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Broken TV capture thing

Hey, fella's...

My USB TV thing is broken...rain water I think...

What's the most economical way for me to capture stuff from TV? I have digital cable and I want to capture a lot of the national geographics & discovery stuff...

I know some of you guys have Tivo...that's too complicated...

Mon, 11 Sep 2006 09:31:31 -0700

if you have a HDTV set top box with Firewire:
Recording HDTV from your Set-Top Box via Firewire

Otherwise, find a ReplayTV on Ebay, and you can download MPEGs straight off of it, you'll probably need another digital cable box for tuning. Unless you were able to use your USB TV card directly before.

Mon, 11 Sep 2006 17:37:23 -0700

Okay...that's waaay complicated...if tomorrow, Jobs introduce his iTV, I'll use that instead or something...

But I'll give this a try tonight but set-top box has a firewire port? I think it also has USB ports.

Chieh'll think of something, right, cHacker?

Mon, 11 Sep 2006 18:16:27 -0700

Did you leave it out in the rain or something?

Most economical? As in equipment you already have? I don't really know what you got, but assuming you have the following:

TV, digital cable box (DCB), camcorder, Apple Mac Notebook with FireWire port

Assuming TV and DCB's already connected . . .
Connect DCB to camcorder using video composite cable. Connect camcorder to Apple Mac Notebook through the Firewire port.

Now capture the video using whatever Mac software you've got . . . I don't have a recent Mac so I don't know what software has this capability. I use Microsoft Windows Movie Maker on the PC to capture my home videos.

The camcorder will act as a pass-through . . . I hope . . . At least it does on mine.

Chieh Cheng
Tue, 12 Sep 2006 11:19:08 -0700

Cool! Thanks!

Tue, 12 Sep 2006 12:54:27 -0700

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