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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. May 17, 2011 #661 of 1232
    robojerk

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    Video Codecs Explained
    AVI is a container
    xvid is a codec
     
  2. May 17, 2011 #662 of 1232
    Jeeters

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    http://www.xvid.org/
     
  3. May 17, 2011 #663 of 1232
    mtnagel

    mtnagel Well-Known Member

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    Now that I understand the how video codecs and containers work, how to I "contain" or "wrap" the codec in a container so I can play it?
     
  4. May 17, 2011 #664 of 1232
    robojerk

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    Normally a file NEVER has an .xvid extension. If VLC won't play it, I immediately think you got a bad file. :(

    I would try changing the extension to other known containers that are compatible with xvid.
    AVI
    MP4
    OGG (not sure if that is compatible)
    MKV​

    VLC plays almost everything without issues. what error does it give you?
     
  5. May 17, 2011 #665 of 1232
    kdmorse

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    You can almost get what you want done, not 100%, but close.... Set it to Move .torrents for finished jobs to a out of the way directory of your choice, and wipe that direction periodically. (ie, move completed .torrent files to a directory on your nas, and just wipe that directory every hour with a cron job, or the windows task scheduler, etc..).

    uTorrent won't initially notice, but it will eventually, put the torrent in an error state, and then the manual task for a human is every once and a while clearing out the torrents that read Error: with a select & remove torrent.
     
  6. May 17, 2011 #666 of 1232
    kdmorse

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    Edit: If you were really bored, you could write something that drives uTorrent's local webui. The 'remove' url is basically action=remove&hash=, and the login token, which you may need to figure out how to automate.
     
  7. May 18, 2011 #667 of 1232
    Jeeters

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    Xvid files I've come across have often had an .xvid extention. And they've always actually just been .avi files. i.e., they could be renamed to .avi with no ill effects.
     
  8. May 18, 2011 #668 of 1232
    MikeMar

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    hmmm good idea, I can move it to a dropbox folder which I can delete from anyway (or my laptop)

    thanks, I'll play around with this :)
     
  9. May 18, 2011 #669 of 1232
    robojerk

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    I think if you guys are getting files with an .xvid extension, you guys might be getting files from a source that knows little about video conversion.

    On shows that I care about the quality, I usually make sure I get the MKV version (~720p and about 1GB is size). Then I use MKV2VOB to pull out the MP4 video so I can stream them to my PS3. For shows that don't require that visual quality I'll just grab an AVI.

    If I ever got an .xvid file I would seriously look at where I was getting these files from.
     
  10. May 18, 2011 #670 of 1232
    Idearat

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    Just tossing this out.

    About 6 months ago I almost completely stopped with torrents and switched to getting things from usenet ( I'm using Giganews ) What a difference. No seeding, and much faster downloads. (all the time, no downloading from a single person with a slow connection ) Connection to their servers is via SSL, so none of my ISP's business what I'm downloading. In theory Giganews knows who's downloading what, but that's probably better than sharing my IP address with who knows who.

    While I use a PC as my primary machine I have a Mac Mini as my media box. It runs NZB Vortex. I drop an NZB file on the desktop ( just like downloading a torrent file ) and it picks it up and starts the download. The NZB file is deleted, and when done any decoding is done automatically and the file(s) deposited in a new directory. Any failed downloads sit in their own sequestered directory. As I'm not seeding all the original RAR files are deleted automatically so I don't have a collection of original and decoded files taking up space. (Though with Boxee and torrents I can always play directly from the RAR files )

    With most ISPs these days you don't get Usenet service, or if there is it doesn't have long retention, so you really have to pay for a usenet account to get good use out of this. But if there's a file I want I always max out my connection speed getting it. My upload bandwidth which is less than download is pretty much untouched in the process.

    There are still occasions I'll use bittorrent, but usually it's something like an obscure UK or Aussie TV show and a specialty site has all the episodes. It generally won't download as fast, but at least I can still get it that way.

    Once I got the app set up, which didn't take but a few minutes, the process is even easier than torrents and a whole lot faster.
     
  11. May 18, 2011 #671 of 1232
    mtnagel

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    Tried changing the extension and it doesn't work. VLC plays some weird colors for 5 seconds and then stops. Oh well. Thanks
     
  12. May 18, 2011 #672 of 1232
    Malcontent

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    Check out an app called 'Sickbeard'.

    http://sickbeard.com/
    I have this set up and it automatically downloads all my TV shows (usenet) as they are posted. You can specify video quality, ect. It's free.
     
  13. May 23, 2011 #673 of 1232
    orangeboy

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    I wouldn't be surprised if most (tv/movie) torrents are sourced from usenet to begin with.
     
  14. May 23, 2011 #674 of 1232
    robojerk

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    Anyone have a TVTorrents invite?

    Edit:
    I got the invite.. Thanks guys
     
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    ewolfr

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    I've seen torrents show up hours before they appear on usenet. I think it just takes time for the autoposters to get around to posting the files to the appropriate groups.
     
  16. May 23, 2011 #676 of 1232
    TampaThunder

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    I've got three. PM me your email address you'll register with and I'll send you and invite and 10Gb credits.
     
  17. Jun 5, 2011 #677 of 1232
    Jstkiddn

    Jstkiddn Shutity up up up

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    Dumb question. How long after something airs does it usually take for the torrent to show up? I've only done a little downloading of torrents just a few times several many years ago....so I'm still very new at this stuff.

    I'm speficially looking for the Doctor Who episode that just aired in the UK last night, A Good Man Goes To War. Here in the US, we won't get that episode until next week and I've decided that I really, really cannot wait a week to see what happens! :D

    I've looked on isohunt and there are a three that come up and all have been flagged as fakes. How long until the real ones start showing up?
     
  18. Jun 5, 2011 #678 of 1232
    pteronaut

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    Demonoid, TVTorrents, & TheBox.bz all have them within an hour of it's airing.

    Demonoid is public/semi private but the other two are invite only.

    There was an issue with the HD Torrent for yesterdays episode, so there is a NUKED version out there.
     
  19. Jun 5, 2011 #679 of 1232
    Jstkiddn

    Jstkiddn Shutity up up up

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    Again, I hate to be dumb, but what does that mean? NUKED?
     
  20. Jun 5, 2011 #680 of 1232
    pteronaut

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    It means that there was a flaw with the rip.
     

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