How can I record from my TV to my Mac?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by happywaffle, May 30, 2010.

  1. happywaffle macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2002
    I have a specific project in mind that involves recording commercials off of my TV/DVR onto my MacBook Pro. (Specifically: I see a commercial I want to use, rewind the DVR, and—uh, somehow connect the TV to my Mac and click Record.) But I haven't seen a product that clearly does this. Does one exist? How would you do it?
  2. mrob44 macrumors member

    Feb 7, 2009
  3. spice weasel macrumors 65816

    Jul 25, 2003
    If you already have a DVR and it has firewire outputs you can use the Apple Firewire SDK and a firewire cable to copy non-encrypted recordings to your Mac. Download the Firewire SDK bundle and use the AVCVidCap application. Connect your DVR to your Mac via firewire 400. AVCVidCap should recognize the DVR. If it does, queue up what you want to stream on the DVR and hit play as you click to record in AVCVidCap.

    Note that this will not work on 5c copy protected content (meaning most cable channels), nor will it work on all DVRs. I have a Motorola rental unit from Comcast and it works just fine.

    To play the stream, you can use VLC or MPEG Streamclip with the MPEG2 component installed. You can purchase the component from Apple.
  4. InfoSecmgr Guest


    Dec 31, 2009
    Ypsilanti, Michigan
    Out of curiosity, do new people find it better to ask on MR forums about stuff they can easily Google? One of the first items that pop up when you search for "record TV to Mac" is the eye tv. Are they more interested in conversation?
  5. andiwm2003 macrumors 601


    Mar 29, 2004
    Boston, MA
    If the OP had only googled he would have missed the solution "spice weasel" suggested. Also you get here often more information than just a product name and the companies advertisement. You get real user experience and a recommendation what product is best under what circumstances. And a conversation might help you a lot more with you specific situation than a high ranked google hit.

    Out of curiosity, why does it bother you so much that people come here for support?
  6. CANEHDN macrumors 6502a


    Dec 12, 2005
    Eagle Mountain, UT
    I agree with andiwm. You get user experience , help, and things you wouldn't think of to help with the problems. It can also save time, since you might not have to dig to find the best solution. I admit that there are some pretty stupid posts that could easily be solved by a simple google search.
  7. EthanXC1 macrumors member

    Nov 19, 2009
    Out of curiosity, why do people care how one goes about to find information on the web? I love the MR forums, but I hate the posts like these and also the ones where people spam links from mroogle.

    But back to the topic, I hear the Eye TV is very good, definitely look into that.
  8. ftaok macrumors 603


    Jan 23, 2002
    East Coast
    In addition to using Firewire Recording or a USB device, you might want to use a miniDV camcorder and iMovie. If you already have a miniDV camcorder (or have easy access), this is almost a no-brainer. Especially if you want to edit these commercials.
  9. entatlrg macrumors 68040


    Mar 2, 2009
    Waterloo & Georgian Bay, Canada
    Yet another sheriff in town, this is getting ridiculous.
  10. slpdLoad macrumors 6502a


    Jun 10, 2009
    I used the Elgato EyeTV in a production environment and very highly recommend it. Hardware does what you expect and the software is excellent.

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