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Hauppauge 1212 HD-PVR High Definition Personal Video Recorder


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  • High-definition personal video recorder records directly from cable TV and satellite set top boxes at up to 1080i
  • Records in AVCHD format for burning Blu-ray DVD discs
  • Includes Hauppage's WinTV scheduler to schedule TV recordings, and built-in IR blaster to automatically change TV channels
  • Standard definition composite and S-Video inputs lets you digitize your old home video tapes directly from VCR
  • Measures 7.8 x 6.8 x 2.8-Inch, weighs 1.2-Pounds

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 33 x 20.3 x 9.5 cm ; 544 g
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 Kg
  • Item model number: 1212
  • ASIN: B0018LX0DY
  • Date first available at Amazon.ca: Sept. 25 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #30,843 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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Product Description

Amazon.ca Product Description

The HD-PVR from Hauppauge is the world's first High-Definition video recorder for making real-time H.264 compressed recordings at resolutions up to 1080i. HD-PVR records component video from cable TV and satellite set top boxes, with a built-in IR blaster to automatically change TV channels for scheduled recordings. Audio is recorded using AAC or Dolby Digital. The recording format is AVCHD, which can be used to burn Blu-ray DVD disks. Two hours of HD recordings, recorded at 5 Mbist/sec, can be burnt onto a standard 4.7 GB DVD-R or DVD-RW disk for playback on a Blu-ray DVD player. The HD PVR's amazing recording quality allows personal archival recordings of your favorite high definition TV programs from any component video HD set top box. The HD PVR also has standard definition composite and S-Video inputs so you can record your old home video tapes into an AVHCD format for creating Blu-ray recordings. Other features include recording high definition video at up to 1080i resolution, 720P or VGA/D1. Includes HD software video player so you can playback recordings to your PC screen. NTSC, PAL, and SECAm support. IR receiver for remote control which is included. Works with Windows XP and Vista.

From the Manufacturer

The Hauppauge 1212 HD-PVR High Definition Personal Video Recorder is the world's first high-definition video recorder for making real-time H.264 compressed recordings at resolutions up to 1080i. With the HD-PVR, you can schedule and automatically record your favorite shows in high definition directly from cable TV and satellite set top boxes. As an added feature, the HD-PVR also includes S-Video inputs so you can convert all your old home video tapes into Blu-ray DVD recordings.

The Hauppauge 1212 HD-PVR High Definition Personal Video Recorder offers:

  • Recording direct from cable TV and satellite with quality up to 1080i.
  • Record your game play
  • AVCHD format for burning Blu-ray DVD discs.
  • Standard definition composite and S-Video inputs.

The Hauppauge HD-PVR Video Recorder
This personal video recorder makes real-time H.264 compressed recordings at resolutions up to 1080i. View Larger

The Hauppauge HD-PVR Video Recorder
Plug your VCR directly into the 1212 HD-PVR and record old home video tapes into AVCHD format. View Larger
High-Definition Quality Recordings on Your Schedule

At long last, a personal video recorder, or PVR, that offers high quality recordings of high-definition television shows. Now you can start building a personal archive of your favorite high definition TV programs without losing the broadcast quality.

At the heart of the HD-PVR is an H.264 high-definition encoder that's built-in for high-performance, high-quality TV recordings at up to 1080i resolution, 720p or VGA/D1. The box includes a component video input for use with most high-definition cable TV and satellite TV receivers, as well as optical or stereo audio inputs. (Audio is recorded using AC-3 encoding from SPDIF in 2 or 5.1 channel audio / Digital Dolby.)

The HD-PVR records in the AVCHD format, which can be used to burn Blu-ray DVD discs. Two hours of high-definition recordings, recorded at 5 Mbits/sec, can be burnt onto a standard 4.7 GB DVD-R or DVD-RW disk for playback on any Blu-ray DVD player. (You have the option of recording at data rates from 1 Mbs to 13.5Mbs, constant and variable bit rate.)

The recorder also includes Hauppauge's WinTV scheduler that lets you schedule your TV recordings, and a built-in IR blaster that automatically changes TV channels for your scheduled recordings. And for even greater convenience and performance, the HD-PVR features an audio / video component video loop so you can record and watch your television at the same time.

Convert Your Home Videos to Blu-ray DVDs

If you've been wondering what to do with all your home videos, the HD-PVR has the answer. Thanks to the included standard definition composite and S-Video inputs, you can plug your VCR directly into the box and record your old home video tapes into an AVCHD format, which you can then burn onto a DVD for playback on your Blu-ray DVD player.

Also included with the HD-PVR is Arcsoft's "TotalMedia Theater," a video player that lets you play back your TV recordings to your PC screen, and "MediaConverter" to convert your H.264 HD recordings onto other formats.

The HD-PVR measures a scant 7.8-by-6.8-by-2.8-inches, so it will fit snugly in your home theater set up.

What's in the Box

IR Blaster transmitter cable, component video cable set, audio cable set, USB cable, and 5V power supply. Also includes the following bundled software applications: Arcsoft "TotalMediaExtreme"; Arcsoft "TotalMedia Theater," Arcsoft "MediaConverter," and Hauppauge WinTV Scheduler.

Which High Definition Personal Video Recorder is Right for You?

