Using TiVo to encode home videos

Discussion in 'TiVo Underground' started by Impugn, Sep 28, 2007.

  1. Impugn

    Impugn New Member

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    This may very well be a dumb as dirt question, but before I started mucking around with the wires and whatnot, I figured I'd ask some of you experts.

    Got a crapload of video shot on Hi-8 tape. I'd like to digitally encode it. I suppose I could get a video capture card for the PC, but I've never particularly liked messing with those (hate all the formats and quality settings, etc...). Before I resort to that, I figure why not give the device I own that is dedicated to encoding video a shot at it first?

    I suppose my theory would be to trick the TiVo into thinking it is recording a program but have my camera providing the input. Once encoded, I can shoot the resultant file across my home LAN to my PC network for editing and whatnot.

    Space should not be a problem. Have a Series 2 unit with 800GB of HDD space.

    I appreciate your input and apologize if this is a FAQ that I didn't notice.
     
  2. classicsat

    classicsat Astute User

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    I've done it with my sister's wedding video, works fine. Mind you I was already set up for satellite , so it was just a matter of plugging in the camera where the satellite was, and manually recording a period of time.
     
  3. Impugn

    Impugn New Member

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    Excellent.

    Yes, I've got a standalone hooked into digital cable. Lifetime subscription.
     
  4. Impugn

    Impugn New Member

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    I have to say that this has worked great. I just change to the PPV channel (1) which runs in four-hour chunks according to the guide and record away.

    Of course, perfect encoding...no skips or synch issues. Thanks again.
     

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