Record from DVR to MacBook

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by iBeard, Jul 27, 2006.

  1. macrumors regular

    Jan 4, 2005
    I have a Scientific Atlanta 8300HD DVR came with my Time Warner Cable. I have some shows recorded that I want to transfer to my MacBook and edit, convert and watch/put on my iPod. The only way I've read that you can get recorded shows off a Scientific Atlanta box is by selecting "Record to VCR" and then hooking up some Composite/S-Video and recording it in analog. So I need a converter of some sort that has analog in and USB/FireWire out.

    What is the cheapest solution to my problem?

  2. macrumors 601


    Jan 23, 2002
    East Coast
    Probably not the cheapest, but it should work. Any miniDV camcorder with Analog-to-Digital conversion. You'll need plenty of hard drive space as DV footage is not heavily compressed.

    EDIT -- Wait a minute. Does the SA DVR box have a Firewire port? If it does, you may be able to use your Mac to record from the SA box with the help of Virtual D-VHS (or something like that). I think most people use it to record live HDTV or cable. It might work with recorded stuff on the DVR hard drive. All you would need is a Firewire cable.

    Then you would play it back with VLC and could maybe convert it to some other format.

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