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iTiVo (TiVo -> mac -> iPhone)

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

  1. Yoav

    Yoav New Member

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    First thing you need to figure out is whether it's the transfer speed or encoding speed that got 'slower'. If you have no features like 'commercial' cutting enabled, then it will download and process in one pipeline (which is more efficient, but makes it harder to see what's slowing it down). Go into Prefs, Advanced, and select 'Download first, then encode'.

    With that option on, you will see how long the transfer is taking, then how long the encode is taking.

    Odds are high that if it went from 10 hours to 20 hours, the thing that got slower was the actual re-encoding, and not the 'transfer'. This probably indicates that your processor is busy (or running slower due to powersaving modes?). Make sure you're not running anything else that is using up CPU... easiest way to check that is via the 'Activity Monitor' in Applications/Utilities... Sometimes a reboot of your computer might help clean up some rogue left-over processes...


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    oops looks like you're sure it's the transfer and not re-encode that got slower? In that case, I'd check to make sure that the tivo is not 'busy' doing other things (like recording shows, downloading things, etc). All those things slow down the transfer speed.
     
  2. jenz

    jenz New Member

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    Thanks, Yoav, and by the way, *fantastic* work here on this program.

    I think by way of replying to your message, I figured it out. What is AtomicParsley? I don't remember if I saw that on prior versions of iTivo and/or if I selected it before, but it was enabled. I just disabled it and tried a download, and while not complete, this 4Gb show is showing ~4 hours to download so am back to "fast" downloading.

    I'll report back once it is finished but funny how that option (at least for me) was the culprit.

    Is there any way to check on my prior downloads if I had AtomicParlsey enabled then?
     
  3. Yoav

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    AtomicParsley has been in there for a LOONG time, so odds are high all your downloads had it. At some point like 6 months ago I added the ability to disable AtomicParsley as it was crashing on some files and leading to errors.

    I have NO idea why having it enabled slows down your transfer time. AtomicParsley is generally run on the final .mp4 file after transfer/re-encode, and its job is to add 'tags' like the name of the show, actors, etc into the file. So it doesn't seem to make sense that it can slow down the transfer... But at least you have a workaround..
     
  4. iamnotmad

    iamnotmad New Member

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    Hi, thanks for the app. Just a potential bug report.

    If I try to download a recording to my external FW drive it faails with just "couldn't download".

    If I d/l to a local drive on the mac mini it works fine. Has anyone else run into this?

    Thanks!
     
  5. Yoav

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    I've downloaded to an external (via USB) drive plenty of times with no issues. Is there anything special about this external drive? Is it an apple HFS+ filesystem? You may find some interesting info in <user>/Library/Logs/iTiVo.log that may help you figure out what went wrong...
     
  6. iamnotmad

    iamnotmad New Member

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    Hey thanks for the response. I figured it out. It was my drive it had some issue. After a reboot it was fine. I couldn't write anything to it (I discovered after I posted).

    Thanks again.
     
  7. orinaccio

    orinaccio New Member

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    I'd like to thank the developer and the community here for supporting this application. I think you guys are amazing.

    Ive been struggling with one particular aspect of iTivo and I'd like help figuring out if I'm doing something wrong.

    This is the feature Im trying to use:
    I have tried importing from both HD and standard recordings, and into many different formats, on two different computers. Each time it does not create subtitle files, and instead creates a ".srt" file that has zero KB (0 kb), which tells me it runs into some kind of problem or error just as it tries to create the subtitle file.

    All of the recordings that are on my tivo do indeed contain captions (otherwise I wouldnt record them). I am using Series 3 HD tivo with Verizon Fios TV service if this helps any.

    I would LOVE guidance/help from anyone that has successfully used this feature, or confirmation if this is a known issue/bug. I did a search before posting this and couldn't find any mention of anyone having issues with this feature anywhere.
     
  8. Yoav

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    Well, the .srt is the subtitles file it's supposed to create, but I guess it must be hitting some error. It would help if you could look through <user>/Logs/iTiVo.log and see if there's any more useful info in there as to why it's failing?

    I just tried downloading a show with subtitles enabled and it definitely did the right thing. I'm not aware of fios doing anything different for subtitles (I have Time Warner crapble).
     
  9. akcorcoran

    akcorcoran New Member

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    Hello -

    I am thrilled to have iTivo - before I discovered it, I was downloading on PC, converting and moving to my Mac. Ugh!

    A relatively straightforward question (I think) - i searched FAQ and Help and couldn't seem to find it:

    What are the specs for the final file produced by each download option? (Obviously this varies for the size of the original recording, but I'm hoping for the general Frame Size and Quality?)

    Thank you so much!

    Alexa

    p.s. I'm assuming if you can use Handbreak, you can also use MPEG Streamclip as they are pretty interchangeable?
     
