Record from VCR to Tivo?

Discussion in 'DirecTV TiVo Powered PVRs & Receivers' started by erich168, Aug 14, 2007.

  1. erich168

    erich168 erich

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    I am brand new to this forum. So, I hope I am posting in the right area. Can I record from my VCR to my Tivo unit? I have tried the obvious steps (coax from my VCR to both inputs on my Tivo). But, neither seem to work. Thanks, Erich
     
  2. Dkerr24

    Dkerr24 Lost in Big Bend

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    nope, no inputs on the DTivo to accept incoming video input to record. You can only pipe out the video/audio to a VCR, not the other way around.

    Speaking of VCR's, trying to remember the last time I blew the cobwebs off my old Panasonic VCR and used it. Has to be about 3 years now.
     
  3. Billy Bob Boy

    Billy Bob Boy What Me Worry???????

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    If it is a directivo no but if it is a Standalone tivo than yes i believe you can
     
  4. Billy Bob Boy

    Billy Bob Boy What Me Worry???????

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    If it is indeed a directivo the inputs are for a sattelite only. No mpeg encoders in the directivos. BTW Why would you want to vhs is crappy compared to say a Hard drive dvd recorder. you can actual step up the quality if you go from vhs to a dvd recorder w hard drive.
     
  5. erich168

    erich168 erich

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    Well, I'm not actually using it to record VHS tapes. I wanted to use it to record from 2 security cameras that have RCA adapters. So, I wanted to go from my cameras to my VCR to my DirecTv unit. I was just trying to simplify my question.

    Thanks, Erich
     
  6. DevilDogs

    DevilDogs Steeler Fan

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    How is your VCR going to know which camera to record from?

    Assuming you have that figured out, here's a few scenarios.

    If you're using coax, you would have to put your Tivo on channel 3 or 4, depending on what channel your VCR broadcasts on. Make sure the VCR's TV/VCR button is selected for VCR so it is sending its signal down the coax, not the cable signal.

    If you want to use composite (RCA), you could hook one up directly to your Tivo. But that would only record from one camera.

    You could also tell Tivo that you have satellite service or a cable box. At that point, Tivo will accept video and audio from the composite inputs. You'll have to tell Tivo to record a channel that exists only in that service.
     
  7. SLOmike

    SLOmike New Member

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    Note that the original poster said "DirecTV unit". They therefore most likely do not have a Stand Alone TiVo and therefore can not record as you described.

    -Mike
     
  8. Billy Bob Boy

    Billy Bob Boy What Me Worry???????

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    Problem with all of this is that If it is a directivo you cant do any of this. Why not get a dvr that is dedicated to recording from security cameras. they actualy have some that can be hooked up to a network. Sorry They are not tivos. :( Perhaps a S/A Tivo could acomplish this. but not a DirectiVo
     
  9. erich168

    erich168 erich

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    Thanks for all the replies/help. I was just trying to use the equipment that I alerady own. I didn't want to spend any money on this project. The video cameras are RCA outputs. But, my Tivo only has coax inputs. So, that is where I got the VCR idea. I can plug the vidoe camera RCA plugs into the VCR then use the coax output to the Tivo unit.

    Everything seemed perfect until DirecTV got in the way. lol

    Thanks anyway!

    -Erich
     
  10. SLOmike

    SLOmike New Member

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    The DirecTiVos were designed to record DirecTV broadcasts only.

    The DirecTiVo does not need to compress video or digitize it, because the video sent down from the satellite by DirecTV is already a compressed digital video stream.

    A stand alone TiVo includes additional hardware which converts the analog signal to digital and compresses it.

    The amount of compression on stand alone TiVo is adjustable by the user. More compression means lower video quality, but takes up less space on the hard drive in the DVR.

    DirecTV uses much more expensive video compression technology to compress the video stream before sending it to the satellite. Therefore a DirecTiVo always saves the exact stream which DirecTV sends down. There is no difference between watching a live program or a recorded program. Generally the disk space used for a show is less than the same show recorded at a high quality setting on a stand alone TiVo.

    Partially because of the lack of compression hardware, the DirecTiVos were initially cheaper than stand alone TiVos of similar capacity.

    -Mike
     
  11. nonamesleft

    nonamesleft New Member

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    It's called "insertion", but it's probably off limits for discussion (just like extraction).
     

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