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Hauppauge HD PVR High Definition Personal Video Recorder USB Port

  • USB 2.0 Interface
  • Component video input
  • Optical audio Input
  • Left/ Right RCA audio input
  • Composite video and S-Video inputs (on front panel)
  • Left/right audio input (on front panel)
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For years Hauppauge has been making high quality add-ons to make your computer entertainment experience better. They've done it again with their HD PVR. This compact unit connects to your PC through a USB 2.0 interface for high speed data transfers. The back panel has Component Video, RCA audio and optical audio inputs with loop through outputs for each.

The loop-throughs let you put the PVR in-line with your cable/satellite box or other video source and your TV. Front panel connections let you add additional input sources like a game console. An IR blaster will send a signal to the video source to change to the appropriate channel to record your program.

The included suite of Arcsoft software lets take full advantage of the PVR's capabilities. TotalMediaExtreme handles the capture, edit and playback functions. MediaConverter lets you save the file in a different format including the Blu-ray compatible AVCHD. Watch what you want, when you want to with Hauppauge. 

  • newegg High Definition Video Recorder With the Hauppauge HD PVR, capture your favorite high-definition TV programs from any HD set-top box or HDTV featuring component video outputs. The built-in H.264 hardware accelerator encodes up to 1080i signals into AVCHD from 1 to 13.5Mbps and records audio in AAC or Dolby Digital for amazing recording quality.
  • newegg Additional Video/Audio Inputs The Hauppauge HD PVR provides S-video, Composite and RCA Audio inputs so you can capture video or audio sources from other AV devices such as your VCR, game console, camcorder and more.
  • newegg High Speed USB 2.0 Interface The high-speed USB 2.0 interface delivers up to 480Mbps bandwidth to ensure clear video quality and provides hot-swappable, plug-and-play capabilities for easy connection to your computer.

Learn more about the Hauppauge 1212

Model

Brand
Hauppauge
Model
1212

General

Type
Video Capture & Editing
Interface
USB 2.0

Features

Features
Built-in hardware H.264 high definition encoder, for high performance, high quality TV recordings

Component video input (YCrCb or YPrPb) from most high definition cable TV and satellite TV receivers. Optical or stereo audio inputs.

Record high definition video at up to 1080i resolution, 720p or VGA/D1

Record at datarates from 1Mbs to 13.5Mbs, constant and Variable Bit Rate

Make Blu-ray format AVCHD recordings, so you can burn your TV recordings onto a standard DVD disk (up to 2 hours of video at 5MBits/sec) and playback on Blu-ray DVD players

Includes HD software video player, so you can playback recordings to your PC screen

Audio / Video component video loop through to allow HD recording and viewing at the same time

High Performance Noise Reduction Function

NTSC,PAL and SECAM Support

IR receiver for remote control (the remote control is optional and is available on the Hauppauge webstore)

IR Blaster to change the TV channels in your set top box

Specifications

Video Encoding
H.264 AVCHD video encoder
AC-3 audio encoding
Recording datarate: from 1 to 13.5 Mbits/sec (user selectable)
Recording format: up to 1080i from component video (YCrCb)
Note: the video input format determines the recorded format. For example, 1080i input records at 1080i, 720P records at 720P, etc.. Any other format conversions needs to be done with the MediaConvert program (supplied).
PVR
Yes
Ports In
Component video input
Optical audio Input
Left/ Right RCA audio input
Composite video and S-Video inputs (on front panel)
Left/right audio input (on front panel)
Ports Out
Component video loop through output
Optical audio loop through output
Left/ Right RCA audio loop through output
IR Blaster output

System Requirements

Processor
Dual core CPU (minimum)
Graphics Card
Graphics with 256MB memory (or greater)
Note: the playback of high definition H.264 requires a fast CPU and at least 256MB of graphics memory
Others
Sound card

Packaging

Package Contents
HD PVR high definition personal video recorder, USB
IR Blaster transmitter cable
Component video cable set
Audio cable set
USB cable
5V power supply

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
2 years limited
Labor
2 years limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 720 days
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 720 days


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  • Jonathan L.
  • 8/21/2014 8:14:51 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsWorks great on Linux for MythTV

Pros: Great picture quality. Includes enough cables to get going. Easy setup in MythTV.

Cons: Bulky and ugly (twice as large as I expected). There are four bright blue LEDs on the top of it that light up as it's recording which are very obnoxious; I have covered them with electrical tape.

Other Thoughts: After connecting it initially to a Windows machine to install the latest firmware, I have been using this device under Linux with MythTV. It is recording from my cable box very well at 1080i or 720p resolution and I am surprised at how good the picture quality is. Optical digital audio is working fine as well (bring your own cable).

