You can buy fairly cheap (about £200, I think) SDI capture cards that can can capture HD on your pc. The problem is that these usually need an SDI interface, and that would mean a mod to your skybox, adding more expense. You would probably want to code them on to DVD disk using DIVX to archive the movie in HD res (I've never tried this, perhaps someone could correct me if I'm off here - I think you would have capacity issues). You can get SDI cards that will take component, but I dont think they are cheap .Just remember that any recordings that you make wont be in HD
Aye, but video capture through component is possible (if not quite slow ). I was thinking about this last night. It could be a nice little project to build a small form factor pc for this. Its an expensive solution, mind.I read somewhere that there is no way to get a HD recording off the Sky box. i.e. the HD recordings are encrypted and can only be played back on a Sky box.
Well, someone on usenet is releasing HD eps of Stargate SG-1 aired on SkyOne HD in hidef. So it must be possible, dunno how they're doing it though.
So the dude has a normal DVB-S2 card wtih CAM and uses a SkyHD smart card to plug into CAM? That's pretty sweet, means one can avoid the costs of a stuipd SkyHD box.PC based option using a dvb-s2 sat card with suitable CAM and genuine SKY HD subscription smartcard.
Can't say anymore because the mystic arts of emulation is beyond me and don't want to annoy the mods
So, if you can't record HD onto DVD, I presume regular broadcasts are alright. Does anyone have any experience of the quaility of these recordings?I read somewhere that there is no way to get a HD recording off the Sky box. i.e. the HD recordings are encrypted and can only be played back on a Sky box.
So, if you can't record HD onto DVD, I presume regular broadcasts are alright. Does anyone have any experience of the quaility of these recordings?
Very true, was looking to archive the recent Star Wars to the best quality I could get but there is no point as quality is just pants on a 4hr record modeI used to record stuff from my regular Sky box onto DVD using 2hr or 4hr option per DVD and was happy with the recording playback quality.
Thing is since getting SkyHD you notice the difference alot more now as 1) The skyhd box improves the SD channels and 2) The HD channels are even better.
Worse case I got was recording to DVD a HD 156min (i.e. its longer than 2.5hr DVD mode) film. Had to resort to using the 4hr DVD record mode. Comparing the DVD playback to the SD channel version on the regular sky box wasn't too much difference. Comparing it to the SD version on Skyhd box showed a definate degradation. Comparing to the HD channel version OMG as it was then I noticed that you could only just make out some of the credits etc on the recording!
So I would say 1hr DVD mode recordings are fine if you are looking to back up episodes of your favourite soaps etc but films etc needing 2hr+ mode take quite a hit