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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 14, 2006 #101 of 1243
    mtnagel

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    Ah, I see. What about super video cd? Nero had that, but I didn't know what it was.
     
  2. Jan 14, 2006 #102 of 1243
    dswallow

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    Super Video CD is 480x480 for NTSC, better certainly. And not really that far from what you'd get on a DVD, I suppose. Can your player handle DVD data formats on CD media?
     
  3. Jan 14, 2006 #103 of 1243
    PJO1966

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    I just watched a few minutes of Smallville after going through the whole process. It looked pretty good on my Zenith DVB 318 upconverted to 1080i. Maybe I'll eventually get something that will play AVI files directly. I'm intrigued by the Cintre MediaStore that was posted earlier in this thread. If I was employed I would have placed that order today. It looks pretty cool.
     
  4. Jan 14, 2006 #104 of 1243
    mtnagel

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    Not sure, but I just tried to do it in Nero and it said I needed to purchase something else (I only have the OEM version, so I'm not sure if that's why) and I don't want to do that. Thanks though.
     
  5. Jan 15, 2006 #105 of 1243
    DevdogAZ

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    Nope. I've tried several different files, all of which play fine on the PC, but they won't play properly on the TiVo. Does anyone else have any suggestions on how to make 16:9 torrent files play properly through the TiVo on a 4:3 TV?
     
  6. Jan 15, 2006 #106 of 1243
    Mabes

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    It worked, with a problem - I ended up with a 60 GB file :eek:

    I'll check the settings and try again.

    edit - I saved it as uncompressed, now I'm not sure what to use. I want to be able to make a DVD my friend can play, and he's got an old DVD.

    Cinepak Codec by Radius? DivX 6.0? Intel 5.1? Microsoft Video 1? Xvid MPEG4?

    Any of the above and burn with Nero as VCD?

    edit again = like mtnagel, I can't make a VCD with Nero Express.
     
  7. Jan 15, 2006 #107 of 1243
    mtnagel

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    I was able to make a VCD, but not a Super VCD with Nero. With the VCD, as Doug mentioned the resolution is not great, so the quality won't be great. It was watchable for the episode I did last night, but not great.
     
  8. Jan 15, 2006 #108 of 1243
    DevdogAZ

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    You actually had 60GB of free space? Wow!!

    If the friend's DVD player is old, you'll want to check that it will even play DVD+/-Rs before you spend too much time. I know my old DVD player will not play them at all but my newer one does.
     
  9. Jan 16, 2006 #109 of 1243
    pigonthewing

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    So why is the amount of traffic hitting PeerGuardian so disturbingly high when I'm not even running bittorent right now?

    And, PS, uTorrent does rock. Thanks for the suggestion(s). ;)
     
  10. Jan 16, 2006 #110 of 1243
    jkindley

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    The VCD is also MPEG 1 and not MPEG 2 so the compression is not nearly as good.

    as I recal you need to download a mpeg 2 encoder to make Super VCD or DVD material. I think that is what Nero wants to sell you. You should be able find a mpeg 2 encoder on the net. for more info goto www.vcdhelp.com.

    Jim
     
  11. Jan 16, 2006 #111 of 1243
    Mabes

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    New computer, with 160 GB to start.

    A friend of his has made DVDs he can play and the first one I burned was with VOBs, with the entire structure intact. He does not get a no disc error, it tries to read it and gets stuck. The disc was over 4 MB, maybe that's a problem. My player can sometimes have problems in that case.

    I think I'll try burning again, wtithout the special features and see what happens.
     
  12. Jan 17, 2006 #112 of 1243
    ChickenCheese

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    Thanks everyone for the easy bit torrent lesson! :up: I had no idea how any of this worked until now. A few questions though,

    1. Are some bit torrent programs faster then others? It was going to take over 2 hours to download a 1/2 TV program last night. I have DSL and maybe it was the busiest time of day to be using it?

