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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 13, 2006 #81 of 1232
    beldar

    beldar New Member

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    I began with the philips 642, added a norcent dp-220 (even cheaper, same decoder chip) for another room, but the intermediate step of burning the .avis to DVD got too annoying. Plus HR HDTV AC3 episode rips (e.g. Lost) don't play on either unit without some kind of reencoding.

    Now I've gone the xbox media center route and couldn't be happier. The torrents all play directly off of the share where azureus drops them, and with the xbox in 720p output, HR HDTV rips look wonderful.

    I'm not sure I can say what we're doing with our one-DVD-at-a-time netflix subscription, other than to note that xbox media center loves to play .iso images of dvds.

    That $199 networked dvd player seems like a pretty good idea if you don't want to deal with hacking an xbox, but I'm a lot happier with a solution that's getting continuous software updates. And xbmc plays nearly everything.
     
  2. Jan 13, 2006 #82 of 1232
    Redux

    Redux No intent to annoy

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    You said that in response to my:
    "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."

    Maybe I phrased it badly. I'll try again.

    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.

    Of course it is always possible that a specific .avi file may be coded in a way not readable by Tivoserver, but I have not yet had that experience. The development team for Tivoserver seem committed to enlarge the scope of types of video files that can be served by the local computer to the Tivo, and I'm hopeful VOB files may be supported soon.
     
  3. Jan 13, 2006 #83 of 1232
    lee espinoza

    lee espinoza some guy

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    No I am invisible here. :( :( :D :p ;) :eek:
     
  4. Jan 13, 2006 #84 of 1232
    kdmorse

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    Edit: Oops - Smeeked.... ahh well

    Once you have the video file locally, you can't beat the Videora Tivo Converter for the next step. Just point it at any media files you may have, and it'll transcode em, and if you like, drop them right in your local tivo video folder. They then show up accessablef by the tivo, which slurps them up and plays them.

    http://www.videora.com/en-us/Converter/TiVo/

    They also have a bittorrent client (Videora) designed specifically to track and download television series, and then use their tivo converter for one step downloading from the internet - right into the tivo, but I've not tried it. It may be simpler for one just getting started.

    (Personally, I download with Azureus, and watch on whatever computer is closest)

    -Ken
     
  5. Jan 13, 2006 #85 of 1232
    lee espinoza

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    anyone here using Tivoserver(for DIRECTV TIVO's) just make one of these directories below on your computer
    1. c:\tmp
    2. c:\cygwin\tmp
    3. make a \tmp dir in the same directory as the tivoserver.exe

    then tivoserver will transcode your file by its self
     
  6. Jan 13, 2006 #86 of 1232
    crowfan

    crowfan The Dude abides

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    What if I want to burn the AVI file (or the resulting MPEG file from the Videora converter) to a regular DVD to play in a regular DVD player (not a DivX player)? I have a BT file that I want to burn to a regular DVD for my father in law. What do I need to do with that?
     
  7. Jan 13, 2006 #87 of 1232
    beldar

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    Spend some time poking around videohelp.

    Guides like this one have many ways to do various things. Other parts of the site have reviews of the various packages.

    You probably don't want to convert from divx to videora for tivo to DVD--each reencoding will affect the quality.
     
  8. Jan 13, 2006 #88 of 1232
    DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give em Hell, Devils

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    OK, I've been able to transfer BT files to the TiVo for viewing. I now have a couple of questions:

    First, as soon as I started doing this yesterday, my TiVo started acting up. It just spontaneously restarted about 5 times yesterday in the 12 hours after I downloaded Desktop 2.2 and transferred a file. It hasn't happened now since about 1 am so I'm hoping it's not an issue anymore, but could the installation of 2.2 and the transferring of files cause the TiVo to stop functioning properly?

    Second, I used Videora to convert a couple of shows. One show that was in 16:9 I tried to convert as a 16:9 and it didn't work (showed multiple images on the TV). The second was a native 4:3 program and I converted it that way and it worked great. The third was a 16:9 program that I converted with the 4:3 setting and it looked horrible because it had stretched the picture vertically and made all the people tall and skinny. What is the proper Videora setting for converting a 16:9 program into a letterboxed 4:3 file so I can watch it on my 4:3 TV in the proper aspect ratio?
     
