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Old Sep 16th, 2005, 12:16 AM   #1
 
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Mac TV Tuner

Hey guys. I tried searching and didn't see this posted, so I thought I'd put in my two bits if anyone ever wondered.

I was looking for a USB/firewire TV Tuner setup for my powerbook. Eventually I gave up since watching TV on my pb would be secondary to watching it on my pc. Anyway, I ended up settling on the Hauppage WinTV-PVR USB2.0 version for $150 at futureshop.

http://www.futureshop.ca/catalog/pro...0048989&catid=

It went pretty well on my pc, but I wanted to see if I could get it to work on the mac, since I figured that all I needed were a driver and software. After I dug around a teeny tiny bit, I found out that it DOES work! Thankfully, Eskape and Hauppage use the exact same box, I think, except of course, the mac version is a pretty white :P

http://www.eskapelabs.com/myTVPVR.html

You can download the drivers under the tech page and it works seamlessly. I forgot where I found out it worked from, I think it was xlr8yourmac? or something to that effect. Anyway, if this is old news, sorry. I was just super excited to get it up and running.

It's on my PB G4 12" 1.33 and runs pretty well. The only quirk so far is that the channel switching takes a little longer than on the pc. This is the 2nd TV Tuner setup I've had, the first I used was an ATI TV wonder pro a while back which looked like garbage compared to this (which is why I didn't go for another ati product) The quality is much better, but still isn't as "clear"? Or perhaps too clear compared to a TV. Nevertheless, I'm happy it works on the mac so that I can play some NHL 2006 and watch tv on the side OR if I wanted to, I could record it since it has all the PVR functions as well.
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Old Sep 16th, 2005, 01:06 AM   #2
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Neat - I was always looking for something like that but Mac versions of those cost more than a TV.
Can you actually record a TV show, or from a VCR since it has the inputs, and then burn this to a DVD?
Also, have you come across one that I can plug into a PCI slot and download the drivers to run on a G4?
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Old Sep 16th, 2005, 02:03 AM   #3
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Sounds great! Any and all details are welcome
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EyeTV 500 mmmm they just installed an HD transmitter on Mount Seymour so all Vancouver residents with a line of sight to Mount Seymour, git yer free HD
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Old Sep 16th, 2005, 08:51 AM   #5
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I've been thinking about adding tv as well.
Is anyone using a Miglia Alchemy card?
It seems like an interesting alternative to use existing hardware.
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I have the Eskape Labs TV2go and it is merely okay. The software is basic but it's the mediocre image quality and the very poor sound quality that taint it for me. The sound actually was great for quite a while but recently it went bad. After speaking with the tech support folks I was given a pre-release version of their software which corrected the sound issues for a short time but it has gone bad again. It is definately something in the software. My current work around is to use Audio Hijack Pro to run the sound from the line-in on my PowerBook (cable box connects to PowerBook via usb for picture and line-in for sound, although current software now supports audio over usb). In any case, on my PowerBook 1.4GHz I find that the picture stutters a bit in all but the smallest window and that, with my current audio work-around, I am not able to get a really good video/audio synch.

I much prefered the quality of my ATI TV Wonder USB but alas it is OS9 only.
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Had the EyeTV 300 for awhile. Software wasn't that hot and it was bloody expensive. For me the value was just not there. I'm planning on using the MythTV port for OS X when I finally settle on a tuner.
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To be honest, my winTV setup hasn't skipped a beat yet! I've been running it alot of the evening on my PB, just messing around with it a bit. The software is pretty plain jane, but it does everything I need it to. (Watch TV and record it) I haven't tried to rewinding or anything yet, but I scheduled a few shows to record and it's done it well, so far.

I'll have to mess around with automator or something to have the program launch, then record a show since I don't want it running all day.

But about image quality, I'm not sure. It's actually quite good. The difference between this and my prior ATI TVWonder pro is like night and day. I haven't been able to hook my PB to any external speakers, but headphones and the built in speakers are acceptable(not any worse than any other video I've run on the PB)

For $150, and my uses, it's great. It has inputs for DV cam or other input device, and YES you can record it, then edit using whatever software and burn to a DVD or CD. It looks like it would be pretty easy, as switching sources is just at the push of a button. With USB 2.0 it's fast, and I've once had to just exit and restart the software because the audio seemed to misalign with the video, but other than that, I'm really happy with it.
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Old Sep 16th, 2005, 10:45 PM   #9
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Can you find you unit here:
http://www.hauppauge.com/html/products.htm

The part number on Future Shop's website doesn't match anything on Hauppages'.

I was wondering if they have a PCI equivalent.
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Had the EyeTV 300 for awhile. Software wasn't that hot and it was bloody expensive. For me the value was just not there. I'm planning on using the MythTV port for OS X when I finally settle on a tuner.
I don't think the recording portion of mythtv will work from a mac -- only the frontend. You'll have to set up a linux box with a tuner to connect to from your mac.

Just FYI.
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