    2. Peer Guardian - what does this do? Makes it so no one can tell who you are on the internet?
     
  13. Jan 17, 2006 #113 of 1243
    Chibbie

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    1. I don't think you would see much of a difference. A program like uTorrent uses less computer resources, but that won't affect the download speed significantly.

    However, some torrents are faster than others. You want to look for a torrent with a lot of seeds (and leechers). The higher the number, the faster the download.

    2. It allows you to block IP groups from your P2P connection. From Wikipedia;

    PeerGuardian is often misunderstood as an application. Many presume that the purpose of the software is to hide the user's IP address from various groups, such as the RIAA and MPAA. This is nearly impossible and is thus a misconception of the intention of the program.

    The design of PeerGuardian is to prevent the collection of evidence that can be used as proof that a particular IP address is connected to a particular network.​
     
  14. Jan 17, 2006 #114 of 1243
    nilegomez

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    I'm currently using WinAvi... it's the fastest encoder I've found, and the quality is decent (you can choose to encode by "quality" or "speed"... I use "speed" and I have no complaints about quality)... find it here: winavi[dot]com (wouldn't let me post the url, so I'm hoping you can decipher this? lol)

    My problem is that once I get my mpg's into the "My TiVo Recordings" folder, my TiVo can see the folder but it can't seem to see the files? Can anyone direct me to a forum thread that addresses this issue please? I've tried searching, but so far haven't come up with anything helpful. At first I thought it might be a firewall issue, but I have no trouble playing the mp3s on my PC through TiVo, and if it can see the folder holding my files, shouldn't it be able to see the mpg's inside as well?
     
  15. Jan 17, 2006 #115 of 1243
    GadgetFreak

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    What would a typical download speed be? Most shows that I have tried download at 10-11kbs. Is this because of my router or my isp, or is that normal?

    edit: isp = sbc dsl with a linksys router
     
  16. Jan 17, 2006 #116 of 1243
    DevdogAZ

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    Every torrent is different as it depends entirely on how many other people are seeding the program at the same time. The way BT works is that as you are downloading a program, you are also uploading (seeding) those portions of it that you already have. Therefore, when tons of people are getting a particular show, the speeds can be very fast. I've had hour-long programs finish in half an hour or so. Other times, I've had hour-long programs that take several days, simply because there aren't many out there seeding.

    There may be things you can do to increase your speed (such as opening ports, disabling firewalls, changing settings on the BT client, etc.) but I'm not a pro at that so I can't tell you what to do specifically. All I know is that my client works fine and there are times when something will d/l well over 100 kbs and other times it is only 1 or 2 kbs.
     
  17. Jan 17, 2006 #117 of 1243
    dswallow

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    Have you looked at the SafePeer plugin for Azureus? It's a program that blocks access to many IP ranges. If your IP address happened to be among them, you might be just suffering an effect of people running SafePeer.

    As mentioned, download speeds will vary, but if they are consistently 10-11kbps and you never see them go much higher for a sustained period, there could be something else going on; anything from ISP's running fancy software on their routers to throttle such peer2peer traffic, or some misconfiguration that's causing Bittorrent peers to throttle you or ignore you.
     
  18. Jan 17, 2006 #118 of 1243
    ChickenCheese

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    I read somewhere that limiting your upload speed to around 20 will help. Right now I think it's set at unlimited?
    Does that sound about right?
     
  19. Jan 17, 2006 #119 of 1243
    dswallow

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    You don't want to saturate your internet connection since there needs to be some bandwidth available to acknowledge packets as they come in. So keeping your upload speed limited to a portion of your max bandwidth, and similarly for your download speed, you will help things.
     
  20. Jan 17, 2006 #120 of 1243
    quarkman97

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    I limited my upload bandwidth to about 10 KB/sec and was getting crap download speeds. I couldn't figure out what the problem was with my download speed.

    I adjusted it to the maximum upload and my torrent download speed jumped up to where it usually is. YMMV.

    I've had it there ever since. I think I might drop it down to 30 and see what that gets me.
     

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