Happauge 1212 Question(s)

GaryJ73167

New member
Hi All,
I am in need of some help, and, I figured that a good place to start would be here. Some of these questions dont really have anything to do with the VideoReDo software, but, I wanted to ask a knowledgeable bunch of people about this. I will try to keep this as short and as “to the point” that I can.

I just recently purchased a Happauge 1200 PVR for my windows machine (see my windows specs at the end of this post).

Before continuing, the only reason I have this unit is to schedule TV programs to record (by using the included IR Blaster and software called “WinTV scheduler” to change channels on my DirectTV box).

The device records incredibly well, but, the software that comes with this thing leaves little to be desired.

For example, if I schedule a program from 9:00am to 10:00am, and, the next program should start at 10:00am, it never does. It will also sometimes randomly just say that the device is in use and cannot record, and, last, but not least, the scheduler relies on Titan TV. NEVER in my life have I experienced something as awful as Titan TV. By the time the web page loads, I am ready to gouge my eyes out. Also, when the included software saves my recordings out, it doesn’t give me an option to set the parameters of the name. (For example, the show name, the show title, the date,..etc…etc..)

So, all in all, the hardware is good, but, the software sucks…………..bad……… 

I have been googling about different software now for days. There are 3 pieces of software that I found. 1 is SageTV and the other is MythTV and one more called Next PVR.

Sage TV seems to no longer exist? When I go to their website I just see a write up about it, but, no links or downloads. I did manage to find some downloads for Sage, but, there are a number of links. Links for a server, links for a client,….etc….etc… So, one of my questions here, is, will SageTV be way more than I am looking for ?
MythTV appears to be for Linux only, and, I didn’t really start reading too much into the NextPVR software.

I just kinda need some help here. Is there any software out there that will do what I want without using this GOD AWFUL WinTV scheduler with TitanTV?

I had a MAC at one time, and, their EyeTV software was PERFECT for what I want to do. But, it is for MAC only. :/

My setup:
Windows 7 Home Permium 64 bit, i5 processor, 16GB ram, 500gb SSD
 

dirkmuon

New member
I had the same experience as you with Titan TV: completely unusable. I gave up trying to schedule my Hauppauge box.

I know a little about the software you mentioned. I know of some Linux folks who run MythTV. It turns out that it is supposed to run on Windows as well; see here

https://www.mythtv.org/wiki/MythTV_on_Windows

Generally you have to build it yourself, but the article refers to a website where a user hosts Windows builds. That site is alive and well, although the builds there are not the latest and greatest.

SageTV is still going. The current Windows download is here

http://forums.sagetv.com/forums/showthread.php?t=63009

I suspect that Sage is not the easiest software to set up, but worth a try.

NextPVR seems to come from the person(s) behind Hauppauge Capture and the Capture4ME software that I've talked about in these forums. Definitely worth a try.

You've inspired me to try some of this stuff. If I get any useful results, pro or con, I'll report back.
 

GaryJ73167

New member
I had the same experience as you with Titan TV: completely unusable. I gave up trying to schedule my Hauppauge box.

I know a little about the software you mentioned. I know of some Linux folks who run MythTV. It turns out that it is supposed to run on Windows as well; see here

https://www.mythtv.org/wiki/MythTV_on_Windows

Generally you have to build it yourself, but the article refers to a website where a user hosts Windows builds. That site is alive and well, although the builds there are not the latest and greatest.

SageTV is still going. The current Windows download is here

http://forums.sagetv.com/forums/showthread.php?t=63009

I suspect that Sage is not the easiest software to set up, but worth a try.

NextPVR seems to come from the person(s) behind Hauppauge Capture and the Capture4ME software that I've talked about in these forums. Definitely worth a try.

You've inspired me to try some of this stuff. If I get any useful results, pro or con, I'll report back.
Thank you SOOO much.... I am going to mess with NextPVR and see what I can come up with
 

jcorb99

Member
Thank you SOOO much.... I am going to mess with NextPVR and see what I can come up with
I know that this post is old, but I thought that I would pass on some information. Since Windows 7 licensees will lose support of Windows Media Center next year (and Windows 8 licensees will lose support for Windows Media Center in 2023), I wanted an alternative. I installed NextPVR and for about two or three weeks, everything was working perfectly. I had written a batch program script to update the Electronic Program Guide (EPG) using zap2it. After I had believed that I had solved my alternative quest, I started seeing video files of what I had scheduled to record, but the files were zero bytes in length. After reviewing the NextPVR log, I discovered that the software had failed to "lock on" to a TV signal within my tuner card (I have two (2) Hauppauge WinTV Quad HD, capable of recording up to 8 shows at once). The first time that it happened, I thought that it was a fluke, but after three occurrences, all on the same channel, I thought that I should continue my alternative PVR Software search.

That is when I discovered SageTV Version 9.2.1, and YES.... it is still available - Free and Open Source! I downloaded the Windows 64-bit version (not the client version) and installed it. The installation and setup was very easy. The software discovered all eight (8) of my tuners and allowed me to scan for all of the available OTA channels. Once you have the channel mappings for one tuner completed, you can copy the mappings over to the remaining tuners. Set up was simpler than NextPVR, Beyond TV, and possibly, as simple as Windows Media Center.

Since I wanted automatic update of the EPG, I went ahead and signed up for a subscription to Schedules Direct (7 day free trial - $25.00 annual subscription). The EPG automatically updates in the background multiple times each day. I did have a couple of simple tweaks that I had to perform to get the recorded files named properly, but the modifications were VERY easy.

I am only sharing this because I am sure that there are others who are facing the same dilemma that I once was. Since VideoReDo TV Suite is the only video editing software that I will EVER use, I thought that this would be the ideal forum to post into. Enjoy!
 

Otter

Member
UMMMM... Been using TitanTV for years to schedule my Hauppauge capture devices - started with internal card, then a HD-PVR 1212 - used that for many years with TitanTV scheduling just fine.
Have run WinTV under Win 7, Win 8. Win 8.1 and all the versions of Win10 - now running on Win10 v1903 - only time it didn't schedule or record right was when my cat chewed on the IRBlaster.
Put the 1212 on shelf a few years ago and upgraded to HD-PVR 1512 go get the ability to record over HDMI and for HDMI 6ch AC3.
The HD-PVR2 also uses TitanTV/WinTV with no problems. Just click on the red Titan record button and boom, it's in my scheduler. Simple additional click within the Schedular if I want it weekly.
WinTV came free with both my HD-PVRs. Did have to spend $10 to upgrade to v8.5.
Sounds like you are using the wrong "free" software.
 
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