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Discussion in 'TiVo Home Media Features & TiVoToGo' started by Yoav, Dec 10, 2008.

  1. Feb 22, 2010 #881 of 1438
    djsp

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    Hi-
    New to the forum and pytivox. Here is my question:
    In the now playing folder on my tivo, I cannot download video that is on my imac. It consistantly says that there is nothing in the folder. I can however, get my video to work with the streambaby part of pytivox. I am using a tivo HD. I set this up for my mother in law, who has a series 2, and cannot stream, and her Now Playing downloads just fine. What am I doing wrong?
    Any help is appreciated.
     
  2. Mar 6, 2010 #882 of 1438
    brossow

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    Searched the thread with no hits. Wondering if anyone has any suggestions for custom settings (in pytivo.conf) to address the FF/RW issues I'm having (and have always had) with pyTivo on both of my S3 boxes. Specifically, when I'm watching a video transferred from my Mac (e.g. an AVI or MPG ripped from a DVD) if I hit FF once, it moves ahead at normal play speed but no audio. Press it twice or three times (2-3 arrows) and it goes faster, but then when I hit Play it jumps ahead by a few minutes. In fact, the only thing that does work properly in this respect is the 30-second skip hack.

    Like I said, this is something that's been an issue for as long as I've used pyTivo (years now) but I'm finally fed up enough to ask. Any tips would be appreciated!

    EDIT: Seems similar to the problem reported here (but not related to pyTivo).

    Brent
     
  3. Mar 6, 2010 #883 of 1438
    wmcbrine

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    brossow, you might try forcing remuxing of the problem files. (I'm assuming here that these are MPEGs that aren't being transcoded at all, even though you said "AVI or MPG".) In the metadata for the file, add a line like "Override_container: foo".
     
  4. Mar 6, 2010 #884 of 1438
    brossow

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    Almost all of that was over my head. Where's the metadata for the file? FWIW, this happens with both AVI and MPEG files, and with all of them, not just some. Thanks for the reply!
     
  5. Mar 6, 2010 #885 of 1438
    wmcbrine

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    If you're really sure that it happens on AVI files, then the remux override won't help you. I can only tell you that it doesn't happen for me.
     
  6. Mar 6, 2010 #886 of 1438
    Rdian06

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    Where did your ffmpeg for the Mac come from? It might be your ffmpeg binary causing the issue and not pyTivo itself.
     
  7. Mar 6, 2010 #887 of 1438
    brossow

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    Funny you mention that. I had been using the one that came with pyTivoX. After posting that initial question, I got wondering if ffmpeg was the issue and I downloaded, compiled and installed the latest binary. I also changed the 'video_fps' setting in pytivo.conf to 29.97 instead of the default. I'm not sure which fixed the problem, but one of them did. A file I downloaded earlier today was exhibiting the problem behavior (as have they all). I deleted it and redownloaded (well, it's transferring right now) and I just checked and it's working as expected now EDIT: better (at least shows video when FF/RW with more than one arrow now instead of just freezing the video) but when pressing Play during a higher-speed FF/RW it still jumps in the video to a point well ahead of (or behind) where it's expected. Eventually I'll reset the 'video_fps' option to the default for testing, but I suspect (as you did) that ffmpeg was to blame.

    Thanks for the replies!
     
  8. Mar 7, 2010 #888 of 1438
    Marconi

    Marconi TiVo Junkie

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    How well do pyTiVo and TiVo Desktop get along? Is is OK to run both on the same Mac or do I need to stop TiVo Desktop if I'm using pyTiVo or pyTiVoX?

    What about running multiple copies of pyTiVo/pyTiVoX? I was running pyTiVo on two Macs -- making sure each had a unique "guid" in pyTivo.conf -- but I suspect that something may not be right.
     
  9. Mar 7, 2010 #889 of 1438
    richsadams

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    I've had PyTiVoX and TiVo Desktop running at the same time w/o any problems.
     
  10. Mar 7, 2010 #890 of 1438
    wmcbrine

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    TD will run alongside pyTivo with no problems, AFAIK.

    No problem. Don't bother setting the GUID, it's randomized at startup now. Just don't use the same share names on multiple systems.
     
  11. Mar 7, 2010 #891 of 1438
    Marconi

    Marconi TiVo Junkie

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    I read that in the docs but, having no way to see what GUIDs are being used, I thought, "Better safe than sorry" and explicitly set the GUIDs. Is there a way, from my Mac, to see the GUIDs of pyTiVo instances running on my network?
     
