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  Reply # 759870 12-Feb-2013 08:02 Send private message

ushare: I am really leaning towards an htpc at this stage. If only i could get rid of the blu ray receiver and plug the 5.1 straight into the htpc?

Is that possible?

Do you mean in order to play Blu-ray disks? If so, just put a blu-ray player in the PC, that is what I have done and it works great.

If you mean plug the HTPC into the amp, then yes, you should be able to do this.  Most receivers and HTIB units have at least an analog input, and more than likely some sort of optical or coaxial which will allow DTS and DD.

As for the comments around HTPC being complex, I would say that if you go down the Windows and Media Centre road, it can be quite easy.  I have found 90% of the time it is install and go (taking into account the need to install drivers etc).

You will need Media Browser or similar inside Media Centre to index your movies/TV Shows and display the fan art/synopsis etc.  Plus if you takes your fancy, you can add Hulu in there too.  Plus of course it can support tuners for watching/recording TV

On the other hand software such as MediaPortal etc give you far more flexibility, but at the cost of maybe needed more tweaking.

I would say your choice now comes down to your need to watch/record live TV.

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  Reply # 759884 12-Feb-2013 08:55 Send private message

I do want to watch and record live tv. The real problem is that i want to be able to watch and record a security camera using the htpc.

Currently i am using a dvd player which has a 500gb recorder in it. I just set it to record from 6-9 daily and it records for me. I usually keep this video camera channel on most of the day.

I DONT want to have to change between hdmi 1 to hdmi 2 with in the tv. I just want the HTPC to be the back bone of it all..

IF that makes sense?

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  Reply # 759904 12-Feb-2013 09:27 Send private message

Do you know what inputs come off the camera? As in composite, S-Video etc?  There are many tuner cards that also have additional inputs.  These are often used when watching Sky etc, and appear as just another channel on the HTPC.

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Ultimate Geek
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  Reply # 760105 12-Feb-2013 14:38 Send private message

Its a av camera
It has the yellow red and white cable at the end

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  Reply # 760107 12-Feb-2013 14:40 Send private message

And are there any mini/small amps i can buy to replace the bluray receiver/player?

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