Hauppauge 1212 HD-PVR High Definition Personal Video Recorder
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- High-definition personal video recorder records directly from cable TV and satellite set top boxes at up to 1080i
- Records in AVCHD format for burning Blu-ray DVD discs
- Includes Hauppage's WinTV scheduler to schedule TV recordings, and built-in IR blaster to automatically change TV channels
- Standard definition composite and S-Video inputs lets you digitize your old home video tapes directly from VCR
- Record: Xbox, Xbox 360, PS3 and Game Play,1-Year Limited Warranty
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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
Top Customer Reviews
Upon opening the box, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that there was a component cable included, a nice bonus. The first thing you'll notice is how light the device itself is. The all-plastic body and the lack of weight contribute to give it a slight cheap feeling, but this is not reflective of the overall quality of the device, as I'm about to explain.
The HD PVR has pass-through outputs, which means you can plug your console into the PVR and then the PVR into your TV (with the included component cable), eliminating the need to split the signal. I was a little bit worried about any input lag caused by the pass-through, but I was thankful to discover that there is absolutely none. The one downside of this, if any, is that the PVR has to be on for the pass-through outputs to work. It doesn't have to be recording and the software doesn't have to be open, so it's not that big of a deal, but it's just one more device that is sapping power.
After getting everything hooked up, you have to install the included software on whatever PC you're going to be using to record. The software installation was pain-free, although I recommend getting the latest driver updates from their website and the latest software updates through the software itself. Make sure that you do NOT lose the CD, as you can only download the driver from Hauppauge's website, not the included software. One of the downsides of the PVR is that only the included software and a small list of 3rd party software will work with the device.Read more ›
- Not a DVR. This is a pass-thru from audio/video source to PC.
- Generates H.264 at Baseline Profile 1.0 only -- not the High Profile 4.1 that x264.exe-based programs generate. The Baseline H.264 quality is not as good as the High Profile quality using the same bit rate.
- Generates default .M2TS files which are difficult to edit -- use the .TS file output instead for easier editing.
- Arcsoft software is good for capturing and that's it. The software for creating a disk always seems to re-encode -- a process that takes my PC days or makes my PC hang.
- After capture, I have to use third-party software to finish production.
The product is not an easy out-of-the box solution. Hookup is easy, and the Arcsoft software installation is easy, capturing is easy, but it gets tricky after that.
When you capture, you can set bitrates. I set my 720x480i broadcast to 4.1 MB/s thinking it would be fine. When I made a disk and played it on the Blu Ray player, the video had a horribly compressed look. That was a straight H.264 file from the HD-PVR 1212 unit to disk without transcoding. But when I transcode some other high-quality 480i video using an x264.exe-based application with 4.1 MB/s the video quality is fine.
Now I made the mistake of capturing my first video in .M2TS. Tried to edit it. Lots of software doesn't like .M2TS. I didn't know that then, but I know now. Fortunately I was able to use the freeware TSRemux to convert the .M2TS file to a .TS file. Now apps like H264TS_Cutter and multiAVCHD are happier. Lots of crashes and failures with .M2TS.
Editing. I use H264TS_Cutter to cut out commercials.Read more ›
ok I would have given this 5 stars but this comes with current problem with it, this has optical in for 5.1DD recording at this time hauppuage can not get this to work so you are stuck with PCM 2.0 or audio from the analog imputs, now to the rest, it records video at 1920x1080 at same or near Blu ray discs, you have a choice of bitrate constant from 1 to 13.5 Kb or on variable all the way up to 20.2, this records in the same codeec (AVCHD) as blu ray and HD DVD discs, it will take any component imput, I have mine through my receiver where my Dishnet PVR HD, PS3, HD DVD and Oppo DVD player runs through, just for test purposes I tried all my devices and what I test recorded from dishnet, blu ray, DVD and HD DVD the test disc looked no different than the original source, once you capture your source you can then edit or add chapters then you get to add a real cheapo menu and then put in what disc you need to burn either a DVD-R or a dual layer DVD Disc, it takes about 10 minutes to author your recording to Blu ray standard and burn on your normal DVD as a true Blu ray playable Disc, beware once you burn your DVD as a blu ray playback DVD you will not be able to read it in your computer again unless you have a Blu ray Rom or Blu Ray Burner, once and if Hauppuage ever gets the 5.1 DD fixed this could be the killer to blu ray Discs, hauppuage claims by next driver release they will include the 5.1 fix. Beware this is Xp service pack 2 or Vista operating system only, also you must have a fast computer to use this device and its programs, I have a dual core 3.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My husband uses this and likes it. Uses it all the time. Looks complicated to me though.Published 1 day ago by mfrallie
A waste of money, a waste of time, and a waste of perfectly good plastic. The thing just doesn't work for recording classic games (NES, SNES, Genesis, etc.). Read morePublished 12 days ago by Samuel Stinson
Just what I expected and then some. This has become very useful in video production.Published 21 days ago by TonyV
Works as advertised. Took a little while to figure it all out but in the end it worked great to download and save some tv spots from my comcast dvr.Published 23 days ago by Aaron Barson
Love it. You can record on your computer the program's you can't record on your DVR.Published 1 month ago by JW, PA
Works great on Windows 7 64 bit.
Installation was a bit of an adventure, but, if you are reading reviews for this product, you are probably tech savy enough to figure it... Read more