What Operating Systems are supported by the HD PVR?
Microsoft Windows 7 (32 or 64-bit), Windows Vista or Windows XP with Service Pack 2 or later.
If you are using Windows Media Center, the latest HD PVR driver allows Windows 7 Media Center to use the HD PVR as a TV recorder. The recording is done in high definition and with H.264.
Do I need a PC to use HD PVR?
Yes, a PC or laptop is required to use HD PVR. The PC is used to both run the HD PVR application plus is the place where HD PVR recordings are stored. HD PVR does not have any internal disk storage.
HD PVR connects to a PC or laptop computer through a USB 2.0 port. The HD PVR recordings are stored on the PC's disk drive.
Can I connect the HDPVR passthru cables to a standard TV?
No, the pass thru cables only work on a TV with Componet input (Red, Green, Blue) you can not connect using the Composite (yellow) standard definition input on the TV.
Can I use HD PVR with a Mac?
There are several third party applications which support HD PVR on a Mac. These applications are sold separately. One of them can be found at:
When you playback an HD PVR recording on your PC screen, you need a fast CPU and at least 256MB of graphics memory.
Processor Requirements (minimum):
- Dual core CPU 2.0Ghz or faster
- Graphics with 256MB memory (or greater)
- Sound card
- USB 2.0 Port
Using extended or inferior usb cables can lead to lockups and poor performance.
Can I use the HD PVR with Microsoft's Windows Media Center application?
With the latest HD PVR driver, HD PVR can be used as a video recorder for cable TV and satellite set top boxes in Windows 7 Media Center. Your Windows Media Center recordings will be made in high definition using H.264. The Windows Media Center electronic program guide operates as normal with supported set top boxes.
To try out the Media Center support for Windows Media Center, click the "Media Center Support" tab above.
Can I use the HD PVR with Linux?
Currently, there are no drivers available for Linux. But there is a beta version of MythTV which supports HD PVR:. http://www.mythtv.org/wiki/index.php/Hauppauge_HD-PVR
Also, VDR, a Linux based project, now supports HD PVR. Drop a note to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Can I record high definition TV from a Cable TV or Satellite box?
By connecting the Component video output from your high definiton cable TV or satellite TV set top box to the component video inputs of the HD PVR, you will be able to record the TV programs coming from your set top box to the hard disk. Component video connections are normally the Red/Green/Blue connectors on the back of a set top box. Sometimes they are also called YPrPb or YCrCb connectors.
What type of recordings can I make with the HD PVR?
HD PVR encodes in real time directly to the hard disk in an H.264 format with AAC or AC-3 audio.
There are three formats which you can choose when recording a video:
- .TS which is a generic 'transport stream' compatible with many digital media players
- .M2TS which is compatible with the Sony Playstation3
- .MP4 which is compatible with the XBox360
All recording file types can be used to burn AVCHD Blu-ray compatible disc recordings.
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