Does software exist to copy recorded shows from PVR to Mini??

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by WilliamBos, Apr 24, 2011.

  1. WilliamBos macrumors member

    Oct 7, 2009
    Innisfil, ON
    Hi All,

    Does software exist that will allow me to take shows that I have already recorded and been saving and burn them on to my Mac mini??


  2. iancheyne macrumors regular

    Sep 22, 2010
    Colleyville, TX
    As far as I'm aware the only way you can do it is by using the Elgato EyeTV HD to capture the analog HD video output and either stereo or SPDF audio. There's a lot of chatter on the forums that the analog to digital conversion of this box is not the greatest ... can't say personally as I've never used it.
  3. davids8477 macrumors 6502

    Jan 4, 2008
    Which PVR are younspeaking of?
  4. spacepower7 macrumors 68000

    May 6, 2004
    Toast can get media off of a TiVo but I'm not sure about other DVRs.
  5. ftaok macrumors 603


    Jan 23, 2002
    East Coast
    You can also use the Hauppauge HD-PVR 1212. It works with EyeTV as well as Steven Toth's HDPVR Capture app. It'll capture the component output of your DVR in real-time.

    Steven Toth has some 1 minute sample clips so you can see the level of quality to expect.
  6. Rich Gibson macrumors member

    Sep 19, 2009
    Annandale, VA
    I have this setup and it works. I use a Mac mini with the Elgato EyeTV HD. The EyeTV uses a component input so you can get 720P. In my system I use an HDMI splitter from my Scientific Atlanta box. One of the HDMI leads goes to an HDMI-Component converter and that to the EyeTV. You run EveTV on the Mac and can record while the cable box plays the image. The nice thing about EyeTV's software is you can then edit out the commercials and export the file as a MP4 video.

    That's about all the good news with the eyeTV. The IR blaster (to change the cable box channels) has never worked and the files inside the EyeTV repository have an .eyetv extension and you can't edit them outside of it (or at least I don't know how). You can't import files into EyeTV either if you want to do more editing.

    Further I can't get the EyeTV learner to work with my Cable controller. To get it to work you have to buy a software package called iRed2 which will correctly send ir signals to the cable box.

    In summary, it works...barely. If you HAVE to copy from your DVR get it. Just don't believe anything else they say about its capability. Tech support is abominable; you have to jump through all sorts of procedural hoops and in the end you're lucky to get your problem solved.

    Thanks, Rich
  7. slothrob macrumors 6502

    Jun 12, 2007
    The cable PVR's usually have a firewire out. With AVSVideoCap you can record through the firewire cable real time. It will depend on the copy flags that have been placed on the content, but a lot of content should allow a single copy, iirc.

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