In my recent iTunes Music Store post, I wrote that “I can record shows off my TiVo and transfer them onto my iPod”. Reader Randal L. Schwartz responded, “Yeah sure, brag won’t ya. That requires either a series 1 TiVo that has been hacked (I have a series 2), or a windows box (which I’ll never own).”
Actually Randal, all it requires is a digital camcorder like the kind you use with iMovie or an Analog/Digital video bridge such as the Canopus ADVC or Miglia’s Directors Cut. Many digital camcorders allow you to connect to an external video source and connect that video signal via Firewire to a computer. It’s called digital pass-through. If you can hook up your video signal across an analog-digital converter, you can record your shows to an iPod-compatible format in real time using QuickTime Pro. You don’t need an hacked TiVo and you don’t need a Windows box.
I wrote up a quick how-to over at my engeek website.