TV Recording Tips
- 1. DVR for TV Recording+
- 1.1 Best Ways to Record OTA TV Shows with Digital DVR Recorder in 2020
- 1.2 How to Choose the Best Digital Video Recorders for TV in 2020
- 1.3 4 Ways You Shoud Know for TV Recording in 2020
- 1.4 Top 6 DVR Recorders for TV in 2020
- 1.5 5 Methods to Record TV Shows without DVR in 2020
- 1.6 The Alternative to HD TV Recorder for TV Shows Recording in 2020
- 1.7 Top 5 PVR Recorder for Live TV Shows in 2020
- 1.8 All Ways to Record TV Shows on Fire TV Stick in 2020
- 1.9 All Things to Know About TV Shows Recording on Philo TV in 2020
- 1.10 Easy Ways to Record Programs on Roku in 2020
- 1.11 Best TV Recording Box: the 9 Best Ways to Enjoy TV Shows
- 1.12 What are the Best TV Recording Devices in 2020
- 1.13 The Most Efficient Steps to Record TV Videos in 2020
- 1.14 How to Record TV Programs On An External Hard Drive in 2020
- 1.15 How to Record TV Shows on DVD Recorder Easily in 2020
- 1.16 Best Ways to Record TV Shows on Youtube TV in 2020
- 1.17 How to Record Shows from Samsung Smart TV via USB by Simple Steps in 2020
- 1.18 Deserved to Have Top 12 Freeview TV Recorders in 2020
- 1.19 How to Use Tablo TV Kill Time During Self-Quarantine Period in 2020
- 1.20 How to Edit TV Shows Recorded from Xfinity in 2020
- 2. Record Cable TV+
- 3. Record Live TV+
- 3.1 6 Popular HD TV Recorders in 2020
- 3.2 Top 5 Live TV Recorders on PC in 2020
- 3.3 How to Record OTA TV Shows in 2020
- 3.4 How to Record Online TV Shows Easily for 2020
- 3.5 How to Record A Show on 3 Main Live TV Streaming Services in 2020
- 3.6 Easy Steps to Record Live TV Shows in 2020
- 3.7 How to Record Shows from Streaming Services in 2020
- 3.8 Simple Methods to Record TV Shows on OTA Streaming Devices in 2020
- 4. Record Screen+
- 5. Other Tips for TV Recording+
How to Record OTA TV Shows in 2020
The good news is, there are several ways you can record OTA TV shows and movies as long as you have proper cable connection/channel or service subscription, and other hardware resources that make the recording possible. However, depending on the type of devices you have access to or your budget to buy those peripherals, if you don’t, the complexity of the process on how to record OTA TV may vary.
That said, here you will learn about what OTA technology is (in case the term is new to you), what are some of the ways you can record the TV, and what is the best method you can go for that is both pocket-friendly and is easy to set up and use.
To help you along the way, we have compiled a step-by-step guide to edit TV shows recorded from your Xfinity X1 TV box.
OTA stands for Over-The-Air.
Any signal or data that travels through the air to reach from one end to another end is called OTA. In terms of radio and television, since the signals are broadcasted and received wirelessly, the entire transmission process is termed as OTA or Over-The-Air.
As explained above, there are a couple of ways you can record OTA TV, and the method you pick may depend on the type of hardware you have access to. Some of the most common practices in this context are discussed below:
Method 1: Using TV and External HDD/USB Stick
● Smart TV
● External Hard Disk Drive with USB (2.5” Recommended) or 8GB-64GB USB Drive
If you have a smart TV with a USB port, setting up your TV for recording using this method is simple. All you need to do is to connect your storage device to the TV, format the drive when prompted, and schedule the recording or start capturing the show or movie instantaneously using the Rec or Record button that the remote control has.
Heads-ups and Considerations:
● All the data on your external HDD or USB will be permanently deleted when you format the drive as the TV prompts. You may consider backing up your files before connecting the storage to the television for recording.
● Using a USB drive may limit the amount/number of TV shows that can be saved to it due to its limited storage capacity. Therefore, you may want to use an external HDD instead.
● Not all USB drives are compatible with the TVs. If your TV can’t recognize the USB stick you have, you may need to buy a new one. You can avoid all this confusion by using an external HDD.
