Downloading Video

Dear Computer Lady:

We are nearing retirement and trying to limit expenses. As a result we are switching from satellite TV to Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon Prime and running it through our computer to a Netgear box attached to our tv. We also have a dvd player/recorder hooked to the tv.

Because I like to record craft shows so that I can replay them when I want to try a project, I have always recorded them. However, now with the setup through our computer, I am unsure how to do this.

Is there a way to record something playing through our computer on a dvd in the drive on our laptop or in the dvd recorder? I am curious about this for videos that the kids give us that we may not want to have every single thing junior did on video, but may like to save certain things. We are somewhat good with technology, but have never recorded dvds with a computer before.
Thanks for your help, PD

Dear PD,

Yes, I am sure there is more than one way to record something playing on your computer to a DVD. I have never done this, but I’m sure many other readers have, and I would love to hear how they do this.

The first thing that comes to my mind, however, is to record the shows to your computer, and play it from there. That way, you don’t need to spend money on DVDs, and you save yourself a lot of time and effort.

Many videos can be saved using RealPlayer, and I’m sure there are many other programs as well.



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    • GABubba
    • September 30, 2013

    I think PD is trying to record video that is coming directly from the Internet. I’m not sure this can be done, but there may be a software program out there that would allow that. I could see problems as people might try to record Netflix Streaming which is proprietary and that actually comes across the Internet. However, we use a MediaPC which is nothing more than a desktop PC with a dual TV tuner card coming in from the back. I have the local cable company coax input coming in one tuner and over-the-air coax input in the other tuner (antenna is located in the attic and brings in about 12-15 TV channels from Atlanta metro in crisp HD). The PC has a remote control for operating across the room. I have an HDMI cable connecting the PC to the TV, which essentially makes the TV a huge monitor and delivers audio, video and Internet signal. I also have a wireless remote keyboard with a built in mouse to use from across the room. The PC brings in the signals from both cable and over the air; it then goes into the Electronic Program Guide from the Internet and shows all the upcoming TV shows and other programming for the next two weeks and displays everything on the Windows Media Center (which is part of the Win 7 Operating System). The MediaPC functions as a DVR with a big 2TB hard drive and the recordings start and stop just like a DVR. Using Windows Media Center, I can watch live TV, listen to Pandora music from the Internet, record and watch TV from the coax inputs, burn incoming TV programs to DVDs, watch news and other progrmas off the Internet, and also Skype using the big screen from across the livng room instead of sitting in front of a little monitor. The Windows Media Center also has a section you can go into where it lines up tons of free movies you can watch on the fly. And I don’t have to rent the cable company DVR equipment. If anyone knows of a program that allows one to record programs directly from the Internet to a DVR or MediaPC, please comment.

    I have been using a Media PC for several years now and I love it as it does everything a DVR will do, but has a LOT more capability. It is a complete marriage between TV and Internet.

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