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Several people contacted me by e-mail after reading the Export NonStandard Video hint. They asked if they could use their FireWire boxes to watch TV or record movies without iMovie or Final Cut Pro.

The answer is yes. Apple provides a free sample-code TV-watching app called HackTV Carbon.
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Watch TV over FireWire
Authored by: relyk on Apr 18, '03 11:04:09AM

This is nice and all but I was thinking of doing the reverse.
I would like to be able to take a video stream and watch it
on my Mac (in realtime). Specifically, I would like to be
able to use my Mac as a display for a dreamcast (a
portable monitor if you will) will the possible ability to record
the video stream.

Any [cheap] ideas?



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Watch TV over FireWire
Authored by: adfrost on Apr 19, '03 03:22:39AM

I'm able to watch TV on my mac via a Sony DV Media
Converter. Basically it's just a box that has standard RCA
Composite a/v ports (in and out) and a 4-pin FireWire port. So
the setup is:

VCR -> Converter Box -> Computer

Then I just watch it using an app like BTV. You could do the
same thing only yours would be:

Dreamcast -> VCR -> Converter Box -> Computer.

Unless there is an easier way of getting the a/v into the
computer, you'd have to buy a converter box tho.

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iMac 800 Superdrive / iBook 800 Combo



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Watch TV over FireWire
Authored by: momerath on Apr 19, '03 01:45:28PM

One of the problems with this method is that there is a noticable
delay between when the signal is broadcast and when it appears
on your computer due to processing, etc. I estimate it is about
.15 seconds, which can be enough to make some games not
worth playing.



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Watch TV over FireWire
Authored by: davegoulden on Apr 19, '03 03:03:48PM

I'd like to do totally the opposite. I have a 60 mins video in DV format on a
tape that I can edit just fine in iMovie. I don't really want to edit it, just
convert it to mpeg 4. The problem is that iMovie creates mossive
files, I only have 3 gigs of space left on my HDD and DV takes up way too
much space (60 mins would need about 750 gigs, from my calculations).

Is there anyway to stream in DV over Firewire and have Quicktime encode on
the fly into mpeg4/DivX/mpeg 2/ other supported format?

Any ideas?



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Watch TV over FireWire
Authored by: ericasadun on Apr 20, '03 01:26:59AM

> Is there anyway to stream in DV over Firewire and have
Quicktime encode on
> the fly into mpeg4/DivX/mpeg 2/ other supported format?
> Any ideas?

Use Monitor > Video Settings in Hack TV and set the
video to MPEG4. I had no problem doing realtime MPEG4.

I don't think you can do realtime MPEG2 without hardware.



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Watch TV over FireWire - MPEG4 Realtime
Authored by: tmerritt on Apr 24, '03 05:08:57PM
Use Monitor > Video Settings in Hack TV and set the video to MPEG4. I had no problem doing realtime MPEG4.

Couldn't get this to work for me... Ti800MHz, HackTV Carbon. Chose MPEG4 Codec as you suggest, no joy. Any other tips?

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Watch TV over FireWire
Authored by: david-bo on Apr 20, '03 06:58:48PM

> I only have 3 gigs of space left on my HDD and DV takes up way too
> much space (60 mins would need about 750 gigs, from my calculations).

Your calculations are slightly out of order…DV takes 216 MB/min = 60 min requires ≈ 13GB of disk space. Where did you get your ridicilously high number from?



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Watch TV over FireWire
Authored by: Morgoth on Apr 20, '03 10:18:48PM

I don't get why realtime capture is so expensive. Clearly TVs do
this with the RCA signal they are getting. Why can't I go out and
buy a little converter from RCA to FireWire that gives me
realtime viewing. I'm not asking for encoding I'm asking for a
raw A/D signal conversion so that I can play my GameCube
without noticeable frame lag using HackTV and without laying
out over $200.

Can this be done?



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Watch TV over FireWire
Authored by: diskiller on Apr 24, '03 01:16:40AM

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Watch TV over FireWire
Authored by: ELegault on Apr 20, '03 12:40:08AM

This little app is just what I was looking for. I have the Dazzle converter
and I can now watch any incoming signal, SAT, VCR or other on the nice
seperate window of my second monitor.

I see no delay as mentioned in the previous post. Of course I'm running
a dual 1.42 ghz system which might make a difference...

-Max



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Watch TV over FireWire
Authored by: bjast on Jan 12, '04 09:31:30PM

Max:

A while back you were quoted as saying:

"This little app is just what I was looking for. I have the Dazzle converter and I can now watch any incoming signal, SAT, VCR or other ..."

This is just what I had in mind. But what is this 'little app' and where can it be found? I'm using an ADS av/link with Firewire.

Thanks for your help.

Bill J.



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