Recording and Saving HD

neumannu47

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These are probably dumb questions, I guess, but if I record a TV show on my PC in HD (assuming that I get an HD PCI card recorder), edit the show in VRD, save it as an MPG file, and transfer it to a DVD as an MPG file, will the show play back in HD on my TV? My Samsung DVD player will play SD MPG files upconverted to 1080. If this arrangement doesn't work, how do I capture, edit, record, and watch HD shows without a Blu-Ray recorder?
 

BaysideBas

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In one word: NO!

What I do is record a downconverted to 480i signal from the ATSC tuner in what is generally called a "full" format. This anamorphically squeezes the 16:9 widescreen picture into the 4:3 NTSC container. If played back to a 4:3 display the picture would show distorted with people looking tall and skinny. However, when played back to a widescreen HDTV it is restored back to its original proportions. It isn't HD, but it's a damn sight better than any STD Def picture I've ever seen.
 

bits

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These are probably dumb questions, I guess, but if I record a TV show on my PC in HD (assuming that I get an HD PCI card recorder), edit the show in VRD, save it as an MPG file, and transfer it to a DVD as an MPG file, will the show play back in HD on my TV? My Samsung DVD player will play SD MPG files upconverted to 1080. If this arrangement doesn't work, how do I capture, edit, record, and watch HD shows without a Blu-Ray recorder?
One way to be able to play your recorded HD files is to either put together an HTPC or purchase a network media player. Years back when I started recording shows I burned a pile of DVDs before getting my first network media player. Now I record (HD and SD) what I want, remove commercials and watch them (HD and SD) when I want by streaming them to one of our network media players.

When I was burning DVDs I used HDTVtoDVD to convert my HD OTA recordings to SD. When I play these DVDs on my widescreen TV the correct aspect ratio is maintained and the entire screen is full of picture. The PQ is more than watchable but it is no longer HD.
 

neumannu47

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So I need to get a card for my PC that records in HD and outputs HD? Then I use that computer as the DVR for the TV? I have some extra computers, if that's what you're suggesting. What video cards allow HD out (if any?)
 

bits

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So I need to get a card for my PC that records in HD and outputs HD? Then I use that computer as the DVR for the TV? I have some extra computers, if that's what you're suggesting. What video cards allow HD out (if any?)
The SageTV and Beyond TV (BTV) forums are full of information regarding set up for HTPC (Home Theater PC). I suggest them because their software is PVR software for HTPCs. If you google HTPC I am sure you find a lot of information in regards to HTPC.

I have limited experience with HTPC. I decided quite some time back that HTPC was more complicated and challenging, especially for HD and WAF, than networked media players.....so I went the NMP route. However, HTPC can provide the largest number of capabilities and since you have some PCs hanging around.....then that might be a good place to start.

To do HD with a HTPC you do need a fairly beefy CPU, enough DRAM and the right video card (not to be confused with the TV Tuner/capture card or USB device. The video tuner/capture device does not output to your TV, that is done with your video card. Since I have no direct experience with video cards that output HD to TV....well I have no recommendations for that.

I currently capture OTA (Over the Air) HD with a DVICO FusionHDTV USB device. I also capture HD via a firewire connected to my cable STB.
 
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