How to Record From a PC to a Consumer DVR


Recording what's on your computer to your DVR is relatively simple, but for copyright protection reasons the quality will be standard definition at best. Consumer DVRs, as a rule, don't have HDMI inputs to prevent pirating high definition content from cable and Blu-Ray DVD. When recording to your DVR your computer's output options are limited to analog signals, which means the resolution will be lower quality. If you have a cable company-owned DVR you may not have any input available other than the cable port. Note that it is illegal to make copies of any copyrighted video without permission, so this should only be used to copy videos you own from your computer to your DVR.

Things You'll Need

  • VGA to RCA, S-Video or Component adapter
  • RCA video, S-Video or Component video cable
  • 3.5mm female to RCA male stereo adapter
  • 3.5mm male-to-male cable
  • Connect either the RCA video, S-Video or Component video cable to the input on the back of your DVR. Not all DVRs have the same types of input.

  • Connect the RCA audio adapter to the back of the DVR and plug the 3.5mm audio cable into it.

  • Connect the video cable from Step One to the VGA adapter and plug the VGA adapter into your computer's VGA port.

  • Connect the 3.5mm adapter in Step Two to your computer's headphone jack.

  • Set the DVR to the input where your computer is connected and turn on the TV connected to the DVR's output. For example, if you connected your TV to the input labeled "AUX" on the back of the DVR, use the remote control to select the "AUX" input.

  • Press the Windows Key and "P" on your computer's keyboard. A display window appears showing different display options. Keep pressing "P" and holding the Windows Key until "Duplicate" is highlighted and then release both keys. Your computer display will be shown on your television.

  • Play the content on your computer and press the record button on your DVR to record the content from your computer to your DVR.

Tips & Warnings

  • It may be easier to purchase a DVR card or USB adapter for your computer instead of connecting the computer to the DVR.
  • Federal and International law prohibit the copying of copyrighted video content.

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