We have about 60 episodes of "The Little Einsteins" saved on our cable DVR, a Scientific Atlanta Explorer 8300HD. My daughter loves the show and I am terrified that some freak accident will wipe out our hard-earned collection. So I would like to digitize the copies to a PC for backup. It would also be nice to throw them on a video iPod for trips.
I would ideally like to be able to encode the videos in 1080i. Obviously best case would be to somehow do a pure digital copy, but I'm resigned to the fact that I will probably have to play the episodes one-by-one and do an analog capture. I'm willing to spend up to a few hundred dollars on a solution.
What I've looked at already
- Newegg >> "Video Cards & Video Devices" >> "Editing & Capture". All of these devices look to be standard definition only.
- Newegg >> "Video Cards & Video Devices" >> "Tuner Card". I don't need a TV Tuner, I just want to capture high-def video.
- A device called the Blackmagic Intensity, reviewed here. I can only find one review, and it appears the device is Mac OSX only.
So, I thought this would be an ideal quesiton to pose to the SuperUser community: what are some affordable ways to liberate the high-def content from a cable company's DVR?