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Streambaby - new streaming application

Discussion in 'TiVo Home Media Features & TiVoToGo' started by kearygriffin, Jan 20, 2009.

  1. Rdian06

    Rdian06 New Member

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    Streambaby requires a Tivo HD/S3 unit. It uses the same underlying mechanics as Youtube support which Series 2 units do not have.

    As for your pyTivo woes, you should post in the pyTivo thread or over at the pyTivo Forum (http://pytivo.sourceforge.net/forum/). Some versions of ffmpeg have trouble with certain avi files even though they might play on the PC fine. ffmpeg isn't as forgiving for slightly out of spec files.
     
  2. dbsams

    dbsams New Member

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    kearygriffin/Rick, thanks for your suggestions thus far. the "quality.default" either didn't do anything (I tried settings of 7, 6, 2, and 1 with a complete reboot after each change to make sure the ini file was being updated) or did not solve the problem. The picture did seem to have less resolution at the lower settings, but that may have been my imagination... The problem would also go away immediately when I manually changed the Quality to High 5000.

    Other ideas? I have a lot of movies that play great with default settings... It's just these darn camcorder files. Is there a program that would easily add a header to each file telling streambaby to transcode at the equivalent of a manual Quality High 5000? I've batched a few of the files to mp4 and the quality is just not there (pans appear very jerky). These files just look so good in their native with a manual Quality High 5000! If I could just get it to play multiple files with that manual setting. The forward on the remote does exactly what I want play the files in chronological order from any given point in time, but there is no way to force the manual Quality High 5000. I have Toast on the Mac and multiple utilities available on the PC.
     
  3. greggonzo1

    greggonzo1 New Member

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    Hello and Thanks for the Info, even more reason now to get a series 3..

    Thanks again!
     
  4. bsmith1051

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    Thank you for the clear and precise responses!

    I guess the only thing I would add now would be a request that the program not report 'Same' if it's going to transcode.
     
  5. cburbs

    cburbs New Member

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    Quick question. Due to the new layout in our rental home I have a wireless bridge going to my Tivo box. Streambaby won't seem to connect unless if I wire it directly to my switch upstairs.
    The tivo has an IP from the wireless bridge so is there something else I need to look at?

    Netflix worked on the wireless bridge.
     
  6. kearygriffin

    kearygriffin New Member

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    Edit: I may have read the above question too quickly-- Is it a matter of Streambaby not showing up in the "Music, photos, & showcases" or a problem sometime after it. The below assumes streambaby is not showing up at all under showcases.

    It's probably an issue with the bridge not passing "multicast" packets. The wireless bridge I use has the same issue. If it is a linksys you might take a look at this:
    http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?t=438367

    If it's not a linksys (or the above doesn't solve the problem) you might be able to use "Manually add a server" to add the streambaby server to the TiVo, or use a mDNS proxy. Both are covered here:

    http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?p=7487199#post7487199
     
  7. cburbs

    cburbs New Member

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    Streambaby not showing up in the "Music, photos, & showcases" unless I am wired.

    I am running a linksys with DDWRT - Filter Multicast is checked.

    I will have to try the second solution. I am guessing the 2nd solution may work since my shows show up in now playing under pytivo setup.
     
  8. lupette

    lupette New Member

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    Hi all. First I want to say thank you for this program. Although I am a newbie . . . I appreciate what this does for my Tivo! Bravo!!! It worked great for me when I first started using it but now I have a persistent problem that I don't know how to fix. I tried to look on here for the solution but this thread is a bit too technical for me, and so I am afraid I couldn't find the answer, even though I know it is probably here. Anyway, the problem is that the sound plays, but voices are not audible. It's happening on most of the latest movie downloads. They all play fine on my computer but when I try to stream them . . . it's as if the voice part of the audio is missing. If someone could direct me to the proper place to read how to fix this, I would appreciate it. Thanks :))
     
  9. rfryar

    rfryar My Media, My Way

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    Cottage...
    This is most likely due to having multi-channel AAC audio which the TiVo does not support fully. You have a few options.. The first is to trancode the audio from AAC to AC3 which does support multi-channel audio.

    The second is to transcode from AAC multi-channel to AAC stereo.

    Since you stated you are not too technical I am not sure what the best course of action is for you to convert your videos to the correct audio format. Are you on a windows machine or a Mac or a linux flavor?