Method 2: Using TV and a DVR
● Digital Video Recorder (DVR) with Hard Disk Drive
As long as you have a TV that supports SCART connections, using a Digital Video Recorder (DVR) to record TV shows is simple. However, it is noteworthy that depending on your television type and the DVR you have access to, the set-up process and its complexity level may vary.
Heads-ups and Considerations:
DVRs are of different types, and you may want to check their technical specifications and details before investing your funds in to get the best bang for the buck.
You are encouraged to set up your devices on your own only if you are comfortable with the process. If the case is otherwise, make sure to get assistance from a professional technician in order to avoid any inconsistencies or damages to the hardware
Method 3: Using a Computer
● Desktop or laptop PC
● TV Tuner Card
At the time of this writing, this is probably the most straightforward and cheapest way to record OTA TV. The reason for this is, a TV tuner card is less expensive than the other hardware devices like an external HDD or DVR explained in the previous two methods. Also, the required software is already shipped along with the TV tuner card, and you don’t have to search for one to record the shows.
Heads-ups and Considerations:
The software that comes with the TV tuner card may have limited features. If there are advanced tasks you want to perform, such as video editing, audio manipulations, etc., you may need separate screen recording software that has been specifically developed for the purpose.
Although all computers already have a hard disk or SSD or both, if you record too many shows or movies, you might quickly run out of space, and you may need to buy additional storage device(s) to accommodate the new captures.
If you plan to go with Method 3 to record OTA TV shows and want to take full control over what to capture, how to capture them and how to make basic to advanced modifications to the recorded videos. This section discusses one of the best screen recording applications in the trend today called Wondershare UniConverter (originally Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate).
Developed for both Mac and Windows computers, Wondershare UniConverter is not merely a screen recorder, but it is also equipped with many other functions that help you edit the videos, compress them, add effects and filters to them, and even convert them to audio files. In addition to this, you can burn the final outputs to a DVD or Blu-ray disc for your personal video collection.
Wondershare UniConverter- Multifunctional Video Converter
- Convert video to over 1000 formats, like AVI, MKV, MOV, MP4, etc.
- Convert video to optimized preset for almost all of the devices.
- 30X faster conversion speed than other common converters.
- Edit, enhance, personalize your videos by trimming, cropping, adding subtitles, and more.
- Burn video to playable DVD or Blu-ray disc with an attractive free DVD template.
- Download or record videos from YouTube and other 10,000 video sharing sites.
- Versatile toolbox includes fixing video metadata, GIF maker, casting video to TV, video compressor, and screen recorder.
- Supported OS: Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista, macOS 11 Big Sur, 10.15 (Catalina), 10.14, 10.13, 10.12, 10.11, 10.10, 10.9, 10.8, 10.7, 10.6.
The step-by-step process on how to record OTA TV shows and movies with Wondershare UniConverter is given below:
Note: Before proceeding, make sure that the TV tuner card is properly installed on your PC, and the channel you want to record the show from is set and is displayed on the screen.
Step 1. Get to Wondershare Screen Recorder Panel
After installing on your Mac or Windows PC (Windows 10 here), launch Wondershare UniConverter, go to the Screen Recorder from the available interface.
Step 2. Reveal All Settings
Click the Settings icon from the lower-right area to expand the panel in order to reveal all the setting options you can configure to record the screen.
Step 3. Set Up Recording Preferences
Click the down-arrow in the Capture Area section and select Full Screen from the available options. Select your audio source from the System Audio drop-down list, and also make sure that the Microphone is set to Disabled so it can’t record any external sounds while capturing the TV screen.
Step 4. Configure Other Options and Record
From the General section, in the Save to field, choose your preferred directory to save the recorded files to, choose an appropriate framerate (60fps for this example) from the Frame rate drop-down list, and select video quality (High for this example) from the Quality drop-down list. Optionally, use the checkboxes present in the Record Timer section to schedule or set up a manual recording. Next, click the REC button from the upper-right section to start capturing the screen.
Note: You can press the Ctrl + F6 keys on your keyboard to stop the recording.
Depending on the method you choose to record OTA TV shows and movies, the hardware set-up and configurations may vary. Nevertheless, using a PC along with an efficient screen recording application like Wondershare UniConverter is still a cheaper approach as compared with buying an external hard drive, using a USB drive with limited storage, or getting an expensive DVR altogether.