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Discussion in 'Multimedia' started by erandalln, Mar 13, 2010.

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  1. erandalln

    erandalln Thread Starter

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    I am going to download some shows from my DirecTV DVR the legal, old-fashioned way. Play at real-time speed through 3-pt RCA cable to an RCA-USB adapter to a portable hard drive. Problem: Supplying power to the hard drive if none is going to the USB port from the DVR through the old-style RCA output.
    My computer is too large to move and the DVR is almost in constant use (another reason to save the cartoons, cooking and woodworking shows before it dies), so a $80 portable drive is a better solution than moving the equipment.
    I could use some advice/education on this. Thank you.
     
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    You need a computer somewhere in that equation.
     
  3. erandalln

    erandalln Thread Starter

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    Sure some kind of dock wouldn't work for the power problem? Just can't straight download TV data to a hard drive like a 'gi-normous' DVD-RW machine?
     
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    Power isn't the issue, the actual capture of video is.
     
  5. erandalln

    erandalln Thread Starter

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    Know of any cheap, sizeable, tuner-less, DVRs for sale? Or am I going to have to build my own? If so, where would I find the hardware I would need to put in the box for it to work right?
     
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    I don't understand what you're asking. You don't need another DVR. You have to connect your current DVR to a computer with a video capture device that allows you to play back the content and record it somehow.

    Honestly, I don't even know if what you're asking is possible. DVR content is encrypted. But a computer with a capture device is your best shot. A simple hard drive or yet another DVR isn't going to do anything.
     
  7. erandalln

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    The situation is that DirecTV doesn't really want you to connect to a computer; we have grandkids, so the DVR's drive is filling up with cartoons and Sesame Street; when the drive hits 20% free space, it starts proactively deleting things w/o asking; and, when I upgrade the drive through the e-SATA port I will lose everything from the last two years, including how-to programs that no one sells yet. I just want a physically small solution that doesn't require my wife to learn how to run another computer system to watch TV.
     
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    I am missing is that a DVR is a hard drive, software, and video capture card in a box, aren't I? Guess I will be building my own. I won't call this solved, because someone may still want a $100 piece of hardware with $50 worth of manufacturing. If anyone knows of anything like that, buying would save me time while I build one. Thanks for responding, DoubleHelix.
     
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    Yes, that's what a DVR is as well as a TV tuner. You've just described a computer, of sorts. It's much more than $150 worth of hardware and software.

    You're right in that DirectTV doesn't want you to transfer programs from its DVRs. That's why your only viable option is to do video capture in real time. That requires a computer with a video capture device and software to record the input. Building a DVR is actually overkill for the situation and would cost much more than a simple capture device.
     
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