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pyTivo - Transcoding server

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

  1. rassi

    rassi Member

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    Ok, I'm back with my problem...still getting error message on the Tivo when we try and go in to view programs to transfer that the files are unavailable.

    I uninstalled both python and pytivo and then reinstalled them both. Setup a config file from the example and started the pytivo console.

    Here's what the pytivo console says:

    (had to edit some of the logs so it wouldn't count them as images)
     
  2. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Active Member

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    Did you install a recent version of ffmpeg?
     
  3. ZombiE

    ZombiE TIVO Bender

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  4. wmcbrine

    wmcbrine Ziphead

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    No errors there.

    Just click "Disable smilies in text" (under Additional Options > Miscellaneous Options in the full editor). Or, don't worry about it, because no one cares. :) No information is lost; it's clear what it's supposed to say.
     
  5. wmcbrine

    wmcbrine Ziphead

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    It's the same thing. The name was just changed in pyTivo. I've updated the wiki to reflect that.
     
  6. lrhorer

    lrhorer New Member

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    If you will surround your logs with code tags, rather than quote tags, you won't have to worry about the problem.
     
  7. rassi

    rassi Member

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    Thank you - looked for a way to disable the smiles but couldn't find that. I'll do the code thing next time.

    Any ideas folks?

    I did install a new version of ffmpeg too. No effect.

    One thing I did notice - not sure if this makes any difference or not.

    I have an attached NAS unit that we store all the shared files on - this is the way it's worked for years. One drive for movies, one drive for everything else. Each drive has it's own drive letter. The movies are MOSTLY in one directory, but the other stuff is subdivided into many directories. Wanted to be able to transfer a file that would normally go in the "non" movie drive, but since that's the one that bombs every time, I made a "temp" directory under movies and put the file there to access from the TiVo. When I opened that in the Tivo, rather than showing the movie files and a subdirectory, the file from the subdirectory was "mixed in" among the movie files. It's as if it was not maintaining the directory structure.

    Is it possible the drive that's giving me problems has too many subdirectories for PyTiVo to handle if it's combining them all? Is there a way to get the old behavior back where it showed the subfolders for me to navigate via the TiVo?
     
  8. moyekj

    moyekj Well-Known Member

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    While viewing the video share on your TiVo press 2 on your remote.
     
  9. rassi

    rassi Member

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    BINGO!!! That was the solution!

    For some reason, it would blow up with all the folders in the one drive share. After I hit the "2" to change it to show the folders as they really are, now it works.

    Thank you!!!
     
  10. seattlewendell

    seattlewendell New Member

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    Hello are there any troubleshooting tips for getting pyTivo to transfer HD video to the Premiere. I have been using it for the last several years and few days ago it stopped working. Now it transfers all HD video into SD when it arrives on the Premiere. After trying every troubleshooting tip I could find I just deleted everything and started from scratch. Same result.
    -I'm on Mac (OSX Mavericks)
    -Tried upgrading Python to see if that was the problem https://www.python.org/download/releases/3.4.1/
    -Using FFmpeg 1.1 from here http://pytivo.sourceforge.net/forum/ffmpeg-builds-for-mac-os-x-t1803.html
    -Using pyTivo from here https://github.com/wmcbrine/pytivo
    also tried the one dated 4/21/2014 from here http://repo.or.cz/w/pyTivo/wmcbrine.git

    All other aspects the program works. Push, Pull, Sharing, Tivotogo etc. all works. It's just transfer HD video.

    Any ideas? Thank you.
     
  11. mattack

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    You mean it's windowboxing it, right? You're not actually *transcoding* it?

    I sure thought I saw that a while ago too, when I had the issue I mentioned a few weeks ago (I haven't gotten past that, I haven't played with it again).

    I couldn't imagine how this was even possible.
     
  12. lpwcomp

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    I assume that it is being transcoded. HD vs. SD is determined by resolution, not aspect ratio or presentation mode.

    In any case, seattlewendell should post his redacted pytivo.conf file and the pytivo log.
     
  13. seattlewendell

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    I could not locate the log file. I guess some installs do not create one? But here is the config file

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    Attached Files:

  14. lpwcomp

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    There is no log "file". The messages are written to output. If you are running it as a service, stop the service and start it up from a command prompt, assuming such is possible on a Mac. You might want to add "debug=True" to the pyTivo.conf file.
    Since the destination is a Premiere, it wouldn't hurt to add "ts=on".

    What format are the videos that you are trying to transfer?

    What are you seeing on the TiVo that tells you they are not HD?
     
  15. wmcbrine

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    That's the standard symptom of running a very old version of pyTivo, from before it recognized Premieres as HD units. I know of no other way for it to happen, and needless to say, it doesn't revert to that behavior spontaneously.

    pyTivo does not work with Python 3.x. But presumably, you're actually still using the Python 2.7 that came with the system, rather than the version that you attempted to upgrade to.
     
  16. wmcbrine

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    That depends on how you set it up.
     
  17. seattlewendell

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    The videos are all MKV 720p videos
    The file size is coming over at around 5GB on the Tivo. The original files are around 7-8GB. 2 hours of video on my Tivo is typically 15GB. All the other movies I transferred before this issue cropped up are around 15GB on the Tivo.
    Also I can change the aspect ratio on the videos. Which I cannot do with any of the recorded HD content or any of the HD content I transferred before this issue.
    I can change it to Panel, Zoom Full etc. you get the point. Functions reserved for SD video only
    Plus I think it important to point out it looks like SD video. It fails the eye test. that's how I first noticed to change the aspect ratio. I should not have been able to do that
    Lastly on my network HD transfers at slightly faster than real time. I can usually start the transfer, do sometime for 5 minutes and come back and enjoy a movie.
    The transfer speed is now 4X real time. It is definitely not HD.

    I am not running it as a service.
    What does debug=true and ts=on do?
     
  18. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Active Member

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    "degug=on" simply makes it put out a lot more information. "ts=on" lets you pull more formats directly to the TiVo w/o transcoding, merely remuxed if necessary. h.264 for example.

    Are you certain that you are running the latest version of pyTivo? After extracting from the archive, did you move or copy everything from the folder it created to the actual location of pyTivo?
     
  19. seattlewendell

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    I am using this version which has a authored date of 4/21/2014
    https://github.com/wmcbrine/pytivo
     
  20. wmcbrine

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    I kind of doubt that you are. Maybe you downloaded it, unzipped it, etc.... but your symptoms strongly suggest that you're actually running a much older version.

    Anyway, that's all I can say without more information. Tell us the exact steps you followed to install it, and show us the output during one of these transfers.
     

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