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Windows 7: Outputting TV signal to PC

19 Jan 2012   #1
jloc

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 
Outputting TV signal to PC

I have a Topfield PVR, it has the red, yellow and white connections (I never remember the names for them). It outputs them and my PC has red, yellow and white input connectors at the front. What program would I use to view the live tv?
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19 Jan 2012   #2
Qdos

 

Component, I believe...

I'm not sure you need a PC to view the output on the Toppy as it's already video... ready to feed a monitor...
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19 Jan 2012   #3
jloc

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Qdos View Post
Component, I believe...

I'm not sure you need a PC to view the output on the Toppy as it's already video... ready to feed a monitor...
The Toppy only supports Component and Scart so I couldn't output it directly to my monitor. Copying a file from it via USB is deathly slow, I thought that I could hook it up to my PC and then record files straight to my hard drive via Windows Media Center?
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19 Jan 2012   #4
Qdos

 

It's not possible to couple it with Media Centre.

Reason being it doesn't output a tuner signal, but a video feed

You need a monitor with Component inputs, or a component to VGA adapter, say...
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19 Jan 2012   #5
jloc

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Qdos View Post
It's not possible to couple it with Media Centre.

Reason being it doesn't output a tuner signal, but a video feed

You need a monitor with Component inputs, or a component to VGA adapter, say...
So there's absolutely no way to record/watch TV directly to my PC?
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19 Jan 2012   #6
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

I've had no problems in taking signal with scart to composite cable from DVR to PC's TV card composite input and record with WMC. Our smaller DVR has only 160 GB HDD so I'm moving films quite often.

Kari
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19 Jan 2012   #7
Qdos

 

Topfields aren't outputting a signal though. It's not a tuner feed, the box send out a video feed.

Both Toppy's and Humax boxes are crap on USB speeds.

There are hacks you can do to them though...

I used to run a Humax PVR box direct to a Dell 2005 IPS monitor, and audio to separate speakers...
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19 Jan 2012   #8
jloc

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

What could I do with this?


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19 Jan 2012   #9
Qdos

 

That's not much use for your Toppy, it's a standalone PCi tuner card... apparently with pass through co-ax and S-video, and what looks like digital and composite outputs...
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19 Jan 2012   #10
jloc

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

I've just decided to hook up my TV tuner and record stuff via Windows Media Center. The quality isn't half bad either. Thanks for all of your help


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