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Old 03-30-2012, 07:49 PM - Thread Starter
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First and foremost I want to thank everyone who over the years has posted on this board. I've been hanging around for about a month, constantly reading and re-reading, pushing my way into things I am still slightly clueless about. Your wisdom and patience for answering all these questions over and over again astounds me.

So now, I dip my feet into the pool.

I subscribe to FiOS cable and have a Cisco (Scientic-Atlanta) CHS435 HD DVR. I use the heck out of the thing I would love to be able to dump programs through firewire to my PC. That's the plan, anyway.

I am currently running Win 8 Consumer Preview 32 bit, which I switched to from Win 7 x64 for the very reason that I couldn't even think about running a firewire from my box to my computer. Wellll after a few days struggle that didn't seem to matter because I couldn't get it work anyway. No happy plug-in-play, though from my computer end the Device Manager did seem to recognize that there was something tethered to the other side of the firewire cable. I gave up on that after nothing I did driverwise or otherwise could make CapDVHS to recognize the thing.

So! Being a good (but not good enough, apparently- if I was paying attention I would have gotten a JVC) scholar of this forum I found a very reasonably priced Mitsubishi HS-HD1100U DVHS VCR. Naturally I don't have a HDTV with firewire (Hahahahaha... why would I have a thing like that? Wait, huh, Mistu DVHSes don't have HDMI??!) so I found out that I'll need something like a SIR-TI65 to make it talk nicely to my TV so I can watch what I record!

I was about to buy the T165 (also reasonably priced- with a remote!) when it dawned on me that I could be back at square one if I couldn't dump what I record from the DVHS to my PC! I've looked at wayyyypast forum posts, but they were all so far back I imagine that technology has changed just a bit. I've read how to successfully put my DVR+DVHS+Tuner all together and get them to work, but what about the final (and most important) step?

Any takers? Be gentle, please!

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Old 05-01-2012, 09:51 AM
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I too have FiOS with the Cisco 435 DVR. I have been able to get recordings off of the DVR and onto my computer. Unfortuneatly for you, I use a Mac. On a Mac, you would use an app called AVCCapture. There's a huge thread on how to do this with a PC, but I think the solutions need WinXP/Vista/7.

One thing you might want to check is to see if your DVR's Firewire (1394) port is active/enabled. To get into the diagnostic menu, press and hold the OK and left buttons on the front panel of the DVR. The DVR must be powered off at the time ... but leave the TV on. You'll get a diagnostic menu and one of the selections is Outputs (or something like that). See what it says under 1394.

Also, at least on my system, most of the channels are Copy Once. The only ones that are Copy Freely are the OTA channels. Incidentally, the premium channels are Copy Freely during a free preview weekend. We had a few of them recently and I recorded a bunch to the DVR. I've looked at 4 of them and they were all Copy Freely. I suspect it's something they have to do to allow for a free preview.

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