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TiVo Series4 recording from camcorder

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by Matt Linebarger, Aug 24, 2012.

  1. Matt Linebarger

    Matt Linebarger savvolleyball

    Aug 24, 2012
    I want to record through a video camera to a TiVo Premiere Series4. Is this possible. I am a coach and want to film athletes than have the ability to rewind and show them while remain to record. Is this possible on this TiVo model and if so how? Any guidance, help, etc. is greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time.
  2. dianebrat

    dianebrat Uncontrolled Force

    Jul 6, 2002
    Series 3 and 4 units do not have line inputs, you would be better with an S1 or S2
  3. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Active Member

    May 6, 2002
    The only inputs on a TiVo Series4(Premiere)* (or Series3, for that matter) are cable and antenna. No A/V. Unless the camera has RF out, there is no way to directly connect it to a TiVo.

    * Premiere Elite/XL4 and Premiere 4 are digital cable only, so no antenna in.
  4. cannonz

    cannonz Active Member

    Oct 22, 2011
    Get a replaytv can be found cheap.
  5. matt@thehickmans

    matt@thehickmans Hemo_jr

    Jan 8, 2008
    You can put it on a computer, then transfer it over to a TiVo using TiVo Desktop or some comparable program. This will allow you to the ability to rewind and view in HD.

    This is not as flexible as a direct video connection with the TiVo itself, but may give you what you need and be workable.
  6. agredon

    agredon New Member

    Jul 26, 2011
    You used to be able to buy an "RF Modulator" relatively cheap. It would take a Composite/RCA (Yellow, Red, and White wires) and sometimes S-Video and output it over Coax (which you can connect to a TiVo) on either Analog Channel 3 or 4. Beware though that the newer 4-Tuner TiVos appear to have NO Analog inputs...so this will only work with the 2-Tuner models.

    BTW, you could also use a VCR, some DVD Recorders or similar devices to achieve the same result. Just connect the Yellow, Red, and White wires to the input on the VCR and Coax from the Coax out to the TiVo, then tune the Tivo to Channel 3/4 and the VCR to L1, or whatever input you connected the Camera to.
  7. lillevig

    lillevig Hot in West Texas

    Dec 6, 2010
    San Angelo, TX
    Yup. a laptop with a video capture cable would be the way to go. As was stated, you would need a Series 2 or older Tivo and it would have to have a subscription and you would have to re-run Guided Setup to allow capturing video on the composite input ports. I did that in order to capture my wife's exercise videos which were on VHS tape. If you had an S1 Tivo you could get away without having a subscription but wouldn't have a way to transfer the video off of the Tivo.
  8. wmcbrine

    wmcbrine Ziphead

    Aug 2, 2003
    I think the posts above give the details very well, but I just wanted to emphasize: The TiVo is not designed for this application, at all. Not even the Series 1 or 2. You can make it work, but it will always be kludgy. You'll almost certainly be better off doing it some other way.
  9. replaytv

    replaytv gun talk ignore list

    Feb 20, 2011
    Denver ish...
    A friend uses a SEries 2 DT to record volleyball training. By using the half hour buffer he sets it up so after the girls hit the spike, they come around to the TV and look at their spike and get coached on it. The coach has the playback so it is about 15 second delay so it is a continuous hit the ball then watch what they looked like. He uses a Tivo without service that stills show 'in good standing' as it hasn't been connected to the 'Mother ship of Tivo' since the service was discontinued. His TiVo has the old software that allows the Tivo to continue to have the time slip even after it no longer has service. I think I remember that he had to tune it to channel 01 and use a $5 modulator from the thrift store for some reason, but don't remember for sure.
    He never used the manual recording feature that I know of.
    You can get a used Tivo for about $10, but make sure the time shift is still functional, as that has been turned off in many of that latest software downloads. I just tried a similar Series 2 DT Tivo and indeed when connected to Tivo the timeslip was disabled by the newest software.
  10. shwru980r

    shwru980r Active Member

    Jun 22, 2008
    You really need one of the humax or toshiba tivos with the dvd recorder, because they allow you to label the program. Other Tivos won't allow you to label the program and will use whatever the guide data says is on that channel.
  11. HIHZia

    HIHZia Mad Turk

    Nov 3, 2004
    Oklahoma City
    Except for the Humax DVD/TiVO. The fact they haven't made them in forever not withstanding. :)
  12. lrhorer

    lrhorer New Member

    Aug 31, 2003
    Is it a digital video camera, or analog?
  13. xirian

    xirian New Member

    Oct 10, 2008
    Your best bet is to get a budget priced HD camcorder. These plug into your computer via usb, you can then either view on the computer or transfer to the tivo if You wish.
  14. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator TCF Club

    Apr 17, 2000
    You can get an RF modulator that will convert any analog signal into a cable channel 3 or 4 signal. I don't know if the software still supports this, but in the old days you could record from any channel if you used the Manual Recording option. You could just type the channel into the channel selection box.

    Although I think an old S1 or a S2 with TiVo Basic would be better since they do not require service to do Manual recordings. All other units do.


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