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iTiVo (TiVo -> mac -> iPhone)

Discussion in 'TiVo Home Media Features & TiVoToGo' started by Yoav, Nov 6, 2008.

  1. Feb 8, 2009 #261 of 741
    PacoII

    PacoII New Member

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    This thread is getting a little long, so not sure if this has already been mentioned/requested. When iTiVo is downloading a show, I will sometimes experience some pretty noticeable UI slow-downs. So I was wondering if it were possible to include a time option for when shows in the queue are downloaded. Something like, only start downloads between time A and time B. That way I can make sure itivo only starts doing downloads after I've gone to bed :)
     
  2. Feb 8, 2009 #262 of 741
    Yoav

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    It's on the 'feature requests' list, but yeah it's not implemented (yet?).
     
  3. Feb 8, 2009 #263 of 741
    PacoII

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    Cool. Thanks for the heads up.

     
  4. Feb 9, 2009 #264 of 741
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    Feel free to use the content to support the cause. Also open to helping with other content if you need it.
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  5. Yoav

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    Ok it's in the new beta. (completely untested, so tell me if it's failing to do the right thing).

    Keep in mind, if you computer goes to sleep while iTiVo is idle, I believe it will not wake up to process the queue... Although I'd be happy to be told otherwise.
     
  6. ding01

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    I am having a similar problem when using the iPod/iPhone super-res format. When I watch the video I get an audio/video blip every so often. I have not experienced this using the iPhone or iPod format settings. I have an iMac Intel running 10.5.6 and using iTiVo 1.7.2
     
  7. SoBelle0

    SoBelle0 Go Big Blue!! TCF Club

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    WOW! Yoav, this is absolutely fantastic!! Thank you for the hard work you put into this software, and for your continued updates, responses, and listening to the users.

    I just downloaded and synced my first two test shows (24 in HD) and they look AWESOME! and it seems like the commercials skips are in just exactly the right places. How? You're a magician!! Thank you!

    I'm so excited to have such an easy way to be able to catch up on my shows at the gym, or when traveling, or when bored... Allow me to say again, You ROCK!
     
  8. jaticker

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    If I have 30 shows on "what's playing" on my TIVO, only 20 or so make it to my Mac for transfer to Itunes. Basically not everything on the TIVO makes it to the Mac.Not sure why.
    After a show is decoded it doesn't go straight to Itunes. Not a big, just curious why not. All I do is drag it to the Itunes on the dock.
    Thanks
     
  9. Yoav

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    Does it get downloaded to the "Download Location" but then fails to make it to iTunes? what download format are you using? Is there any 'pattern' to which ones do not make it?
     
  10. steinbch

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    I was wondering if I could also get some support! :)

    I have a TivoHD with MyDVR Expander, an iMac (2.4ghx w/10.5.6), and an AppleTV.
    ***Edit: I also have tried this with iTivo 1.7, 1.7.2, and 1.7.3b3***

    I've tried to copy shows from my TivoHD to iTunes using iTivo's AppleTV Handbrake setting. For some reason, the files are repeatedly deleted from my desktop after the decoding. At first I thought this was due to having a user name with a space in it (a la an earlier post), but I've changed my user name and still have the same problem. Here is the log file after the last transfer: (added smiley face to allow me to post)

    curl 'ht:eek:tp://10.0.1.197:80/download/Vacancy.TiVo?Container=%2FNowPlaying&id=1632062' -c /tmp/cookies.txt --retry 12 --retry-delay 10 --digest -u tivo:1638155167 -o /tmp/iTiVo-jiffy/iTiVoDLPipe --stderr /tmp/iTiVo-jiffy/iTiVoDL
    /Applications/iTiVo.app/Contents/Resources/tivodecode -n -D -m 1638155167 -o /tmp/iTiVo-jiffy/iTiVoDLPipe2.mpg /tmp/iTiVo-jiffy/iTiVoDLPipe
    Encryption by QUALCOMM ;)

    End of File



    /Applications/iTiVo.app/Contents/Resources/HandBrakeCLI -Z "AppleTV" -o /Users/jiffy/Desktop/Vacancy\ -\ 1632062.m4v -i /tmp/iTiVo-jiffy/iTiVoDLPipe2.mpg >/tmp/iTiVo-jiffy/iTiVoDL2 2>&1 < /dev/null
     
  11. Flyinace2000

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    Alright, wierd problem. I am running iTivo on a G4 server runnign leopard with a 200gb drive for OS/Applications and a 2TB RAID5 for media storage. I want iTivo to grab and decrypt, but i have problems. To test it out i told it to download 1 episode last night. I have set the destination path for files to my RAID5, but after it completes it is no where to be found. Any ideas?

