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New program for 1 step TTG downloads, decryption, encoding - kmttg

Discussion in 'TiVo Home Media Features & TiVoToGo' started by moyekj, Mar 15, 2008.

  1. Sep 30, 2008 #301 of 10413
    moyekj

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    You said you have tried several mpeg files and all have similar problems, were they all recorded from same channel or different channels? There may be some glitch in the mpeg file(s) causing problems. If you have VideoRedo I would run 1 of the offending mpeg files through Quickstream fix to see if that helps.
    If you don't have VideoRedo you can download trial version which has full functionality to give it a shot to see if it helps.
     
  2. Oct 1, 2008 #302 of 10413
    moyekj

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    I've found a few of my mpeg2 files don't encode cleanly - I get jerky video and/or skipping audio in resulting encoding. After much fussing around with different encoding settings nothing seem to help. Then I ran the source mpeg2 file through VideoRedo Quickstream fix and that cured the problem - now that clip encodes perfectly with various of the different profiles.

    It's become such a useful tool I'm going to have to look at including VideoRedo Quickstream fix (in batch mode) as another option in kmttg.

    While I'm at it I'll also try to use it as a better option to mencoder for cutting out commercial segments (though I suspect that Quickstream fix enought will also fix the problems mencoder has cutting files).
     
  3. Oct 1, 2008 #303 of 10413
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    I do have a request. I've noticed that when I select the box "Create Sub Folder" the sub folder gets the full name of the file, including episode information and date (if so configured as it normally would be in the naming convention).

    It would be a far more useful feature if the "Create Sub Folder" simply created a sub folder with the series name, etc, and put all subsequent episodes in that folder.

    For example, create sub-directory "Star Trek" and put all Star Trek Episodes there, versus ending up with 60 sub-directories, one for each episode of the show.
     
  4. Oct 1, 2008 #304 of 10413
    moyekj

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    That's what the special keyword "[/]" added in this latest release is for in the "File Naming" configuration - to add sub-folders of your choosing. So for your example you could do something like:
    [mainTitle][/][year]_[month]_[mday]_[episodeTitle]
    That way all shows of same series end up in the same [mainTitle] sub-folder and when sorted by name you can keep them in recorded date order.

    The create sub-directory option was more of a specific request I was addressing to keep every single show as a separate folder (which I personally don't find very useful but I can see where if you are using the comskip/comcut phases and not deleting files as you go may be of value).
     
  5. Oct 1, 2008 #305 of 10413
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    Gotcha, ok. I will give that a go. That's what I get for reading the instructions too quickly! If I subsequently go into the subdirectory with a .tivo file in it and then encode it will it then create another sub-folder with the .mpg file?
     
  6. Oct 1, 2008 #306 of 10413
    moyekj

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    As long as you specify ".TiVo Output Dir" and ".mpg Output Dir" as the same then both .TiVo and .mpg files will land in same sub-folder. Same goes for all other output files.
    Perhaps to clarify why that is the case, each of the output file names are built as:
    <Output dir>/<File Naming specification>.<suffix>
    (where of course in latest release <File Naming specification> can have it's own sub-folders)
     
  7. Oct 1, 2008 #307 of 10413
    kevinmtu

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    Finally got the time to give VideoRedo a try and lo and behold, the audio was in sync =)

    I am going to try it on another file tonight and see if it works again. The only problem is that the software is so expensive to do this one task. Is there any other solution that you know of that works similar to VideoRedo Quickstream.

    Thanks!
     
  8. Oct 1, 2008 #308 of 10413
    moyekj

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    Don't know if there is free software out there to do the same thing. Note that VideoRedo is useful for editing out commercials with precision, stitching DVD VOBS together, and several other tasks. You don't need the $75 DVD authoring version, the $50 VideoRedoPlus has the Quickstream fix tool as well (that's the one I use).

    As I mentioned above the Quickstream fix tool seems to clear up a lot of issues when further processing of .mpg files is needed (such as cutting out commercials or encoding to other formats), so I am already working on incorporating it into kmttg as another option you can choose (Windows only). It would be nice to find a free tool that does the same and is cross platform but I don't know if there is one.
     
  9. Oct 2, 2008 #309 of 10413
    momanz

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    Integration of VideoRedo would be great. I spent some time a couple of years ago looking the different options for editing out commercials and couldn't find anything that would maintain proper audio sync consistently. There's a program called ProjectX that may help, but at some point in time my cable system changed something about how programs were broadcast on some channels. That caused the program to drop a large number of frames when it processed the video. In the end I spent the $50 on VideoRedo and haven't looked back since.
     
