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Microsoft OS is s**t only when you need it!
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I mean, it works remarkably well almost all the time... until you really NEED it...

Two weeks ago, I was going to record a never-released-before-in-HD movie (AFAIK)... OK, not the best movie in the world, but funny nevertheless, strange, sci-fi and with great actors... The Adventures of Pluto Nash... well, my capture card record it flawlessly for five minutes, then it goes banana, and continually stop, rec, blocked image, stop, rec etc... I cried (literally) because I waited that moment for a week... no, not an antenna problem, I watched the whole movie on the TV, so... after that, I discovered that the decoder used for the HDTV - which is AVC - was faulty... while the MPEG2 was perfect; of course, I haven't discovered it before, because this was my first attempt to record an HDTV program - and the previous tests, made some hours before, were OK, maybe due to lower bitrate, dunno...

Well, after that bad accident, I was lucky enough to record several other programs, all available in HD, but just to rewatch them later, and never had a bad frame after that, so... wow, I'm lucky, after all, I thought... classic, I was wrong... yesterday, or, better, today, at 4a.m., another great movie still not available on HD, The Night Flier... I stopped any program, shut down the PC twenty minutes before, just to run it "fresh", and guess what? Windows decided to NOT load... not properly, not even in safe mode... nothing... the damn Windows loading image, and then reset, and again and again... movie started, and half an hour after I was still trying to resurrect the PC... gone to sleep, crying again... today, luckily, I found a way (after many useless other ways) to make it work again...

Now, this night there is another not-in-HD movie (title will remain a secret, until I have it safe and sound recorded on my HD), so please, touch wood, prey, wish me luck... anything, but this night I MUST find the way to record it - properly - with no problems...
Sadly my projects are lost due to an HDD crash... Sad
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Pluto Nash is not a big loss. But The Night Flier, now that sucks Sad

Besides, this also happens on the Mac as well. Every time I'm going to capture something on TV, which isn't that often, I just hope everything will work out fine.
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We are in good company, at least... Wink

The movie recorded seems fine; it's Ballistic - yep, another non-masterpiece movie, but full of non-cgi effects, too, so...
The fact is, I discovered it's cropped from 2.35:1 to 1.78:1, but this was so well made that I noted just once during the film...
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ecks vs sever... itunes for the win Tongue
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I'd like to make a comparison, to see if the HDTV could be "patched" together with Itunes; at least, the 1080i *should* contain more info than 544 active lines of a 2.35:1 720p image, so... Wink
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OK, made some quick comparison tests; Itunes is 2.40:1, hence 1280x532; quality is great to be a "mere" 720p version, while HDTV is... well, simply an SDTV upscale! Sad
Apart the fact movie works very well cropped - I think director film it with the two aspect ratios in mind, they have different openings:
(HD)TV starts with Eagle Picture logo, Epsilon Motion Pictures logo, and finally the Franchise Pictures logo, then a "Franchise Pictures and Epsilon Motion Pictures present"
Itunes starts with the WB logo, Franchise Pictures logo, then a "Franchise Pictures present"
Don't know if it's worth a presentation, though, as it seems there is a 1080p hdx Vudu version - curious to know if it's better than Itunes, and which master Vudu uses.
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