Cable Box with Firewire Output (DCT 3412 is what I used)
6-pin to 6-pin Firewire Cable
Decoding Software (Free)
Fast Computer (3Ghz+)
Est. Cost: $0 (unless you don't have an extra Firewire cable)
0. Download the Drivers Attached and Extract to C:\DHS (or wherever)
1. Connect the STB (Set-Top-Box) to Power and Cable
2. Connect Firewire cable from Right Firewire Port to Computer
3. Hardware will be detected, Cancel all "Add Hardware" wizards
4. Go into the Device Manager, find "AV/C Tuner", ignore the others
5. Open up driver information and click "Reinstall Driver"
6. Click "Install from a Specific Location"
7. Select "I will choose driver to install'
8. Click "Have Disk"
9. Go into where you extracted the drivers and select the tuner driver
10. Make sure "Show Compatible Hardware" is unchecked
11. Pick "Panasonic" as Manufacturer
12. Choose "Panasonic D-VHS AV/C Device"
13. Cancel the Driver Warnings
14. Download CapDVHS (http://www.yamabe.or...apDVHS0306e.zip)
15. Open DVHS
16. Go to the Channel you wish to record and press record
That's pretty much it. I had to do it off memory and probably missed a few details but overall it's easy. I only took like about 3 minutes the first time I tried.
Viewing Live HD Channels
1. Make sure all steps up to 13 are complete
2. Open up VLC
3. Choose "File" and then "Open Capture Device"
4. Refresh the Driver List and Select the Panasonic driver
The more important tool in this is a fast computer. I was getting lost frames on a 2.53Ghz processor with 512MB RAM. This is one of those things were you might actually use that brand new processor you just bought.