Ever since I switched from my Tivo to Fios I have really been missing the ease of which I could archive my recordings. My Tivo was wide open and there were many different ways to transfer my shows. Now that I have Fios, which I love, the DVR is locked down like Fort Knox. After searching for a few month I discovered a nifty little app that you can download from Apple. It’s called FireWireSDK20 package. The program is called AVCVideoCap. It’s Mac only. Sorry. I havent had a chance to set up a virtual machine and test it yet.
There are a few problems:
- being that its transferring via firewire it transfers at ~100mb a minute. If you are going to send it to a PC to watch it like i did (i have a Powerbook G4 which begs for mercy with HD) you need to remember that in NTFS 4gb is the biggest file size you can have. You can terminal to split the files.
- This program actually records the ouptput stream so everything is done in real time.
It records the stream in .m2t which is a transport stream. No worries. I tried to convert it to mpeg and it was taking way to long so I tried just renaming it to .mpeg and voila. It played just fine in VLC.
Here are the steps to record your show from your DVR:
- Download and install the DMG
- Open AVCVideoCap
- Select your device
- Press Capture from device
- Enter File name a selct the location you want to save the file to
- This is the best menu select how long you want to record, or date and channel if you want. You can schedule recordings this way. If your not home and want to record The Office, set the date, channel and how long and it will all be done without you having to do anything.