    Also, what transcoding options woudl be the fastest to simply remove the DRM. I will be mostly watching ripped tivo shows on my boxee box.
     
  12. Yoav

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    Fastest = 'decrypt' (this will not remove commercials). decrypt/copy will allow you to use 'comskip', but unfortunately often leads to annoying video/audio sync issues.

    As for where the download is, it should be in whatever download location you specified. Make sure iTiVo has no problems writing there. And then if you still don't see it at the END of the completed download, then you need to go to the advanced preferences, turn on log debugging output, and attach /tmp/iTiVo-<username>/iTiVo.log here so I can look at it. (or look at it yourself and see if you can identify any issues).
     
  13. Yoav

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    Did you specify the 'create subdirectory for show' option? Turn it off. Also, do you have any options set under advanced prefs 'run command when download completes'? There should be a bunch more interesting stuff in the log AFTER the Handbrake invocation (where it does things like moving the file around some more, setting up metadata, etc).
     
  14. steinbch

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    I'm in the middle of trying it now with your suggestions. I turned off the 'create subdirectory' and i got rid of some information that was listed after run command when download completes. I thought I had copied the text to the clipboard, but it is gone.

    On another note, should it really take 5+ hours to transfer a hour and a half HD movie with the AppleTV Handbrake setting? Just want to make sure that everything is running normally. :) Thanks for all your help!
     
  15. Yoav

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    (short version: 5 hours is within reason, read the faq)

    long version:
    the handbrake (yuck yuck) setting first downloads the file, then encodes it. You can see how long each part takes. Downloading time is a function of what type of tivo you have, how big the file is, and the network speed. On wired, S3, high-def, a 1:30 show is around the 12G mark, and probably takes about an hour and a half to download.

    Then handbrake attempts to convert it. This is effectively doing a 900x500 (some really weird apple resolution from hell) encode using the x.264 encoder. This is entirely controlled by your computer's speed, but on a fast computer probably takes about 1 hour, and on a slow computer can take 2 days).

    If you did it at full HD resolution (1920x1080), it would take about 4 times longer. (and be unplayable on an AppleTV). If you used a lower resolution (like the iPhone setting) it would similarly be faster. There are options that will let you trade some quality for a slightly faster encode, but the basic problem is that h.264 encodes are just REALLY REALLY complex. Hopefully in the near future one of the encoders will support the ATI/NVidia graphics chip to help make encodes run faster.

    I'd suggest just leaving it overnight to do your encodes, or using a format that is faster to encode if 5 hours is too long for you.
     
  16. Yoav

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    I'm curious... was the 'information that was listed after 'run command' something like "rm $filename" ?
     
  17. Flyinace2000

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    Here are my log files. I have dbl checked the path in the prefs and the are set to the right spot. Here are the logs.
     

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  18. Yoav

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    From the log it looks like mencoder is exitting on processing the file (re-encoding it) - it might be crashing or it might be a clean exit -- I'd guess it's crashing. But it's exitting after processing it for a very short time. Possibly the conversion is too much for it based on the source and target formats.

    Can you try picking a simpler encoding format (like iPhone) and see what happens? This may just boil down to 'sorry, mencoder doesn't like you' answer which there's not much I can do about. Since it sounds like you're ok with 'fast encoding to mpeg-2' why not just use 'decrypt' as your format? That completely skips using mencoder.
     
  19. steinbch

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    That is exactly (OK, I'm pretty sure) what was listed. I'm assuming the 'rm' means remove. :eek:
     
  20. steinbch

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    Since it seems that the standard AppleTV preset using mencoder is preferred, is there a way to mimic Handbrake's ability to create two audio tracks (1 being the stereo and 2 being the passthrough for 5.1)?

    Have I mentioned how awesome you are?
     

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