I'm an old school IT Systems Architect and build my own pc's and just built a Media Server and need software suggestions to capture the video tv shows saved on the wife's FIOS Motorola QIP 6416-2 DVR due to storage space issues.
Running a firewire from the DVR to the PC with Win7 Pro x86; device drivers were loaded and can see the QIP 6416. I am not a software guy and having issues picking the correct software that will capture the video stream, or rather that will play the stream and capture.
It's been a long time since I've used firewire, but I'm pretty sure you can't pull recordings off, you can only use the firewire in the DVR as a sort of Tuner.... and the 5c encryption the cable companies use pretty much killed using a DVR as a tuner on a PC.
To re-capture recordings, you would need a separate capture device like a Hauppagge HD-PVR.