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Archivo: a new app for archiving TiVo recordings

Discussion in 'TiVo Home Media Features & TiVoToGo' started by fflewddur, Oct 11, 2015.

  1. Oct 11, 2015 #1 of 354
    fflewddur

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    Hi all,

    I've been working on a new app (Archivo) to easily archive recordings from a TiVo to a personal computer, and I think its ready for its first test release.

    The only configuration it needs is for you to enter your MAK; everything else should just work. It'll automatically search for TiVos on your local network and list all of the recordings it finds. Select a recording and click Archive to start the archive process. You can save the file using a few different device presets, or as a standard H.264 video. Commercials will be automatically removed, though you can disable this feature in the preferences.

    I've only been able to test Archivo with my own TiVo (an older Premiere), so I've no idea how well it works with different models. This is a test release to gather feedback and gauge interest; don't expect everything to work perfectly yet ;)

    Archivo requires Java 8 and a Series 4 or newer TiVo. It also requires FFmpeg, Comskip, and HandBrake, but I've put together installers for Mac OS X and Windows that include these tools.

    If you find a problem, I'd appreciate it if you could report it at https://github.com/fflewddur/archivo/issues. I've already started a list there of some future features I'd like to incorporate, but I want to make sure the basics (downloading recordings, removing commercials, and converting to standard formats) are working well before adding new features.

    Archivo is Free Software; if you'd like to get involved in its development, you can find the source code on GitHub.
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  2. Oct 11, 2015 #2 of 354
    Fofer

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    Sweet! This looks amazing! Can't wait to try it out! Kudos and thanks!
     
  3. Oct 12, 2015 #3 of 354
    JoeKustra

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    What do you recommend to return the archive for viewing?
     
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    waynomo

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    Thank you for doing this!

    I am interested in understanding where Archivo fits into the TiVo landscape. Can you give some more explanation of why you created it and whats different about it than other TiVo tools that are out there.
     
  5. Oct 12, 2015 #5 of 354
    fflewddur

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    I've never tried to do this with a TiVo; I keep all of my media in iTunes and stream it to an AppleTV. A built-in preset that will work well for one of the TiVo streaming applications sounds like a good feature to add.
     
  6. Oct 12, 2015 #6 of 354
    fflewddur

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    Sure, I wanted a tool for transferring recordings from my TiVo to either my Macbook (for watching while traveling) or my PC desktop (for long-term archiving). That meant a cross-platform app. I also wanted to be able to share the tool with family and friends, most of whom don't have a CS background: that meant developing something that will "just work" out of the box, no configuration required. And most importantly, I wanted to build it :)

    Archivo, as the name suggests, is aimed at archiving recordings. It's not a control center or remote control for TiVos. There are excellent TiVo programs out there that have far more features than Archivo ever will, but those features come at a cost: complexity. By focusing on one primary use case, Archivo can (hopefully) do it very well while remaining very easy to use.

    Now, whether it does work well is the question I'm trying to answer by making a public test release :)
     
  7. Oct 12, 2015 #7 of 354
    Fofer

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    I tested it out this morning on my MacBook Pro, and it worked very well! Easy and elegant. I suspect it'll end up replacing the tools I used previously for this sort of thing.

    Thanks for the great work on this, fflewddur! It's really appreciated. Looking forward to following its development.
     
  8. Oct 12, 2015 #8 of 354
    fflewddur

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    Awesome, glad to hear it worked! Mind if I ask what type of TiVo you used it with?
     
  9. Oct 12, 2015 #9 of 354
    Fofer

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    Roamio Plus, upgraded with an internal 4 TB drive.
     
  10. Oct 12, 2015 #10 of 354
    fflewddur

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    Thanks, that's the first confirmation I've had that Archivo works with Roamio devices!
     
  11. Oct 14, 2015 #11 of 354
    Necromancer2006

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    Is there a way to put the recordings back onto a TiVo or play the recordings using Plex or AppleTV or Chromecast?
     
  12. Oct 14, 2015 #12 of 354
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    Fofer

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    Plex should work fine with any installed Plex Media Server, too. Archivo creates video files like any other.
     
  14. Oct 14, 2015 #14 of 354
    fflewddur

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    Yeah, I add the archived videos to iTunes and stream them to my Apple TV all the time.
     
  15. Oct 14, 2015 #15 of 354
    unitron

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    You really should call it "ArchiVo".
     
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  16. Oct 15, 2015 #16 of 354
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    Looks great. Is the default audio AAC 2.0? Any way to set to AC3?
     
  17. Oct 15, 2015 #17 of 354
    fflewddur

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    Yes, the default audio is AAC 2.0, but the Apple TV and H.264 High Profile presets also pass through the AC3 track. A preset editor is one of the features I'd like to add, but at the moment the presets are hard-coded.
     
  18. Oct 16, 2015 #18 of 354
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    Minimum system requirements for OS X?

    Wouldn't even launch under 10.6.8.
     
  19. Oct 16, 2015 #19 of 354
    fflewddur

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    Archivo requires Java 8, which I believe is only supported on Mac OS X 10.7+. Can you confirm that you're running Java 8? It should display a warning if it can't find a recent-enough Java installation; are any error messages displayed?

    Update: Yeah, https://www.java.com/en/download/faq/java_mac.xml#otherjava confirms that Java 8 is only supported on Mac OS X 10.7.3 and newer.
     
  20. Oct 16, 2015 #20 of 354
    jrtroo

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    Things like this are what makes this community great. Thanks.

    If you want more testers- may be worth posting a link to the Bolt or Roamio forums. Lots of folks there upgrading and needing to archive from older boxes...
     

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