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How to transfer DVR recordings to my pc???

I have a client that needs to transfer a recording from his DVR to his computer.  So he needs video capture software (says he has Debut Video Capture).  Read on the internet that Windows Movie Maker will work as well.  Any thoughts on the software side of this????
Next, I see he also needs a "video capture device".  This is where I'm a bit confussed.  Google search as a ton of different devices and I don't even know where to start.  My client says he purschased a "cable with dual HDMI male heads on it".  He connected one end to his DVR and the other to his laptop.  I think this way it nots working.  Doesn't he need some kind of converter box on this cable.  In other words, the cable alone work do the trick, will it?  
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You cannot capture off HDMI, as the hdcp is designed to prevent this.  Also you are trying to send and hdmi signal to an output device which does not make sense.  The situation will be different for each dvr, and you may need to search for drivers for the particular dvr, but Firewire would be your best method for a "Digital" capture from most dvr's.
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Ok, but as far as hardware goes I will need more than just cables connecting the DVR and PC, correct?  Like some type of converter box???  As DVation mentioned, a "video capture card".  Instead of a card, what about a external converter box?  Does that sound correct?  If so, any suggestions as to which one is good but not to expensive.
Not if you use firewire
I'll have to verify what is on my clients DVR box but on mine I only have HDMI, USB, ESATA and RJ45.  So lets assume his is like mine.  Do you make a reccommendation?
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What model dvr are we talking about.. Maybe we can take a better look at what you actually have available to you.
At&t U-Verse, Motorola.  What else can I tell you?
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Thank You.  I think I'm going to pass on this job.  I really appreciate your time and all the info.  I'm to busy to figure this out right now.  Sometimes it's best to stick with what you already know and this is one of those times.  I might take this info and see if I can do it in my own house first.  That is, when I have the time.  Thanks again! :)