HDTV Media FAQ & HD Schedule

HDTV Media FAQ & HD Schedule

Postby revgen on Fri May 05, 2006 11:25 pm

1) What is HDTV?

Short answer: High Definition TeleVision. It's way better looking than analog television or DVD's

Long Answer: It's televison that is broadcasted digitally and at high resolutions of 1280x720 pixels and higher. The most

common formats are:

1280x720p - 1280x720 pixels at 60, 30, or 24 progressive frames per second.

1920x1080i - 1920x1080 pixels at 60 interlaced fields ( Also called 30 interlaced frames) per second. Interlacing looks ugly compared to progressive
frames, but uses less bandwith. Go to http://www.100fps.com for more info on interlacing.


2) Why are your files so large?

HDTV files are large because they require more pixels and a higher bitrate to effectively showcase the higher resolution of

the images.


3) Could you make them smaller?

Short Answer: No. Except for youtube posts.

Long Answer: I could do it but:

A It would take too long to encode. HDTV files are more complex to encode than lower resolution material.

B More efficient codecs other than MPEG2 can be severely slow on lower end systems. I want as many people to view

the clips as possible.

C I want people to be impressed with the image quality. Reencoding always lowers the quality of the original. Cachooka Man and others offer pretty good footage at lower file sizes if you're interested. What exactly would I be contributing to

if I do what they're doing?


4) What do I need to play these?

You need VLC player ( http://www.videolan.org )

Some other people say Media Player Classic works too.

EDIT 10-18-06: I have since learned how to mux .ts file contents into treditional .mpg containers. This should allow more video players to play the clips. However I still recommend VLC player because it's usually faster and has lower CPU utilization.


5) How do you record these?

I record the original MPEG-2 Transport Streams ( .ts files ) broadcasted from my cable provider through the IEEE-1394

Firewire port on the back of my Digital Cable Receiver. Go here

http://htpcnews.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=10499 for more info.
Also go to http://thegreenbutton.com/forums/thread/44138.aspx if you use MCE.

EDIT 11-05-08

I also cap using my Blackmagic Intensity Pro capture card to cap the component outputs.

6) I'll buy these shows from you!

I don't sell copyrighted material. However, I might be willing to trade if the games I want and you have are not officially for sale in high quality. PM me for details.


7) It's too slow!

Okay first a few tips:

A Have you updated your video card drivers! A properly functioning video overlay is crucial.

B Try Pausing and then playing again.

C If this doesn't work than your system is probably too slow. It's not too surpising since these files are more demanding

than DVD's, WMV's, and other media.


8) My video is squshed and colors don't look right.

I have no idea why this may be. Here's some suggestions.

A: Update your video card drivers. This may also be a video overlay issue.
B: Get a new video card. Preferably a new Nvidia or ATI card.


9) This game is airing on ESPN! Have you recorded it?

Short Answer: I can record ABC, NBC, CBS and Over The Air (OTA) stations. All others are copy protected and I have to cap using my Blackmagic Intensity Pro capture card.


EDIT 05-04-08 I can now cap ESPNHD and copy-protected channels using my Blackmagic Intensity Pro - $350 ( http://www.blackmagic-design.com/products/intensity/ ). This card can pretty much do the same as the cards that used to cost over a grand just a year ago like the Xena card I mention below. You can still go the R5000 route, but it's way more expensive.

EDIT 07-06-06: I can now record ESPN HD if I buy an expensive Xena capture card for PCI-E and hook it up from the component output on my digital cable reciever. The card costs about $1700. I would also need some huge fast hard drives paired in RAID. More info here http://www.aja.com/html/products_windows_xena.html . Needless to say, it's out of my price range.

EDIT 11-30-06: According to this site http://www.nextcomwireless.com/R5000/info.htm They can modify the newer Dish Network DVR's so that I can capture all channels including HD from Dish Network utilizing a USB port to my PC. You need to buy the dish and reciever yourself since Dish Network forbids renters from modifying their hardware. Currently, I can only record Laker games from FSN-HD, TNTHD, and ABCHD with my digital cable reciever. Unfortunately, Dish Network doesn't carry FSN HD anymore, and the price of the 622 DVR receiver and Dish is $549 along with $550 for this modification. That's about $1100 for something that may be able to record ESPN HD. I don't currently have the funds to see whether it'll work or not. The fact that I probably won't be able to record FSN HD doesn't make me happy either.


10) Will you upload via Torrent's?

No. I don't like tying up my internet connection for hours on end. It's too much of a hassle. But if anybody else wants to host it, be my guest.


11) Can I burn these files to a DVD disc?

