Hauppauge Colossus PCI Express Internal HD-PVR
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- Compatible with Windows 7, Vista and Windows XP
- Digital audio is recorded using AAC or Dolby Digital AC-3
- Video is recorded in an H.264 Blu-ray compatible format
- Records video game play at up to 1080i from the XBox360 or PS3
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- Records at video resolutions up to 1080i in real time
- Video is recorded in an H.264 Blu-ray compatible format
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Colossus is an internal HD PVR PCI Express card high definition (HD) video recorder for PCs. Colossus records at video resolutions up to 1080i in real time using a built-in hardware H.264 encoder. Video is recorded in an H.264 Blu-ray compatible format from any component video equipped high definition cable TV or satellite set top box. It will also record video game play at up to 1080i from the XBox360 or PS3 etc. Digital audio is recorded using AAC or Dolby Digital AC-3. Colossus also has an HDMI input for recording HD from a un-encrypted HDMI video source such as the Xbox360 or digital SLR cameras. Compatible with Windows 7, Vista and Windows XP. Includes component video cable set, Hauppauge remote control, IR receiver plus IR blaster for set top box channel control.
The Hauppage Colossus is a high-definition video recorder for making real-time H.264-compressed recordings at resolutions up to 1080i. This HD PVR has a PCIe computer card interface and records component video (YCrCb) from video game consoles and cable TV and satellite set top boxes, with a built-in IR blaster to automatically change TV channels for scheduled recordings. Colossus also has an HDMI input port, so you can record HD video at up to 1080i from a un-encrypted HDMI source.
In addition to recording TV shows, you can record your video game play to demonstrate tips and tricks, or just show off your skills to your friends. You can also use Colossus to turn your old VCR tapes into Blu-ray discs. Record your video tapes using Colossus and then burn Blu-ray-formatted DVD disks on your PC.
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 card 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 Colossus is Arcsoft's "ShowBiz" for video recording, authoring, and burning of your TV recordings onto a Blu-ray DVD compatible disc.
What's in the Box
Hauppage Colossus PCIe card, 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 "ShowBiz" software, and Hauppauge WinTV Scheduler.
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As a long-time Media Center user I bought this card after changing over my cablevision to HD. My provider is Shaw and I'm using the Motorola DCX3400 (a DVR in it's own right - albeit a 'stripped down' DVR compared to Media Center).
So the goal was to get HD into Media Center and continue using Media Center as my DVR. This card does that - and more. Many of the reviews on this site about Media Center support being difficult or buggy are not correct. The install routine is also very easy.
If you're aiming for Media Center integration, don't install anything from the disk. Download the latest Media Center package from their site as well as the latest driver for the card. <= that step is very important as Media Center support is maturing all the time and the latest software from the site is always the best move.
Installing for Media Center is about a 5 step process and it's dead-simple. The card does take about 4 seconds to display video after changing channels. This is because the card is not a tuner - it's actually a video capture device. However, Media Center recordings are NOT 4 seconds late - they are, for all intents and purposes, right on time.
Picture quality is unreal. It's very, very good. The card records in H.264 and performs hardware compression on the fly as it's recording. This means that your HD recordings tend to be about the same size as standard definition recordings. Because the card does real-time hardware compression there's no hit on your CPU - it's all done on the card.
On top of that, it puts the H.264 content into the standard .wtv container so as far as Media Center is concerned, it's just another native recording complete with all MetaData.
So don't let the few negative reviews scare you away. It's really, really easy to install. I did encounter a bug though and while Hauppage's support has been very good they couldn't come up with a solution. However, I did and it's not a big deal.
It seems that, once installed, if you monkey with the cables going to the card it causes it to almost freeze the video during recordings or live TV. It's as if the card needs a hard reset. The way to fix it is to go into the settings and tell it that you're using S-Video (even though the card does not support S-Video!). After that, re-start the computer and leave it as is (it will work on the S-Video setting) or change it back to component and re-start once more.
As I said, this only seems to happen if I monkey with the connections going to the card. That doesn't happen much and the solution is simple. Other then that, mine's been recording non-stop for several days with zero issues.
The included component cable is very high quality and looks like it's truly industrial strength and I applaud Hauppage for including such heavy-duty cable. Even so, my cable had an issue where the picture would show some banding that moved up the screen from the bottom to the top. It turned out to be the cable and Hauppage kindly offered to send me out a replacement. Again, no big deal and great service from their tech support.
One other thing, I did find that ArcSoft Blu-Ray software stopped working after installing the card. That does suck and it means I can't play Blu-Ray's in Media Center. The error message given is that my system does not support HDCP (the content protection for Blu-Ray disks). I suspect this is because the Hauppauge card does not support HDCP. Prior to installation this software did work without issue. I think the software is somehow picking up on the capture card not supporting HDCP and refuses to run. I'll mention it to tech support in short order.
With respect to the included blaster - it works like a top. It NEVER misses a channel. One of the reviewers here mentioned he had a Motorola box and had to go through 'learning' steps - that's really not required. My DCX-3400 was not listed in the supported devices but there is a Motorola-only entry, choose that and away you go. (btw, Hauppauge mentions out of the box support for somewhere around 200 different set top boxes - so there you go).
