The Hauppauge is very easy to use... and Streaming box's like the WDTV work good with the mt2s clips ... http://www.satelliteguys.us/recording-playback-equipment/160596-hauppauge-dvr.html
Very true, but you will have to send your box off to have the R5000 installed.There is more than one answer to this question. I can't compare ease of use, but out of the box the R5000 UI is very basic, almost to the point of frustration. But it integrates well with SageTV and this makes that a nearly perfect experience. Whether Hauppauge's box is better is something I will have to leave to those who use it.
From a purely technical viewpoint, the R5000 is the best solution. It records the virgin transport stream from the provider exactly. The Hauppauge records the component video outputs. This means at the very minimum you gain an additional generation of compression, which can only degrade the video. But the transport stream also has to navigate through the receiver's video decoders and suffer a conversion to analog and then a conversion back to digital. All of these steps further degrade the quality of the video. Whether or not you notice or care is another matter.
Makes good Blu-rays (with other software) and looks very good in both my HT and BT 73" & 120+" (720p FPTV pj's, soon to add a 1080p) but straight from the souce would be even better...Actually, the Hauppauge 1212 is very very close to Blu-ray on my projector system. It is excellent. Yes, I know digital to analog to digital, but hell it looks GOOD. (12 terabytes worth and counting...)
I only record SD shows and I have a few more questions:
Does the dishnetwork broadcast SD programs in MPG or mp4? If they are in MPG, the R5000HD may have slightly disadvantage for me since it records original MPG stream. I need to do extra work to convert them to mp4 to reduce the file size.
For the hauppauge hd dvr, if I record SD shows at 720p, will it have better quality than the original 480p source?
Are there any software out there that can edit mp4/mkv files directly without re-encoding? Just want an easy way to cut/remove commercials, join multiple clips.
Check out the new V4 of VideoReDo Suite. It's still in pre-release form, but you can download, try it and buy it if you want. It still seems to have bugs on the H.264 side, but it's getting close and this company will likely get it under control.
The pre-release version is working great for me with files captured by my R5000. I used to use TSPE for H.264-encoded content, but can edit far more quickly with VRD TV Suite.
If you have an mkv you need to remux your streams into an MPEG-2 TS in order to edit it with VRD TV Suite 4. It doesn't currently have mkv support.
All my R5000 H.264 video is TS. V4 seems to work for trimming off the starts and ends of such files, but when I intercut it's a disaster. Others are having problems and I got VRD to admit today on their forum that editing Dish H.264 doesn't work properly. They said it will take them 'few weeks' to fix as the issues are 'quite complex'.
Is this only an issue when pulling pieces together from separate recordings?