Connecting H20 to a PC to record Satellite

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by tclark5150, Sep 30, 2007.

  1. Richard Miller

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    The only problem you may have is trying to burn it to DVD or watching the recording on another PC, but I have never had that problem ever, I can burn DVDs and watch the TV recordings on my other PCs (XP or Vista) .
     
  2. Wolverine7

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    For those of you using H20s with a PVR box, how did you get the control to work?

    I've recently subscribed to D*, and I'm trying to get my USB-UIRT control to work via BeyondTV in changing channels on the H20. I've got S-Video connections back to a PVR-250 and PVR-USB.

    I try to use the 'learn' feature, and it seems to read the buttons, but then does not do anything when I test what was learned. I've never had any trouble learning a remote on the USB-UIRT before. Any ideas?
     
  3. Richard Miller

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    The USB IR receiver will have small cable, an IR emiter, the end of that IR eimter will be next to or on the IR eye on the Directv receiver, when the eimter flashes the Directv receiver(H20) should change channel.
     
  4. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    option two:
    serial to USB adapter and use serial control.
     
  5. Wolverine7

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    I don't have any of the extension emitters; never needed them before. Does the IR signal from the main USB-UIRT 'mouse' not work, therefore requiring one of those emitter strings?

    As for serial control, I'm game to try it, but curious what the pieces are. Neither the H20 nor my PC has a serial port; they are USB only. I've heard that I need a serial null modem, so would I need 2 of the USB-serial converts to make something like this:

    USB->serial->null modem->serial->USB

    or would it actually work straight USB->USB?


    Thanks!
     
  6. phat78boy

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    I haven't any problems with either myself. Seems to work fine for me. I also use a couple media center extenders throughout the house.
     
  7. phat78boy

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    It IR signal will work from the USB IR emitter, but the emitter will need to aimed at your D* box.

    As for your conversion questions, I haven't tried either but am curious also. If you get it working, please post.
     
  8. Richard Miller

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    @ Wolverine7: If look at the back of your USB IR blaster there is a port to connect the emiter cable, that emiter cable has to got to go to the H20 IR eye, because if not, the H20 will not know when to change the channel.
     
  9. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    Do check this thread out: http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?p=1242111#post1242111
     
  10. jedster

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    in the case of the H20, you can't place the emitter onthe eye, you need to hang it off a popsicle stick or something, maybe an inch or two away from the eye.

    for whatever reason, it won't detect signals coming flush up against the box, but it will if they are close to the eye, but not right on it.

    IIRC, there is a new HD non-DVR box with a glossy eye (not the frosty white one). this one you can probably just stick the emitter right onto, like you can do with the HR20.
     
  11. pathogen

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    I use the WinTV HVR 1600 since it has atsc & and svideo and coax in vistaU works like a charm.
     
  12. Schmedley

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    I use one H-21-200, one H20-200, as is and one HR20-200 + 1 Terabyte Raid system ad on then three DVR recorders. No problem with S connection but quality falls short when viewed on 100 inch projection and still poor on 47 inch Samsung 15K contrast monitor. Blu-ray out of PS3 to both is superb.

    I read all three pages and just wanted to subscribe and read as some very smart people contribute. Thanks.

    For my purpose, over 100 hours is plenty of backlog for High Definition.
     
  13. LoganSquare

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    I'm using a Hauppauge HVR-1800 receiving the signal from an H20-100 via VHS/RCA for the sound with no problems. No problems with copy protection or picture quality. Obviously not the same quality as HD but not bad.

    The HVR-1800 runs under XP Pro and Vista Ultimate. The computer is a homebuilt using an Intel Q6600, two meg of memory, Nvidia GE Force 8500, and a Gigabyte GA P35C DS3R motherboard with two sata drives and lots of storage.

    Be aware that the card is not fully supported at this time for Linux and is a bit flakey under XP.

    Used primarily for time shifting so I can catch the news and occasional Speed Formula 1 programming.

    ls
     
  14. HelenWeathers

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    Hauppauge is releasing a YPbPr USB device called an HD PVR in May/June, 2008. I've recorded via S-video/stereo RCA since 2004. This unit records audio in 5.1 via Toslink so you get the 'current' best of both audio and video recording. As mentioned near the start of this thread, the H20 is a bear to get to change to proper channel but once you get it down it's very reliable. MS does flag some content as copy protected but if your computer supports ViiV technology all pcs on your network seen to be able to play the content.
     
  15. Bushwacr

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    Has anyone gotten hold of one of these yet? It's supposedly shipping.
     
  16. HelenWeathers

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  17. Schmedley

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    I have a Hauppauge HD PVR on order, due to ship mid to late July.
     
  18. Schmedley

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    Hauppauge PVR arrived. Monitor used for test, Samsung 46" 15,000 to 1 contrast. Computer 2gig dual processor with Vista. Input test pattern from HD Net downloaded 8-2-08 to HR20-700 -

    Preliminary visual testing as follows;

    E to E with supplied cables + mine for return, visibly no loss. The test pattern showed the "vertical 7" and the "horizontal 7+"

    I do not have any HDTV testing software. All I can do is a subjective analysis. I am a retired TV broadcast consulting engineer.

    Recording to the disk drive or DVD using the "AVCHD" showed substancial loss.

    I recorded an HDTV program and noted the old familiar cartooning problem with Video Tape.

    Need better software than the ArcSoft supplied. NOT near HDTV.
     
  19. HelenWeathers

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    Schmedley, I have been using the HD PVR for about three weeks now and am much more pleased than you. In the Total Media settings, set your valiable and constant bit sates to maximum. I have gotten recordings that are virtually identical to the original transmission. I have been so pleased that I received my second HD DVR last week with SageTV and have them both set up in my pc instead of using my MCE media center. I'm a happy camper.
     
  20. flexoffset

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    Here's my method for SD from my HR20-100:
    Mythbuntu on an old 900mhz AMD Athlon
    Hauppage PVR250 Video Capture Card (on board MPEG 2 conversion)
    M-Audio 2496 Audiophile Audio Card
    Use HR20-100 analog output.
    Transfer to my mac over ethernet
    Set up for DVD Studio Pro
    Burn.
    YMMV Quality works for me vs. not having it at all.

    I'm buying a Black Magic Intensity Pro soon so I can transfer the video straight from a new HD camcorder I plan to buy at years' end. You probably can't use it to copy HD off the DVR.
     

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