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#20676 2-Apr-2008 20:39
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Apologies if this appears twice.  I attempted to post it over 2 hours ago, but there has been no sight of the post so I am trying again.

If it is a double-up, please remove the earlier one.


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I'm interested in experience with PowerCinema

System we have is:
+ Vista x64
+ quad core Intel CPU & 4GB ram
+ GF 8600GTS
+ HVR-4000 with PowerCinema upgraded to build 4410, plus "pcm51-update.zip" patch applied.
+ Vista x64 drivers for the HVR-4000 applied.

Works very well with all DVB-T channels, including the two radio stations (cpu 10-20% or ~50% of one core, which is consistent with the 8600GTS not being the latest gen card).  Have only tested with DVB-T and analogue (do not have sat dish).  Excellent DVB-T PQ on both CRT monitor & 1080p LCD TV.

Have not loaded GB-PVR or other similar software at this point.  Just using PowerCinema, which works fine for displaying TV.

Areas where PowerCinema seems to be "falling short" at this point are:
+ only getting 1-2 hours advance programming info
+ Recording TV seems a bit flakey?

re Recording TV.
Play back PQ is excellent, but there does not seem to be any sound (time scheduled & manually recorded).

Also, attempt to record from the program guide resulted in a faulty file (0 bytes).  Interestingly though, shortly after the scheduled end (recording had stopped) I openned the TV "player" & it started playing the recorded clip INCLUDING sound.  But after pausing it, I could not get it to restart & the file in the recorded TV folder remained at 0 bytes long.  It was a 1 hour program (Wahine storm) so would have been a large file, but there should have been no disk space issues (~40GB free on that drive)

Questions:

+ Has anyone upgraded to build 4616?  If so, any improvements or problems?
Cyberlink site states this is only for the retail version, but it seems the bundled version is basically the same.

+ Has anyone managed to get full EPG info using PowerCinema?  Or even program info for more that an hour or two ahead?  Any work-arounds?

+ Any success playing recorded TV?  Am I missing audio codecs?  (audio is fine on all channels while directly viewing TV).

Any other suggestions welcome

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  #120724 3-Apr-2008 14:19
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You are only getting two hours ahead, as that is all that there is.The full epg needs MHEG-5

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#120973 4-Apr-2008 08:47
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I tried PowerCinema but alas it only works with a limited range of cards...




 
 
 
 




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  #122581 10-Apr-2008 16:31
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A follow up to my earlier post.

I contacted Hauppauge Singapore two days ago re the lack of audio when playing back recorded DVB-T.

A little to my surprise, I have now received a reply, as below.  Hope they do not mind my posting it here (I assume not, since it is quite positive).
"The current Power Cinema version included in the package for NZ is not for the DVB-T stream used in NZ, since the DVB-T in NZ is very new and it's still in the initial launching process. We are conducting lot of filed test in NZ to update our software to support the H.264 with AAC audio of the DVB-T stream used in NZ. The new software will be ready in 1 or 2 weeks time. Please kindly contact our local distributor Ingram Micro in the address here http://www.hauppauge.com.sg/web-content/pages/buy/wtob_nz.html  to get an updated version of the Power Cinema software which will fully support the DVB-T in NZ."

Very good news if it comes to pass. 

I forgot to ask re the MHEG-5 issue (not quite as critical), but will now follow up with them re that also (especially since they are currently working on an NZ update).



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