macbook as dvr?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Outkast27, Dec 25, 2012.

  1. Outkast27 macrumors 6502

    Feb 16, 2012
    Is it possible to make use my mbpr as a dvr? So I can cancel paying for my dvr service.
  2. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    Am sure is possible but not practical.

    A DVR needs to be its separate box and stationary.

    I have heard of using a Mini...
  3. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    Elgato makes devices that allow the mac to perform as a dvr. A mini might be a better choice than a macbook.
  4. Langille macrumors newbie

    Jul 16, 2007
    I use an Elgato EyeTV HD (199.00) connected to an old Mac Mini and it works great. For fun, I hooked it up to my new rMBP and encoded some recorded video and it did it in a fraction of the time.

    So yes, it's possible, check out Elgato's website to get the hardware you need to connect to your Macbook.
  5. Forerunner macrumors member

    Dec 24, 2012
    If you had a spare Mini or an old iMac, your idea would make sense. But it's a shame to use your rMBP as a DVR. Even if you could still use the laptop when it's recording, the DVR function would probably be very CPU-intensive.

    I would recommend against it.

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