Connecting a Humax PVR to a Mac

by Giles Turnbull

The Humax PVR9200T is a combined digital terrestrial set-top box and personal video recorder. And I’ve just found out how you can plug it into a Mac.


2007-05-23 07:09:18
Thanks for this - I also have a Humax, and was wondering if there's a way to get the data off it.

I would disagree about the EPG though - I find it a pain to use and the remote operates differently depending on which view your in. For example, when viewing programs, the channel + and - buttons change channels, as you'd expect. But when in the EPG, the same buttons now page through the EPG, instead of changing the current channel. Gets me every time.

2007-05-23 07:54:12
Any idea if this would also work with a Sky Plus box? If not, maybe there's another app that does the same thing. There's definitely a USB port on the back of my Sky HD box.
Ian Betteridge
2007-05-23 07:56:34
This has filled me with deep joy, for I too have a Humax (and love it). The last piece of the jigsaw if you're on the Mac is to use iSquint (or its big brother VisualHub) to convert the .ts files into something more sensible - otherwise, your hard drive will be filling up very, very fast as (I think) the .ts files are uncompressed MPEG streams.
John Lockwood
2007-05-23 07:58:02
What about using this tool or an upgraded one with other Humax boxes in particular some of their Satellite PVRs for example the HDCI-2000.

Note also that it has been possible for quite some time to link Topfield DVB-T PVR boxes to a Mac to transfer files etc, and of course you can use an Elgato EyeTV and just do it on the Mac directly and even plug the Mac in to your large screen TV.

2007-05-23 11:41:10
Does anyone know if there any torrents for this yet? It is always nice to share the bandwidth instead of loading all on the creator of free software.
2007-05-23 17:07:36
"the .ts files are uncompressed MPEG streams"

No such thing as an uncompressed MPEG stream. They are compressed, just less efficiently than what is possible with other codecs.

2007-05-24 02:00:51
Does this mean that you could put stuff ON to the PVR from the Mac - stuff that was, for instance, recorded using EyeTV on the Mac?

If so, you've theoretically got 4 tuners which can all be recorded simultaneously and watched back on your TV using the PVR, right?

2007-05-24 02:51:52
I'm also very interested to know if anyone is developing something similar for the Sky+ box with its USB 2.0 output. One of the most irritating aspects of Sky+ (which is otherwise close to fantastic) is the real time copying of content to DVD. If only we could burn to DVD in a similar way to EyeTV and Toast direct in the box...
2007-05-29 01:26:41
You should try mpeg streamclip which can convert from .ts format into anything else, even something suitable for writing out to DVD.

I don't use a Humax but a Topfield PVR, but the principle is the same.

Karen Knox
2007-05-31 14:28:38
Just got my 9200t today. So far so good.
Please can someone tell me waht cable i need to buy to connect my pvr to my macbook. Does it fit into the front panel next to the top up slot? It looks like a firewire size but.....?
Karen Knox
2007-05-31 14:28:53
Just got my 9200t today. So far so good.
Please can someone tell me what cable i need to buy to connect my pvr to my macbook. Does it fit into the front panel next to the top up slot? It looks like a firewire size but.....?
2007-06-05 13:20:37
Ian Betteridge -> Does iSquint work without having Apple's MPEG2 plug-in? I'll have to give it a go, because I've been struggling to find a way of converting the .TS files on the cheap!
2007-06-14 05:29:32
Does anyone know if HumaxGui works with OS X 10.3? I downloaded the application and it seems to be running on my Powerbook but I can't make a connection to the Humax. Also the Humax does not appear on my Desktop as a USB device although it does appear as a mass storage device in the System Profiler
2007-06-17 02:06:09
USB Cables
karen - you need a USB 2.O cable which has USB-A female (the Humax) at one end, and USB-B female (Your Mac)at the other you can get these almost anywhere, but Maplin is a good & cheap source
2007-06-17 02:10:35
Transfer problems
I can connect to the Humax fine, I can see the D1 & D2 partitions, but I can't transfer or see anything (nothing in the file list) - has anyone else seen this problem?

Many thanks

2007-06-17 02:53:32
Connection Problems - Solved!
I just installed the latest "snapshot" release (ie. pre beta) and it works fine! Hurrah for Mr Smith!
2007-10-04 14:55:06
I have a very limited knowledge of software, etc but have found the advice here great. I have used HumaxGui to move footage from the PVR to my Mac and have converted it to Mpeg4 with mpeg streamclip easily. One question, though, what's the quickest/best way to get the .ts files edited, and formatted, on a DVD so that a standard DVD player can play it? This is for personal use in the home. Thanks.
Chris R
2008-01-26 09:56:49
Note that if you have Leopard, the app will fail to start up. However if you go inside the app package to and run the humaxGui executable directly, it'll work fine.