The file pyTivo.conf.dist now distributed in the zip downloads is the example pyTivo.conf file. Be sure to read the notes at the bottom of the WiKi page you referenced carefully. A couple of problems I see in pytivo.conf.dist: 1. The per-tivo section example ("[_tivo_00000DEADBEEF]") should be commented out. If you use such a section the 00000DEADBEEF must be replaced by your TiVo's TSN. 2. A few lines below that, this line: #ffmpeg_prams=-i %(in_file)s -vcodec .............. Is incorrect (although it is commented out so would not cause a problem). The "-i %(in_file)s" part should not be there. Unless you are doing HDTV you can probably just leave both ffmpeg_prams lines commented out, which will revert to default ffmpeg settings -- although the first such line appears to be OK.