Yes you can. They will be playable on some HD-DVD players. However they'll only be played for 20 minutes on a single-layer DVD+R disc and 40 minutes on a Dual-Layer DVD+R disc. You can read here ( http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=667462 ) for more info.


12) What is the difference between HD and HQ.

A: HQ is 4:3 AR Standard Resolution ( 720x480 or 640x480) material that is recorded at high bitrates and looks pretty close to the quality of a proffessionally produced DVD.

B: HD is either 1280x720 or 1920x1080 resolution material that is encoded at higher than DVD bitrates. It's picture is very crisp compared to HQ.

13) If I capture an HD Broadcast through my S-video cable from my Satellite or Digital Cable reciever, do I have an HD video?

No. Satellite and Digital Cable recievers downsize the original 1080i or 720p streams before they send it out the S-video port. The HD broodcast becomes an HQ broadcast at this point.

14) How can I find out what's airing in HD in my area?

I personally use TitanTV http://www.titantv.com/

It also lists whether the program is 720p or 1080i.

15) When will you put up your next HD highlight?

All Games are in HD. Only KCAL and ABC can be capped digitally while all others are done through analog capture.

16 Can I record Over-the-air (OTA) HDTV signals to my PC?

Yes you can. You'll need an HDTV Antenna on your roof if you're far away from the broadcasting sattelite or if you are close enough, you can use an indoor antenna. I recommend either the MyHD or the Fusion HDTV line of tuners. You can check them out here. http://www.digitalconnection.com/Products/Video/fusion7rt.asp If you need to find out how far your house is from the broadcasting antenna go to http://www.antennaweb.org/ to find out.

17) I have a question that isn't mentioned in the FAQ.

Please don't hesitate to ask!
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Postby LakeShow09 on Fri May 05, 2006 11:56 pm

Thank you revgen.. we all appreciate your hard work in posting these pristine clips!! :bow: :bow: :bow:
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Postby sniperdog614 on Sat May 06, 2006 1:27 am

Yeah that clears all my questions about HD capping,.....

its not related to this...but does every Laker game get showed in California via local channels or is it just L.A ?
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Postby The Kobe Era 2K5 on Sat May 06, 2006 1:47 am

I love your HDTV's releases, Lakers must make NBA Finals, cuz then we'll have HDTV highlights from all games! :man1: :man12:
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Postby dreamvibes on Sat May 06, 2006 2:15 am

The Kobe Era 2K5 wrote:I love your HDTV's releases, Lakers must make NBA Finals, cuz then we'll have HDTV highlights from all games! :man1: :man12:


Exactly...these video's quality is amazing :man4:
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Postby makaveli14 on Sat May 06, 2006 4:17 am

LakeShow09 wrote:Thank you revgen.. we all appreciate your hard work in posting these pristine clips!! :bow: :bow: :bow:


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Postby revgen on Sat May 06, 2006 6:53 am

sniperdog614 wrote:Yeah that clears all my questions about HD capping,.....

its not related to this...but does every Laker game get showed in California via local channels or is it just L.A ?


Only LA has the game shown via locals. The rest of the country has to get it either via National TV or League Pass.
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Postby revgen on Sat May 06, 2006 6:57 am

LakeShow09 wrote:Thank you revgen.. we all appreciate your hard work in posting these pristine clips!! :bow: :bow: :bow:


Yer Welcome! :mhihi:

Thankfully, HDTV games are only shown occasionally. They can be a pain to work with.
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Postby DHL on Sat May 06, 2006 12:37 pm

is it possible to burn these files to dvd?
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Postby revgen on Sat May 06, 2006 12:53 pm

DIEHARDLAKER wrote:is it possible to burn these files to dvd?


Yes.

But, you wouldn't be able to play them on a DVD player. DVD players can only support 720x480 resolution.

EDIT

Actually I just found out that you can burn these to a DVD+R disc and play them on HD-DVD players. However, you can only burn about 20 minutes of footage on a single-layer, and 40 minutes on a Dual-Layer. You can read here ( http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=667462 ) for more info.
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Postby revgen on Sun May 07, 2006 4:17 pm

I'll be capping the Clippers-Phoenix series for sure.

I'll post highlights in the ClubClippers forum.
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Postby revgen on Mon May 08, 2006 10:39 am

Okay, I'll post 'em here too.
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Postby revgen on Mon May 08, 2006 1:24 pm

UGGGGH!! :bang: :mad1:

It turns out that www.hdsportsguide.com is wrong again! The game is actually being shown on TNT, which is copy-protected. Hopefully they show Game 4 on ABC next Sunday.
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Postby LakeShow09 on Mon May 08, 2006 1:35 pm

DARN COPY PROTECTION!!! :mad1: :mad1: :mad1:
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Postby revgen on Thu Jul 06, 2006 8:14 am

*bump*

Question #9 updated.
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Postby TomSeaver on Fri Oct 20, 2006 2:57 pm

Just curious. What TV Tuner Card do you use to record your Videos?

