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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 2008-05-19, 06:24 PM Thread Starter
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copying contents of the HD PVR to a PC Hard Drive

I have a Videotron provided Scientific Atlanta Explorer 8300 PVR for HD TV and I managed to acquire a videotron dedicated external hard drive to extend memory. Unfortunately, I wanted to keep many HD TV programs in either the internal or the external hard drive. But there are still too small.

I would like therefore to find a way to connect this PVR to a PC and be able to transfer the movies I have in the PVR into the PC with a much bigger har drive. What is required to do that ?
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 2008-05-20, 03:41 PM
 
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i don't believe you can do connect the Hard Disk to a PC and make a backup, it's encrypted and can not be read by PCs, you can add more space by adding eSATA storage drive to your 8300HD

i believe the best you can achieve is using your firewire port and tranferring it that way in real-time
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 2008-05-20, 09:42 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the idea. If I understand you mean to connect the PVR to the PC using the PVR HDMI Out to the PC DVI In or USB2 IN and get the right software that would capture the video signal into the hard drive while the video programis played by the PVR. Am I correct ?
Would I need a special video capture card ? Or just a software ?
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 2008-05-20, 11:28 PM
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You may wish to check out the following on recording HD.

http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=14099

The Rogers firewire thread link is probably relevant, although I believe there is a similar Videotron firewire thread, although not as detailed or long. It can be very problematical.

If you wish to record SD, a simple S-video connection would be easiest.

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You said : If you wish to record SD, a simple S-video connection would be easiest

Yes of course. But you dont get the same quality as true HD.
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 2008-05-22, 11:27 AM
 
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if you wear glasses or contacts normally, then make sure to take them off and you won't notice a difference between SD and HD.
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 2008-05-24, 05:32 AM
 
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You might want to read This thread it seem that is posible to record playback (*show previously recorded) from firewire to computer

Disclaimer: I haven't tried anything mention on the other thread myself since I don't have the proper material. So I don't know if the info is still valid and how to make it work . It seem there is some additional step need explained on pages 2 but I haven't been following it carefully.

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