Setup was surprisingly easy. The modern Linux kernel already has the drivers and MythTV has supported it for years. I am accustomed to having to tinker with stuff for hours to get it to work in Linux, but this was a close to plug and play as possible.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/20/2014 7:09:07 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGreat product

Pros: - Records perfectly in HD
- Easy set up
- Great tech support
- Reliable
- Well built (I've dropped mine I don't know how many times and it still works just a fine as when I got it)
- all around great product

Cons: No HDMI in or out. But that's to be expected since its an older model. But other than that, nothing at all

Other Thoughts: If you're looking for game capture card strongly suggest getting one if these. Preferably the newer model which is, the HD PVR 2 gaming edition or the gaming edition plus especially if you have an Xbox One and you wish to record.

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  • Jason S.
  • 1/12/2014 12:22:42 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsHighly finicky, but gets the job done.

Pros: I use this to transfer video to my cpu for editing YouTube videos and making Blu-ray discs. Good, high quality once you adjust the settings and raise the input bit rate to 13.5mbps (default is 9 I believe. Good, but not great). Uses component video cables and a choice of component audio or optical.

I've owned it for over three years and have never experienced the over-heating issues I see some people speak of (knock on wood). I guess I've lucked out there.

Default capture format opens right up in Sony Vegas, my preferred editing program. All-around handy device that gets the job done and from what I've read I'd recommend it over the PVR 2 gaming edition. You can still use component cables to record PS3 games. Only issue is if you want to capture from the PS4 you'd need the PVR 2 since the newer console no longer supports component output (HDMI only).

Cons: PVR and ArcSoft software are very finicky. You have to get to know what they 'like' and 'dislike'. I have experienced a lot of problems I've read other people write about. I've had videos fed in by the PVR cause Vegas to freeze and crash for seemingly no reason. If you're using ArcSoft to feed in video and need to close out of it, opening it back up will sometimes cause the program to 'lose' the PVR and think the device is still being used by the former instance of the program before you closed out of it. I agree that a cpu reboot normally fixes that issue. As far as the PVR sometimes freezing up during recording or crashing Vegas when you attempt to import a video, aside from making sure the PVR drivers are good (very important), this is what I do to remedy the issue: I reboot my cpu. When it is finished loading and ready to go, I power on the PVR (USB cable already connected to cpu). Once Windows acknowledges the PVR with the usual sound, I pull the power cable out of the PVR for about 10 seconds and plug it back it in. I listen for the Windows USB sound again, then I open the ArcSoft capture software and I'm good to go. Don't know why, but this works every time. When I forget to follow this process step by step I usually have problems. Either the ArcSoft capture software will freeze during capture, or the captured video will crash Vegas repeatedly and I'll have to feed it in the cpu again (very annoying).

Another thing I dislike about the PVR is it will not read input from standard definition devices most of the time. If you have a stack of old home movies on VHS tapes you want to feed in from a VCR, or if you're an old school gamer and want to record playthroughs from the old NES or SNES (Genesis, etc) you'll need to pick up a Dazzle recorder w/Pinnacle Studio. The Hauppauge PVR will not read anything with a resolution less than 480p. Big issue seeing how VHS tapes come in at 480i and the old video game consoles output at 240p. Get a Dazzle recorder for $50 to take care of this.

Other Thoughts: If you're a driven videographer and refuse to take 'no' for an answer from any piece of technology, this PVR is the best device on the market. Once you get familiar with it's qwerks and jerks it'll do a fine job for you.

If you're more of a casual editor and don't have a lot of patience you'll probably throw it through the wall and find something else to do.

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  • Kinsell R.
  • 8/2/2013 9:13:06 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDo Not Buy for VCR conversion

Pros: nice looking box. Pretty blue light.

Cons: No product support for linux.
Tech Support claims VCR & tapes a problem with the unit.
Expensive.

Other Thoughts: I bought this product based on previous experiences with Hauppauge products. The hdpvr 1212 is the last that I will purchase from this company. I am returning it as soon as I can box it back up. If in doubt, do a google search for "hd pvr heat problems" or "hd pvr stopping" and count the unresolved threads.

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  • Joseph N.
  • 3/25/2013 6:38:02 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBetter than expected

Pros: Easy setup, Good quality recordings, works in Windows, OSX, even Linux.

Cons: None so far

Other Thoughts: Newegg is great to do business with. My only gripe is with the packing of products. I received hard drives & electronics packed with crumpled paper while cables have been in a big box with a million packing peanuts.

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  • Michael V.
  • 3/20/2013 3:26:55 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsWill not work with windows 8 media center

Pros: Works great with Windows 7 media center.

