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Bit torrent Question.. I need someone to walk me through like I am 5

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by scubagal, Jan 8, 2006.

  1. Jan 10, 2006 #21 of 1232
    Mabes

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    Do you have a network with an ethernet connection?

    http://www.iodata.com/products/products.php?cat=HNP&sc=AVEL&ts=2&tsc=15&sc=AVEL&pId=AVLP2/DVDLA
     
  2. Jan 10, 2006 #22 of 1232
    jkindley

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    I second that uTorrent rocks

    Once you download the file you then go out and buy an old X-box ( $150) , void the warrenty by opening it up and add a mod card ( $45), get a 100Gig hard drive & install it, go to walmart and get the xbox remote ($35), download various files: Bios's, ftp program & XBOX MEDEA CENTER. Then you can watch the video that you just downloaded,

    or like others you can convert it to DVD format and burn it to a DVD.
     
  3. Jan 10, 2006 #23 of 1232
    efilippi

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    My apologies to Scubagal for sort of hijacking her thread, but I fear one must be well over 5 to handle this. Or maybe under 60 is the real requirement.

    I have a movie downloaded with Azureaus. It runs fine on my XP but I thought I'd try it on my imac, which has a wider screen. That doesn't seem to work. The movie avi file was encoded with DivX, according to the notes, and apparently that is Windows only? I've hunted all around the Quicktime site and can't get any satisfaction.

    Blockbuster is just down the road...
     
  4. Jan 10, 2006 #24 of 1232
    dswallow

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    http://www.divx.com/divx/mac/
     
  5. Jan 10, 2006 #25 of 1232
    efilippi

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    Hmm, why couldn't I find that. :rolleyes:

    20 bucks though, but I'll give it a try.

    Thank you.
     
  6. Jan 10, 2006 #26 of 1232
    THEROCKER

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    What's the best and quickest way to convert Windows Media files to mpeg files, since most torrents are WM files? Thanks.
     
  7. Jan 10, 2006 #27 of 1232
    DevdogAZ

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    Nearly every torrent I've ever downloaded has been an .avi file as opposed to a .wmv. If it says it opens with Windows Media Player that doesn't mean it's a Windows Media file. That's just the application that is associated with that type of file. It can easily be changed by right clicking on the file and choosing Properties.
     
  8. Jan 10, 2006 #28 of 1232
    dswallow

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    So... it's been 2 1/2 days since scubagal asked, and not a peep from her...

    I'm surprised. Hope all is OK. Surely she knows you don't need to wait 2 1/2 days for answers to most requests here!
     
  9. Jan 10, 2006 #29 of 1232
    scubagal

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    Haven't read the rest of this thread yet- but this worked great- THANKS DOUG!

    One more question.. we downloaded a couple things to try and they are on our tivo desktop, but I am assuming our problem is they are not in the right MPEG format. I think we need MPEG2 according to what I read somewhere on tivo... is there a converter I can get, or do I need to be downloading certain type of files only?

    I am so close, I feel it... but we just can't figure it completely out. I really appreaciate the help... I am off to read the rest of this thread now, in case there is any more info I misssed..

    But I wanted to thank you for this, it worked very easy!!!!
     
  10. Jan 10, 2006 #30 of 1232
    scubagal

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    Ha! Reading this thread just made my head spin.....
     
  11. Jan 10, 2006 #31 of 1232
    scubagal

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    Ok.. this is what I think I need to do. Convert the mpg file downloaded and then we should be able to watch it from the Tivo? Now, we keep getting the error file not found or something, but from what I read somewhere... that is because it isn't the right format.

    Am I going in the right direction?
     
  12. Jan 10, 2006 #32 of 1232
    scubagal

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    Ha! I know... but this is MrScuba's project and he isn't as lickety split on working on this.... he finally downloaded a test.... (Girls gone wild- um.. yeah)... and then today tried to watch it.

    But he is obsessed now and refuses to get his own Tivo acct... so I am playing the middle man :D

    But I really do thank you for all your help!!!!
     
  13. Jan 10, 2006 #33 of 1232
    Idearat

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    Getting it into your TiVo is going to be another layer of work, and another loss of quality. Most of the TV shows I've downloaded have been in DiVx format ( still an AVI extension). Many times they're from HDTV content so I've downloaded stuff that's better quality than my DirecTiVo usually shows me.
    While it's possible to convert that yet again into a TiVo friendly MPEG you're going to take a hit. Usually watching on the computer is the way to go. I ended up with a Mac Mini that's connected to my TV so I just watch downloaded stuff directly from it.
    There are a few DVD players that will play DiVx content, and some other external hard drive media things. But if you had any of those you'd be up on DiVx already.

    If you're going to be downloading much video, you're probably better off finding some way to connect the PC to the TV screen. Then you won't care what format its in and won't spend 45 mins to convert an hour show each time.
     
  14. Jan 10, 2006 #34 of 1232
    lee espinoza

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    DevdogAZ

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    Wait. Are you people saying there's a way to transfer files from a computer to the TiVo? I've heard that "TiVo to Come Back" was in the works, but didn't know it was available yet. Is this what you're talking about?

    On another note, why would you want to transfer these files to the TiVo? It's much easier to watch them on the computer and they're usually far better in quality. The stuff I download looks pristine while the stuff I transfer to my computer via TiVoToGo looks horrendous.
     
  16. Jan 11, 2006 #36 of 1232
    Idearat

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    The only time I bother converting downloaded video is if I really need to dump it to DVD for someone who is never going to figure out how to watch it on their computer. It's never as good as a high quality DiVx file from an HDTV source though.
     
  17. Jan 11, 2006 #37 of 1232
    Redux

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    ... OK, never mind.
     
  18. Jan 11, 2006 #38 of 1232
    crowfan

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    I just bought the Phillips DVP 642 DVD player. It plays DivX files. I just take the AVI files that I get off BT, burn them to DVD, and the Philips plays them. Works and looks great. :up:
     
  19. Jan 11, 2006 #39 of 1232
    THEROCKER

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    What other programs can be used to convert avi to mpeg? Every program I use for that purpose is so slow. They take a dozen hours to do a full length movie. I've always wanted to watch my torrents on my Roku HD1000 but it only plays Mpegs. Thanks.
     
  20. Jan 11, 2006 #40 of 1232
    DancnDude

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    I just purchased WinAVI Video Converter http://www.winavi.com that does it, and works fast. I converted a 2-hour show (well ok it had commercials removed so it was about 1.2 hours) in about 20 minutes from AVI to MPG2. You can download a trial that will convert things but put an annoying watermark on your movie.
     

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