Apple updates QuickTime Broadcaster (and how to turn your Mac into a PVR)

Apple has posted an Intel-compatible version of QuickTime Broadcaster, its free live encoding software that lets you produce professional-quality live events for online delivery (or record directly to your hard drive). QuickTime Broadcaster supports video capture from most FireWire-equipped sources, including DV cameras, some webcams and DV converter boxes.

QuickTime Broadcaster is Apple’s award-winning live encoding software that lets you produce professional-quality live events for online delivery—quickly, easily and affordably. MacNN notes the release of the Universal version of the application, version 1.5.1.

More info and download link here.

MacDailyNews Note: Take the output of your cable or satellite box, pass it through a DV converter, plug that FireWire output into your Mac and, using QuickTime Broadcaster, your Mac is now a PVR. Use Apple’s QuickTime Broadcaster AppleScripts that will start, stop, record, etc. QuickTime Broadcaster in conjunction with a script scheduler such as iDo Script Scheduler (US$24.95). The best thing is that what you record will be encoded live to your drive in a format you specify (for example: iPod video) in QuickTime Broadcaster’s preferences – no additional encoding necessary!

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32 Comments

  1. haha, “DV converter”… you mean a $400 peice of equipment that I dont have… I guess I could use my handycam… anyone know of a cheap dv converter?? I dont want to use my $$$$ camera

  2. If you have digital cable, your provider is legally required to offer a box that has FireWire out. You can simply connect your box to your Mac with a FireWire cable and record that way. This is kinda old news.

  3. I have a comcast DVR box for digital cable. I’ve been using a couple of programs to grab content (haven’t been able to hack into the content stored on the DVR itself, yet) with a couple of programs, but they are pretty clunky. This sounds much better.

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