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Mac: converting .tivo files?

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by rickeame, Dec 16, 2007.

  1. rickeame

    rickeame New Member

    Jan 3, 2002
    So I bought Toast, and while it's great at getting the files off, I'm not at all pleased with the "tivo doesn't let us export at anything other than a resolution you may not like." It's a bunch of crap.

    So, I'm looking for ways to extract the MPEG-2 out of the .tivo so I can do what I want with my PBS HD shows.

    Man I hate DRM.
  2. hearncl

    hearncl Member

    Oct 16, 2006
    Nashville, TN
    Download TiVo Decoder from versiontracker.com. From the program description:

    "TiVo Decoder is a simple AppleScript droplet which uses the open source TiVoDecode program to convert the video files from your TiVo Series 2 from .tivo files into plain MPEG-2 files. Just drag and drop your .tivo files on it and get an MPEG-2 video out. You can then use other tools to convert that MPEG-2 into something else."

    It also works for decoding HD programs.
  3. bedelman

    bedelman Call me Bob

    Feb 26, 2001
    Once you've actually exported something, like it appears that you have, typing in the following line in Terminal will enable the "expert" mode and you'll have the additional options.

    defaults write com.roxio.Toast "tivo export mode" -integer 1

    Here's a link to an image that shows the extra modes that are enabled...
  4. tfreehugh

    tfreehugh New Member

    Jun 10, 2007

    I have found a file called "com.roxio.Toast.plist" in the /user/Library/Preferences directory, is this the file that gets modified by the Terminal command? If so, do I need to be in that directory to get it to work? Please let me know as I tried it from my "home" directory and I don't see the expanded list of choices for Export. Thanks.
  5. mattack

    mattack Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    No, you run the defaults write command from anywhere.
  6. hearncl

    hearncl Member

    Oct 16, 2006
    Nashville, TN
    Which version of Toast are you using? As far as I know, the expanded choices appear in Toast 8, but not in Toast 9. You do seem to get some increased resolution of converted files in Toast 9, at least for the Apple TV export option. See this thread for more information.

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