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Record and playback high definition TV signals
Authored by: interesting123 on Jul 02, '08 04:28:57PM
This problem comes up from time to time--watching versus recording. Here's how to just watch it.

QUESTION for my fellow AVers. What if I simply want to watch live TV via firewire on my mac? Does anyone know of any software that will display the current stream?
Try the following modified version of AVCBrowser in conjunction with VLC.

Get a copy of VLC and copy it to your Applications folder.
Run AVCBrowser.
Find the source device in the AVCBrowser window, and open the device control panel.
"Open" the device using the upper-right button in the device control window.
Select the "Panel" tab on the device control window.
Push the "Start Viewer" button.
Watch TV.
You can use the other Panel control buttons to change the channel on the source device, etc.

What AVCBrowser does is:
Launch VLC and have it listen on a particlar UDP port.
Makes a connection to the source device's firewire output, and starts receiving a stream.
Opens an IP socket on the local-node/port.
Streams the data over to VLC.

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