transfer TIVO files to mac

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by fratkid21, Oct 3, 2004.

  1. fratkid21 macrumors newbie

    Oct 1, 2004
    does anyone know if you can transfer tivo files to the mac and burn them on dvd... either using the usb or ethernet ports....
  2. yellow Moderator emeritus


    Oct 21, 2003
    Portland, OR
    Supposedly once TiVoToGo is finished, it'll be available without hacks. I do not know of any hacks to do this, as I don't own a TiVo.
  3. Mechcozmo macrumors 603


    Jul 17, 2004
    Long and complicated, buggy software, and a lot of time to pray that it will work. Short answer-- no.

    Long answer-- spend a few months hacking your TiVo, doing software work, and possibly need to write some of your own software to interface with the Tivo.....

    Wait for that TiVo to go thing.
  4. SilentPanda Moderator emeritus


    Oct 8, 2002
    The Bamboo Forest
    Last time a checked there was no way to get the digital Tivo files from your Tivo to your Mac. The only ways I every found was to a Windows PC and if you had installed Linux on your Tivo with some other programs and then sometimes only if you had a series 1 Tivo.

    Last I read about Tivo2Go was that it would only allow you to play files on your computer using a specific DVD playing software which was Windows only. That may have changed since then though.

    You can probably find more info at
  5. BornAgainMac macrumors 603


    Feb 4, 2004
    Florida Resident
    My Tivo Solution

    I use Dazzle Hollywood DV-Bridge to convert the analog signals from the Tivo to DV using iMovie. Then I strip all the commericals out with iMovie and export those movies out to Quicktime. Usually I stay with 320x200 to save diskspace and keep the quality high with Sorenson Video 3 Pro and Cleaner 6 at 15 fps and 614 kbit/s video VBR and the audio at QDesign Music 2 at 16-bit stereo at 44.1 Khz. It cost me about 375 Mb per hour of video. I keep the video archived as normal quicktime on cheap .60 cent DVD-Rs and can store over 10 hours of video on it. Converting to 320x200 resolution from TV or Cable broadcast is good enough for me to enjoy it without costing me a fortune.
  6. superbovine macrumors 68030


    Nov 7, 2003
    There won't information on tivocommunity forums because they ban all topics relating to digital video extraction for fear of a lawsuit. So, I will just give you the important links. BTW the first link apparently is working on mac software but non yet. there is linux software, so there is a chance you can compile it, or install linux on your mac and do it. the easiest way is to use a PC. Digital video extraction from a tivo used to very very annoying now its only slighty less annoying. i hope you have a usb port, cause install a nic is a pain. you will have to do your research on using your usb ports, because the older models they are disabled by default and you have to reinstall a hacked verison of the tivo linux to enable it. some of the newer verison, for sure the pioneer model with the dvd-r supports usb ethernet cards, but i am not sure about the rest. anyways, you should search the tivo community forums for all your answers. if you can't find the answer you asking the wrong the question.

    good luck

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