Not sure where to post this, so will try it here. Also, I've tried looking through this forum and others and for the most part the answers I find are mostly pretty old so am looking for more current and up to date solutions.
I would like to try to record some HD TV shows from cable TV. I presently have a dvd recorder hooked up and am able to record shows directly onto DVD but that's not working as well as I would like. If I record an SD show, it is OK but if I try to record from an HD channel, I end up with a video that takes up only about half the screen. My TV source is from a Comcast model DCX 3400 DVR.
At the moment I am leaning towards a hookup with either a Hauppage Colossus or a Hauppage 1512 PVR. I really like the idea of the Colossus since it is installed directly into my desktop and from what I understand about it, when recording something from the TV it is the Colossus that does most of the work instead of my computer's cpu. I also understand that I would have to use component video cords attached to the back of the DCX 3400 with which ever system (the 1512 or the Colossus) I decide to use.
I have also read that it might be possible to use HDMI cables rather than the component cables but that I would probably have to use an HDMI cable splitter.
What I am trying to figure out is what would be the best way to set things up for the best results. Any help on which equipment and cable configuration to get the best results would be deeply appreciated.