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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 19, 2006 #141 of 1232
    SoBelle0

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    Jeff - I coulda brought you a DVD on Sat. Good luck with your dls. :)

    Re: your 2nd question - I think the default includes 4:3 ratio info - which I think (but have no idea, for sure) means that it "modifies it to fit the screen" or whatever they say. So, you should probably still pick a 16:9 option - such as the one MickeS suggested. Let me know - 'cause soon enuf I'll have a fancy new TV as well and will want to use the right option.

    I have no idea whatsoever about the various naming schemes used... or how to determine quality, etc. I just figure I got lucky that, thus far, the two I got were both in English and one had been edited to remove the commercials, the 2nd one is really crappy... and I'm converting the final one now.
     
  2. Jan 19, 2006 #142 of 1232
    dswallow

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    We're seeing more and more HD versions -- where the resolution is higher than the normal video files that'd be about 350MB/43 minutes of show. The "HR" there is referring to "high resolution"; the "HDTV" in both refers to the source being an HDTV/digital broadcast; "AC3 5.1" refers to the audio encoding; "XviD" is identifying the codec used to compress it; "NBS" and "FOV" are referring to the group of folks who are doing the captures and encodings which often helps people identify levels of quality when comparing multiple possible downloads.
     
  3. Jan 19, 2006 #143 of 1232
    MickeS

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    You should chose to encode to the same ratio that the source file is, no matter what aspect ratio your TV is - so if it's a 16:9 source, encode using a 16:9 profile (same for 4:3).

    When you get your widescreen TV, change the "TV Aspect Ratio" in the TiVo settings to "16:9" - the 16:9 encoded files that had letterbox black bars when TiVo was set to 4:3 will then fill the entire screen.
     
  4. Jan 20, 2006 #144 of 1232
    cheerdude

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    Conversion completed - Transfering them to the TiVo now...

    Which leads me to another question - Wired vs. Wireless ... except for the transfer speed, is there any difference in the quality of the video being transfered (either way)?

    Thanks again,

    Jeff

    PS - Is it me... or has this thread been moved to the TV Show Talk forum? (Don't really notice too much, since I use "View New Posts")
     
  5. Jan 20, 2006 #145 of 1232
    SoBelle0

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    Well, that makes so much sense. :) Thanks!!
     
  6. Jan 20, 2006 #146 of 1232
    markz

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    Ok, I am collecting questions as I read through this thread, so bear with me.

    Can these be bought already modded ready to go without all the extra steps?


    Can you burn to a CD-RW or DVD+/-RW and play it on the DVP 642 so that you can reuse the disk over & over? Or does it require using just a CD-R or DVD+/-R?




    I see mention of TiVoGoBack and TiVo Desktop. Are they anything I can use with my two DirecTiVos? Can I upload anything to them to watch on the TV?



    I see everyone talking about how uTorrent rocks. I have been using BitComet for quite some time. Is uTorrent better than that?



    I think that is all. I have read the whole thread and am now submitting my questions!
     
  7. Jan 20, 2006 #147 of 1232
    MickeS

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    Look at eBay.

    It can use /+-RW discs fine. The only thing I've had trouble playing on it is Qpel-encoded Xvid.

    No, DirecTivo does not support this. Maybe there are hacks that let you, but "natively" they don't.

    No idea. :) I've used BitComet and liked it a lot. Using Azureus now. I don't think it matters much.
     
  8. Jan 20, 2006 #148 of 1232
    ddockery

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    I prefer uTorrent to Azureus, because Azureus is a reource hog. At it's best it took over 40MB of memory, and uTorrent takes up 2-3MB. As far as performance on torrents, they are both very configurable and work well.
     
  9. Jan 20, 2006 #149 of 1232
    efilippi

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    Originally Posted by MickeS
    You should chose to encode to the same ratio that the source file is, no matter what aspect ratio your TV is - so if it's a 16:9 source, encode using a 16:9 profile (same for 4:3).


    But how does one know what the source file was encoded at? The descriptions don't include it, as far as I have seen. Heck, I'm happy when I get English instead of German! Is there some 'properties' option somewhere that looks into the avi file?

