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al3000
Oct 8, 2006, 07:17 AM
I moved to uni about a week ago, and took a tv with me. The TV's been cramping the desk space, and as I only want to watch tv very occassionally I thought watching it through my powerbook would be a better idea.

I know a few people who do this with windows pcs, and they can record as well. Is there anything like this for mac? I remember looking about a year ago for something similar but not sure what's available now. I am not really bothered about an aerial as I will be plugging it straight into the aerial socket in the wall.

Thanks for any advice! :)



jsw
Oct 8, 2006, 07:23 AM
I think this (http://www.miglia.com/products/video/tvmicro/index.html) would do the trick. No composite input for recording off A/V inputs besides cable/antenna, but should work for you - just note that recording will tax your PB excessively if you use the higher quality recording.

I have an elgato Hybrid (http://www.elgato.com/index.php?file=products_eyetvhybrid) which works well on me Intel Macs but is a bit taxing on my 12" PB.

There are also hardware encoding ones (http://www.elgato.com/index.php?file=products_eyetv250) (i.e., the speed of your Mac doesn't matter as the device encodes the video for you) but those cost a bit more.

IscariotJ
Oct 8, 2006, 07:32 AM
The EyeTV Hyrid works wonderfully, recording programs is a doddle. Well worth getting. Apparently, you can run a console through it, too, but I haven't tried that. There is an eyetv thread somewhere, though, I'm sure someone was going to test it.

al3000
Oct 8, 2006, 07:34 AM
Do you think my PB could handle the eyetv hybrid ok? Its the 15" model with 1GB ram.

Scarlet Fever
Oct 8, 2006, 07:38 AM
Do you think my PB could handle the eyetv hybrid ok? Its the 15" model with 1GB ram.Do you know how fast it is?

al3000
Oct 8, 2006, 07:41 AM
Do you know how fast it is?

1.67ghz.

Scarlet Fever
Oct 8, 2006, 07:56 AM
sounds like you will be fine.

Macintosh with a PowerPC® G4 processor (500 MHz or faster), G5 or Intel processor
256 MB of physical RAM (512 MB recommended)
USB 2.0 port
Mac OS X v10.4 (or later)
A 1GHz G4 processor or higher is recommended for viewing and recording High Definition broadcasts.

jsw
Oct 8, 2006, 07:56 AM
Do you think my PB could handle the eyetv hybrid ok? Its the 15" model with 1GB ram.
I've got a 1.5 GHZ 12" PB with 1.25GB RAM, and it works fine with SD video (the HD stuff doesn't seem to work so well), but I can't record at the highest quality with all the top settings.

So, yes, it works. :)

I'd still recommend the 250 (http://www.elgato.com/index.php?file=products_eyetv250) for a G4 system, though, because it doesn't tax your system at all. It doesn't record HD, but HD is very dicey on the G4s anyway.

IscariotJ
Oct 8, 2006, 11:17 AM
Do you think my PB could handle the eyetv hybrid ok? Its the 15" model with 1GB ram.

I'm running the Hybrid on a 1.33 iBook, and find it runs OK. The EPG lags a little, but I've had no issues with watching programs in full screen.

ftrtrk
Oct 9, 2006, 10:10 AM
Here's another question about Eyetv,

I have an early generation EyeTV, I think like 250, but it's a box, that coverts and then sends as usb to the computer. Should I upgrade, is the picture enhanced? Is it worth the $150?

Thanks