[mythtv-users] VCR video to MythTV (USB, 1394 or S-Video capture solutions)

A JM vbtalent at gmail.com
Tue May 24 22:00:17 UTC 2005

I'm not sure how sophisticated you want to get but couldn't you just
set up a source on the s-video with a dummy channel in Myth then
essentially just push play on the VCR and record it?

My Dish runs in from s-video with a PVR250 and basically that's how I
do recordings, it's not sophisticated as I said but it works


On 5/24/05, jonr <jonr at destar.net> wrote:
> Mark Knecht wrote:
> > Hi,
> >    I've been at my parents house for a few days getting a MythTV
> > installation setup. It's all wokring and my folks are pretty happy.
> > However no good ded goes unpunished. My dad is now asking for a way to
> > capture his videos and be able to watch them in MythTV. As I've only
> > got one more day here before I travel home I'm looking for some ideas.
> >
> > 1) The mythbackend machine has a PVR-150 so it has a (yet untested)
> > S-video input. Does this input work on the PVR-150/250/250?
> >
> > 2) The machine also has 1394 and USB inputs. I understand people are
> > capturing HD over 1394 for that should work if there's a good capture
> > device that can go outside the PC.
> >
> > 3) My folks have 3 VCR's but none have S-video outputs.
> >
> >   Would I be better off to suggest he buys a new VCR with an S-Video
> > output and then record that via the input on the PVR? Or is there some
> > USB or 1394 solution that is known to work well under Linux and
> > MythTV.
> >
> >    Hi goal is to get the video onto the same /TVstorage partition
> > we're using for Myth recordings and also eventually be able to author
> > a DVD for the family with some of this stuff. He interviewed a number
> > of my relatives 20-30 years ago and wants to save these conversations
> > as part of a family tree project.
> >
> > thanks,
> > Mark
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> Hi Mark,
> If your asking how to record from VCR to Myth this is how I do it, you
> just need to setup a custom record. There was the question of
> macrovision but I have yet to have a problem with it:
> Ok, take the line carrying your cable/satellite hook-up and do it like so:
> Take the line from your provider and connect that to the 'input' of your
> cable/satellite box. From the 'output' of your cable/satellite box go to the
> input of your vcr. From the 'output' of your vcr connect to the 'input'
> of your
> capture card. Then turn on the vcr change the channel to 3 or 4 on Myth
> and you
> should see your vcr tape playing inside of "Watch LiveTV". Record that. :)
> You might need to hit the 'TV/VCR' button on the vcr.
> Jon
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