Type Component Video Optical Audio RCA Audio HDMI Input PCIe Component Video
gaming cable

1445 HD PVR
Gaming Edition
External

1414 Colossus
Internal

1212 HD-PVR
External

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Frank Kitzinger on Oct. 23 2009
With developing technologies, new devices come to the market. It pays to learn about them, before buying. The manufacturer's description is often misleading, or incomplete. This device is not a recorder, but still is something very useful. The function is converting component video, s-video and composite video into signals recordable by your computer. The outstanding feature is the component video input. This allows HD video to be recorded by your computer. This is a first!!!!

I am using the Hauppage 1212 since about six months. Worked fine out of the box, and ever since. You need an up-to-date computer for the HD recording and editing. I use an i7 Nehalem processor running at 2.93GHz per core, but this is an overkill. Any recently bought computer should do a good job.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Haskell A. Murray on June 13 2010
The Hauppauge PVR was recommended to me while I was looking for a way to record my gameplay. I have to say, it's worth every penny! What's great about the PVR is that you can record video straight to your PC without an Internet connection. The quality of the recordings is exactly the same as it is on your TV; so, if you're recording a game that's 60 FPS, the PVR will output at 60 FPS. Unfortunately, if you plan to upload vids on YouTube, YouTube will reduce the frame rate to 30 FPS. Since a video on YouTube won't be the same quality as your recording, the bitrate of your recording should be no higher than 5 Mbps.

The PVR includes the full version of Total Media Extreme, which works well. It has configurations specifically for the PlayStation 3, as well as the Xbox 360, allowing you to start recording without messing with the settings. You can also convert videos to different formats if you wish. For those of you with Windows 7, the drivers work just fine on both the 32 and 64-bit version, so don't worry about the PVR being unsupported on your PC. The only potential issue with the PVR is that it doesn't have a HDMI port, so if that's a problem for you, don't buy this. I used HDMI on my PS3, but I ended up buying component cables so I could use the PVR. The picture quality actually improved for me, but I think it had to do with my HDMI cable carrying both audio and video signals. When that happens, apparently the video quality degrades, but I digress. Note that both the PVR and the device you connect it to have to be powered on in order to get a picture on your TV. For example, if you turn off the PVR while the PS3 is on, you will lose the picture.

I am completely satisfied with my purchase, and I wholly recommend the Hauppauge to anyone who is looking for a device to record their gaming sessions. Seeing the quality of the gameplay you've recorded for the first time...it can't be understated.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Couture on Dec 7 2009
I've had this product since may and I really like it. Never had any problems, easy to use, pretty good quality. I personally use it to record tv and my gameplay on ps3. Everything is easy, quick and good I really don't get why some people didn't like it. I also know a lot of people who own that product and they never got any problems.

Charles
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Barney on April 12 2010
I got this mainly to record gameplay on my PS3. It works great, can record up to 1080i and can record pretty well any console game with it. Also using it to record some old VHS tapes and then put them on a DVD. This is a bit long because you have to record the whole video, which can be like 45 or more minutes. But you can't get these VHS tapes anymore so I don't mind the wait. Very easy to record, the setup was fairly simple. It doesnt take sreenshots though, which was a big thing I was hoping it could do. But an easy workaround this is to download VLC Media Player and play the recorded files in that and then use that player to generate screenshots.

If you want to record yourself playing games, this is the thing to get.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Jefferies on Oct. 24 2009
Received mine 2 days, and have been using it ever since flawlessly. I am on a Mac, so it was a bit of a pain to have to shell out an extra $80US for software to make it compatible with my Mac. I can not comment on the PC software that comes with it, but eyeTV that I downloaded (for $80US)works great!! I have been using mine to capture game footage from my xbox 360. I gave it 5 stars despite the lack of Mac support (which the company has outright said it was for PC only), and the fact that I have to have the PVR on whenever I want to play my xbox (no pass through without the power on). These are my only 2 complaints, and very small ones at that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Isaac on March 2 2011
This hdpvr is perfect I wanted something to record my gameplay in good quality and be simple to do I've tried other hardware although this was more expensive than the others had I done this first it would hav saved me money the other 3 products I use were either complicated, not hd, or needed to many things to get it going this product on the other hand is plug in, install and go

I deffinately recommend this product first than anything else for any of your recording needs
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ian Ballard on Feb. 7 2010
It really does all it claims to do - but you need to make sure you know how to do the integration work you need do. This is not for people who want to buy an appliance. mine now integrates into my win 7 media center setup - doing 1080i recordings off hd cable as a faked out satellite setup. brilliant, but not intuitive.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joe on Aug. 27 2012
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I was sick and tired of losing my PVR’ed shows off of my encrypted PVR supplied by my TV provider. The hardware crapped out, had to be replaced, all my recording gone. Provider insisted on upgrading my equipment, all my recordings gone.

So I went looking for a solution. After a number of products that did not work or was so poor quality it was not worth the trouble.

I got this unit in just a few days. I had it hooked up and running in an hour.
I now have over 20 hours of programing archived in HD broadcast quality. Love it.

The hardware does what it is supposed to do and the software is very easy to use.
I’m running it on an older 2.5 MHz Vista computer.
I had a few issues with installing and freezing at first, but that is a Vista problem (problems are the norm with Vista. The calculator will crash it).

I understand there are a few problems with window’s 7 but there is a ton of help on-line for that and ArcSoft has lots of documentation and easy fixes on its site.

I don’t know what the other posters problems are with this product but on the other hand I have no idea why you would want a recording of yourself playing a video game from 3 weeks ago. Kinda like hiring a film crew to shoot you playing a game of checkers with your sister!!
However I can see this product being great for that as well.
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