How to Copy From U-verse DVR to a Computer

By Maya Austen

Some DVR services provide customers with free software designed to make it easy to transfer to a programs from a DVR to a computer. As of May 2011, however, AT&T's U-verse TV does not offer DVR-to-PC transfer software. The only way to transfer content from a U-verse DVR to a computer is to connect the DVR to the computer through a device called a video capture card, then use video capture software to dub the video playing from the DVR into the computer.

Things You'll Need

  • Video capture card
  • Set of AV cables
  • Windows Live Movie Maker

Hook Up U-verse DVR to Computer

Step 1

Insert the installation CD, which came with the video capture card, into the computer's CD drive. Wait for the installation wizard to load. Follow the on-screen prompts to install the capture card's drivers onto the computer.

Step 2

Insert the capture card's USB plug into any one of the computer's unused USB ports.

Step 3

Plug one end of the red, white, and yellow AV cables into the matching colored AV output jacks on the back of the DVR. The AV out jacks are also colored red, white, and yellow. These jacks are labeled "Audio R," "Audio L," and "Video," respectively.

Step 4

Connect the other end of each AV plug to the matching colored AV jack on the video capture card.

Step 5

Turn on the DVR.

Set Up Video Capture Session

Step 1

Open the "Start" menu on the computer. Type "windows live movie maker" in the "Search" box. Click "Windows Live Media Center" in the search results to open the Windows Live Media Center application.

Step 2

Click the white arrow located in the upper left corner, next to the "Home" tab. This opens the Movie Maker menu. Select "Import from device."

Step 3

Select "Import." Click "OK" at the "Photos and videos will be imported into Windows Live Photo Gallery" prompt if it pops up.

Step 4

Click on the listing for the video capture card in the device list. Click "Import."

Step 5

Follow the on-screen instructions to set up Windows Live Movie Maker for a video capture session. The prompts lead to the "Import" video window. If everything is set up properly you should be able to view whatever is currently playing on the DVR in the preview display locate inside of the "Import" video window.

Copy Program from DVR to Computer

Step 1

Aim the U-verse remote control at the DVR. Press the "Record TV" button to display the "View Recorded Programs" screen.

Step 2

Use the remote's arrow buttons to highlight "Recorded TV." Select "Browse Recording." Press "OK."

Step 3

Highlight the program you want to copy to the computer. Press "OK" to display the program screen. Highlight "Play."

Step 4

Click the "Start" button in Windows Live Movie Maker. Press "OK" on the U-verse remote control to begin playing the program and dubbing it into the computer.

Step 5

Click "Stop" in Windows Live Movie Maker at the end of the program. Click "Finished."