How to record Video-on-Demand om my Mac Mini ?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by UlrikS, Mar 13, 2009.

  1. UlrikS macrumors newbie

    Mar 13, 2009
    I am using my Mac Mini as a media centre and I am watching VoD on my TV through the internet. I would like to "record" some of it but do not know how. Same for DVD's. How do record and store them as a file on my server ?
  2. McGiord macrumors 601


    Oct 5, 2003
    Dark Castle
    For the DVDs and to convert your videos use handbrake.

    To record videos from your cable box, you will need a firewire cable from your cable box to your Mac.
    Register in apple developers website, and download the Firewire SDK.
    From the Firewire SDK use an app called VideoCAP and you will be able to record whatever your cablebox output is.
    You will have to record ala old school VHS in real time.
    They are recorded in a format that is playable with VLC.
    I also use handbrake to convert them to mp4.
    I use this to transfer my DVR videos to my Mac & iPhone.

    ADDED : some old instructions

    To record what you watch over the web, I have no idea, but there should be something available out there...
  3. spice weasel macrumors 65816

    Jul 25, 2003
    I've done this before and it indeed works, but only for non-encrypted video. For me, that means the regular broadcast channels, but none of the cable ones.

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