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Want to fix TiVo Desktop codec issues?

Discussion in 'TiVo Home Media Features & TiVoToGo' started by ggieseke, May 30, 2008.

  1. Dec 28, 2008 #21 of 221
    fairsider

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    Hi again!

    False alarm! My apologies. For some reason, our cable box (which doesn't deal well with voltage fluctuations) decided to shut itself off, and, without realizing what had happened, I was trying to watch "blank" videos, and thinking that it was on account of a codec problem.

    Once I realized what the problem was, I was able to get things working again. Once again, your utility was very valuable in asigning the Microsoft codecs (which never seem to get selected by default) assigned.

    Many thanks!

    Lyle
     
  2. Jan 5, 2009 #22 of 221
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    I tried to run this software, but get a "Encountered Error and Had To Close" message.
     
  3. Jan 5, 2009 #23 of 221
    ggieseke

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    Whoof. I wrote it with as few dependencies as possible - it doesn't require MFC, Java, .Net or anything else beyond XP or Vista and DirectShow 9.0 or later.

    I have seen it freak out and die with all kinds of weird errors when trying to use certain codecs, but I have never seen it refuse to run at all. If you got that error message when trying to open a .tivo file after selecting a particular codec I would take it as proof that the codec is incompatible, but if the main program won't run at all I'm at a loss for ideas.
     
  4. Jan 5, 2009 #24 of 221
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    Yep main program won't run at all. I will try re-downloading again when I get a chance.
     
  5. Jan 5, 2009 #25 of 221
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    OK, re-downloaded and still won't open without crashing, so I downloaded the older version and it opens fine.

    Then tried Tivo desktop, and still won't play audio, so I guess I will just delete it. Boggles the mind that Tivo can create such excellent software for the DVR, and puts out this rinky dink program.
     
  6. Jan 6, 2009 #26 of 221
    ggieseke

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    The only part of Desktop that has anything to do with playback on your computer is TiVoDirectShowFilter.dll, which decrypts .TiVo files back into an MPEG-2 stream. Microsoft DirectShow does the rest.

    Audio is usually the easy part. If you have a Series 3 or HD, try adding a codec called ac3filter to your computer to provide support for Dolby audio. Older TiVos just use MPEG-1 audio that should play on any computer.
     
  7. Jan 7, 2009 #27 of 221
    dwgsp

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    Can anyone suggest a specific audio codec that will play files from both S3 and S3 (TivoHD) machines? I have tried two that are suppose to support MPEG-1, MPEG-2, and Dobly audio, but neither seems to support files that I retrieved from my TivoHD (they play the S2 files fine).

    The ones that I have tried include:

    CyberLink Audio Decoder
    Nero Digital Audio Decoder

    It appears that the TivoHD files use AC3 audio. I downloaded and installed an AC3 codec, but it is not shown in TivoDesktopCodecMgr so I cannot try it.

    Thanks!
    /Don
     
  8. Jan 8, 2009 #28 of 221
    CuriousMark

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  9. Jan 8, 2009 #29 of 221
    hughbussell

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    Wow.

    Worked great for me.

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

    My Vista setup would play only the audio of my saved TV shows (.tivo files). Now both audio and video plays.
     
  10. Jan 18, 2009 #30 of 221
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    Another thank you for TDCM.ZIP. I too wrestled in vain for 6 months to figure out my video problems with .tivo files on my computer until I used your program.
     
  11. Jan 23, 2009 #31 of 221
    Indysmak

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    Awesome program. Can't thank you enough for helping the rest of us out.
     
  12. Jan 24, 2009 #32 of 221
    benlau

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    Where can I get/download the MainConcept MPEG Video Decoder? Thanks.
     
  13. Jan 25, 2009 #33 of 221
    ggieseke

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    Desktop installs the MainConcept codecs, but they don't get unlocked unless you buy the Desktop Plus upgrade.
     
  14. Jan 29, 2009 #34 of 221
    mrjam2jab

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    I used:

    MainConcept Demux
    Ligos MPEG Audio
    InterVideo Video

    Show seems to play fine within CodecMgr....put when i tried playing with VLC (my default player) I get "Unrecognized format" error msg.
     
  15. Jan 29, 2009 #35 of 221
    ggieseke

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    VLC uses its own internal codecs, so TDCM has no effect on it. You might check their forum or wiki.

    Have you tried playing the files in Media Player?
     
  16. Jan 29, 2009 #36 of 221
    mrjam2jab

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    I didnt try MP....I go so excited when i saw it work :D...i didnt think of trying some of the other video players i have...I'll try them tonight when i have more time.

    Thanks for this.

    Edit: It DOES work with Media Player!!!! :)

    Thank you again!
     
  17. Feb 4, 2009 #37 of 221
    mykall

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    There is something I'm not understanding or missing. At some point did Tivo cut off the ability of desktop to playback and extend that only to the paid plus version? If not why does something that used to work not work anymore and why hasn't Tivo fixed the problem?

    thanks

    Mike
     
  18. Feb 4, 2009 #38 of 221
    ggieseke

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    AFAIK they never gave away the codecs (primarily MPEG-2) for free. Even Microsoft operating systems never included it until Vista Home Premium and Vista Ultimate, and you pay for them in the additional price of the OS.

    Most PCs these days come with a DVD player and a lite version of something like WinDVD or PowerDVD, which provides MPEG-2 playback capability. There are some free codecs out there that manage to somehow skate around the license fees, but IMO you get what you pay for.

    If some kind of DVD player software was included with your computer reinstalling it should get you going.
     
  19. Feb 11, 2009 #39 of 221
    mykall

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    I was able to get this to work at home but for some reason with the same codecs at work I'm getting

    IGraphBuilder::Renderfile error when I ask the app to open a .tivo file.
     
  20. Feb 12, 2009 #40 of 221
    ggieseke

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    What error number is it listing, what version of Desktop is installed, and what OS?
     

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