more drama, but very very close now.
yesterday i got the fucking picture to show up on the TV. actually, it was just a simple oversight. had to check all the individual settings for my TV. eventually found one to "turn HDMI on/off", which immediately did the trick!
yay! so i thought i was all set. i could see the TV image, and image on PC (through recording software). but when i did some test recordings, i found that all footage was fucking shit when played back on every single one of my media players. i must have about 4 or 5, and either the sound was 3 seconds off, the picture just skipped, or some combination of the two. whopee! the only program that will run it smoothly is the one that came with the recorder... wtf.
i read others had the same problem, not even due to computer specs, so i decided to try and re-install the drivers and software. mistake... once i did that, i lost all picture to the PC (recording software). which put me in more of a rage. it was getting on past 4am. i decided to do a system restore to a few days back, when i had the drivers/software installed but i didnt know i could use it (thought i needed a bigger graphics card). once i did that, it actually worked again. i was so happy for all of 15 minutes!!
played/recorded a few games until around 5am, when my wife wakes up and stabs me with her eyes. then today, i thought i could drag my mp4 video into Sony Vegas to edit it (title, commentary, etc) but it wont show the video.. only sound works.. aaaaaa. the joy!
so i guess ill have to record in .m2ts or .ts, and hope that it will work in Vegas. im currently trying to upload the raw mp4 footage from last night without any edits, and see if youtube will show it properly. i doubt it though.
so im pretty close to being able to play, record, and edit/upload. at least i got the first 2 out of the way.