There is NO need for 3rd party IR blaster software or what have you. The people reporting that are incorrect. You use your own Media Center remote and your own Media Center receiver and you just attach the included blaster cable to your set-top box. If you have difficulty finding the 'spot' to attach it to on your set top box shine a flashlight on it and you'll see it in no time. You put the smaller end on the STB. With respect to the included remote - this is included if you want to use WinTV - Hauppauge's own DVR software that's also included. I'm partial to Media Center so the included Hauppague remote is not used.
This is an awesome product, it's been very reliable for me. Now you know about the little glitch (and how to work around it) one day they'll probably fix it with a new driver or something.
Can't recommend it enough - as for the 4 second 'channel changing' it's not a big deal as I record everything anyway and rarely watch live TV. The times that I do watch live TV - it doesn't bother me at all. I'm so grateful to have HD content being recorded into Media Center with file sizes the same as standard cable - and video quality that is just awesome!
By the way, using component cables from your set top box means that you no longer have DRM (digital rights management) issues. You can record whatever you want. DRM doesn't travel over component cables! This means you can record PayPerView or what have you. DRM issues are a thing of the past - for now at least.
Way to go Hauppauge - you got the right product with the right features. Now all you need to do is re-vamp the Media Center driver so that it supports more then one 'tuner' and we're all set.
Before I forget, I'm using optical out (TOSLINK / SPDIF) connector on both my set top box and the card. The card doesn't come with one so if you're ordering the card, order up a proper length cable while you're at it. You'll get full blown 5.1 surround sound with it.
Last thing, if you already have a DCX3400 (like I do) and you own it (like I do) and the redundancy of connecting a 'real' DVR to your existing STB DVR bothers you (it did for me) don't be afraid to open up your DCX-3400 (if you own it) and take out the hard disk. You can then put it in your computer and use it for extra space.
All you need is the proper bit for your screwdriver, you can find 'em on e-bay by doing a search for a DCX3400. It's a standard SATA III hard disk and it benches out pretty good at a steady 120 Megs per second. Your STB will continue to work (without the DVR functions) as Motorola kindly took into account that if the hard disk is not there, then it treats it as is if the option is not installed.
So don't be afraid to to 'de-dvr' your stb and add the parts to your 'real' DVR ;-)
Lastly, if this review has been helpful to you, vote for it. I spent a bit of time putting it together hoping to set you straight on the real issues to save you time and help you do your pre-purchase research. It would be nice to know that people found it useful :-)
If you're serious about buying this card I recommend bookmarking this review. It might help you out if you run into any of the minor issues I did.
Don't be afraid to pull the trigger on this one!
My computer is an HP Pavilion HPE h8xt computer running Windows 7 Home, my cable box is a Motorola DCH3200, and the Xbox 360's are all connected via an 802.11n WIFI network.
Removing the existing SD PVR card that came with the computer, and installing the new Colossus HD card was a snap. My first thought was to connect the cable box to the card via HDMI, but the documentation suggests avoiding HDMI due to content protection issues. So I used component cables instead. I also used the IR blaster that came with the card to control the cable box, affixing the emitter directly to the IR receiver window on the cable box.
The card comes with a setup disc for Windows 7. However, as support for Windows Media Center was only recently added for this card, downloading the latest drivers from Hauppauge's website was the way to go.
The software setup process was the hard part. You have to run several setup programs and configuration tools in addition to adjusting settings within Windows Media Center itself. But all of the steps to succeed are well documented within the instructions contained in the download. They even point out some potential pitfalls to watch out for, the worst of which is avoiding a crash within Windows Media Center by waiting for channel scanning to fully complete. I also had a little trouble configuring the IR blaster to control my cable box, as the Motorola DCH3200 was not listed. However, I got it working by using the "Test All" feature, which automatically cycles through all device commands until the cable box responds. The tool can also learn from a remote, but that didn't work for me.
After about 3 hours I got everything working and was very pleased! The combination of Windows Media Center, the Colossus card, and Xbox 360 media center extenders just can't be beat in my opinion! Well worth the price and the trouble to get it working. I'm sure the setup will get smoother over time as new updates are released. Kudos to Hauppauge for making a really good product available at such a great price.
I have been using it for several months and am completely happy with it. This was my first attempt to set up a home PVR and all went as smoothly as could be hoped for. The card installs as easily as you would expect it to (plug and play). The software is simple to use. There is a slider bar to select the resolution/quality that you want. Obviously the higher the quality, the larger the file size. I am happy with a mid setting around 7 which makes my movies 4GB-12GB, depending upon the original resolution and length of movie. People desiring true high end HD may end up using 20-30GB per movie.
I only have used the HDMI input, so I cannot comment on the other ports. I plug in an HDMI cord from the aforementioned splitter off my satellite box (necessary to strip HDCP), set the length of the movie into the software, play the movie, and hit the record button on the software. Easy Peasy! The one drawback is that everything is recorded in real time....you are actually playing the movie while recording it. So it isn't a quick process.
All-in-all a great purchase!