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Old 04-13-2010, 10:17 AM   #1
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Hello,

Is there a way I can copy my DVR hard drive data to my Mac or make DVDs from the Comcast Motorola DVR?

I know I can buy a DVD recorder but is there another way? If I must buy a DVD recorder do I need one with a tuner? Can anyone recommend a specific product?

I'm thinking of changing to Vios and will have to return my DVR to Comcast.

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Eh, I'm not aware of any way to do it except to use a DVD Recorder or some type of video capture device on your Mac to capture the line out. It MIGHT be possible with firewire, not sure if the Moto boxes support firewire or not though.
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Old 04-13-2010, 07:56 PM   #3
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And you probably wont get HD. Once spoiled to HD, a simple DVD 480 resolution looks crappy.
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Old 04-14-2010, 06:44 AM   #4
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Well if its a hard drive you could remove it and mount it on your computer either using USB (using a USB cradle found on ebay) or direct on the bus. I did this when I didnt want to burn DVD's with my PVR just to rip it to my computer. Otherwise use a capture program. But like others said you will suffer loss depending on the resolution. If you copy the digital file you will lose nothing (as long as you dont use compression on the destination).
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Well if its a hard drive you could remove it and mount it on your computer either using USB (using a USB cradle found on ebay) or direct on the bus. I did this when I didnt want to burn DVD's with my PVR just to rip it to my computer. Otherwise use a capture program. But like others said you will suffer loss depending on the resolution. If you copy the digital file you will lose nothing (as long as you dont use compression on the destination).
he can't open it he doesn't own the dvr he leases it.
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Hello,

Is there a way I can copy my DVR hard drive data to my Mac or make DVDs from the Comcast Motorola DVR?

I know I can buy a DVD recorder but is there another way? If I must buy a DVD recorder do I need one with a tuner? Can anyone recommend a specific product?

I'm thinking of changing to Vios and will have to return my DVR to Comcast.

Thanks,
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I use the Hauppauge 1212 HD-PVR Video Capture device to record programs from my DVR in HD! I don't know if they have a Mac version of the software though.
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Old 04-14-2010, 09:00 PM   #7
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he can't open it he doesn't own the dvr he leases it.
What a screwdriver doesnt work on a rented device? Is it using alien screws? Is it welded? Is it sealed in ectoplasm?

He could step down the clarity and just hook up to the output connections. But rather then pay for an input capture device like mentioned above I would just copy the file by hooking the hard drive up to my computer. Thats the easiest if you have ever hooked up hard drives before otherwise lower your clarity and copy it onto a DVD or output it via cables.

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Old 04-15-2010, 10:29 AM   #8
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Thanks OCgamer.

True I'm not the owner of the cable box but I've installed hard drives in my Macs many times. Will the hard drive be compatible with my Mac? Will it mount? I've had Mac specific hard drives that gave me trouble in the past.

I'm not worried about the resolution because the programs were not HD. If I go the DVD recorder route, do I need one with a tuner? I'm thinking of buying the Toshiba DR420.

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Old 04-16-2010, 03:20 PM   #9
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cable boxes use a security torx screw and tamper sticker. If your caught tampering with the cable equipment, they may make you pay for it.
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cable boxes use a security torx screw and tamper sticker. If your caught tampering with the cable equipment, they may make you pay for it.
there is no they might make you pay they will and possibly jail
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Old 05-15-2010, 10:16 AM   #11
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I just received one of the new DVRs from Comcast and noticed that it has a wide variitey of ports on the back of it. eSATA, Fire-wire, and USB. These surely have some kind of use? I haven't a clue what they are used for. I am a bit skeptical about powering down all the equipment and say, pluging a 2TB eSATA external to the DVR just to see what happens. It would seem there would have to be a way to point to this device, or is the DVR smart? Were you guys aware that these ports exist on the Motorolla DVR or does the DVR models most of you have used have them? This one is loaded with extra ports.

I just found this interesting and thought I would add this little find to the mix.I'd like to hear what you think.

Oh, I just thought of this. As one person has already stated they had a capture card in their computer. I may be answering my own question but I would almost bet that you can use the eSATA or Firewire ports to connect to your computer so you can capture the feed. And you will get true DD 5.1 and HD if the movie is presented that way. I have already seen some DVDs that were made from captures and they were awesome, also in DTS 5.1 SS as well as DD 5.1. Just depends on your computers sound capability, mine can do DTS and DD 5.1. Anyway............ Comments?

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My Hauppauge 1212 HD-PVR Video Capture device records via the optical audio input whatever is fed to it. And DVDs made from the HD recordings are awesome as DVD goes.

I am unaware of any firewire method of capturing HD video from a cable or satellite box. They used to offer a modified box (3rd party) that provided a firewire output, but those are older satellite boxes and don't receive the new mpeg4 streams or sats.

There are a lot of cable boxes that allow the addition of a USB or eSATA drive for external storage. The data is unusable when reconnected to a PC though. Additionally as far as I know the drive is married to the cable box and won't work on any other cable box.

Bottom line for me was to get a 1212 and eliminate all of the grief. At about $200, it was a hard item for me to pass up.
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Thanks OCgamer.

True I'm not the owner of the cable box but I've installed hard drives in my Macs many times. Will the hard drive be compatible with my Mac? Will it mount? I've had Mac specific hard drives that gave me trouble in the past.

I'm not worried about the resolution because the programs were not HD. If I go the DVD recorder route, do I need one with a tuner? I'm thinking of buying the Toshiba DR420.

Thanks,
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Alas I know nothing about MAC file writting. If it can read whatever your cable box writes. I have messed with my philips hard drive and it writes in typical IBM format I have even replaced the stock drive with a larger drive. I dont think cable or sat companies ever thought people might want to download the shows for perminant use. As they make money from delivering content im not sure they would want to ever LET you do what you want to do. They make no money if you make your OWN library instead of paying to use theirs. I have a rather large library myself so I dont need pay per view or any of the premium channels.
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