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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 HD-PVR from Hauppauge is the world's first High-Definition video recorder for making real-time H.264 compressed recordings at resolutions up to 1080i. HD-PVR records component video from cable TV and satellite set top boxes, with a built-in IR blaster to automatically change TV channels for scheduled recordings. Audio is recorded using AAC or Dolby Digital. The recording format is AVCHD, which can be used to burn Blu-ray DVD disks. Two hours of HD recordings, recorded at 5 Mbist/sec, can be burnt onto a standard 4.7 GB DVD-R or DVD-RW disk for playback on a Blu-ray DVD player. The HD PVR's amazing recording quality allows personal archival recordings of your favorite high definition TV programs from any component video HD set top box. The HD PVR also has standard definition composite and S-Video inputs so you can record your old home video tapes into an AVHCD format for creating Blu-ray recordings. Other features include recording high definition video at up to 1080i resolution, 720P or VGA/D1. Includes HD software video player so you can playback recordings to your PC screen. NTSC, PAL, and SECAm support. IWorks with Windows XP and Vista. It does not have an Australian power supply.
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
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Under Windows it's easy, though: Saw a lot of complaints about the software it ships with, I think it's not bad. Setting up a recording session under Windows is fast and straight-forward. Wrote a small utility that automatically monitors for new recordings and automatically runs them though comskip to generate .edl files, willing to share if somebody wants a copy. Then I use nextPVR (free!) to watch commercial-free full 1080. HD-PVR obviously is not stand-alone, you need a computer to go with it (even a fairly basic one will do), a graphics card with some type of output you can plug into your TV (I use HDMI) and a large hard drive. An alternative would be to use the TV itself as monitor for the computer to set up recording sessions. None of this is very expensive these days, especially since you can also use this setup to stream TV and audio, replace your DVD and CD players as well and save the monthly Tivo bill. If any of this sounds complicated, keep in mind it's a one-time setup, operating the system is a breeze.
As far as HD-PVR under Linux is concerned, I wish Hauppauge had made sure their follow-up model is also Linux compatible, I heard it's not, that's why I'm sticking with the 1212 for now.
Many cable set-top boxes offer a built-in DVR nicely integrated with the rest of the cable box functionality. They're very convenient. Trying to replace that functionality with this box might be rather challenging and less convenient. I haven't tried that. Problem with set-top DVRs is the content is usually on some internal disk in a proprietary format. You can't share it or view it on a computer. You can't archive it. If you want to change cable providers or the box has a hardware failure you loose all your recordings.
If your set-top cable box has Component Video and audio outputs (some boxes send output to both Component Video and HDMI outputs simultaneously) you can plug the Component Video outputs into this Hauppauge and capture the video into a (large) file on your computer. (Capturing video output from an HDMI output port on your cable box is not supported because its not legal.) The Hauppauge connects to your computer via a USB port. One can certainly set up a video capture manually (to capture live broadcasts or playback of DVR recorded shows). I haven't tried it to set up any automatic/periodic capturing - you would at least need a dedicated computer attached to the Hauppauge.
Selecting the highest variable input bit rate, 13M bits/second, will give you quality that rivals the original broadcast. With variable bit rate, the 13Mb/s setting is the maximum data rate used. If the actual video is not busy it will use up less to capture. The higher the data rate, the better the final quality, but also the bigger the captured file will be. Actually, some HD broadcasts appear to be compressed to a lower bit rate than 13Mb/s given their poor quality. You can't make quality better than the original. Note also that playback quality is dependent on how powerful your playback equipment is. The file stored on your computer may contain a very high quality recording but if your computer graphics hardware is mediocre, you won't see quality output.
The video capture software that comes with the product is a bit clunky but works, at least under Windows 7. The captured file format is H.264 which is supported by Windows 7 and other video players.
To capture perfect HD programs I am using a computer from 2004 with an single core AMD Athlon 64 3400+ "Clawhammer" socket 754 CPU wtih 1MB L2 cache and 2GB of RAM. I was going to gift the computer to my parents to replace their big box store bought D3LL but have since put it to use to capture 1080i HD quality contents from my Dish DVR without any issues.
The trick to HD capture Nirvana is to TURN OFF the "ENABLE PREVIEW ON RECORDING" feature. Once the preview is turned off your computer will be able to concentrate its raw power on the encoding and discontinue the display/decoding onto your video screen. With the preview disabled my CPU runs at avg 30% and peaks at 60% usage with no other tasks running (ie anti-virus or other programs) in the background. I have since backed up hundreds of hours of concerts and other HD programs onto my computer and saved as .TS file format at 8MB video capture bitrate and afterwards transferred everything via USB to an external hard drive all without stutter so I can watch it with my LG Bluray player LG BD530 1080p Network Blu-ray Disc Player via USB. I don't bother with higher setting as I am unable to see any difference due to souce compression by DISH Network.
Please do not shy away from purchasing this unit - with some simple tweak you too can use an old computer to record and share TV shows with family and friends!
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