Like other digital video recorders, the DirecTV DVR records and stores television footage so that it can be viewed later. If you would like to keep a recording from a DirecTV DVR, you can either leave it on the DVR, which may prove a problem since DVRs have limited space, or you can also enjoy DirecTV recordings on computer with a few more steps. Here we will explore about how to watch DIRECTV DVR, stream DirecTV DVR shows to PC and smartphones plus how to capture DIRECTV DVR video,etc. All about DirecTV DVR can be found in this article.
Watch DIRECTV DVR videos on PC
Recently I've been looking at linking a DirecTV digital video recorder (DVR) to my home network so that my family can watch some satellite television programs from our home computers. Part of the DirecTV networking solution is DIRECTV2PC - a free software application that you install on a PC to play back the video stream.
DirecTV actually provides you two downloads to help with setting up a PC for TV viewing. The DirecTV2PC Playback Advisor is a small utility that tests a PC's processing speed, graphics, memory, and network. Run this first to ensure the computer hardware can support video streaming. Then install DIRECTV2PC itself. This application assumes you already have your DVR connected to your home network. When you run the application, it automatically finds the DVR over the LAN and starts a video session.
Capture DIRECTV DVR video
Before you can extract video from a DirecTV DVR, you must make a connection between the DVR and the computer that you want to use to capture the footage. A couple of different devices can be used to make this connection.
1. A digital video capture device, is created for the sole purpose of connecting a video source to a computer and converting the video feed.
2. Any digital video camera that has a video pass-through setting. The camera can be connected to both the DVR and the computer using cords provided with the camera.
When you capture video from a DirecTV DVR, the video captures into a format that is native to the program in which you are capturing. Windows Movie Maker, for instance, captures in both WMV, or Windows Media Video, and AVI, Audio Video Interleave, formats. iMovie, on the other hand, captures mainly in MOV, Apple's native QuickTime file format.
Convert DIRECTV2PC VIDEO to free MP4, AVI, WMV videos
The Pavtube Video Converter is able to handle TiVo and lots of DVR shows. With this app you can easily convert DirecTV DVR video into MP4, AVI, WMV, MPG and any other video format you like. The software can also trim out commercials from you TV series and compress videos for iPad, iPhone, Android tablets and various smartphones. Comparing with other free tools, it converts TiVo 3 to 5 times faster with GPU acceleration inlaid.Here take TiVo as the example.
Step 1. Load your TiVo files into this converter
Free download this converter on your computer. The only differences between the full version and trail verison is the "Pavtube" watermark in the generated files from trail version.
When you load your TiVo files, Pavtube Video Converter will ask you to privide the Media Access Key. After importing your Media Access Key in the "Tools">"Options">"TiVo", you can click OK, then load your TiVo files.
After loading, you can preview it by highlight it in the preview window.
Step 2. Choose proper format like MP4, AVI, WMV for TiVo files
With the multiple presets for you to choose, no matter you want to import your TiVo files into protable devices for enjoyment or load them into NLEs for following ediing work. You can always find the proper one to choose. Here you can go for "HD Video">"H.264 HD Video (*.mp4)" for the output option. This format is the most friendly one no matter in what platforms.
Step 3. Adjust A/V parameters if you need
Not only remove the copy protection easily, with the "Settings" UI, you can improve the video quality by adjusting the Bit rate or fix the unsync problem by lowering the Frame rate .
Step 4. Start to convert TiVo to WMV, MP4, AVI as you want
After all have been settled, click this "Convert" button in the main UI and then start your conversion.
If you happen to forget to set the file loctaion, no need to worry about that, you can still find your files by clicking "Open output folder" in the conversion UI.
Now, these DirecTV DVR recordings are all available for you to use. You can take full advantage of them for your entertainment.