  9. Jan 14, 2006 #89 of 1232
    PJO1966

    PJO1966 Legally Married

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    My turn to ask questions like a 5 year old. Unfortunately I'm one of those who can't put this on a TiVo, so I have to burn a DVD. I tested and none of my DVD players Play AVI files so I need to convert to burn a DVD. I downloaded AVI2DVD but get stuck when asked to choose an audio stream. there are no options in the scroll-down menu... it's blank. I made sure that there were no special characters in the file path name. I made sure to keep the path simple so I just dropped the file at C:\ with no subfolders and still have no luck.

    This is my first attempt with bit torrent files. I managed to download the fila and am able to watch it on the computer. I'd really like to be able to watch this on the TV.
     
  10. Jan 14, 2006 #90 of 1232
    crowfan

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    Click the "this one" link in beldar's post (a couple posts up). The fourth link down on that page is DivXtoDVD 0.5.0. I used that the other day and it worked great. I was able to burn a DVD using the resulting files and Nero, and it played fine on my father in law's relatively old DVD player.
     
  11. Jan 14, 2006 #91 of 1232
    MickeS

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    Don't know. I have not had any problems at all. I suppose it's possible... but I suspect it's just a coincidence. That's just a guess though.

    A 16:9 file should be converted using a "MPEG-2/720x480/16:9/xxx" profile. It will then show as a letterboxed 4:3 file on the TiVo. Not sure why the 16:9 you converted to 16:9 didn't work and showed multiple images. Maybe something wrong with the source file. I haven't had any problems with any files.
     
  12. Jan 14, 2006 #92 of 1232
    PJO1966

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    That did the trick, thanks. Now I'm repeating the process after purchasing to get rid of that pesky watermark across the top of the screen.


    :up:
     
  13. Jan 14, 2006 #93 of 1232
    Paperboy2003

    Paperboy2003 Wasting time here

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    OK, I've only played with torrents once or twice about a year ago and it was on a 'non-essential' computer. How 'dangerous' is it using these torrent sites. Am I going to end up downloading other nefarious programs along with the show? What do I have to concern myself with?
     
  14. Jan 14, 2006 #94 of 1232
    DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give em Hell, Devils

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    I've been downloading bit torrents for a couple of years and never had a problem. You obviously want to have an anti-virus program running, and also run spyware and adware programs regularly. However, I've not found any torrent files that brought anything bad into my system.
     
  15. Jan 14, 2006 #95 of 1232
    crowfan

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    Glad it worked for you.

    Did the other program that you used first put the watermark on for you? I used that program by itself on a BT file, and then burned it to DVD using Nero, and it didn't have a watermark.
     
  16. Jan 14, 2006 #96 of 1232
    dswallow

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    While you certainly could choose to download things that might be questionable ... hacked commercial software, for example, which very well might have viruses or other malware attached, if you're downloading television shows or other video material, you're going to be dealing with video files. Sometimes there'll be some other descriptive files or images included as part of the package, but generally nothing executable.

    Bittorrent clients themselves have stayed pretty respectable (nothing at all like Kazaa where the client itself loaded up your system with malware). And they only share what you tell it to share and other torrents you download yourself, so they're not exposing anything on your system to others surreptitiously.
     
  17. Jan 14, 2006 #97 of 1232
    PJO1966

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    The first one never worked for me because it wouldn't let me select an audio stream and couldn't continue without it.
     
  18. Jan 14, 2006 #98 of 1232
    mtnagel

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    With the talk of converting an avi to dvd files, if it's just a 42 min tv show, any reason not to just burn it to a video cd? Nero can make the video cd from the avi and it doesn't even take up the whole cd (at least for the one I tried). So is there any reason to go to DVD for just a TV show?
     
  19. Jan 14, 2006 #99 of 1232
    dswallow

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    Video CD is 352x240 in NTSC, about 1/4 the resolution most TV show torrents are provided in, as most do come from HD feeds when available.
     
  20. Jan 14, 2006 #100 of 1232
    mtnagel

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    I downloaded it and at the end of the setup, it said it would launch it. I see it in my processes at pg2.exe, so does that mean it's working?
     

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