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Discussion in 'TiVo Home Media Features & TiVoToGo' started by moyekj, Mar 15, 2008.
Jim, I replied to your PM and uploaded a couple of clips to you. Thanks ...
I am now using kmttg v0p7i.
Here are some things/features I like to see on kmttg:
1. I like the capability to remember the last window position and open to.
2. I like the capability to browse the files instead of having to 'add' files every time.
3. I like to see a time remaining on its current job.
4. I like the capability of remembering the column positions. I can re-arrange the columns but when kmttg is re-opened, its back to the original order.
For 1 it saves last tab you were in and resumes on that tab. A number of other things are also saved between sessions such as task selections and Encoding Profile.
For 4 it saves column orders however you have them for each TiVo and FILES tab and when you restart resumes with same order. Also under config Visual tab if you disable "Auto size NPL column widths" kmttg will also keep column widths as you had them.
For 1, it doesn't remember the windows (screen) position when I open as a new task, the window aligns to the screen's left edge. However it does remember the window size.
For 4, what I am doing now is to drag the status column from the left side to the right side of jobs. The column returns to its original (left) column position upon opening as a new task.
For 4 the Now Playing table column positions are the ones that are remembered. Never considered bothering to save it for job table as didn't think anyone would bother re-arranging that one, but I suppose it could be done.
For 1 that's right, I don't save last physical position, just size, but I guess position would be easy enough to save/restore as well.
v0p7j version just released with some useful enhancements. Consult the release notes for a summary of enhancements, changes and fixes:
> v0p7j version just released with some useful enhancements. <
Lots of good work. Thanks! A couple comments:
1) "Added automatic retry attempts for failed downloads which some users run into occasionally."
I'm sure this will be extremely useful, especially when coming back hours later to find that 1 or 2 huge files never even got started, due to some transient issue. Folks should also be aware though that things can still fail if you happen to leave your TiVo recordings in Pause mode... even after the recording is finished.
I do this frequently, to speed up the TTG process (Pausing recordings makes other transfers go faster), but you then need to remember to unPause it later. Even after it finishes recording, it'll still be "busy" AFA the TiVo is concerned, and won't transfer it. Pausing playback doesn't have the same limitations.
2) "Disk Usage GUI will now set Total Disk Space (GB) as the total used space if user has not set that option."
This can provide some useful information, but would be even more so if it could override your best guess. I.e., I think I have x-GB of recordable space on my unit (and I might be pretty close), but potentially there may be a few extra GB available I'm not aware of. If kmttg was monitoring this, it could just bump the value if it ever saw anything higher.
Are there updated tools in kmttg_win32_tools_v0p7j.zip?
Yes, tivodecode and comskip were updated for windows, only tivodecode for Mac. (tivodecode 0.3pre4 with TS support).
Thanks again AudioNutz (Bill) for the Mac tools zip file update as I don't have a Mac to be able to update that package myself.
Thanks K -
I guess I have one more question: what happens to downloads that don't support TS (such as my workhorse 648 model), and the box is checked to force the TS download? Is the &FORMAT string ignored?
v0p7j is working.
The only thing I still haven't figured out is the Push feature. When I try to Push, it says 'Push job completed' and the title goes to auto_push.txt, but nothing else happens.
The extra format string of the download URL is ignored by TiVos that don't support TS download option so it can't hurt to be enabled (and in fact for fresh kmttg installations is now enabled by default). I have 2 648s and have that option enabled with no side effects, and hope that some day TiVo bothers to enable TS container support for Series 3 TiVos.
FYI the kmttg pyTivo push task is completely independent from the auto_push tool. (You mentioned updating of auto_push.txt file which is part of auto_push tool and nothing to do with kmttg pyTivo push).
Note that if the TiVo you are pushing to is part of a TiVo beta program the production mind server is different and hence pushes via mind.tivo.com won't work (as is the case with TiVo Desktop auto pushes).
I have this same problem frequently. Maybe it's because my WD expander is getting flaky.
At any rate, when I get Server Busy I usually have been able to recover by using the File -> Reset TiVo Web Server menu option. It's a lot more convenient than rebooting the TiVo. Hopefully this new code does the recovery automatically. I'll give it a try today.
> ...hope that some day TiVo bothers to enable TS container support for Series 3 TiVos. <
??? Is this not included in the 11.0f release, currently being pushed out?
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Nope at least not for me. One of my units has 11.0f and I don't see that option available using https in web browser. According to TivoJerry 11.0f was just a bug fix release so I doubt we would see such enhancements in that release (or potentially any series 3 software update in the future). Looks like most resources will now be devoted to fixing issues and improving HDUI of the Premiere units so I don't expect series 3 to get much attention, but of course that is pure speculation on my part.
EDIT: Seeing as New Zealand & Australia units have version 14.x and the Premiere has 14.x and all of those support TS downloads I would expect if by chance we do get TS support for series 3 units it would be in a 14.x version or later. (The Premiere units have "Classic UI" version which apparently looks mostly like we have on series 3 so maybe that suggests the underlying classic UI could be shared among series 3 & 4 platforms at least initially).
> One of my units has 11.0f and I don't see that option available using https in web browser. <
Thanks very much for that information! That's really good to know. I was anxiously awaiting this update to arrive, so I could finally get all the files off my TiVo that TTG (PS mode) truncates. Sounds like that's not going to happen on this update cycle. (And potentially, never.)
I've only been waiting 2 years for them to fix this. When I heard that a new update was finally rolling out, I jumped to the conclusion that a capability they added to the Aussie version 5 months ago would be incorporated here.
I'll need to go in and do a slash and burn, because my unit is now ~80% full of files I've been unable to transfer. :down: I guess I also also need to ask myself why I have a TiVo, since it's obviously not working for me.
If you have more than 1 unit and know the point where TTG is cutting off you can try setting pause point to there and then do a partial MRV transfer (from paused point) to other unit and eventually end up with 2 partial files you can stitch back together. Messy way of going about it but feasible if there are shows you really would like to keep. Knock on wood I've never ran into a case where TTG only gives me a partial file...
Thanks for the suggestion! That's some pretty smart thinking. Yes, I can find the exact points where it truncates (by looking at the piece I do manage to get). But I don't have another S3.
One other option, along the same lines, could be to buy a Premiere, MRV everything over, then TTG it down from the Premiere in TS mode. Those are some very impressive download speeds that bkdtv demoed!