How to Download Movies From a Dish DVR to a Thumb Drive

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How to Download Movies From a Dish DVR to a Thumb Drive
Transferring your movies from a Dish DVR to USB flash drive is easy with a few simple steps. (flash drive image by jimcox40 from

Dish DVR is used by millions of Americans to record TV shows and movies while they are out of the house or busy so they can watch them at a later date. Because the DVR uses an actual hard drive in the DVR box, these files can be played over and over again until the hard drive space is full. To avoid losing your movies, you can download them onto a flash drive through your computer for safe keeping.

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Things you need

  • Dish DVR
  • RCA component cables
  • Computer
  • Video capture software
  • Flash drive

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  1. 1

    Turn on your Dish DVR. Scroll through the Dish DVR until you find the movie you would like to put on your flash drive.

  2. 2

    Press the "Play" button on your Dish DVR remote to access the movie. Press the "Pause" button as soon as the movie starts to play. This ensures that you have the entire movie on your flash drive.

  3. 3

    Connect the RCA component cables to the "Output" of your Dish DVR box. These cables are red, white and yellow.

  4. 4

    Connect the other end of the RCA component cables to the video card "Inputs" on the back of your computer. These inputs are labelled with red, white and yellow.

  5. 5

    Double-click on the video-capture software's icon on your computer's desktop. Wait for the computer to load to the application.

  6. 6

    Click on the "File" tab at the top of the video-capture software window. Select "New" from the choices and wait for a new template to appear. In this new window a smaller window displays your paused Dish DVR movie.

  7. 7

    Press the "Record" button on your video-capture software. Press the "Play" button on your Dish DVR remote. As the movie plays on the DVR, the software records it to your computer.

  8. 8

    Wait until the movie has finished playing and then press the "Stop" button on your video-capture software. Press the "Stop" button on your Dish DVR remote to stop the movie on the DVR.

  9. 9

    Click the "File" tab on your video-capture software window and then select "Save As." Save the file as an MPEG-2 formatted video from the small drop-down menu on the "Save As" screen and select "Desktop" from the drop-down menu at the top of the "Save As" screen.

  10. 10

    Exit your video capture software by pressing the "X" button on the right side of the software window.

  11. 11

    Plug your flash drive into an available port on your computer. Click the "Start" menu on the lower-left side of the screen. Select "My Computer" and then double-click on the USB flash drive icon.

  12. 12

    Go to your desktop and drag your movie file into the USB flash drive screen and wait for it to transfer.

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