How to transfer DVR recordings to PC (for editing)?
by e_t_m_ao - 10/3/11 8:14 PM
New to posting in CNET forums... and I need a how-to response or video.
Have a Motorola (6412 unit #) DVR thru Broadstripe, I switched to using... no more Windows 7MC guide or .wtv recordings.
I'd appreciate knowing how to transfer the recordings from that device, to a External HDD or USB Flash Drive. (I'm a hands-on learning type... btw, so I know fair amounts of basics sometimes)
More specifically, what SOFTWARE (again, Software) can be used to do this (paid or free)?
P.S. I'm familiar only with the former, complex .wtv/.dvr-ms format (through Media Center). Please tell me what file format to record/convert to, also.
And note: I need to retain the captions as well. (which format do you suggest the output becomes? I prefer an MPEG-4 codec recording or output for quality & compression purposes...)
(I, at first, hated the DVR... because I didn't know how to do this, even if it orig. was hooked up to a TV...; now it's hooked up to PC Equipment, so I'd appreciate some related tips and feedback.)
The only method I can think of, until noted otherwise, is to try to record to DVD-RW discs and go from there... but DVD discs have quality restrictions, and the source file should be the best quality, THEN compressed.
I have a Cable Box, as stated, set on Component channel for all my cable channels... and HDMI for my VCR/DVD Recorder combo... I also am pending new hardware, so my cable signal source is fed through Coaxial input, then split 2 ways for the feed to my DVR device and combo unit device. (And the EPG, and basic setup for these things aren't problems for me...)
I deal with mainly SD res. (720x480). I want the final file to be compressed with a good MPEG-4 codec for discs, while keeping quality resolution and compression reasonable. And for readers viewing this far down, here a tip as a reward: You'll want to have around 1.25 - 4 MBps bitrate for video (normally 1.5 - 2.5 MBps, should be fine, for MPEG-4 video)... and you'll want 128 - 256 Kbps AAC audio. 256 Kbps is the max. br I know of for AAC audio, and should be fine for 2 or 5.1 Channel Sound)
Anyone else have ideas on how to solve my problem, don't hesitate to post a response... I'd appreciate it greatly!