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Getting video from Tivo via USB?

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by FATGUYMEST, Jan 19, 2004.

  1. ccwf

    ccwf 国際化 Member

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    DirecTV has the option of enabling that feature. Legally, it's not up to TiVo.
     
  2. Justin Thyme

    Justin Thyme Contra sceleris

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    Yes, but it doesn't use TivoToGo, but you can mod your machine to output shows from DirecTv boxes. See PTVupgrade for more info . They sell you a new drive, you swap it with the drive in your machine, and you have a thing called HackManager. You use that to install a mod that allows you to run software from your Mac or PC that transfers the files to your machine. Mostly works fine from what I hear. Search on the net for more detailed info and you will figure it out. Plenty of people are doing it.

    If you don't mind getting your hands dirty, you can install these mods yourself and not be out any money. Perhaps they have made it easier, I don't know. It has been a while since I looked at that stuff.
     
  3. Kerry

    Kerry New Member

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    Hi Dan203,

    I tried
    . I added a Toshiba DVD Player-Recorder (D-R4) and connected TIVO's analog (Video L&R) outs into it. It records OK but the color of the movie I recorded from my perfectly colored recorded TIVO is tinted greenish/yellow with a few other colors. Sound is fine.

    My equipment:
    Scientific Atlanta Explorer 3250HD
    AT&T Series 2 TIVO
    Sony STR-DE597 Stereo Receiver (5.1)
    Toshiba DVD Player-Recorder D-R4),
    Sony Wega TV KV-32H500 (HDTV) w/PIP (Twin View)

    Most everything but the Toshiba is connected using component (Y,Pb,Pr) + L&R, S-Video+L-R, and Optical cables.

    Other than this problem everything (including the PIP feature) work fine in all three modes, VHF (cable box's scrambled/unscrambled), Video 1 (TIVO), and HD. The Toshiba plays a prerecorded DVD beautifully with 5.1 sound.

    Any idea what I'm doing wrong?

    Thanks, Kerry
     
  4. Justin Thyme

    Justin Thyme Contra sceleris

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    That is macrovision protection. You'd get the same thing if you tried to record from a commercial DVD or a commercial VHS tape.

    You can bypass this problem with a Sima "Go Video" video stabilizer. They are cheap on ebay- lowest I saw was in the high $20's as I recall. Compusa has them occaisionally on special for $59- usually $99.
     
  5. Kerry

    Kerry New Member

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    Thanks Justin,

    I had no idea. I kept thinking it was how I connected it to the TIVO or even the quality of the old stock composite cables. I'll try recording another movie/show and see if it comes out normal colors.

    Mucho thankso,

    Kerry
     
  6. Kerry

    Kerry New Member

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    Hi Justin,

    Tonight I tried burning two different shows that I had recorded on my TIVO. These shows were from the History channnel and the Travel channel. In other words they didn't appear to be important enough to have protection. Both shows had the dreaded tinge.

    What I do is go to the TIVO menu that lists all my recorded shows. I select the show I want to burn via the DVD. Once I selected the show I press the TIVO Select botton and it give a description of the show and the options to Play, Delete, etc. I then set up the DVD recorder and in it's preview window it shows the TIVO screen displaying the show's description and the Play, Delete, options. But even this screen has the green tinge. I then press the Toshiba record button and let it record for a few minutes and then test and sure enough, both shows had the green tinge.

    Some background: I just upgraded from Scientific Atlanta 3100HD to 3250 HD. With the 3100HD I was able to burn about six shows none of which gave me "protection" problems.

    Suggestions?

    Kerry
     
  7. megazone

    megazone Hardcore TiVo Geek

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    It'd be unusual for this to be Macrovision. Do you see the tinge when playing back from the TiVo, or just when playing the burned DVDs?
     
  8. ZeoTiVo

    ZeoTiVo I can't explain

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    have you checked the cabling ? is it loose and perhaps your RGB is not correct
     
  9. Kerry

    Kerry New Member

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    Hi megazone,

    All programs that I recorded to TIVO play perfectly. I record everything in Best.

    My prerecorded DVD (Abyss) plays perfectly.

    Hi ZeoTiVo,

    I've double checked to ensure the Video and R&L cables are plugged in correctly.

    Sure is a mystery

    Thanks,

    Kerry
     
  10. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    Are you capturing this to a PC in realtime using some sort of capture device? If so then the capture device you're using is probably dropping frames. This usually happens when either the bus it's plugged into (i.e. USB or FireWire) can't keep up with the device or the device itself can't keep up with encoding the stream properly due to other software or hardware bottlenecks.

    First off if it's a USB device make 100% sure you have it plugged into a USB 2.0 port. A USB 1.1 port can't keep up with a stream like this even if the package says it can. Secondly I'd try shutting down everything else on my PC and refrain from using it while the capture is happening. Anything else that cause the PC to access the hard drive or use up a lot of CPU cycles can cause the device to drop frames.

    Dan
     
  11. qwckdraw

    qwckdraw New Member

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    I'm new to this forum and I hope I'm not asking too redundant of a question.

    I have a Hughes SD-DVR40 with 6.2. It has a USB port in the back and I was wondering if there's anyway to hook this up to my laptop which has a DVD writter on it and burn DVDs.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
     
  12. ccwf

    ccwf 国際化 Member

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    There's no easy, supported method.
     
  13. JD10367

    JD10367 New Member

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    Okay, here's a really dumb question.

    My TiVo S2DT has an Ethernet output on it and two USB outputs on it.

    It is not yet connected to my home computer.

    I would like to connect it so I can copy shows from the TiVo to the computer's hard drive and then use the computer to burn DVDs, thus allowing me to move some movies and other stuff from my Now Playing list and give me more recording space.

    Now... my computer only has one Ethernet input, which is currently being used by my cable modem. The question is: can I connect it to my computer using the USB ports and a long wire? All of the documentation I've seen only refers to the USB ports when used for wireless connecting, and refer to the TiVo's Ethernet port for wired connecting. Is there some reason why I wouldn't be able to run a very long USB cable from my TiVo to my computer? I don't want or need a wireless USB network (expensive, complicated, et cetera).

    Another question: my computer does have an open Firewire port. Can I use the TiVo's Ethernet port to connect to the Firewire port (i.e. do they make a cable with Ethernet on one end and Firewire on the other, and will it work)?

    Thanks for any help answering these dumb questions. :)
     
  14. ccwf

    ccwf 国際化 Member

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    You can't use a normal USB cable to connect two computers (and the TiVo DVR is a computer).

    If you just want your computer to be able to talk to the Internet and the TiVo DVR but not for the TiVo DVR to be able to use the Internet, then you can buy an Ethernet hub for less than $15. If you want the TiVo DVR to be able to use the Internet, too, then get a router instead (can be bought for less than $20). Then, just connect your hub or router to your cable modem, computer, and TiVo DVR with Ethernet cables.
     
  15. classicsat

    classicsat Astute User

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    Just get the router, it will not cost a whole lot more, plus will be easier and less troublesome to configure and use.
     
  16. Adam1115

    Adam1115 20,000!!! TCF Club

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    You just need an ethernet switch.
     

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