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Old 08-13-2013, 02:18 AM   #1
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Question DVD recorder DVR devices; is there an issue with Linux compatibility


I'm wanting to start using either DVR or DVD recorder for recording to HD and DVD. Might there be any compatibility issues if transfering files to pc running Mint 15 Mate or otherwise? Also wouldn't mind some input on the following if it's possible. Couldn't find any DVR DVD recorder forums that were easy to find this info.

1. unit cost around $100
2. no subscription fees
3. reliable 100+ GB hard drive
4. capable of reading & writing most if not all dvd formats
5. work with cable and satellite setups
6. no real need for elaborate future date programming schemes but will accept if it's there
7. durable for searching and recording parts of shows and repeat replays
8. not sure what ports required but for now using Cable TV, cable box, & Panasonic 50”plasma T.V.
9. I assume Coax from cable box will go in DVR or DVD recorder and component will come out to
the T.V. USB might be nice for transferring files to PC if desired
10. Mostly what I want to do is be able to record programs and edit out parts and saving them to
Thanx %)SW
 
Old 08-14-2013, 06:48 PM   #2
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I'm wanting to start using either DVR or DVD recorder for recording to HD and DVD. Might there be any compatibility issues if transfering files to pc running Mint 15 Mate or otherwise? Also wouldn't mind some input on the following if it's possible. Couldn't find any DVR DVD recorder forums that were easy to find this info.

1. unit cost around $100
2. no subscription fees
3. reliable 100+ GB hard drive
4. capable of reading & writing most if not all dvd formats
5. work with cable and satellite setups
6. no real need for elaborate future date programming schemes but will accept if it's there
7. durable for searching and recording parts of shows and repeat replays
8. not sure what ports required but for now using Cable TV, cable box, & Panasonic 50”plasma T.V.
9. I assume Coax from cable box will go in DVR or DVD recorder and component will come out to
the T.V. USB might be nice for transferring files to PC if desired
10. Mostly what I want to do is be able to record programs and edit out parts and saving them to
Thanx %)SW

I have switched to Over-the-air TV using mythtv (see www.mythtv.org) due to those compatibility/encryption problems and other issues. There are other linux video recording systems as well though search for V4L (video for Linux). If you have local broacast stations, the signal quality, is much superior to what one gets on satellite or cable, at least here in Canada. Depending on where you are you might want to (see tvfool.com) to see what would be available in your area. Mountains are nice but do block the signals www.digitalhome.ca is another site (but very annoying ads) that might give you some info.

I use a desktop (on board sound and video) with a Hauppauge Tuner/pvr card (I have a 2250 a two-tuner PCI card which cost about $100) as well as a Silicon Dust Home Run network 2-tuner card. I built my own antennae for the signals (see digital home for that too). The antenna goes to the back of the computer. The computer is attached to the TV with a HDMI cable. Optical sound from the motherboard goes to my receiver.

I think your HD at 100GB is a bit undersized if you are doing HD video. I have a 2TB and have to delete things regularly

A subscription to schedules direct (25$/yr for the tv lineups) is the only out of pocket expense after the hardware.

The files are standard mpeg files, and can be edited or transcoded with handbrake etc.

I paid for the computer and all the equipment in less than a year at what I was paying my satellite provider and I get better signal/and about the same shows.


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