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Record HD TV to a Laptop/PC

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#1
Hi There,
I'm trying to find out if it's possible to record a TV Show/TV Movie to my Laptop. I know I can use my TV as a display for my PC, shared or extended desktop but I don't know how to basically reverse the process so I can use my laptop as a TV. There is a really good movie that is going to be on TV next month and I would love to be able to record it.
I have a Sanyo 52" Plasma with cable TV hooked up to it. It has a DVDR from comcast also, so I can record live TV and all but I want to be able to have the movie on my hard drive so I can bring it to a friends or burn it to a DVD. Any help with this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.


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#2
Need more info. What are the specs of your laptop? I can tell you that it has to be capable of playing hi-def video, which means it needs a hi-def video card. Hi-def video means hi-def audio and a sound card that would handle it. If your system can't handle hi-def, you'll notice skipping and freezing and you'll blame the video.

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#3
Originally posted by YOBUZZB:
Need more info. What are the specs of your laptop? I can tell you that it has to be capable of playing hi-def video, which means it needs a hi-def video card. Hi-def video means hi-def audio and a sound card that would handle it. If your system can't handle hi-def, you'll notice skipping and freezing and you'll blame the video.
Yeah it is able to handle HD it can play BluRay DVDs and I downloaded and watch HD movies on it quite often.
The laptop is a HP Pavilion dv7-1135nr Entertainment Notebook PC it has an AMD Turion X2 processor, 4GBs Ram, 4 USSB ports, 1 HDMI, and a Ethernet port. I'm running Windows 7 Home Premium and it's a 32 bit operating system. I believe that's about it.


#4
You should have no problem accomplishing your goal. It will do pretty much whatever you want. You simply be using it as a DVR.

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#5
Can you explain to me how I go about doing it? I currently have comcast cable and I use their cable box/DVR to watch HDTV. I need to know how I get the laptop to record what is being watched on TV or whatever is being played by the box. I tried to plug in the HDMI cable from the cable box to my laptop but it did nothing at all. Someone told me I needed a TV tuner for my laptop to be able to do this. I was hoping I didn't. I'm at a loss right now. Any help would be appreciated.


#6
Perhaps I should have asked if you have video/audio in. You need that in order to record. There are a number of ways to accomplish this. Here's a link that will help you. http://www.online-tech-tips.com/computer-tips/how-to-connect-your-laptoppccomputer-to-your-tv/

I just looked the specs for your machine. You've got all you need to do what you want. The only reason you'd need a TV Tuner is if you're trying to watch live TV from your laptop. You don't need it to record TV. You do need software that will capture the audio/video from your TV.
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 16 Dec 2010 @ 11:01

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#7
Thanks a bunch for the link to all that great info. I still couldn't find any instructions on how I can get the TV images to show up on my lap top or how I can record anything from my TV to my lap top. I guess I'll keep reading but so far all I've seen is posts saying I need a TV tuner. It just seems that if I could just somehow reverse what the HDMI cable is doing right now I should be able to do it. Because right now the HDMI cable just turns my TV into an extended desktop and it works like another monitor.


#8
Originally posted by YOBUZZB:
Perhaps I should have asked if you have video/audio in. You need that in order to record. There are a number of ways to accomplish this. Here's a link that will help you. http://www.online-tech-tips.com/computer-tips/how-to-connect-your-laptoppccomputer-to-your-tv/

I just looked the specs for your machine. You've got all you need to do what you want. The only reason you'd need a TV Tuner is if you're trying to watch live TV from your laptop. You don't need it to record TV. You do need software that will capture the audio/video from your TV.
#9
If it's not too much trouble, send me a list of applicable software you have regarding audio/video. I won't let this go until you're able to accomplish what you want. There should be no reason why you can't record HDTV. You've got a multi-interface port, which means in/out audio and video but if there's no video capure app you'll need that.
I forgot to mention..I use Nero. You can record directlly to the drive or prep to burn to dvd media and I don't have a TV card. I used to have one from Hauppauge or however it's spelled but it took a dump after getting more than my money's worth out of it. I use an external interface from K-World because I don't have an HDMI port. It's served me well.
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 23 Dec 2010 @ 23:44

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#10
Originally posted by YOBUZZB:
Originally posted by YOBUZZB:
Perhaps I should have asked if you have video/audio in. You need that in order to record. There are a number of ways to accomplish this. Here's a link that will help you. http://www.online-tech-tips.com/computer-tips/how-to-connect-your-laptoppccomputer-to-your-tv/

I just looked the specs for your machine. You've got all you need to do what you want. The only reason you'd need a TV Tuner is if you're trying to watch live TV from your laptop. You don't need it to record TV. You do need software that will capture the audio/video from your TV.

Awesome!! I just checked out that link and there is everything I need to do it all explained. Thanks a bunch. I'll let y'all know how it goes once I've tried it out. Thanks again.
#11
Hey Flashcom,

you successful with your recording endevor? I'm lookin to do same cept I dont have hdmi input on laptop. I have charter and would like to record what i'm watching, movies or tv, to hard drive or eventually to ipod or phone for later viewing. I can view computer screen on my tv, but i cant seem to do it the other way. Let me know how youre doing with this if youre still around. Thanks...
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