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Just did a test on PBS-HD. I recorded an HD program, then made a capture of part of it with CapDVHS. It played back perfectly. I've seen what you describe before though. It seemed to occur when you attempt to begin a capture in a spot that has some corrupted frames before the capture can stabilize.

I find the capture usually works if you start it a few seconds before or after that point.
If you're getting this phenomenon no matter where you attempt to start a capture, then the only possibility I can think of off hand is that your signal on PBS-HD is slightly weak and some minor corruption is occurring on an ongoing basis, and being only made worse in the recording process, preventing CapDVHS from initializing properly.
 

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Thanks for the suggestion. Unfortuntaely it did not make any difference. I tried starting the capture at a variety of different locations with the same result. I am able to capture if the program is live but cannot capture any pre-recorded material so signal shouldn't be an issue

One thing I did notice was the drm flag is 0x001 but from what I read this shouldn't be an issue. Can you check your channel status?
 

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DRM set to 0x01 is fine. All the channels I capture from are set to that value and all the capturing I do is from recordings, not live. What is your RC Flag set to for PBS HD? It should be 0x00.
 

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Anyone else have any suggestions for me to check or try? Can someone who is capturing successfully from a recording tell me their firmware version on the cablebox?

TIA
 

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My firmware version is 16.76, which I believe is the latest, and no problems capturing from recordings on any HD channel.
 

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My results with Firewire capturing

Shaw Cable in downtown Vancouver. Results are according to AVCVideoCap on Mac OS X; current as of 2012-11-29.

Can record (Copy Freely)
  • 019 W Network
  • 024 MuchMusic
  • 038 Encore Avenue 2
  • 046 TCM (Turner Classic Movies)
  • 053 AMC
  • 060 Movie Central 1
  • 061 Movie Central 2
  • 062 Movie Central 3
  • 063 HBO Canada
  • 064 WSBK (The CW Boston)
  • 065 KTLA (The CW Los Angeles)
  • 066 WGN (The CW Chicago)
  • 067 WPIX (The CW New York)
  • 068 Encore Avenue 2
  • 069 Encore Avenue 1
  • 088 E!
  • 090 Family Channel (East)
  • 091 Teletoon Retro (EN)
  • 092 Disney Junior
  • 095 Cosmopolitan TV
  • 096 OWN
  • 100 OUTtv
  • 101 MovieTime
  • 102 Showcase Action
  • 103 Lifetime
  • 104 BITE (*free preview)
  • 105 IFC
  • 106 Documentary Channel
  • 112 Silver Screen Classics
  • 113 Movieola
  • 114 ABC Spark
  • 115 Disney XD Canada
  • 132 GSN (Game Show Network)
  • 134 Animal Planet
  • 135 Nickelodeon Canada
  • 139 Dejaview
  • 155 GameTV
  • 200 ABC Seattle HD
  • 201 CBS Seattle HD
  • 202 NBC Seattle HD
  • 203 Fox Seattle HD
  • 204 PBS Seattle HD
  • 209 CBUT HD (CBC Vancouver)
  • 210 CIVT HD (CTV Vancouver)
  • 211 CHAN HD (Global Vancouver)
  • 212 CIVI HD (CTV2 Victoria)
  • 213 CKVU HD (Citytv Vancouver)
  • 214 CHNM HD (OMNI BC)
  • 222 Frame HD
  • 223 Sportsnet Pacific HD
  • 224 Sportsnet ONE HD
  • 225 TSN HD
  • 243 History Television HD
  • 244 HGTV HD
  • 245 Food Network Canada HD
  • 258 TLC HD
  • 259 WGN HD (The CW Chicago)
  • 260 Encore Avenue HD
  • 262 MovieTime HD
  • 263 Family Channel HD
  • 264 Disney XD Canada HD
  • 265 YTV HD
  • 273 Bravo HD
  • 274 Animal Planet HD
  • 279 HBO Canada HD
  • 280 Movie Central HD
  • 401 Galaxie
  • 399 Security Camera
  • 888 AMItv (Accessibility Media Inc)
  • 889 Voice Print Mountain/Central
  • 907 Yoopa
  • 909 Télétoon Rétro (FR)
Can't record (Copy Once)
  • 001 VOD previews
  • 002 KOMO (ABC Seattle)
  • 003 CBUT (CBC Vancouver)
  • 004 Shaw TV
  • 005 Knowledge Network
  • 006 CHEK Victoria
  • 007 CBUFT (SRC Vancouver)
  • 008 CHNM (OMNI BC)
  • 009 CIVT (CTV BC)
  • 010 CHNU (Joytv 10)
  • 011 CHAN (Global Vancouver)
  • 012 CIVI (CTV2 Victoria)
  • 013 CKVU (Citytv Vancouver)
  • 014 KSTW (The CW Seattle)
  • 015 KIRO (CBS Seattle)
  • 016 KING (NBC Seattle)
  • 017 CTV News Channel
  • 018 The Weather Network
  • 022 Sportsnet Pacific
  • 023 TSN (West)
  • 025 YTV
  • 026 CBC News Network
  • 027 KCTS (PBS Seattle)
  • 028 KCPQ (Fox Seattle)
  • 029 HGTV
  • 030 KVOS
  • 034 TLC
  • 040 Bravo
  • 041 Slice
  • 043 Treehouse
  • 044 History Television
  • 047 Peachtree TV
  • 048 TVtropolis
  • 050 Teletoon (West)
  • 051 Family Channel (West)
  • 052 Food Network Canada
  • 057 The Comedy Network
  • 070 APTN (West)
  • 108 Twist TV
  • 116 Shaw Multicultural Channel
  • 117 The Shopping Channel
  • 119 BC Provincial Legislature
  • 120 VisionTV
  • 123 CPAC (Cable Public Affairs)
  • 124 RDI
  • 125 TVA West Montreal
  • 126 TV5
  • 133 Sundance Channel
  • 156 FX Canada
  • 159 Sportsnet ONE
  • 165 Frame
  • 169 W Movies
  • 171 The Shopping Channel
  • 199 The Shopping Channel
  • 215 CHEK HD (Victoria)
  • 257 W Movies HD
  • 261 AMC HD
  • 267 FX Canada HD (MPEG-4)
  • 910 CPACF
Can't record (Copy Never)
  • All "On Demand" content I've tried: Lawless HD rental, free Family Channel SD content, free Shaw SD content, etc.
 

