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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 11, 2006 #41 of 1232
    Mabes

    Mabes Ex-Smoker

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    What about converting VOB to AVI? I'm skeptical there is a free solution, in which case it's not worth it to me, I'll keep them on my hard drive.
     
  2. Jan 11, 2006 #42 of 1232
    Guindalf

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    Hmmm, I only manage to download at 320k/s with Azureus. Perhaps I should switch??? :rolleyes:
     
  3. Jan 11, 2006 #43 of 1232
    scubagal

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    We don't want to watch them on the computer... we basically are just trying to catch up one shows we missed the first few episodes, etc to get caught up.... so we were hoping we could download the shows, watch them together on the TV, get caught up, then delete.... I guess that isn't going to happen!?!??!
     
  4. Jan 11, 2006 #44 of 1232
    DancnDude

    DancnDude Thrice as nice TCF Club

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    Once you download the episodes, you need to convert them to MPG2 and then you can use TiVo2GoBack to get them from your computer to your TiVo. There's been talk of programs already in this thread that will do this conversion for you. I think people here have been waiting to see what questions/problems you are having with the BitTorrent step first though. Once you get that working and have a file, we could tell you what to do next.
     
  5. Jan 11, 2006 #45 of 1232
    scubagal

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    I am past that.. Doug's program worked great (earlier post on this thread).. now we downloaded a few things, they won't play or transfer- we tried converting it to a MPEG2, but I guess we didn't do it right, it said it was transfering, but when we go to play it, it is 0 seconds and nothing to play....
     
  6. Jan 11, 2006 #46 of 1232
    Redux

    Redux No intent to annoy

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    Most of what you find to download will be .avi files. Tivoserver running on your Mac or pc will make those .avi files available to your Tivo just as if they were native tivo files.
     
  7. Jan 11, 2006 #47 of 1232
    DancnDude

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    I just did the sending to TiVo for the first time yesterday too ;) You do need to convert them to MPG2, but you have to use the settings from http://customersupport.tivo.com/knowbase/root/public/tv251080.htm?
    It won't work otherwise. Lee Espinoza posted a few posts ago a program that converts the file for you into these settings although I havn't used it.
     
  8. Jan 11, 2006 #48 of 1232
    JTAnderson

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    You could try Virtualdub-MPEG2.
     
  9. Jan 11, 2006 #49 of 1232
    Jeeters

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    Same here. I have two of them in fact; one for the livingroom and ended up getting another for the bedroom a couple months later. They're only something like $68 at Target.

    Well worth the price, imo - previously, both my PC and I were spending way too much time re-encoding the divx files to mpg to play on my old DVD player. I now have a DVD+RW labled "torrents" that I continually copy fresh downloads to for viewing on the player.

    The user interface of the DVP642 is a bit clunky when trying to select a file to play back. And trying to go back to the list of files when its playing something can be slow. But it's very reliable - has been able to play almost every divx and xvid file I've thrown at it with just a few exceptions. Good picture, too, progressive-scan and all.
     
  10. Jan 11, 2006 #50 of 1232
    scubagal

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    Hmm... this doesn't seem to be working, I downloaded a Greys Anatomy .avi file and it isn't even showing up in my 'Tivo Recording' file. The mpg is showing up, but not the AVI file, so this leads me to believe, we need to keep working on the converting... the one converter we tried obviously didnt convert it to mpeg2, or we don't have the right settings someone posted elsewhere in this thread.

    SO frustrating... It isn't like I want to download a 100 things, just a few episodes of shows I missed :(
     
  11. Jan 11, 2006 #51 of 1232
    crowfan

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    I think Redux may be talking about a hacked TiVo....not sure though.

    The troubles that you're having is exactly why I dropped $60 on a new DVD player. It was too much work and time to convert them all. Now I can just throw them on a disk and watch them that way.

    Good luck!
     
  12. Jan 11, 2006 #52 of 1232
    scubagal

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    I am almost at the point crowfan.. really, I am.

    I am using the software that Lee suggested, if this doesn't work, I give up.
     
  13. Jan 11, 2006 #53 of 1232
    Idearat

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    Unfortunately this is probably not going to be true. AVI isn't "Standard" by a long shot. You've got to have the appropriate CODEC for it to work. Something might play MPEG1 or MPEG2 AVIs, but not work with DiVx or others. Even if you can decode DiVx, you might not get the audio to work if the audio is AC3.