  12. Mar 7, 2010 #892 of 1438
    wmcbrine

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    Dude, seriously, you don't need to see the GUID. It's a ten-character string of random uppercase and lowercase letters. The chance of a collision is 1 in 52^10. And the GUID isn't even part of the new-style beacon system. Finally, I disabled user setting of the GUID in my fork last May -- the option does nothing.

    But yes, there are several ways to see it, which I'll leave as an exercise for the reader.
     
  13. Mar 10, 2010 #893 of 1438
    DaveTheNerd

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    I've spent the better part of the last several days doing some experimenting and what I've found is this:

    When copying or streaming anamorphic content (converted with Handbrake from DVD) to my Series3 TiVo via pyTiVoX or Streambaby, the aspect ratio displayed on my 16:9 TV is never correct.

    It goes full width, but for some reason that causes it to compress the picture vertically, giving me black bars on the top and bottom that were NOT there when playing from the DVD.

    If, however, I don't set anamorphic mode in handbrake (i.e. if source is 720x480, I set output to 720x480 and anamorphic to "none") it looks fine via the S3 TiVo, but compressed horizontally (i.e. tall and skinny) everywhere else.

    Seems for some reason that pyTiVoX, streambaby, and/or TiVo S3 are/is not properly dealing with anamorphic content.

    Anyone have any ideas as to how to either (a) set HandBrake to encode these files so they work everywhere (VLC player, QuickTime, and TiVo S3) or (b) tell pyTiVoX, streambaby, or TiVo S3 to either ignore or properly address the anamorphic bit?

    -Dave

    P.S. I have found a non-optimal answer to (a) using handbrake: set anamorphic to "none" and check "Keep Aspect Ratio" -- This results in a proper aspect ratio everywhere, however on a full 720x480 (and otherwise anamorphic) movie, I'm stuck downconverting to 720x400, losing 16% of my vertical lines (right?)
     
  14. Mar 10, 2010 #894 of 1438
    generaltso

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    Have you cycled through the aspect ratio settings on the S3? The aspect ratio always seems right for me as long as the S3 Aspect is set to Panel. If it's set to Full, it will stretch the picture vertically.
     
  15. Mar 10, 2010 #895 of 1438
    DaveTheNerd

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    Yes, I have and, thus far, no luck. What do you have your S3 Video Output set to? I'm in one of the Hybrid modes (which I like), but maybe that's an issue?

    And here's the thing: I thought movies streamed/played with pyTiVoX/streambaby "seemed right" too, until I watched the same movie on the same TV via my DVD player and realized, "hey -- when I watch it from the DVD player there are no black bars on the top and bottom of the screen."
     
  16. Mar 10, 2010 #896 of 1438
    generaltso

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    I have my video output set to Native. Is it possible that your DVD player is cropping the bars? Or maybe your TV settings are different for your different inputs?
     
  17. Mar 10, 2010 #897 of 1438
    DaveTheNerd

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    I've tried mine on Native, as well, so that's not it.

    I don't think my DVD player is cropping the bars -- reason is that I've tested it all on my Mac where I can see the aspect ratio and it's as expected. pyTiVoX/streambaby is definitely doing something funky. Hrm.
     
  18. Mar 10, 2010 #898 of 1438
    wmcbrine

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    Yes, probably.

    I'm guessing that, when you watch a standard definition channel, it fills the screen. Yes? That's the same effect you're getting on your transferred DVDs, then, which after all are SD material -- they're being letterboxed by the TiVo to fill a 4:3 screen, and then that image fills your 16:9 set. Which would explain why your encodes without an aspect ratio flag look "correct". But the TiVo and pyTivo are handling 16:9 correctly -- it's your output settings that are the problem.

    I don't know if there's a combination of settings that will stretch 4:3 SD while showing 16:9 SD full screen. Personally I can't stand stretching.

    Edit: It should work OK if you use the Aspect/Window button to change from "Panel" to "Full".

    What you're saying here is that you're incapable of judging the correct aspect ratio visually. Nothing personal -- that seems to be fairly common. But it means that you're not going to be able to diagnose the problem properly.

    For me, the wrong aspect ratio hits me like a two by four. If you post a picture of the screen (with some people on it), I can tell you whether it's right or not.
     
  19. Mar 10, 2010 #899 of 1438
    Wil

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    Same. I'm curious, do you adapt? A few minutes into a film and I don't notice it any more, at least if it's relatively minor.

    There are different camera lens systems that seem to have their own slightly distorting effect, and sometimes a picture is distributed to TV/DVD with an aspect ratio adjustment and I can see all that too, but only for a few minutes.
     
  20. Mar 10, 2010 #900 of 1438
    wmcbrine

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    I don't adapt, because I don't allow it.
     

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