• The Mac-Forums Community Guidelines (linked at the top of every forum) are very clear, we respect US law and court precedence when it comes to legality of activity.

    Therefore to clarify:
    • You may not discuss breaking DVD or BluRay encryption, copying, or "ripping" commercial, copy-protected DVDs.
    • This includes DVDs or BluRays you own. Even if you own the DVD or BluRay, it is still technically illegal under the DMCA to break the encryption. While some may argue otherwise, until the law is rewritten or the US Supreme Court strikes it down, we will adhere to the current intent of the law.
    • You may discuss ripping or copying unprotected movies or homemade DVDs.
    • You may discuss ripping or copying tools in the context that they are used for legal purposes as outlined in this post.

Can I copy the TV shows recorded on my hard disc recorder onto my Mac-mini?

Joined
Jan 30, 2012
Messages
28
Reaction score
1
Points
3
I have a hard disc TV recorder with a number of shows I want to transfer onto my Mac-mini. If I plug the HDMI lead from the recorder into the HDMI port of my MacMini, will I be able to see it in Finder and copy over the TV shows I want?
 
Joined
Aug 2, 2011
Messages
1,958
Reaction score
152
Points
63
Location
Tyneside, UK
Your Mac's Specs
MBP Retina mid 2015 15.4" 16GB 2.5 GHz OS Monterey; iPhone 12 128gb; iPad Mini 2, 32gb
Easy way to find out...
plug the HDMI lead from the recorder into the HDMI port of the MacMini.
 
Joined
May 21, 2012
Messages
9,618
Reaction score
552
Points
113
Location
Rhode Island
Your Mac's Specs
iPhone 12, Watch Series 6 (GPS), Mac Mini (Late 2014). All have current OS.
No, the HDMI port on the Mini is output only. If you get a cable/adapter for a different port on the Mini, that may work.

What year is the Mini?
What OS version?

Also, you may need to get video capture software to accomplish this.
 
OP
R
Joined
Jan 30, 2012
Messages
28
Reaction score
1
Points
3
No, the HDMI port on the Mini is output only. If you get a cable/adapter for a different port on the Mini, that may work.

What year is the Mini?
What OS version?

Also, you may need to get video capture software to accomplish this.
It's a late 2014 with Big Sur 11.6.5
 
OP
R
Joined
Jan 30, 2012
Messages
28
Reaction score
1
Points
3
No, the HDMI port on the Mini is output only. If you get a cable/adapter for a different port on the Mini, that may work.

What year is the Mini?
What OS version?

Also, you may need to get video capture software to accomplish this.
Easy way to find out...
plug the HDMI lead from the recorder into the HDMI port of the MacMini.
I thought about that but disentangling the spaghetti behind my TV to bring the recorder to my Mac or vice versa will be such a pain that I thought I'd find out first if it was possible
 
Joined
May 21, 2012
Messages
9,618
Reaction score
552
Points
113
Location
Rhode Island
Your Mac's Specs
iPhone 12, Watch Series 6 (GPS), Mac Mini (Late 2014). All have current OS.
I have that same Mini. You can use a Thunderbolt port to import the video. I did that with my ~2000 Sony Handy Cam. I used a Firewire 800 to Thunderbolt cable.

Are there any other outputs on your hard disk TV recorder?
Does it go online?
Can you log into it?
 
Joined
Jan 1, 2009
Messages
12,799
Reaction score
1,860
Points
113
Location
Winchester, VA
Your Mac's Specs
MBP 16" 2021 (M1Pro), iPhone 13 Pro, an iMac, plus ATVs, AWatch, MacMini
I have a hard disc TV recorder with a number of shows I want to transfer onto my Mac-mini. If I plug the HDMI lead from the recorder into the HDMI port of my MacMini, will I be able to see it in Finder and copy over the TV shows I want?
If the recorder is from your ISP, or is something like the Dish Hopper, or other DVRs associated with a cable company, the files are probably encrypted, which makes what you want to do difficult to impossible. What you want is EXACTLY what the cable company does NOT want you to be able to do.
 

Shop Amazon


Shop for your Apple, Mac, iPhone and other computer products on Amazon.
We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon and affiliated sites.
Top