Copy HD-DVR to Vista Laptop?

P4i6g / P4i65g
February 14, 2009 at 20:12:18
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, 2.596 GHz / 502 MB
Can I copy shows recorded on my Scientific Atlanta 8240HDC HD-DVR box to the DVD writer in a laptop running Vista?

If I get a standalone DVD writer, can I use the Copy To VCR feature to create DVD's instead?

Thanks for any insight.

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February 15, 2009 at 08:32:11
Why not ASK the manufacturer if it can be done? Start asking HERE via their Customer Support link.


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February 15, 2009 at 10:59:28
re: Why not ASK the manufacturer if it can be done?

Thanks for the link...I've already visited that site and called the Customer Service number. The number is a recording that leads you back to the website and says that if you don't find your answer there, call your local cable provider. The user guide is available but everything that's written says Copy to VCR. I don't know enough about laptops or DVD writers to know if the signals are compatible.

I called my cable company and they said you have to go to a VCR first then to a DVD, but I'm wondering if there is a workaround to avoid the loss of quality. Thus my question in this forum.

As far as the Laptop, the only thing the cable company rep could tell me was that the USB port is not active on the 8240 yet and he doesn't know any other way of talking to the laptop. Again, thus my question in this forum.

As I'm sure you know, most company reps read from a script or knowledge base and aren't usually to good at improvising answers. Sometimes you find someone willing to go deeper, but I figured the odds of finding a knowledgeable person in this forum were better. Maybe there's a box that looks like a VCR to the 8240 but outputs the correct signal for a DVD writer or laptop. That's the kind of information I was hoping to find here.

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February 15, 2009 at 12:07:38
A DVD player/burner as used in home same as VCR will do the job.
Your recorder puts a line out signal for vidieo/audio and has no way of knowing what it's output is going to.
While it may be labelled as VCR the signal is the same.
To record on your computer would require a capture device be installed with the required software.
USB capture devices are available for this purpose, Belkin has one specifially for this, others are TV/capture devices.

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February 15, 2009 at 14:37:54
Thanks for the info about the VCR/DVD writer compatibility.

I'll check out the Belkin site to see if I can find the device you are referring to.

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February 15, 2009 at 20:15:15
Here's a link to Belkin adaptor:

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