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. 

iOS 7.1 and My iPad – seems good

March 12, 2014

Just upgraded my iPad 4th gen to iOS 7.1. The new appearance changes to reduce the white glare and darken letters, icons and create touch buttons where only a light blue symbol appeared before are great.

SlingPlayer Audio Only Mode

March 10, 2014

Did you know the Slingplayer App for the iPhone and iPad has an AUDIO only mode in addition to High Quality and Standard Quality. Really nice to save MBs on your cellular data plan.

Mac OS and iOS

March 9, 2014

I keep getting smudges on my MacBook laptop screen since iPad and iPhone have screwed with my muscle memory. Anyone else?

My Favorite iPhone iPad APPS

March 9, 2014

Besides Facebook, Twitter, etc here are some of my favorite apps.
1. Xfinity TV Remote allows me to control my cable boxes, set recordings, delete recordings, change channels, etc. you don’t have to be on your local router network. I make changes from my office frequently.
2. Slingplayer allows me to watch my live TV from anywhere in the world. I’ve watched from Italy, the Caribbean, etc. of course you need a Slingbox on your home network.
3. CineXplayer allows superior control over your videos. More formats are supported, you can create your own folders, like TV Seasons, etc. you download the app to your iPad, go to Apps when your iPad is connected to your computer, scroll down to Apps box where you can make settings changes, and add the movies.
4. VLC is much like the player above. I use it for additional formats. If you have an external hard drive connected to your router (I recently did this) you can play movies via VLC or download them and store on your iPad or iPhone.
Note: the reason I have these two video apps is because iTunes has become completely unreliable when managing videos…somewhere within the new version they completely hosed up the classification and indexing, plus their title areas are to short to be practical.
5. Netflix is super handy. But it’s streaming viewing and streaming management only. There is no capability to manage your DVD queue.

iPhone 5s iOS upgrade to 7.0.6 Lockup

March 9, 2014

Upon upgrading my iphone 5s from 7.0.4 to 7.0.6 it seemed to complete but was locked in a totally black screen. Apple forums recommended restore to factory settings and then restore from backup. From looking at the forum more than a few people had this problem. So I …
1) plugged my iphone into my Mac, it was recognized
2) restored to factory settings…during all this it downloaded updated iOS software
3) restored from backup…required I verify at iTunes Store with my Apple ID.
4) once that completed I synced things up with some changes to verify ok.

All the contacts, photos, etc came back fine.

iPhone Lost Audio through speakers on calls over Bluetooth in car: fixed

July 23, 2013

PROBLEM: Lost my phone call audio over bluetooth from my iphone 4. It would dial and connect but no audio.
FIX: Well, deleting recent app additions to my iPhone fixed the problem. I removed about 7 apps. Then restarted my iPhone 4. Bingo, call audio through the Bluetooth to my car speakers was on again. So weird, since I never lost music audio. Thanks to the folks on the Prius site forums. And I don’t even have a Prius.