    Another wierd thing happened to me today. I have a movie that runs very well on the pc, but only the video part. There is no audio at all and I can see a fleeting "error dowlonading codec" on the windows Media Player. But after I run it through Videora and watch it on Tivo, the sound is fine! How can that be?
     
  10. Jan 20, 2006 #150 of 1232
    MickeS

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    Yeah, if you right-click on the file in Windows Explorer, and choose "Properties" and "Summary"-> "advanced", it should say the height and width there. Just divide the height by the width and you'll get the aspect ratio.

    Also, if it's a HDTV rip (usually says in file name) it's 16:9.


    Windows Media Player probably does not have that particular codec registered, or access to it or whatever, but Videora does.

    I have seen it happen for me with Media Player Classic vs WMP. Media Player Classic can play anything I throw at it, while WMP stumbles quite often.
     
  11. Jan 20, 2006 #151 of 1232
    efilippi

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    Yes, that works. My most recent movie shows 624 by 256 pixels. That divides to 2.4 which doesn't seem to be either 16:9 or 4:3. Something else, I guess?

    No mention of codec used in audio section of the properties so I don't know how to solve the audio problem in Windows.
     
  12. Jan 20, 2006 #152 of 1232
    Mabes

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    Sounds like 2.35 to 1, which would be a widescreen movie.
     
  13. Jan 20, 2006 #153 of 1232
    cheerdude

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    Success!!!

    Following all of the directions, I was able to watch West Wing and House on my TiVo from a torrent d/l. Had no problem with WW (jumped slightly in 2 places) and House's audio was slightly ahead of the video; but when I look at the WMP file, it was slightly ahead there as well... so it would appear to be just a "bad rip".

    Amazing - thanks to all for the instructions (and to TiVo for doing GoBack). Wonder if they knew that it was going to be used like this (and is why they aren't saying much about it)?

    Jeff
     
  14. Jan 20, 2006 #154 of 1232
    MickeS

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    efillipi, sorry I can't help you with that one...
     
  15. Jan 20, 2006 #155 of 1232
    Redux

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    I have been told this is also a good idea when you're buying used car stereo systems. Some groups of folks capture the entire wiring harness and all the connectors, others simply cut the wires. At the lowest quality, they just yank them out and run, and god knows what you're going to get.

    It's always good to be able to identify levels of quality when comparing multiple possible sources.
     
  16. Jan 21, 2006 #156 of 1232
    keyzersoce

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    A word of warning: My son downloaded a movie a while ago. We just got a notice from our service provider that the releasing studio has tracked the download to our computer. The letter was one of those sreongly worded, legal "cut it out" forms. They say they haven't released any names yet, but they haven't been asked, either. Therefore, I suggest people use peerguardian, which we have just installed.
     
  17. Jan 21, 2006 #157 of 1232
    mtnagel

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    Wow. That sucks. Was it really, "a movie" and not many movies?
     
  18. Jan 21, 2006 #158 of 1232
    tase2

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    First comment-this is a great and very informative thread. I have read up through around post 90 or so. As I have to leave now, I apologize if this has been asked and answered. Just give me a post # or something if so. :eek:e

    This is my situation. I downloaded a concert video through utorrent and is now sitting on my hard drive 2.4gb. As I have an HR10-250 as my only Tivo, I believe I have no chance of viewing the video on my Tivo.(Please, Please correct me if this is wrong). I know I can watch it on my PC, but much prefer to watch it on my TV.

    So I assume my only choice is to burn it to DVD and play it in my DVDplayer.
    I have PowerDVD v.6 and the latest upgrade of Nero 6.

    How do I burn what I believe is a MPEG video file from my HD to the DVD-R so I can play it in my home DVD player (Sony DVPNS50 DVD)?
     
  19. Jan 21, 2006 #159 of 1232
    keyzersoce

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    Yes. I usually download BBC shows, unavailable in the US, through UKNova.com. We have always used Netflix or our local video store to rent anything we wanted to see. Apparently, he and a friend were experimenting one night and downloaded a movie, just to see if they could. It just happened to be from a studio which is actively tracking downloads of their films.

    As my dad used to say: When a flock of ducks pass overhead, you just point your rifle at them and pull the trigger, hoping you'll hit one. Today, you turned out to be the duck.
     
  20. Jan 21, 2006 #160 of 1232
    mtnagel

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    What was the studio?
     

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