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January 31st, 2009, 06:39 AM
I'm considering switching from cable to Directv (with a HD DVR). Does anyone know if the recordings can be transferred to my PC to edit with VideoReDo? If the HD recordings are MP4/H.264, no problem, I'll hold them until supported - I just need to know if they can be transferred.
February 1st, 2009, 01:44 AM
Do you know what model DVR you would get? I TiVo so can't help you directly but I did do a "transfer direct tv dvr to pc" google search and there are several links talking about it.
Here is one interesting thread should you be getting a HR20:
Hope that helped.
February 1st, 2009, 05:14 AM
Thanks. I'll have to wait and see. If I can't, I can't (I'm not going to open the case to modify it).
April 14th, 2009, 04:33 PM
Does anyone know if the recordings can be transferred to my PC to edit with VideoReDo? If the HD recordings are MP4/H.264, no problem, I'll hold them until supported - I just need to know if they can be transferred.The old DirecTiVo units CAN be hacked for video extraction. The process is fairly involved and requires some basic knowledge of Linux and a lot of patience. I have successfully hacked the Series I & II SD DirecTiVo units and the HD DirecTiVo for extraction and getting the video to your PC is a simple process once everything has been set up. VideoReDo works fantastic for editing of these streams.
I believe DirecTV has now completed the transition of all their HD channels from MPEG2 to MPEG4, which means even if you were able to purchase an HR10 DirecTiVo from eBay, it is not capable of receiving/recording any HD DirecTV channels. The HR20 is DirecTV's replacement for the HR10 to view/record HD MPEG4 channels.
TiVo and DirecTV parted ways a number of years ago and any new DirecTV subscriber will receive the DirecTV HR20 DVR, which is NOT capable of video extraction and likely never will be. The good news is DirecTV recently announced they have "kissed and made up" with TiVo and will be offering a new DirecTiVo DVR sometime in early 2010. It remains to be seen if the super smart guys over at dealdatabase.com will be able to figure out how to implement extraction on the new units.
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