(If someone has already used it, does it work well on the Mac?)
I've been using it for a while now with my 622, and it works well on my Windows laptop. I can't get it to extract properly from my Macs. It performs the extraction, but for some reason it isn't able to sense the end of file, and won't "finish" the extraction.
I've got a thread running in the forum now trying to get the HD videos converted to something that is actually usable in Frontrow or VLC.
Be curious to see if the Mac issues (mentioned by nightowl) get worked out.
The software is public domain now, so any improvements will have to be by someone who is willing to make the changes and then post their working software. If I had the programming knowledge, I would be working on it myself.
I have a Dish DVR (522 model, not HD) and ant to move some of my recordings to my iMac running Mac OS X 10.4. Is there any way to do this that does not require cracking open the box?
Dish DVRs don't live forever, ours shows certain signs saying it won't either, and cracking open the box voids whatever warranty there is....
If the device has Firewire (and it's enabled) then you have various software options including FireRecord, AVCCapture or AVCNoodle. If you want to capture SD analog then you can use Miglia, Elgato or Equinux USB products.
Sounds like the Happauge HDPVR 1212 with EyeTV is a much more realistic solution.
True, Eph, but back when that was written there was no Hauppauge yet, and it's only very recent that OS X software like EyeTV or Steve Toth's app supported it. At least in the case of Anno with his 522 I don't think his model even has component, so his best bet might be the EyeTV 250+.
I would love to find a way to access the HD recordings I have on my Dish 211K with the external drive option for DVR, but I don't think it's possible. Eventually, if you still want to receive programming, Dish will swap out your old receivers with MPEG-4 models.