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pyTivo - Transcoding server

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

  1. dlfl

    dlfl Cranky old novice

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    For cmd window install do you use the --startup auto option ? (per the wiki).
     
  2. dlfl

    dlfl Cranky old novice

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    Got the service running. I uninstalled/re-installed python and pywin32 -- the very same packages I already had installed! The python installer asks whether for all users or just me. I can't remember what I said months ago when I installed it. This time I said all users. (Maybe that made the difference.)

    I installed in 143ca folder with "pyTivoService.py install" in a cmd window. Then went to Windows service page and started it. (It had installed as manual start.)

    Windows does have it's little quirks!

    Thanks for your help PaulS.

    Edit later: I also run pyTivo on a laptop. Had exactly the same problem and solution on it.
     
  3. PaulS

    PaulS Member

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    Yeah, no kidding. :)

    No problem. Glad it's working.
     
  4. gonzotek

    gonzotek tivo_xml developer

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    Something to try, for those who haven't already reinstalled python for all users is changing the service "Log On as:" setting to your account, if it is not already attempting to use that. That *should* start the service with the same privileges and environment settings as you would get if you manually invoked pyTivo from the commandline. I can't test this right now, as my Windows machine is quite ill ;), but if someone could give it try we can put both dlfl's solution and mine in the wiki so users can pick the method that works best for their setup.
     
  5. mitch2k2

    mitch2k2 New Member

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    Quick, hopefully simple question. I'm currently running pyTivo 1.87 (as far as I can recall and confirm via the zip file I'm relatively sure I used to install) and want to upgrade to the latest stable version (hopefully one that will also address the various subfolder issues and assorted bugginess).

    Question is, which version should I pull from the armoo FTP site? I'm thinking the 11-25 Subfolders version?

    I have no HD, and only one TiVo on the network, so my needs are pretty simple. Also, running 9.1.01-2540 version of the TiVo software.

    UPDATE: Went ahead and grabbed the plain vanilla 2.08 zip, but still wondering if I should have grabbed a more recent subfolder specific version. Anyone? (and so far, all my groups are now empty...)
     
  6. mitch2k2

    mitch2k2 New Member

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    Okay. How's this for a question: does the subfolder-specifically named version address the subfolder glitch, or is that still a black hole only served by workarounds?
     
  7. scrappydog65

    scrappydog65 Long Time TiVo User

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    Mulscully,

    As pointed out by Reneg, indentation in the Python code is very important. Below are more lines from my Video.py:

    def __getMetadateFromTxt(self, full_path):
    metadata = {}
    description_file = full_path + '.txt'
    # MSMITH - Added the IF block below to look
    # for a defaultMetadata.txt to cover all files in the folder.

    if not os.path.exists(description_file):
    base_path, title = os.path.split(full_path)
    description_file = base_path + '\defaultMetadata.txt'​

    # END MSMITH Custom Change
    if os.path.exists(description_file):​

    Mike
     
  8. wgw

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  9. PaulS

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  10. TreborPugly

    TreborPugly Unreal!

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    So without a SeriesID, the Tivo won't put them in "folders" in Now Playing, is that correct? I uploaded some stuff that had the same "Series Name" and even though that name was shown on the Now Playing list, they didn't get grouped into a folder. I even tried using an existing Series Name, but no go.

    If I actually set the Series ID to something the Tivo knows about, will it group them then? And can I create my own Series ID that doesn't exist to the Tivo?
     
  11. gonzotek

    gonzotek tivo_xml developer

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    Nice!!
    I was checking Yahoo and Tv Guide since they'be both affliated with TiVo for online scheduling, I should have guessed zap2it would be the one.
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    No, the TiVo has to know what the Series ID represents. It uses the stored guide data specific to your video source (e.g. Comcast of South Jersey, DirectTV, or OTA, etc.) to match the ID with a show; this data is periodically downloaded from TiVo(who get it from Tribune, who own Zap2It). With the info PaulS has discovered, you can find the SeriesID of any show, but your TiVo would still need that specific show to appear somewhere in its current guide data for us to able to be use that SeriesID to enable a grouped transfer.
     
  12. dlfl

    dlfl Cranky old novice

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    I think it works this way:

    1. No you can't make up your own series ID's.
    2. Even a valid seriesID must be in your guide data or it won't group.

    Also regarding PaulS's recent post, I believe you have to put "SH" in front of the 6 digit number he highlighted.
     
  13. TreborPugly

    TreborPugly Unreal!

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    I noticed in that other thread about Series ID's, that someone asked of Auto-record wish lists have an ID - that would be the best way to group external stuff. Create an Auto-record wish list with whatever name you want your stuff to eventually have, let it record a couple of shows, and use wmcbrine's script to get the SeriesID of the wish list, then start using that for your uploads.

    I've got a project for this weekend! ;)
     
  14. greg_burns

    greg_burns Now in HD

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    Don't WishList recording still group in the own series folders as well as the WishList's? In which case, the SeriesID is probably that of the show's SeriesID, not one from the whish list. But worth trying to find out.
     
  15. mulscully

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    Thanks a Ton...!! It makes sense to me ... I am used to java php where indentation does not matter... { } matter
     
  16. mulscully

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    If #2 is correct, then wouldn't that mean if a show was cancelled and no longer appeared in the guide data but episodes still appeared in you NPL they would ungroup? Does that happen?
     
  17. gonzotek

    gonzotek tivo_xml developer

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    They don't ungroup once grouped, but here's what has been observed for some time now, with MRV transfers:
    TiVo A has a group of shows from some series that is no longer in the guide data.
    TiVo B also has the same series group(doesn't matter if the individual shows are the same or not) and also no longer has guide data for the series.
    If you transfer any show from A to B, it will not group with it's brethren shows of the same series. The TiVo decides at record and/or transfer time if a program is to be grouped, and uses the guide data to determine grouping. Once an item has been grouped, it remains there even after guide data is no longer available for it.

    The above is true for regularly scheduled recordings (e.g. season passes and one time recordings). I do not know what magic makes autorecord Wishlists work for grouping.
     
  18. PaulS

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    Not sure. I'd assume stuff that was grouped would stay grouped.

    As an experiment last night, I tried transferring two videos over, using the same SeriesID (SH759395 "Weeds"), but with the metadata indicating another series ("test"). The videos grouped under the "Weeds" name, even though there are no upcoming episodes in the guide data. Does this (re)confirm what everyone is seeing ?
     
  19. svhawk

    svhawk New Member

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    I have a series 2 TIVO (toshiba). I can get the folder name to show up in NPL but not the actual video files.

    I have the following: z:\kids videos\air bud\air bud movie

    format. I have the following in the config file

    z:\kids videos

    do all the video files themselves be subordinate to the "kids videos" folder or can they be in sub folders (I even tried putting in the config file the exact Z:\kids videos\air bud\air bud movie still does not show up)

    it is probably something simple any help is appreciated.
     
  20. jcthorne

    jcthorne Active Member

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    Please give this a try and let us know what you observe.
     

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