Looking to record old saved HD recordings...
I am looking to solve the same issue that has been talked about on this thread with an old Comcast-provided Motorola DCH3416 box.
I know this thread was last commented on a couple years ago, but I thought to see if anyone can still help, as I'm in the midst of swapping my current box out as Comcast has sent me a new X1 box. The only problem, the recordings on the old box won't magically appear on the new box.
So I began reading about the possibility of using the Apple app, AVCVideoCap, to get the videos scraped off the old Comcast DVR on a Mac-formatted hard drive.
Since the DCH3416 box only has FireWire ports that work with FireWire 400 cables, that eliminated the use of connecting it to my current computer system, which is an Intel Power Mac, since it doesn't have any FireWire 400 connections.
So I dusted off an old iMac, which runs using OS 10.4.11. The internal drive is tiny, with only 19GB of total space, with only 3.2 GB remaining. So I connected an old Western Digital external drive — with about 500GB of available space — that works with either USB 2.0 or FireWire 400 cables. So I have that external drive connected with a FW cable to the old iMac. I have the second FW port on the iMac cabled to the back of the Motorola DCH3416's one of two FW ports.
I installed the AVCVideoCap.app file. I fire up the program. I get a window that seems to recognize the DCH3416 box as it shows in the listing.
It shows the following:
Device Type: Tuner
As instructed, with the device highlighted, I then click with the mouse: Capture From Device.
But unlike what I've read elsewhere, what happens next for me is different than what I've read should happen.
Supposedly, a menu of options of picture quality and frame speed should come up.
I get none of that. I instead immediately get the "Save As" box where I can name the file and save it exactly to where I want. I go ahed and name it, and try to save it the external drive.
Nothing seems to happen at first glance. After trying a couple times and having the same result, I notice that after I hit return on naming the file, I see the field "Capture Status" change for a blink from "Idle" to "Device Opened" back to "Idle"
It seems like it wants to open the process, but can't. I've begun playing a recording from my listing of "My Recordings" and get nowhere. The other fields in the AVCVideoApp remain the same throughout: Frame/Packet Count, Over-Runs and Dropped Frames all show "0" and the Filename remains: "Unable to open output file."
Is there something I've failed to do to get the process to work, or am I out of luck in the hope of keeping these recordings for awhile longer?
Any help on this would be greatly appreciated.