macbook as dvr?

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

  1. Outkast27 macrumors 6502

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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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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