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HD PVR to PC

Discussion in 'Digital TV & Video Players & Recorders' started by jimbowley, Nov 3, 2004.

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  1. jimbowley

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    Does the Pace twin or other HD recorder let you output the files to PC. (And then can you write them as a DVD for playback on any DVD player)?

    thanks, jim
     
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    All PVR's can be output to a PC if you have a capture card in the PC. Most capture cards only work with composite or S-Video so the quaity wont be great, but it does work.

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    I realise they output a video signal :zonked: but can you output the data file?
     
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    Not legally!
    If you rip the digital data and burn to a DVD or even just store it on another HDD is is technically software theft. It is easily possible, but the HDD has to be removed from the PVR. If you want more details you will need to do an internet search as we are not allowed to disscuss this on the forum.

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    You can rip files from Twin's disk using TwinRIP:
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/TwinRIP/

    There are also some PVRs with USB2-port. You can connect those machines directly to PC. I'm not sure what brands are available in the UK.
    E.g. Topfield has one model:
    http://www.topfield-australia.com.au/product.asp?SKU=TF5000PVRT

    And it is not illegal as long as you don't sell or give your burnt DVD's to others.

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    I don't understand that statement. Virtually all the HDD DVD recorders include DVD writers to permit you to do exactly that. Why is that legal and doing it using an external writer not.
     
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    And you can connect the twin to a PC via what connection? I don't want to remove the HD and install it in a PC !
     
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    Thats the only option with Twin, you would need to remove+install the HD.
    What you need is a STB with USB/USB2 (Topfield or similar) from which you can transfer files to PC (may be slow).
    Or you need an internal or external tuner add-on to PC, with which you could record directly to PC's HD.
    (e.g. http://www.hauppauge.co.uk/pages/products/data_dec2000-t.html )

    Above mentioned are freeview digital receivers.

    There are also many HD/DVD-writer combinations available for analog TV-networks (JVC, Panasonic, LG, Philips etc.) with which you can do what you want without a PC. I don't again know about UK availabilty of those gadgets.

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