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More results - small cable package though

Shaw Cable in Lethbridge, AB. Results are according to AVCVideoCap on Mac OS X; current as of early January 2013.

Copy Freely
  • 002
  • 003 CFCN
  • 004
  • 005
  • 006
  • 007
  • 008
  • 009
  • 010
  • 012
  • 013
  • 014
  • 015
  • 016
  • 018
  • 019 The Weather Network
  • 020 YTV-W
  • 021 TSN
  • 022 KAYU FOX West
  • 025 Food Network
  • 027
  • 032 Showcase
  • 045 History Television
  • 050 CTV News Channel
  • 053 The Shopping Channel
  • 067 Teletoon Retro
  • 097 H2
  • 135 Nickelodeon Canada
  • 155 The Dating Game
  • 165 Fire Log
  • 200
  • 201
  • 202
  • 203
  • 204
  • 209
  • 210
  • 211
  • 212
  • 222 Fire Log HD
  • 223
  • 224
  • 225
  • 243 History Television HD
  • 244 HGTV HD
  • 245
  • 246 Oasis HD
  • 256 Showcase HD
  • 265 YTV HD
  • 533 Rim Jhim Radio
  • 888 AMI TV
  • 889 Voice Print (Radio)
Copy Once
  • 001
  • 257 W Movies HD
 

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Thanks for posting those results msgohan. I've been living off OTA signals but it would be nice to go to digital cable -- not willing to give up my HTPC though so Copy Free is a must.

Too bad about AMC HD / FX HD in Vancouver, those are about the only important (to me at least) HD channels that are blocked.

Great to see that TSN/History/HGTV/Food and even HBO are Copy Free! It looks like when the Sundance HD simulcast arrives it will also be Copy Once (as well as IFC), must be an AMC Networks policy.
 

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Hello all,

I have found that I seem to be able to use AVCVideoCap to Capture the live broadcast of some Copy Freely channels for example 210 CTV Vancouver but if I have recorded the show to my PVR and then try to "play" Capture the recorded show it scrambles the output and becomes unusable. This is not the case for other channels such as 209 CBC but is true with others like 211 Global.

Does anyone know whats going on there? Is it Macrovision or the like? Why would it be marked as Copy Freely if that only applies to the live stream and not recorded shows?

Thanks in advance
 
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