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A Guided Tour of EyeTV

The EyeTV 200 couldn't be easier to set up: One wire goes from your video feed to the EyeTV unit, and then a Firewire cable connects the EyeTV to your Macintosh. Pop in the CD-ROM, install the EyeTV software, and you're watching TV or video in a window on your Mac! Very cool! (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1Figure 1 Television on your Mac! Now, if there were just some good programs to find!

If you look closely at Figure 1, you see an egg-shaped window that's the controller for EyeTV, and that has the magic button on it for capturing video: the RECORD button. But before we go there, let's have a closer look at the controller (see Figure 2).

Figure 2Figure 2 Just as confusing as a regular remote, but this time it's onscreen.

Because I'm using a satellite system, the unit is locked onto Channel 3. Actually, that's the biggest complaint I have about the system because a DVR that knows how to interact with the Dish Network (or DirecTV) would be much, much more useful! Indeed, because the EyeTV system includes built-in access to the TitanTV Web-based program guide, it would take only a little scripting to create a permanent "search-and-record" utility that would eventually let me have copies of all those hard-to-find movies. But I digress...

The "+" and "-" keys on the controller let you change channels, and the four buttons in a row offer access to recorded programs, the TV guide, channel listings, and record. The other buttons on the controller are reasonably self-explanatory: rewind, play, fast forward, skip backward, skip forward; a tiny mute button, and a slider for volume control.

Enough guided tour. Let's capture some video!

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