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5.0 out of 5 stars just the job, 4 July 2012
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This review is from: Hauppauge HD PVR USB Hi-def H.264 Video Capture Device,high Definition USB 2.0 Video Capture With Hardware H.264 Video Encoders (Electronics)
At last I can archive my Sky+HD recordings (even the 1TB hard drive fills up SO quickly!). Using this HD PVR, plus an "HD Anywhere HDMI to Component Converter" and my PC I can now clear some space on my Sky+HD box by transferring the clips I want to keep on to a DVD-RW (in HD quality) to be played back on a blu-ray player. The editing software supplied is VERY basic; the AVCHD picture quality is excellent but the "edits" (hah!) are pretty rough - but so far I've had no luck searching the net for an alternative because of the ".ts" file type that the capture software produces. My only regret is not buying this sooner. If you have got an HD box bursting at the seams with your favourite stuff, and you have a DVD writer on your PC then this HD PVR is the answer to your storage problems ...
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Initial post: 1 Sep 2012, 22:48:15 BST
Mr. T. White says:
Can't believe that out of 130 customer reviews, yours is the only one, yes, the only one to date that speaks of backing up sky programmes.

!?

Which... & call me old, seems like a far more useful thing to do with it, than record call of duty gameplay for hours on end...

Hmmm.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Sep 2012, 18:21:07 BST
Last edited by the author on 4 Sep 2012, 18:29:06 BST
hello - why did you need the hdmi to composite converter.? Can you not go straight from HDMI on your Sky box or Tivo box into the PVR...and then to the PC using the USB cable ....is this how it works? thanks

I am thinking about buying one..Like you i have a 1TB tivo box but would like to get some of my music and football programmes archived onto bluray or dvd.

So what i need is a component to hdmi cable from my tivo box into the PVR. I gather the PVR is just a pass through and is not a hard drive in anyway? From the PVR i need to connect it to a PC and use the software to record onto the PC's hardrive

Thanks in advance

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Oct 2012, 17:08:16 BST
Last edited by the author on 26 Oct 2012, 17:09:35 BST
Most recent, and (I think) all current HDMI out interfaces have DRM-enforcement circuitry that prevents them from outputting HD video to anything except another "approved" HDMI interface. So a simple hdmi to component cable (which I imagine is what you meant) probably wouldn't work. The hdmi out on your device (unless it's a older model not fully compliant with the current hdmi spec) would refuse to feed HD signals to such a cable. But the most recent versions of the converter device the OP mentions can get HD input from an HDMI out socket and produce HD analog composite (plus 2-channel stereo sound) to feed to the hauppage. Apparently, though, Apple TV's have an even "smarter" (= more firmly locked down) hdmi chip which refuses to talk to that particular converter, so the methods you're considering wouldn't work with one of those.
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