    From it's Wikipedia entry:
    An AVI file may therefore carry audio/visual data inside the chunks in almost any compression scheme, including: Full Frames (Uncompressed), Intel Real Time Video, Indeo, Cinepak, Motion JPEG, Editable MPEG, VDOWave, ClearVideo / RealVideo, QPEG, MPEG-4, XviD, DivX and others.​


    If using a computer, the player such as Windows Media or Quicktime will usually try to download the proper CODEC if it's not there when you try to play it. Once you've got the right CODEC, AVIs will all look the same to you, but doesn't mean they are.
     
  14. Jan 11, 2006 #54 of 1232
    dswallow

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    I generally just watch them on my computer. Occasionally I'll burn a CD or DVD and watch it on the 50" plasma. I have the Philips DVP642 and it really is a nice convenience to be able to just burn MPEG2/4/DivX files as is to a CD or DVD. I'd picked one up at BJ's for about $59, then picked up another one later just as a spare.

    debtoine just pointed out this player to me today: Oppo OPDV971H 720p/1080i Upscaling DVD Player

    It upconverts to 720p or 1080i, but more importantly also plays DivX and seems to have decent reviews. It's a bit more at $199, though.
     
  15. Jan 12, 2006 #55 of 1232
    DevdogAZ

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    Scuba, I'm unclear as to whether you were ever able to view the torrents that you downloaded. Were you able to view them on the computer but you want to figure out a way to play them on your TV? Or have you not even been able to get them to play on your computer yet? If it's the latter, a couple of CODECs are all you need. Then you can at least watch the shows and see how they look. Then you can decide if it's really that big of a hassle to watch on the computer vs. going through all the extra hassle to get the file to your TV.
     
  16. Jan 12, 2006 #56 of 1232
    Redux

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    I'm very confused by this. Who is this "you" that you seem to think is going to have to decode something?

    Yes, it is certainly quite possible that she'll eventually run into some show in the .avi wrapper that Tivoserver can't handle automatically, but it should be somewhat seldom; hasn't happened to me yet. When/if it happens, you can look into codecs and other methodologies if the specific show is important enough. Or you just discard it and get on with your life.

    From a user perspective, the .avi is just _there_ like any other tivo file. There is no codec issue that the user needs to be aware of.
     
  17. Jan 12, 2006 #57 of 1232
    lee espinoza

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    Thank you. I will be happy the software that I suggested might make you give up :up: :up: :eek: :p
     
  18. Jan 12, 2006 #58 of 1232
    Vito the TiVo

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    For playback of those torrents on a TV, try this:

    http://www.supergooddeal.com/product_p/pmpeg4-15.htm

    if you use it enough, it really is a good deal. I have one and it works awesome. Use it like a hard drive, dump your files on it in Xvid (or whatever) format, plug it in at the TV and use the remote to playback. Its the best money i've ever spent (after TiVo of course)



    I feel I should say I've only had an occasional problem with a badly encoded episode or a huge HD feed. The occasional skip is usually ironed out with reencoding the audion in VirtuaDub.

    Oh and the one that I got is 40gb for slightly more, but that was months ago and I don't see that product on the web. But the additional storage is really only for convienence... I mean how much can you watch at once?
     
  19. Jan 12, 2006 #59 of 1232
    scubagal

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    They were fine on the computer, can't get to the tivo.

    But we have success! thanks EVERYONE in this thread.... especially Lee's software, because that worked.

    Unfortunetly, our first download/convert/transfer happened to be Greys Anatomy in Spanish.... but at least we were able to successfully get it onto the tivo, even if we didn't catch we downloaded a non-english version... :D

    I am not having much luck finding what I want on isohunt, not sure if it is just a smaller selection, but since it is so easy.... don't know, have to play more with Azures to see if I can use different search sites... but so far, I think we have solved our problem!!! Yeah!!!
     
  20. Jan 12, 2006 #60 of 1232
    dennisacevedo

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    Some other torrent sites to try:

    mininova (dot) org
    torrentspy (dot) com
    thepiratebay (dot) org

    (i can't post URLs yet...)

    Also, another good place to find shows is eMule.

    emuleplus (dot) info

    It's not a BitTorrent program, but IMO the best P2P available right now - like old-school napster, or Kazaa but without the spyware. Much better for older stuff too. e.g. Last night I found an old episode of Oprah with James Frey (Million Little Pieces) from October.
     

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