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  1. What do you all recommend? What DVD recorder or video card should I get? Thanks in advance!
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    DVD recorders can only record from standard definition connections on the DirecTV DVR. Magnavox/Funai makes the only DVD recorders still available for the N. American market. This is their less expensive model: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Magnavox-MDR865H-HD-DVR-HDD-500GB-ATSC-Tuner/46444957

    A recorder for 720p or 1080i which does not require a PC: Avermedia EzRecorder 310 You will also need a USB hard drive for storage. To record from the DVR's HDMI connection you will need a splitter which removes HDCP as a side effect. The ViewHD VHD-1X2MN3D is one such HDMI splitter.
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  3. Thank you so much! So the AVerMedia EZRecorder is your top recommendation? Or do you prefer a setup that requires a PC?

    Originally Posted by usually_quiet View Post
    DVD recorders can only record from standard definition connections on the DirecTV DVR. Magnavox/Funai makes the only DVD recorders still available for the N. American market. This is their less expensive model: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Magnavox-MDR865H-HD-DVR-HDD-500GB-ATSC-Tuner/46444957

    A recorder for 720p or 1080i which does not require a PC: Avermedia EzRecorder 310 You will also need a USB hard drive for storage. To record from the DVR's HDMI connection you will need a splitter which removes HDCP as a side effect. The ViewHD VHD-1X2MN3D is one such HDMI splitter.
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    I don't have one, but I recommended the EzRecorder 310 for the convenience it offers. The EzRecorder 130 which has fewer features and a lower price could also work. From my perspective, a convenient solution is the "best" if someone is a novice to capture and has many recordings to transfer. The EzRecorder 310 and EzRecorder 130 also allow capturing 1080i30 as 1080i30. In my opinion, this makes them better than some other stand-alone capture devices that have been recommended by members here which only produce de-interlaced output. Instead of producing a correctly de-interlaced 1080p60 capture from 1080i30, these other stand-alone devices produce a 1080p30 file, which is missing half the frames it should have. I recommend editing the EzRecorder capture files on a PC using VideoReDo TV Suite.

    "Best" is always subjective. Most people want a device that produces reasonable quality and capture files that are not too large, but someone was recently looking for a PC capture device that allows making lossless HD captures with the original digital audio for "best quality". This produces enormous files, but that is what he wanted.

    I won't have time to discuss PC solutions for several days. Maybe someone else will have a suggestion. If not, there are threads offering advice for PC capture devices if that is what you want. Search for them.
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  5. Thanks again! I just decided to order the EzRecorder (+ splitter) because I'm (clearly) new to this and it seems simple enough. I ordered the single recording schedule version, but now I'm wondering...does that mean I have to schedule one show at a time to be transferred off the DVR? Should I have ordered the multi-recording one? I don't anticipate needing to get footage off the TV or my DVR again, so I also don't know if this was the most cost-effective way to handle things.

    Originally Posted by usually_quiet View Post
    I don't have one, but I recommended the EzRecorder 310 for the convenience it offers. The EzRecorder 130 which has fewer features and a lower price could also work. From my perspective, a convenient solution is the "best" if someone is a novice to capture and has many recordings to transfer. The EzRecorder 310 and EzRecorder 130 also allow capturing 1080i30 as 1080i30. In my opinion, this makes them better than some other stand-alone capture devices that have been recommended by members here which only produce de-interlaced output. Instead of producing a correctly de-interlaced 1080p60 capture from 1080i30, these other stand-alone devices produce a 1080p30 file, which is missing half the frames it should have. I recommend editing the EzRecorder capture files on a PC using VideoReDo TV Suite.

    "Best" is always subjective. Most people want a device that produces reasonable quality and capture files that are not too large, but someone was recently looking for a PC capture device that allows making lossless HD captures with the original digital audio for "best quality". This produces enormous files, but that is what he wanted.