  10. Oct 3, 2008 #310 of 10413
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    I've got an HP MediaSmart WHS box. How can I install directly onto this box?
     
  11. Oct 3, 2008 #311 of 10413
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    Installation is very simple on WHS box.

    You will want to download the software from here;

    http://code.google.com/p/kmttg/downloads/list

    You will need the Windows installation (http://kmttg.googlecode.com/files/kmttg_v0p5a.zip) and also the Windows helper tools (http://kmttg.googlecode.com/files/kmttg_win32_tools_v0p5.zip).

    You will want to save these files onto one of your WHS shares that you can then access via the WHS box.

    Remote desktop to the WHS box (using remote desktop) and find the files, then unzip them into a directory of your choosing (c:\program files\kmttg\ for example). Make sure that your paths are correct, in other words the kmmtg.pl program should be sitting in the same folder as the folders for the different tools (ffmpeg, etc).

    You then simply need to follow the instructions on the kmttg website to get Python installed (they give you a link and instructions, it's very easy) and then follow the instructions for setting up kmttg.

    It's really not complicated, just take your time. The Windows instructions will work perfectly fine on your EX475 provided you use remote desktop and the administrator account to set everything up.
     
  12. Oct 3, 2008 #312 of 10413
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    Thanks. Do I need to first install PERL on the WHS share?
     
  13. Oct 3, 2008 #313 of 10413
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    You will need Perl installed (and pay attention to versions, etc, per the kmttg install instructions) but you don't necessarily have to put it on before you get kmttg ready to go.

    You simply won't be able to run kmttg until Perl is installed on your WHS. Remember that you will also want to install Perl on the WHS box through remote desktop as the administrator.

    If you want to share your downloaded shows back to your Tivo(s) then you will want PyTivo also, which is also easy to set up on WHS. You can get pytivo here;

    http://pytivo.armooo.net/

    I believe the windows installation of PyTivo includes the Python interpretation necessary for operation.
     
  14. Oct 3, 2008 #314 of 10413
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    Hmm I don't know that I can remote desktop into my particular WHS box. I guess I'll need to research that first.
     
  15. Oct 4, 2008 #315 of 10413
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    Any WHS box allows for remote desktop as far as I know. If you have trouble getting in you can get extra help on the EX475 at www.wegotserved.co.uk

    You should be able to put the server name into remote desktop, login as administrator and use the same password that you use for the WHS console.
     
  16. Oct 4, 2008 #316 of 10413
    yizzung

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    I see a lot of questions about getting this to work on a Mac but no answers. I assume it does not. Has anyone gotten this to work on OS X?

    I'm trying to find ANY solution that will let me pull recordings off my Series 3, watch them on my Mac and/or transfer them to my iPhone.

    (I think I have downloaded every freaking app mentioned anywhere on these boards and nothing works. I'm fine with paying for Roxio products but everyone says that they suck too... Should I give up?)
     
  17. Oct 4, 2008 #317 of 10413
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    Being a Perl program it can run on Mac OS X, but takes quite a bit of work to get there. The hard part is getting everything setup so it can run, such as X11 setup, tivodecode binaries and any other of the helper application binaries needed. If you look much earlier in this thread someone actually went through the process and eventually got it up and running on the Mac. However I have not heard from that person lately. I don't have a Mac myself so can't do the work. Really it would take one person with a little experience in Mac and compiling programs on Mac to get this setup and provide a zip file for Mac users, but I haven't had such a volunteer yet.
     
  18. Oct 4, 2008 #318 of 10413
    yizzung

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    Ok, that's a "no" then. Thanks.

    Seems to be no solution out there for OS X. Roxio doesn't work. None of this open source stuff is stitched together enough for us non-programmers.
     
  19. Oct 4, 2008 #319 of 10413
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    If someone else did get it to work as Kevin indicates you could PM that person and see if they can provide the final compiled tools, etc, to get this working. Another option is to dual boot your mac with XP and/or run a Windows emulator which might let you run these programs.
     
  20. Oct 4, 2008 #320 of 10413
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    v0.5b (10/04/2008)
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    ENHANCEMENTS:
    * Added "VRD QS fix" option which runs VideoRedo Quickstream Fix in batch
    mode on .mpg files (Windows only). The option is enabled only if VideoRedo is
    configured and is also available in Auto Transfers mode.

    * "comcut" step will use VideoRedo in batch mode instead of "mencoder" for the
    commercial cutting step if VideoRedo is configured. VideoRedo does a much
    better job of keeping audio/video in sync when doing the cuts.

    NOTE: You need to configure comskip.ini to set output_videoredo=1 such that
    when "comskip" is run a VideoRedo .VPrj file is created.
     

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