The HD-PVR measures a scant 7.8-by-6.8-by-2.8-inches, so it will fit snugly in your home theater set up.
What's in the Box
IR Blaster transmitter cable, component video cable set, audio cable set, USB cable, and 5V power supply. Also includes the following bundled software applications: Arcsoft "TotalMediaExtreme"; Arcsoft "TotalMedia Theater," Arcsoft "MediaConverter," and Hauppauge WinTV Scheduler.
Hauppauge HD PVR Comparison
|Models||HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition||HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition Plus||HD PVR 2||HD PVR|
|HDMI and Component Video In||✔||✔||✔||Component only|
|1080p Record||✔||✔||✔||Up to 1080i|
|Mac Record Support||Optional***||Yes**||Optional***||Optional***|
|Record In-Game Chat||Yes*||Yes*||Yes*|
|Optical Audio Input||✔||✔||✔|
|5.1 Channel Surround Sound||✔||✔||✔|
|PS3 Gaming Cable||✔||✔|
|Xbox HDMI Cable||✔||✔|
|Component A/V Cable||✔||✔|
|StreamEez for Ustream/Twitch||✔||✔||✔|
|Windows Media Center||✔|
* With Hauppauge Capture and a microphone plugged into your PC
** HDPVRCapture can be downloaded for free from www.hdpvecapture.com/geplus
*** Requires separate purchase of Mac software from HDPVRCapture.com