    I won't have time to discuss PC solutions for several days. Maybe someone else will have a suggestion. If not, there are threads offering advice for PC capture devices if that is what you want. Search for them.
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  6. Originally Posted by hypnicjerk View Post
    I just decided to order the EzRecorder (+ splitter)
    Once you get it working could you post a few short sample recordings? One of live sports (for evaluation of interlaced capture) and another of a movie (for telecined film)? TIA
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    Originally Posted by hypnicjerk View Post
    Thanks again! I just decided to order the EzRecorder (+ splitter) because I'm (clearly) new to this and it seems simple enough. I ordered the single recording schedule version, but now I'm wondering...does that mean I have to schedule one show at a time to be transferred off the DVR?
    You should probably capture just one DVR recording per capture session.

    There might be a limit on the number of hours that you can capture with the EzRecorder 130 in a single session, but it is probably generous, so other than that, it shouldn't matter how many shows are contained in a single DVR recording that you want to capture. In other words, if a single DVR recording contains something like a marathon or an entire nights worth of shows from one channel, it should still be OK

    I wouldn't recommend capturing several different DVR recordings one after the other in a single recording session, especially if they originate from different channels.


    Originally Posted by hypnicjerk View Post
    Should I have ordered the multi-recording one? I don't anticipate needing to get footage off the TV or my DVR again, so I also don't know if this was the most cost-effective way to handle things.
    The EzRecorder 130 can only accept HDMI input and TVs do not output video over HDMI. So, I have to ask you what you mean by "get footage off the TV"?
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  8. I just didn't know what I was talking about. ^_^ It's fine, as long as I can get the footage off the DVR. (So, jagabo, I guess I can't help you?)

    But...so far, I've not been able to do so. The EzRecorder says there is still HDCP protection even though I used the ViewHD VHD-1X2MN3D HDMI splitter.
    DirecTV DVR HDMI out is going into the splitter's HDMI input
    Splitter's HDMI output is going into EzRecorder in
    EzRecorder out is going into a monitor's HDMI port

    Not sure what to do (if the above is the correct connection procedure)?

    Originally Posted by usually_quiet View Post
    The EzRecorder 130 can only accept HDMI input and TVs do not output video over HDMI. So, I have to ask you what you mean by "get footage off the TV"?
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  9. Some of the Amazon reviews on the splitter say it does not bypass HDCP anymore (one specifically mentioned it doesn't work for DirecTV now). Does anyone know of an alternative splitter I can get if this is the case?

    The OREI HD-102 looks like a possibility?
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    Originally Posted by hypnicjerk View Post
    I just didn't know what I was talking about. ^_^ It's fine, as long as I can get the footage off the DVR. (So, jagabo, I guess I can't help you?)

    But...so far, I've not been able to do so. The EzRecorder says there is still HDCP protection even though I used the ViewHD VHD-1X2MN3D HDMI splitter.
    DirecTV DVR HDMI out is going into the splitter's HDMI input
    Splitter's HDMI output is going into EzRecorder in
    EzRecorder out is going into a monitor's HDMI port

    Not sure what to do (if the above is the correct connection procedure)?

    Originally Posted by usually_quiet View Post
    The EzRecorder 130 can only accept HDMI input and TVs do not output video over HDMI. So, I have to ask you what you mean by "get footage off the TV"?
    Originally Posted by hypnicjerk View Post
    Some of the Amazon reviews on the splitter say it does not bypass HDCP anymore (one specifically mentioned it doesn't work for DirecTV now). Does anyone know of an alternative splitter I can get if this is the case?

    The OREI HD-102 looks like a possibility?
    You have hooked up the splitter correctly.

    I am sorry to hear that the splitter I recommended didn't work for removing HDCP. The VHD-1X2MN3D I bought in 2014 did work for me. I guess the maker changed some of the components they use to build the device.

    I don't have another splitter suggestion at the moment other than the ViewHD 4-port splitter VHD-3D1X4. The OREI HD-102 looks like it is hit-or-miss.
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