  10. akcorcoran

    akcorcoran New Member

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    Hi there - nevermind! I didn't see the little descriptions next to the download preferences. And, the file opened just fine in MPEG streamclip.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for changing my Tivo download life! :)
     
  11. cweb

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    I have iTivo (1.7.7b3) and PyTivoX (1.3) installed on my Mac. For a long time I successfully used the ffmeg option to download and convert my shows. Since installing snow leopard all newly downloaded shows show a size of zero bytes. Shows will convert correctly if I use another option such as quicktime.

    It would be great if I could get the ffmeg functioning again as that was my preferred option. Any thoughts as to why it may no longer work?
     
  12. orinaccio

    orinaccio New Member

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    I do not see any log files for iTivo - is there an option to enable logging?

    Oddly enough, i recently tried again and for the first time I successfully generated a .SRT file. I do not know if this has anything to do with it, but I installed XCode Developer Tools just prior to this attempt. Could it be that XCode is necessary for this feature to work?
     
  13. Yoav

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    iTiVo should be logging in <user>/Library/Logs/iTiVo.log ... If it isn't then there's something *very* odd....

    as far as I know, you don't need Xcode installed. It simple runs t2sami which is included as part of iTiVo, and I don't believe that has any dependencies on something that Xcode provides... However, I do have xcode installed so can't guarantee that it works without it..
     
  14. jannlinder

    jannlinder New Member

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    Anyone seeing iTivo (on 1.7.6, btw) downloading the mpg file and naming it using the episode ID instead of episode name? (for instance: "Glee - 882598.mpg" instead of "Glee - Preggers.mpg")

    I am getting really tired of guessing what the episode name is <grin>... Would be nice if iTivo had an option to set the time/date of the file to the recorded time/date instead of the time/date of the episode. I would use this. I know it is kinda counter intuitive..but it is easily added to the app, no?

    TIA

    Jann
     
  15. zero hectic

    zero hectic New Member

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    Hi. I'm trying to install iTivo in Snow Leopard (10.6.1.) but it doesn't seem to be working. I keep seeing these errors:

    On opening iTivo:

    AppleScript Error

    No matching processes belonging to you were found (1)

    On opening preferences:

    AppleScript Error

    Can't get item 1 of {}. (-1728)

    Since I can't open preferences, I can't set iTivo to see my Tivo. Any help would be appreciated.
     
  16. jfhaas

    jfhaas New Member

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    Just got my Tivo HD - 'upgraded' from the original pre-series 1!

    Love this app, particularly since the Tivo software doesn't work on Snow Leopard (yet).

    Conversions are downloading/ converting smoothly (set to Apple TV), and I can watch the mp4 on my computer. But when I drag the file to my iTunes library, it just disappears! The file never shows up in iTunes nor can I find the file in my library.

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks.
     
  17. ellinj

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    Can anyone explain what the download first option does under advanced settings?
     
  18. Nov 1, 2009 #578 of 741
    nasukaren

    nasukaren New Member

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    What a fantastic program! Please include a "Donate a Beer" button on your page so we can send you a few bucks for a pint!

    I'm running it on my old G4 MacMini and my new MacBookPro. The G4 took *hours* to process a show until I remembered that I had a Turbo.264. Plugged that in and it now does 20 fps!

    The MacBookPro is working fantastic too. I had trouble with the "delete files after encoding trick" (mv "$temp" etc. etc.) as the file would get deleted before getting passed off to the encoder. I think I'll try to play with a CSH script that waits a few hours before deleting the file.

    EDIT: I don't think I'll actually need to write a script, I'm playing within this:
    sleep 36000; /bin/mv "$file" ~/.Trash
    This should wait 10 hours before processing the delete command.



    Karen
     
  19. Nov 2, 2009 #579 of 741
    luvmytivo

    luvmytivo New Member

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    Howdy - Love the program, by far the best looking and easiest TTG app available on any platform. That said, I've been stuck using KMTTG lately, as iTiVo is as near as makes no difference completely unresponsive for minutes at a time while connecting with the TiVo, and then takes several minutes after downloading the NPL before it responds to any clicks.

    I currently have over 600 shows on my HDXL, and I understand that getting the NPL off the box will take a little while - kmttg takes a minute to do this as well - but it seems as if iTiVo is doing more than just that.

    In addition to the minutes long episodes of hanginess after the NPL is displayed, when trying to search on a show it hangs and says 'connecting' again for a good 5 minutes - occasionally not even coming back with a complete list.

    Soooo, any hope of me being able to use iTiVo with my huge NPL any time soon? I'll hit the 'donate beer' button a few times...
     
  20. hassgocubs

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    Have you checked the "Recently Added" Playlist? See if the item you drag appears there. If it does, it may have a different tag (Movie, for example) that will have it appear in a different part of the library. If it appears there, you can single-click it in that list, press Command-I to get info, and change the tag under the Options tab next to "Media Type."
     

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