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Postby revgen on Fri Oct 20, 2006 3:11 pm

TomSeaver wrote:Just curious. What TV Tuner Card do you use to record your Videos?

Thanks


I don't use a TV Tuner card since I can't get OTA signals to my comp since the area I live in doesn't get good reception.

I cap from my Dital Cable reciever.

However, if there is a card you want to use to cap OTA signals then I recommend the Dvico Fusion 5 RT Gold here http://www.fusionhdtv.co.kr/eng/Products/RTGold.aspx

You can buy it at http://www.digitalconnection.com/produc ... ion5rt.asp

You will need an antenna capable of recieving HDTV in order to capture it.
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Postby TomSeaver on Fri Oct 20, 2006 3:24 pm

revgen wrote:
TomSeaver wrote:Just curious. What TV Tuner Card do you use to record your Videos?

Thanks


I don't use a TV Tuner card since I can't get OTA signals to my comp since the area I live in doesn't get good reception.

I cap from my Dital Cable reciever.

However, if there is a card you want to use to cap OTA signals then I recommend the Dvico Fusion 5 RT Gold here http://www.fusionhdtv.co.kr/eng/Products/RTGold.aspx

You can buy it at http://www.digitalconnection.com/produc ... ion5rt.asp

You will need an antenna capable of recieving HDTV in order to capture it.


I have Media Center. And use a cable set box for programming. But my Tuner doesn't support digital and HDTV. So I can only record shows in analog.

The Fusion card will work though? Thanks
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Postby revgen on Fri Oct 20, 2006 3:29 pm

TomSeaver wrote:
revgen wrote:
TomSeaver wrote:Just curious. What TV Tuner Card do you use to record your Videos?

Thanks


I don't use a TV Tuner card since I can't get OTA signals to my comp since the area I live in doesn't get good reception.

I cap from my Dital Cable reciever.

However, if there is a card you want to use to cap OTA signals then I recommend the Dvico Fusion 5 RT Gold here http://www.fusionhdtv.co.kr/eng/Products/RTGold.aspx

You can buy it at http://www.digitalconnection.com/produc ... ion5rt.asp

You will need an antenna capable of recieving HDTV in order to capture it.


I have Media Center. And use a cable set box for programming. But my Tuner doesn't support digital and HDTV. So I can only record shows in analog.

The Fusion card will work though? Thanks


If you want to cap from your digital cable reciever then you shouldn't use the Fusion. You need to use a Firewire cable and hook it up to your comp. Go to question #5 to learn about how to do this.
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Postby TomSeaver on Fri Oct 20, 2006 4:44 pm

Thank You!
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Postby AG1507 on Sun Oct 22, 2006 5:49 pm

I'm thinking of buying a new TV and was wondering whether this is true or not: If I don't have cable or satellite tv, and I buy a new LCD TV with a built-in HD receiver/tuner, is it possible to get the local channels (CBS, NBC, ABC, etc.) in HD? From what I've heard, the only way to get the local channels in HD is to buy a HD programming package from a cable/satellite provider but wanted to know if free HD was possible.

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Postby revgen on Sun Oct 22, 2006 6:39 pm

AG1507 wrote:I'm thinking of buying a new TV and was wondering whether this is true or not: If I don't have cable or satellite tv, and I buy a new LCD TV with a built-in HD receiver/tuner, is it possible to get the local channels (CBS, NBC, ABC, etc.) in HD? From what I've heard, the only way to get the local channels in HD is to buy a HD programming package from a cable/satellite provider but wanted to know if free HD was possible.

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Yes you can. Go to www.antennaweb.org to see how far you are away from a OTA antenna.
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Postby AG1507 on Sun Oct 22, 2006 7:39 pm

revgen wrote:
AG1507 wrote:I'm thinking of buying a new TV and was wondering whether this is true or not: If I don't have cable or satellite tv, and I buy a new LCD TV with a built-in HD receiver/tuner, is it possible to get the local channels (CBS, NBC, ABC, etc.) in HD? From what I've heard, the only way to get the local channels in HD is to buy a HD programming package from a cable/satellite provider but wanted to know if free HD was possible.

Thanks


Yes you can. Go to www.antennaweb.org to see how far you are away from a OTA antenna.


Ok, I typed in my street addy (I'm in SoCal) and found that I am within 27-30 miles of most of the major networks. But on the list of channels, theres a ABC 7.1 and an ABC 7, whats the difference? Also, where would I go to buy an antenna?

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