TIVO – Perform Show Transfers to MacBook via Elgato Video Capture

July 7, 2017

I bought the Elgato Video capture package a few years ago to convert my home movie VHS tapes to digital. It worked great. But, today my Tivo Transfer App on my MacBook was having issues. It would only transfer 10% of each file. I had four files I tried. So, in searching the Internet I ran across a forum entry where they attached the Elgato to the composite output of the Tivo, just like a VCR or a video camera and captured the program file that way. It worked very nicely. It converts the file on the fly so you have a iPhone, iPad, ATV file without having to perform a separate conversion from Tivo format. [ These are not my screen captures. These are from the Internet. I forgot to take pictures along the way. Bad scientific methodology, I know.]   The Elgato and similar brands are readily available on the net.  One note: if it’s a 30 minute show it takes 30 minutes, unlike a file transfer in 5-10 minutes. But as I mentioned, it converts to compatible format on the fly. 





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Apple TV Silver 1st Gen with Firecore’s Kodi Media Center Software

January 1, 2017

I’ve been looking at my old Apple TV Silver 1st gen sitting in the media center cabinet doing nothing for a few years now. So, I decided to check the Firecore site which developers the enhanced install XBMC software that replaces the default Apple software with much greater flexibility and  feature sets. 

Firecore had a new version called Kodi…based the Kodi OS, I guess. 

Anyway, I installed it and it works pretty nicely. Below is some of the particulars of the install effort.

https://firecore.com/atvflash-kodi

http://www.appletvhacks.net/2016/02/18/run-kodi-15-2-on-apple-tv-1st-gen-with-the-new-update-of-atv-flash/

https://kodi.tv/

December 31st 2016
New Kodi version for ATV Silver purchased, downloaded to MacBook Pro, opened and installed in applications folder on Dec 22nd.

Runs but could not identify USB flash drives from Kingston or PNY. Fairly large drives of 16GB and 32GB.

Today I found an old Verbatim flash drive of 4 GB. Installer found it immediately and install to my ATV went well.

I connected to my network where I had a 64GB flash drive plugged into my router. 

Through adding devices menu I was able to find the drive and play files.

However, with the movies I wasn’t getting any sound…..I had to switch sound type to HDMI as that’s the cable I connected to the TV. Then the sound OK. It defaults to something I couldn’t understand. I assume it’s component type audio. 

I connected various flash drives with videos to the back of the ATV and they appeared by name on the screen and I was able to play videos without issue.

UPDATE: pictures now working. I don’t know what happened. I flipped through the settings for pictures and I must have touched the right thing. My big problem now is PICTURES. It will NOT display any type of picture…Any0ne have any thoughts???