#4 Re-encode to TiVo?

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2007-03-31
2007-03-29
Bomb Squad
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Hi! I know you're probably scratching your head. Here's what's going on:

I'm only using my PC for now with TiVo - I copy recordings off of my TiVo before they get deleted to free up space (I only have 80 hrs), and then when I want to watch a movie that's on my PC, I upload that recording back.

I have a bunch of MPEGs from when I owned a ReplayTV (short story is that I upgraded to digital cable, the IR blaster worked erroneously for channel changing, the ReplayTV wouldn't talk to the digital cable box via serial (even though it has a serial port), ReplayTV Corp said "we won't implement serial for digital cable boxes", so I dumped ReplayTV for TiVo, which does support serial to digital cable boxes).

I now have these MPEGs which I got from my old ReplayTV via DVArchive. In order to watch them now on the TiVo, I have to use Tivo.Net, which has all kinds of problems:
- it's a CPU hog,
- it has to completely re-scan through the ENTIRE recordings directory and subdirectories every time I add a movie to that directory, and
- I have to give it at least a 5 minute start before playing the movie.

On the other hand, if I download a recording off of the TiVo via the HTTPS screen or with TiVoDesktop, and then choose to view it later, I can upload it with TiVoDesktop - and the upload is MUCH MUCH faster than with TiVo.Net (i.e. I can start playing immediately as opposed to waiting 5 minutes, and it copies the movie up much faster because - I'm guessing here - it doesn't have to re-encode the file).

So that's why I'm looking for a way to re-encode my MPEG files to TiVo format. Ideas? Suggestions?

Discussion

  • Jeremy Drake

    Jeremy Drake - 2007-03-29
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  • Jeremy Drake

    Jeremy Drake - 2007-03-29

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    This is not within the scope of this project. There are already many tools out there to transcode to a tivo-compatible mpeg format. I recommend you read http://www.zatznotfunny.com/gtt.htm and look at some of the tools listed there.

     
  • Bomb Squad

    Bomb Squad - 2007-03-30

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    Thanks for the tip!

     
  • Bomb Squad

    Bomb Squad - 2007-03-30
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  • Jeremy Drake

    Jeremy Drake - 2007-03-31

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    Also, I just came across this by chance when looking for a ffmpeg frontend recommended by a friend of mine:
    http://www.videora.com/en-us/Converter/TiVo/

     
  • Jeremy Drake

    Jeremy Drake - 2007-03-31
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