How to record off your Motorola DVR with OS X and Firewire
If you’re running a mac with OS X and have a Motorola DVR with Firewire ports on the back (such as the popular Motorola DCT3416), recording digitally from your DVR to your computer is very simple if you follow these steps:
1.Â Download and install the latest Firewire Development Kit from Apple.Â The download is free, but you do have to register first.Â This download will include AVCVideoCap.app which is the software you need to capture and/or record from yourÂ FireWire connected HDTV-tuner or DVR.
Once this file is downloaded and installed, when you connect your computer to your DVR or HDTV tuner via firewire and launch this application, the DVR should be automatically detected.Â Simply press “capture from device” and whatever is playing on your DVR or HDTV tuner will automatically be recorded on your computer.
2.Â If you just want to play back the file that AVCVideoCap.app creates (which is a *.m2t file), you can download and install VLC which is a very handy video player for many formats.
However, if you want to export and convert the file for use in another way (i.e. sharing with others as a quicktime move for example), you’ll have to do two more things:
3.Â The MPEG-2 Playback component is required if you want the capability to convert the *.m2t file into another format (such as a .mov).Â Its available from Apple for about $20.
4.Â Once you have the MPEG-2 Playback compondent installed, you can download and install MPEG Streamclip.Â This software will then enable you to not only watch the *.m2t file that AVCVideo.app created, but also enable you to “Save As” or convert to a number of other file types including *.mov
I would also suggest if you don’t already have it, purchase the upgrade to Quicktime Pro for about $30 so that you can export Quicktime movies for the web in the excellent H.264 format.
I just want to record the audio portion of the video from the hd dvr. Is it possible?
If you only wanted the audio, you could use any sound recorder to capture it from the stereo outs. However, if you wanted this 100% digital, you would have to capture the full video file (with audio) first and then you could split the audio off later.
The instructions were great, but for some reason, I get video, but no audio on my mac.
I too have been using this procedure on my TimeWarner DCT-3416 using my MacBookPro and Firewire cables and it works fairly well. However, when I check the audio properties of the resulting m2ts file, the audio has only two (2) channels. The high-def HBO movie was recorded in the DVR with Dolby 5.1 surround. The video component looks great and in true 1920×1080 resolution. I’m wondering if anyone has been able to record true six-channel sound using this procedure. Thanks in advance!
What if I have a PC, not a Mac? Any way to copy a show off my Comcast Motorola DVR into MPEG or AVI format?
Thank you so much for these instructions. I love the internet & fellow geeks who like to share their knowledge. This came in handy for an urgent request for work.
This is bullshit apple doesn’t have that anymore what to do now?
I’m looking for a download of AVCvideocap.app and can’t seem to find it. Can you help?