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iTiVo (TiVo -> mac -> iPhone)

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

  1. bohbot16

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    Yoav,
    I agree that it should just be added to the FAQ. I think that this workaround will be common for a lot of people using US HD cable. I wouldn't be surprised if the standard Handbrake AppleTV setting fixes this issue in their next release. The Handbrake guys would probably come up with a more elegant solution than forcing all video to 30fps.
     
  2. Yoav

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    Ok it's in the FAQ now. Hopefully that will be useful for people who have the same issues.
     
  3. cmontyburns

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  4. Yoav

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    Ooh cool (and suck). Sounds like iTiVo wasn't working very well for him. But at least it is a mention :)
     
  5. cmontyburns

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    Yeah, I posted a reply in the comments giving it some (deserved) love!
     
  6. Yoav

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    Just uploaded version 1.7.3 which supports listing copyrighted shows (you can't select or download them), lets you disable AtomicParsley (some people were having issues with it) and which lets you select a time range for when automatic queue downloads would be initiated (presumably at night).
     
  7. wdave

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    1.7.2: I converted a few shows and movies to my iPhone for a trip this weekend, first time using iTivo since upgrading to 1.7.2. Now my iPhone won't play anything. The video doesn't work, it just stays stuck on the first frame (I think it's the first frame), while the audio starts playing just fine. I can navigate to the middle and start playing with audio working fine, but the video stays frozen on that same frame.

    Playing the same file on my MacBook Pro appears to work fine. That's what I used on the plane instead this time.

    This all used to work before I upgraded. What happened?
     
  8. Yoav

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    Well, that's a very open ended question. Normally that would indicate that the file was encoded with some h.264 option that quicktime can play but that the iphone can't. However, nothing has changed in the iphone options since many versions ago, so I'm inclined to guess that maybe the source was a little 'funky'. Either it got copied to the iphone badly, or the iphone may have a bug triggered.

    Is it a single file or all of them? Have you tried powering off the iphone (the full power off)? If you delete the file from the iphone and re-sync it?

    If nothing else works, can you put the file somewhere so I can look at it? Also, did you change any of the advanced pref encoder options?
     
  9. cmontyburns

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    This is a useful feature. At some point, to cap it off, you might make like Handbrake and add an option to put the computer to sleep once all encoding is done.
     
  10. Yoav

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    Ok that's a really good idea. So good I made the tiny codechange necessary to support it and checked in 1.7.4 :). If you have the option on, it will only put the computer to sleep after a queue download, not a manual download (so if you want to download just one show and have the computer sleep, add the show to the queue and 'download now').

    yeah I know how much people love updating their programs every 5 minutes...
     
  11. wdave

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    Disregard this ... for now. I turned on my phone this morning and tried to play them again and it worked. :confused:

    It was 2 movies and 4 TV episodes that I had converted and loaded on the phone during the week in preparation for my trip. They all didn't work yesterday. They all do work today.

    I'll let you know if the problem recurs. But from this evidence, I'd say you're off the hook.
     
  12. Mar 1, 2009 #312 of 741
    Yoav

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    1.7.5 is out.

    I added support for extracting subtitles from shows into .srt files. (using t2sami). You can enable it in Preferences under the Subtitles tab. Keep in mind that if you have commercial skip AND subtitles enabled, you may end up with video/audio/subtitle sync issues.
     
  13. Mar 1, 2009 #313 of 741
    PacoII

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    Question about using iTivo: I came home the other day to find iTivo not able to connect to my TiVo. When I turned on my TV there was nothing but a purple screen. Rebooting the TiVo resolved the issue, but I was wondering if using programs like iTivo and pytivoX increase the likelihood of this occurring?
     
  14. Mar 1, 2009 #314 of 741
    Yoav

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    I have never seen a purple screen before (and I use both tools). It *may* indicate that your hard drive is dying though, and that would suck.

    I doubt iTivo or pyTivoX are responsible (they use the same interface that TivoToGo uses, and I seriously doubt that there are issues like that). but like anything, it's all down to code on the tivo, and I can't guarantee anything.
     
  15. Mar 2, 2009 #315 of 741
    PacoII

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    Thanks for the reply. I am still fairly new to the TiVo world, so wasn't sure if running these types of apps put extra 'strain' on the TiVo OS. I sure hope the drive isn't dying - it's only been in use for about 3 months.

    One other small thing: I have iTivo set up as a startup/login item. The dialog box that comes up saying that the app is under active development, prevents anything from happening until you click ok. So iTivo sits there doing nothing until I remember to go back to my computer and click the ok button. Any chance you could present this message in a way that does not block iTivo from connecting and doing it's thing? Perhaps a different type of message window that allows iTivo to keep doing it's thing? It's running on a mac that acts as a server, so I frequently will just reboot and forget about it. Now I can't do that and have to wait until it reboots, click the ok, then I can leave it.

    Thanks!!

     
  16. Mar 2, 2009 #316 of 741
    Yoav

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    Unfortunately, as coded, there's no clean way to tell it to never prompt. I'm thinking of just removing that prompt since it seems more annoying than useful, BUT:

    If you have a way of running a command BEFORE you launch iTiVo, you can do something like:

    Code:
    defaults write ~/Library/Preferences/com.iTiVo.iTiVo LaunchCount 1
    
    (note that it's a tilde, not a minus sign up there). That will give you 99 launches before you get the prompt (and if you run that command, it will reset it again).

    If you don't have any such thing, you can 'semi-fix' it by opening Tivo's 'advanced prefs' tab, and under 'run when download completes' put that command. As long as you complete at least one download before launching itivo 99 times, you should be golden.

    Note that this may break in future releases of itivo, but most likely I'll just be getting rid of that prompt soon enough.
     
  17. Mar 2, 2009 #317 of 741
    roblight

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    It just updated to the latest version this weekend and I'm getting a AppleScript Error (AppleEvent handler failed. (-10000)) after iTivo is launched and is sitting idle for a while. I assume it's trying to download a show. I'm using the AppleTV setting.

    Is there a log file I can post?
     
  18. Mar 2, 2009 #318 of 741
    MeStinkBAD

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    Have you considered trying this so the dialog will auto close? This is the code responsible for displaying that dialog on launch...

    Code:
    on launched theObject
    	if LaunchCount > 100 or LaunchCount ≤ 0 then
    		display dialog¬
    		 "This program is under active development. Some features may not work. *Do not distribute copyrighted material*" ¬
    		 buttons {"OK"} default button "OK" attached to window "iTiVo"  giving up after 5 
    		set LaunchCount to 0
    	end if
    	set LaunchCount to LaunchCount + 1
    	setSettingsInUI()
    	if canAutoConnect = true and shouldAutoConnect = true then
    		my ConnectTiVo()
    	end if
    	setDrawers()
    end launched
     
  19. Mar 2, 2009 #319 of 741
    Yoav

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    Cool added, thanks :)
    (should be in whatever becomes the next release).
     
  20. Mar 2, 2009 #320 of 741
    Yoav

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    The log is in /tmp/iTiVo-<username>/iTiVo.log

    However, generally applescript errors do not log anything interesting in there, though it can't hurt to check. I've left an idle iTiVo running for a while and still no error though. Are you connected to the tivo? Do you have any subscriptions? Any interesting preferences set (scheduling related)?
     

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