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pyTivo - Transcoding server

Discussion in 'TiVo Home Media Features & TiVoToGo' started by armooo, Nov 25, 2006.

  1. Mar 28, 2007 #221 of 5683
    armooo

    armooo pyTivo Developer

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    If you are outputting to a 4:3 tv some tivos are know to not be a be able to correctly play back 16:9 encoded files to 4:3 TVs. Right now tivos with TSNs starting with '540', '649' are known not to work. If you set aspect169=false for your tivo and it starts to work report the first 3 digits of your TSN and I will add it to the default blacklist.

    If you are using a 16:9 tv make sure to have the tivo set to output 16:9.
     
  2. Mar 28, 2007 #222 of 5683
    armooo

    armooo pyTivo Developer

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    I am having no problem using path=\\Steph\Desktop\Videos to access from a different pc. You may want to try mounting it to a drive letter. It may take a very long time if you have a lot of videos in one folder. So trying with just one video first may help.
     
  3. Mar 29, 2007 #223 of 5683
    pufftissue

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    Could someone put together a guide for the dumb dummy no detail is too trivial, talk to me like I'm a retarded baby tutorial on how to install this pytivo thing?

    Tivo.net has an installation issue even on a clean install of windows, so that's out.

    For pytivo, I have installed python. It grabbed pywin32 or something automatically.

    Now I have tivo desktop installed already.

    In the configurater that pops up, I selected "My movies" and pointed it to c:/documents.......... all the way to my video folder

    It installs


    I fire up my tivo and there is nothing.

    I have no idea if I should see something running in the system tray at the bottom right hand corner or what.

    Thanks
     
  4. Mar 29, 2007 #224 of 5683
    windracer

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    Just wanted to point out that the 0.97 version (the one that says 'fixed' in the filename) is a bad installer ... it's a known problem. The earlier version should install just fine.
     
  5. Mar 29, 2007 #225 of 5683
    etsolow

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    I do have a 16:9 TV, and the Tivo is set to output 16:9. My TSN starts with 595. So I take you would say that should be working?
     
  6. Mar 29, 2007 #226 of 5683
    reneg

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    I installed PyTivo for the first time this week. I've given up on Tivo.net for now because of lack of updates and too much fiddling with getting transfers to stay on my Tivo.

    Kudos to the PyTivo installation program, pyTivo_XXX_setup.exe. It is a good place to start for non-technical users as it installs Python and pyTivo. I didn't even mess with the PyTivo.zip files. Configuration of PyTivo requires a bit more technical knowledge as it requires manually editing a configuration file.
    The Wiki pages for windows installation helped a lot: http://pytivo.armooo.net/wiki/WindowsInstall.

    Firewall settings also require tinkering but is required for both Tivo.net and PyTivo.
     
  7. Mar 29, 2007 #227 of 5683
    etsolow

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    You won't see anything in the system tray, but if you check your services you should see a pyTivo service.

    I didn't have much luck using the configurator, and I found it unintuitive. Editing the pytivo.conf by hand worked much better for me.

    Here's a basic config that works for me, with the exception of 16:9 videos, as noted above:

    Code:
    [DownloadedTV]
    type = video
    path = C:/Data/Download/VIDEO
    
    [_tivo_595-snip-]
    aspect169 = true
    
    [Server]
    guid = {-snip-}
    port = 9032
    ffmpeg = C:\Program Files\pyTivo\plugins\video\ffmpeg_mp2.exe
    (I've snipped out unique identifying numbers.)
     
  8. Mar 29, 2007 #228 of 5683
    reneg

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    Maybe I'm reading more into this than is there in the code. Is this TSN section a generic blacklist section or is it referring to each of the Tivos that PyTivo sees? If it is the latter, it might be nice to have an enable/disable PyTivo flag so you can turn PyTivo on or off in a multiple Tivo household.
     
  9. Mar 29, 2007 #229 of 5683
    pufftissue

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    Just to know:

    does tivo.net or pytivo work on the series 3 tivos? That's what I have and maybe that's why it isn't working for me.
     
  10. Mar 29, 2007 #230 of 5683
    muzician

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    I am having the same issue. I am using Windows XP and I get the same error when trying to use any mapped drive as a source for my videos. I did try to create a test directory with only one video in it that worked on a local drive to no avail. I tried using the mapped drive letter as well as trying to map directly to the \\server/share. I've tried it on 2 different mapped drives on 2 different computers.

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Otherwise... a very cool program! Thanks for your efforts! :up:
     
  11. Mar 29, 2007 #231 of 5683
    etsolow

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    Nope!
     
  12. Mar 29, 2007 #232 of 5683
    pufftissue

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    Well that was one night's sleep that I won't get back.

    Hehe. Please tell me it's not plastered all over the FAQ/Wiki that series 3 is not supported yet. That would only add insult to stupidity.
     
  13. Mar 29, 2007 #233 of 5683
    armooo

    armooo pyTivo Developer

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    The only other thing I can think of trying is adding '\\' to the end of your path. So you should try

    path=\\server\share\\
     
  14. Mar 29, 2007 #234 of 5683
    etsolow

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    Nah, I don't think it is. This forum, on the other hand, is littered with cries pleading with TiVo to enable video transfers on the S3. (Like this one: c'mon already TiVo!!)
     
  15. Mar 29, 2007 #235 of 5683
    jkomaha

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    I'm running build 180 or 181 and am running into an issue....

    I have files named:
    Star Trek Voyager - 306 - Remember
    Star Trek Voyager - 307 - Sacred Ground

    and many others..... I was unable to get any files with odd numbers in them to play. For example filename - 305 - morefilename and filename - 307 - morefilename would not encode. pyTivo would throw errors.

    When I renamed 'Star Trek Voyager - 307 - Sacred Ground' to '3x7 Sacred Ground' the encoding kicked right in. Might there be an issue with having - ### - in filenames the the more recent releases? I didn't have this issue until i upgraded recently from the 16?? builds to 180/181.

    Thanks
     
  16. Mar 30, 2007 #236 of 5683
    ocntscha

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    what the heck?? That is bizarre. So what exactly did the errors say? What happens if you rename '3x7 Sacred Ground' back to 'Star Trek Voyager - 307 - Sacred Ground' and attempt to transfer it again, does it fail again?
     
  17. Mar 31, 2007 #237 of 5683
    armooo

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    Could you in include the error message, I tried to recreate this but had no luck.
     
  18. Mar 31, 2007 #238 of 5683
    dlfl

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    Interesting thread starter by Tobashadow on how to handle podcasts with pyTivo. Haven't tried it yet but if it works well we should ask his permission to paste his post into the Wiki.
     
  19. Mar 31, 2007 #239 of 5683
    Tobashadow

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    dlfl

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    Seems to work fine for me! Just watched dl.tv #152.

    For a while I thought it was too good to be true -- I started the pyTivo transfer before the complete file had downloaded (just to see what would happen). It played OK! But only for part of the program. So I waited until the download completed then restarted the pyTivo transfer -- worked great!
     

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