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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 12, 2006 #61 of 1232
    MickeS

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    OK, I don't understand you people. You're talking about playing back shows on your TV using the Philips DVP642 (I own one and it rocks, by the way), other media players, bla bla bla...


    Did nobody read lee espinoza's message further up on the page? Go to http://www.videora.com/en-us/Converter/TiVo/ and download it. COnvert your files to TiVo format. Watch on your TiVo.

    Why are you even talking about other means? :D

    Since I installed Videora my DVP642 is just collecting dust. I used to do what some others in the thread say they do, burn .avi and other files to a CD/DVD and watch them on my DVP42... but Videora is literally one-click encoding to get it from MPEG-4 to tivo-compatible MPEG-2. And then I just walk over to my TiVo and start watching it later, when it's done encoding (on my PC it encodes in about half the playing time for a HDTV-rip mpeg-4).

    TiVo can now play back all my converted torrent downloads... where is the marketing here, when even TiVo OWNERS seem to have no idea it can this?
     
  2. Jan 12, 2006 #62 of 1232
    dswallow

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    I suppose one part of it is that some of us are DirecTV subscribers and use DirecTV DVR's.

    Another part of it is that to place it on compatible TiVo's you must run through a conversion most of the time, and that conversion takes time. With the DVD player, one just burns the file that was downloaded onto a CD or DVD and plays.
     
  3. Jan 12, 2006 #63 of 1232
    MickeS

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    Fair enough, I guess, if one is in a hurry. It takes about 20 minutes for me to convert a 43 minute show, but that's a good point. Same with DirecTV compatibility.

    Personally, having the same control over the file as I would over a TiVO recording (pausing, switching to other recordings, instant replay) wins out easily though. Plus, not having to deal with discs, of course.
     
  4. Jan 12, 2006 #64 of 1232
    nedthelab

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    Wen getting a large torrent and it is broken up into many subfiles how does one bring them together as a single AVI or MPG?

    Thanks
     
  5. Jan 12, 2006 #65 of 1232
    dswallow

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    Those are usually broken up as RAR files, a compression scheme similar to ZIP, that also offers a way to break up the compressed file into smaller pieces. Install a program like winrar to be able to reassemble the pieces.
     
  6. Jan 12, 2006 #66 of 1232
    MickeS

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    Normally that means it's in RAR-format (one file will have the ending .rar, the others will have .r01, .r02, .r03 and so on).

    Install WinRAR and use it to extract and combine the files into one video file (will do it automatically once you extract one of the files).

    EDIT: darn, too late. :)

    /Mike
     
  7. Jan 12, 2006 #67 of 1232
    rseligman

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    rseligman

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    TiVo doesn't recognize .avi files. They have to be .mpg
     
  9. Jan 12, 2006 #69 of 1232
    DevdogAZ

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    OK, forgive me. I guess I really do want to know. What must be done in order to send torrent files to the TiVo?
     
  10. Jan 12, 2006 #70 of 1232
    MickeS

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    devdogaz, assuming you already know how "TiVoGoBack" works and have it setup, you just need to install http://www.videora.com/en-us/Converter/TiVo/

    Then convert the file (change the options in the program so it outputs the converted file to your TiVo Recordings folder). That's it.

    Note that by default the output of the conversion is 4:3 aspect ratio (the default is used when doing the "One CLick Transcoding"). Since many torrents are in 16:9, you'll have to change that (the little dropdown on the right of the conversion screen) for those files (that would be 3-click encoding :)). You can also change the default to be 16:9 so you won't have to change it for every file, and can use the one-click.

    /Mike
     
  11. Jan 12, 2006 #71 of 1232
    DevdogAZ

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    I don't. That's why I posted earlier in the thread about this. I had heard several months ago that TiVo was going to introduce something that allowed files to go back to the TiVo but hadn't heard anything else about it. I assumed it would be like most of TiVo's promised developments and not be available for quite some time. I don't keep up in the Coffee House like I used to, so if it's been introduced, I was unaware of it. Can you give me the quick overview of what I have to do to get it set up?

    Thanks
     
  12. Jan 12, 2006 #72 of 1232
    DancnDude

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    Download the latest version of TiVo Desktop. You'll be asked where you want to keep your TiVo recordings. All you need to do is put a TiVo-compatible MPG2 file in that folder (use the conversion program in this thread to get it to the right format). Then on your Now Playing list, you'll see your computer's name and a listing of all the files in that folder. If you select it, you have the option of transfering it to TiVo. If you don't see the item immediately in Now Playing, go into Music, Photos, and More first then go back to Now Playing (I had to do this last night to get mine to show up).
     
  13. Jan 12, 2006 #73 of 1232
    MickeS

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    Essentially, all you need to do is install TiVo Desktop 2.2 on your PC, and set it up. You should then get a little computer icon iat the bottom of the "Now Playing" menu, where you can select the files (it will show .mpeg and .tivo files).

    More details here: http://customersupport.tivo.com/knowbase/root/public/tv251080.htm
     
  14. Jan 12, 2006 #74 of 1232
    quarkman97

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    My brother bought this Oppo player after he bought his 1080p Samsung and from what he experienced, it chokes on .avi files. YMMV

    I, too, was looking for a divx solution after my old DVD player took a dump on me. Luckily, it was still under warranty (4-year service plan). I took it in and they gave me what I paid for it 3.5 years ago ($180) and I went with an LG (LGDVB418). It has all the HD hookups, 1080i upscaling, accepts memory cards, and does divx.

    I highly recommend this player. It plays any .avi file I throw at it.

    Thanks to Lee Espinoza for the link. I gotta check that out. I have a ton of TV on my PC that is in MPG format.


    Separate question: Does uTorrent do safepeer or peerguardian?
     
  15. Jan 12, 2006 #75 of 1232
    DevdogAZ

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    OK, I don't know why I didn't know about this before. This is pretty cool. Now I can watch the stuff that I download on the TiVo and it's way higher quality that way than if I just record it originally with the TiVo.

    I recant my earlier statement about why anyone would want to transfer the shows this way. It's easy and it looks great. Thanks for the info, people.
     
  16. Jan 12, 2006 #76 of 1232
    bjheels

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    OK, maybe I need to be treated like I am 4 years old. I followed dswallow's excellent instructions and downloaded shameless. When I launch WMP launches and plays the audio only. Apparently, I need a Codec? Should I find the codec or should I use an alternate player? Thanks for any assistance.
     
  17. Jan 12, 2006 #77 of 1232
    dswallow

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    There are two video codecs you should definitely install: DivX and XviD, both freely downloadable. You should be able to find what you need from http://www.divx.com/divx/ and www.xvid.org.
     
  18. Jan 12, 2006 #78 of 1232
    dennisacevedo

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    If you run the file on your computer, and the audio plays but the video doesn't, you probably are missing the right video codec (e.g. DIVX, XVID, Indeo).

    If the video plays and the sound doesn't, you are missing an audio codec (usually AC3)

    To check which codecs a video is using, open it in AVICodec:

    avicodec (dot) duby (dot) info


    A great alternate player is VLC. It has many codecs built in, plus will play a file before it is finished downloading.

    videolan (dot) org / vlc
     
  19. Jan 12, 2006 #79 of 1232
    Rainy Dave

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    Thanks for the tutorial! I always able to download the 8-Jan episode of West Wing that my TiVo missed!
     
  20. Jan 12, 2006 #80 of 1232
    bjheels

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    Thanks dswallow, that took care of it. I appreciate the help.
     

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