Help me get my DVR recordings onto my computer somehow please!
February 11, 2013 9:36 AM Subscribe
I want to save my DVR recordings on my computer. The problem is that, from the googling I've done, my DVR model encrypts the files in such a way that I can't transfer the recordings directly onto my computer, even if the USB ports on the DVR did work. I am wondering if maybe I can play the recording on my TV and just "capture" the playback on my computer so I can save it. If there's a way to get the raw recordings unencrypted, that'd be great, but I doubt it's possible. More inside.
posted by AppleTurnover to technology (26 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Relevant info: I have Time Warner Cable and the dreaded Scientific Atlanta Explorer 8300HD. (Let me state for the record that when I have a Tivo, transferring recordings to my computer was a breeze and a built-in Tivo feature.) I don't have a TV tuner or anything in my desktop PC for TV viewing, although I'm not sure I need that for this. My computer has 8GB of RAM and an i7 processor, so hopefully it can handle whatever it needs to do. Also has an HDMI port.
I need to know what is the simplest, least expensive means of getting the recordings off my DVR and onto my computer and what software, if any, do I need. And I would like to retain HD quality, if possible. Or, if you know a better place to go for questions on doing this, please share. (Also, I don't need to do this regularly -- this is only to save special stuff. And this is just for my own collection - I will not be distributing anything.)