    Rick
     
  10. lupette

    lupette New Member

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    Thanks! I am on a windows xp pc and I think I know what to do now that you have explained it. I am going to try it now and will post once I see if it works. Thanks again!:)
     
  11. lupette

    lupette New Member

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    I tried but it seems that the converter that I have been using doesn't work for HD audio. Do you have a suggestion what to use? Free is best as usual :D
     
  12. alexnvrmnd

    alexnvrmnd New Member

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    I just implemented a NAS server on my home network, and I've practically put my entire library on it. I did set it so that it's a static IP address (192.168.1.4), and I have a share to it on my laptop, which is now the E drive. Also, I have Windows 7.

    The .ini file looks like:

    #
    # ./streambaby --help for more configuration file options
    #

    extensions=mp4,mpeg,vob,mpg,mpeg2,mp2,avi,wmv,asf,mkv,tivo,m4v,raw,3gp,mov,flv

    dir.1=C:\Movies
    dir.1.name=Movies, Shows, & Videos
    dir.2=E:\Videos
    dir.2.name=Videos on External
    dir.3=E:\Hey Now
    dir.3.name=Test
    #dir.2=/media/disk
    #dir.2.name=External Drive
    # Ip address to bind to
    # most people don't need to change this.
    ip=192.168.1.4
    # port to use
    #port=7290


    It does work, however it's extremely slow to read the directories and files. Do I have everything correct in the .ini file, or am I missing something? Any suggestions on how to make the reads faster at all?

    Thanks for anyone's help!
     
  13. MrGolden

    MrGolden New Member

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    I've noticed that the more files you have in a directory, the longer Streambaby takes to display them in the menu. Because of that, I have mine organized into subfolders, by movie type.

    Although that takes care of the "slow-down" issue, it makes it harder to find movies, because you have to know which folder it's in.

    It would be great if Streambaby supported "genres" or some other type of grouping internally, or if there were a kind of "library" plug-in. One major issue with my current setup is movies that fit into multiple categories - ie., Comedy and Horror, etc. Right now, I'd either need to have a copy of the movie in each folder (uses too much space), or choose only one category to put it in (harder to find).
     
  14. alexnvrmnd

    alexnvrmnd New Member

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    I would think so too, but before I got the server, those files with the very same folder/file structure were on an external drive that was connected to the laptop. And Streambaby read those directories and files quickly. It usually takes 60 seconds or so to read them now. Is it possible somehow to have SB on the server too? And if so, would that speed thing up a little?

    Luckily, so far the streaming is at a decent speed, like before the move to the server. I guess that's the most important, but the sitting and waiting to read directories and whatnot can be a pain.
     
  15. lupette

    lupette New Member

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    I decieded to add this in case anyone else is reading here with a similar problem.

    So . . . I tried a lot of programs . . . both free and not so free. The problem with most of them, is that I had to run the video through the translation with the audio, when all I wanted was to transcode the audio! It worked but I ate up CPU's! Finally I read something someone sent me (thank you whoever you are) and wah lah! So, if anyone else is struggling with this . . . here is what (for me) worked best . . . and for free!!!!:

    YAMB !!!!!!!!!!! It rocks!!! Thank you . . . whoever you are!
     
  16. dbsams

    dbsams New Member

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    bump...
     
  17. rfryar

    rfryar My Media, My Way

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    Cottage...
    Can you record a short video and post to a website so I can download it? I will look at the file and see what solutions exist. I would assume when it was transocded to MP4 the bitrate was a bit too low, thus the jerkiness.

    But with the actual AVI I should be able to see what else needs to be done. It may be as simple as running it through FFMPEG to put it back into the AVI container correctly if you do not wish to transcode them to MP4 immediately.

    Rick
     
  18. dbsams

    dbsams New Member

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    www RockinghamMarina com

    Look under "Movie":confused:
     
  19. alexnvrmnd

    alexnvrmnd New Member

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    So, I'm assuming no one has any hints or suggestions about this, huh? Now it's taking over 2 minutes to read things. Anything I should be checking?
     
  20. rfryar

    rfryar My Media, My Way

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    Cottage...
    Ok, several reasons for the "jerky" video. The main video has a video bitrate of 25 Megs. So if you do not select anything other than same your Streambaby computer is trying to create a 25 Meg per second MPG video. This will be much too large to transfer in real time to your TiVo. If you pause the video on your tivo and let it buffer will the video play smoothly?

    When you convert this to a MP4 you should use a bitrate greater than 4, I would suggest 8 Megabits/second for the MP4. Also the main video is interlaced so your conversion to MP4 should also be interlaced or you will get a bit less smooth playback since the deinterlace process can introduce artifacts.

    Rick
     

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