Cons: Hangs at "scanning for channels 0%" when adding device to Windows 8 media center, making it unusable in Windows 8 media center.

Other Thoughts: Many people report the same issue on the web - but no help on the Hauppauge web page.

The supplied application "Total Media Extreme" works under Windows 8 but that application is very limited.

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  • Kenneth T.
  • 3/8/2013 8:53:58 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsThere's Better Stuff out There

Pros: The quality is definelety high quality (up to 1920x1080)

file compression is nice

Cons: It's kind of annoying how it runs off of HD Component cables. They are extremely bulky and a pain to work with.

I've been using the Hauppauge HD PVR for a little under a year now, and there's one MAJOR problem with mine. I'm sure that it's a problem with only my device, but it's a MAJOR problem none the less. One of the video cable plugs on the device itself is very sensitive. If the cable isn't plugged in a certain way, than the screen will go black. And to top that, even when it is plugged in right, it will cause the screen to go black for a couple of seconds, then work correctly for a minute or two, then black out for a few seconds, work for a minute, repeat over and over again.

Other Thoughts: Get any other capture card

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  • Caitlin B.
  • 2/15/2013 7:45:54 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat for let's plays

Pros: -Relatively small

-lightweight

-nice lighting

-supports Composite cables (please see cons and other)

-software is easy to use and allows you to record not only off the PVR but the software allows you to record things off your Webcam too if you have one.

-great video quality.

-Livestream's procaster allows you to select this as a device to stream from.

Cons: -The price. Please See other

-Does something weird with the Wii sensor bar if you use the composite ports in the front. It makes the cursor waaay too jumpy and sensitive. Adjusting the sensitivity didn't work . Also, plugging a Wii into the composite ports and playing a GameCube game also messes up your aim and the direction that you move your character in.

-Software only records in three formats: MP4, M2TS and TS meaning

-If you want to edit it, you'll need a converting program as some online converters have a file size limit. Windows movie maker and Corel Video Studio Pro X5 -at least the Demo of X5 anyway- does not accept MP4

Other Thoughts: -I found an electronics store an hour away had the same products as this but Newegg had it for a cheaper price and yes it was cheaper on Newegg even when taxes and shipping were included -thank goodness.

-The software apparently doesn't work on a Mac. A Friend of mine found that out when I took the PVR over to his house. To me it's not a con as I have a PC, But Mac/ Apple users beware.

-As stated in the Cons, The Wii cursor acts weird when you have the composite cords plugged it. The only way to fix this is to get come Wii component cables to plug into the back of the PVR.

-In order to record in the highest quality possible, you will have to change the input resolution in the software. Also depending on what device you have set up, you may have to change the screen resolution. If you connect a Wii to this device, you'll need to change the Wii's screen resolution to 480P or higher -I was able to change the screen resolution to 480p on my 17' TV screen after I plugged in the Wii component cables.

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  • Andrew B.
  • 2/13/2013 8:09:49 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent PVR for HD component video

Pros: This is one of the only PVRs I've seen that does HD video via component cables, and it works great. The video capture software is basic, but does the job just fine. You can do very simple editing with it, or bring the video into your video editing software of choice. It's also supported by Linux out of the box! It's a little rough, but you can find some stuff related to it with MythTV if you Google it.

Cons: Linux support could be better I suppose, and official, but the fact that it actually works at all is pretty amazing. The included capture/edit software is also very basic, but on the upside it's pretty simple.

Other Thoughts: All-around excellent product that does exactly what it says. I've been using it to record gameplay sessions from my Xbox 360 for editing and YouTube and it's been great. Very happy with it.

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  • Jonathan M.
  • 2/10/2013 1:25:53 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsLess than stellar

Pros: Looks pretty, easy to install/use, software simple to use

Cons: Freezes/locks up, unreliable

Other Thoughts: I've purchased Hauppauge products in the past and have had a lot of success with them but this thing is a piece of junk. I've tried contacting their support and have had no success. I have it hooked up to a VCR and am trying to rip old VHS tapes and have had almost no success. Generally I have to start with a clean boot, and then it's anyone's guess as to whether it's going to work or not. I've gone through about 10 tapes and have about 30 more to go, and at this point I have given up.

The problem I'm having is that, after recording for a bit, the device will get choppy, lockup and eventually freeze. The software keeps recording, but the input the software is receiving from the unit is garbage. I've tried a few different software programs to confirm it is the device and not the software that's causing the problem.

For what it is, it is way over priced. I purchased this thinking I was getting a quality product. In the end, I've been left with a mountain of frustration and an expensive piece of hardware I can't return.

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