Originally posted by EatingPie
No luck in this regard, but I have had luck in another arena.... and I still have a hard time believing this!! First, a list of equiptment.
Mitsubishi 73711 TV
SA 3250HD Cable Box
JVC HM-D30000U D-VHS
Powerbook 15'' Aluminum, Panther 10.3.3
Originally, I had everything networked through the TV. None of this worked out for me. But the cable guy came out and we swapped cable (!!) like crazy. After breaking the TV out of the chain, we ran the Cable Box to the rear Firewire port of the D-VHS Deck. Then we ran the component outs of the JVC to the TV. Lo and behold, we got a picture! I could even record HBO-HD!!
I then ran my Powerbook to the front Firewire port on the D-VHS deck, and lo and behold, I could record!! Just set VirtualDVHS to Channel 63, and pressed record... behold disk space disappearing at an alarming rate!
Now here's the strange part. This was the only configuration that worked! Powerbook to 2nd Port on the 3250, no go. TV to 3250, no go. TV to front port on D-VHS, no go. (The TV hates this box... I'll be calling Mitsubishi.)
Only one configuration worked....
3250 --> rear D-VHS -- front D-VHS --> Powerbook
Putting the TV anywhere in the chain killed it. Powerbook anywhere else killed it.
I find this whole thing very strange indeed! First off, the D-VHS can decode the rear firewire in and output HD through its component outs... even when NOT recording! And then the only way I can record to the Powerbook... through the front port on the D-VHS! Strange strange strange.
Guess this is what I get for being the first (and only) TWC San Diego customer using firewire!
Any ideas? Anything else I should check for some insight?
It sounds like you know one way to record to the Mac.
If you do not mind, please check these steps. As you know, I would like to revise the scripts to make a version for the SA3250.
1. Connect only the Powerbook to the 3250 while both the 3250 and Powerbook are powered off. Take JVC out of the chain.
2. Power on the 3250 and then the Powerbook.
3. Launch VirtualDVHS.
4. Launch AVC Browser
5. Once VirtualDVHS has loaded the transport library, highlight the 3250 by clicking on it in the AV/C Devices list and click on the Open Device Controller button.
6. Click on the Output Plug Signal Format button and copy and paste the Received AV/C Response from the log in a reply post.
7. Confirm that the value in the Ouput Plugs field is 1.
8. Change the channel number to 0 in the Channel dropdown menu just below the Output Plugs and its corresponding field.
9. Click on the Connect button in the Output Plugs section copy and paste the Response from the log in a reply post.
10. Change the channel on the recorder side of VirtualDVHS to 0 and then click on the record button and recording activity should begin.
Please report what happened and the responses in steps 6 and 9. If successful, it would great to see a JPG of the entire AVC Browser AV/C device controller window for the 3250. Please report the name of the device that appears in the window title bar, "AV/C Device: ????????"
If it does not work, then try these steps again (beginning at Step 8) using channel 63 in AVC Browser and VirtualDVHS. Let us know what happens. If recording works, stop recording and change the channel to 0 (beginning at step 8) to see if recording will work at channel 0. Let us know what happens.
My 6200 will record while the programs are set to any channel. I keep it at 0. But, in the beginning, the 6200 required channel 1 and then allowed a channel change to 0. Your 3250 might be acting in the same way.
If you can get it to work through the JVC, you should get it to work with out the JVC unless other factors are at play. If all else fails, then go back to what works for your set-up, of course.