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Is there a way to transfer video from VCR to DVR and/or from DVR to PC?

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#1 Johnz414


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Posted 29 July 2009 - 03:22 PM


Just that. Is there a way to transfer Videos from you VCR to a DVR and/or from your DVR to your PC?

I've recently gotten the AT&T U-verse service and can for the first time in my entire life pose live TV and record it to my brand new DVR.

However, I've only gotten this service because it was the only way to upgrade my Internet connection. In 3 months when the intro package expires I'll be dumping the TV part and only keeping the Internet connection - something the sales pitch person said I could do. The TV part is kind of expensive and more TV that I know what to do with. But I do want the faster Internet connection so that stays.

Anyhow, I'd like to take full advantage of the DVR while I have use of it. Can the DVR be used as a video capture tool for VCR and can the recordings already on the DVR be transfered to my PC? If this can be done WOW, I really want to do this.

So, anyone with some knowledge about this kind of thing whom wouldn't mind sharing it with me would be greatly greatly appreciated. Thanks.


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#2 Andrew


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Posted 29 July 2009 - 03:43 PM

From what I can tell, the AT&T DVR is riddled with DRM to prevent you from transferring anything off of the hard drive. There are, of course, ways to do it anyway. I don't have a DVR myself, so I am unsure how well this works, but apparently this product can do it if you put it between the DVR and the TV. It could probably also do the same for your VCR. But like I said, I can't vouch for this. Plus the device is $249.99...

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Posted 29 July 2009 - 04:31 PM

That device that AA suggested...well, it actually replaces your DVR function...I would not go that route :thumbsup:.

The fact is, IMO...DVRs are made for people who don't want to take the time to record to their computers. DVRs are viable for users who don't realize that they can do the same thing on their computers...with more flexibility, more storage...just by using a capture card. Capture cards include scheduling of capture, capture format options, some even include software for editing (commercials, etc.).

But...DVRs are soooo easy, in spite of the fact that users pay a lot more in fees...than they would for the same opportunity they could have using capture cards and a PC.

No need to click through commercials, just cut them right out.

My impression is that DVRs are for persons who just "want to watch TV", while capture cards are for those who want "just the facts, my way" :huh:.

You may like this link: http://electronics.howstuffworks.com/how-t...-hard-drive.htm


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Posted 31 July 2009 - 10:39 PM

I will recommend a nice product for you, with it, you can simply transfer videos from VCR to PC


Edited by partsdom, 31 July 2009 - 10:40 PM.

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