Computer Camera

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by adkinsmm, Jan 29, 2012.

  1. adkinsmm

    adkinsmm New Member

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    I bought a Tivo Premiere...all I want to do is connect a computer camera and record my kids for assessment purposes. Do I have to buy a subscription? I cant even get past the first prompts.... Any help would be much appreciated. Very frustrated.
     
  2. wmcbrine

    wmcbrine Well-Known Mumbler

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    Yes, you have to buy a subscription to do anything useful with a current-model TiVo. Even then, your intended application is not really supported, although you may be able to kludge it into working. Not with a USB camera, though. It would have to be one that had standard composite or s-video outputs. To make it work with a Series 3 or later, you'd actually need an RF signal, although you can get there with an RF modulator. An Elite won't work at all; it has no encoder.

    Alternatively, you could just record from a camera onto a computer, and then transfer those recordings to the TiVo over the network. (Yes, that still requires a subscription.) That would actually be simpler, but I get the impression that you want to leave the computer out of it for some reason.

    "Assessment purposes"?
     
  3. Grakthis

    Grakthis New Member

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    Can you outline exactly what it is you're trying to accomplish? Like, the end application goal.

    Are you trying to record your kids at like a recital and then put it on the TiVo?

    Are you trying to take a webcam and hook it up to the TiVo expecting this will act like a security camera system?

    Give us a hint here.
     
  4. classicsat

    classicsat Astute User

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    You need to buy a camcorder.

    A TiVo Premier will be very hard to do what you want to do.
     

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