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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. dezotl

    dezotl New Member

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    Thanks, this really helped me. I don't know why today my .tivo files started to LOCK UP windows media player. It worked fine before today. Not sure if it was because I installed direct x 9 today with a game or what. But I messed around with the videocodecs a bit with this program and it seems to have fixed the problem. Before windows media player was hanging... using 99% cpu whenever it could.
     
  2. klsimswv

    klsimswv New Member

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    I am relieved to have some access again to my downloaded TiVo videos - thanks for the TDCM package.

    Question: Am I the only one that cannot enlarge the viewing size? I'm not looking for full-screen necessarily, but the window is so much smaller than before.

    I had no problems with Desktop until upgrading to Windows 7, and WMP won't even offer an error code - just immediately says "encountered a problem while playing the file". Question #2: How do I change the settings for my videos so I don't have to do this every time I want to watch one?

    Thanks - I am not as savvy as many of the posters, so my apologies for the base level questions.
     
  3. klsimswv

    klsimswv New Member

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    Is it possible for you to explain this again with a few more steps explained. I think if I understood what you are describing it would help me understand my issues better and I could find a solution to my problem (wmp no longer recognizes my .TiVo files - I just upgraded from Vista to Window 7 Enterprise...)

    Thanks!
     
  4. klsimswv

    klsimswv New Member

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    I think you just hit on something that applies to me - I am now running Desktop 8 with Plus, on Windows 7. I get the same message as "danner" when trying to convert .TiVo files and WMP won't play them anymore at all. I do not understand where it is that you changes these settings you mention ("With 2.8 Plus, you should set all three settings to (none). When you load a .TiVo file it should show MainConcept for the demuxer and A/V codecs." Is that when I open a file in TDCM? Sorry for my naivety... thanks for any basic guidance you can offer.
     
  5. klsimswv

    klsimswv New Member

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    Could you be more specific as to how I would "install ac3filter." I'm wondering if this would be the answer to my issues. I do not mean to be a pest...
     
  6. greg_burns

    greg_burns Now in HD

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    Download and install it.

    http://ac3filter.net/projects/ac3filter/releases
     
  7. klsimswv

    klsimswv New Member

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    One more issue - I just discovered that TDCM is not recognizing all of my .TiVo files - I am sometimes getting an error message from "IGraphBuilder." Any thoughts?
     
  8. klsimswv

    klsimswv New Member

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  9. greg_burns

    greg_burns Now in HD

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    Hmmm. That I do not know. Usually just installing it is enough for those having a problem.

    I have a fresh install of Windows 7 Ultimate, with no additional codecs installed. I have no problems playing decrypted .tivo files. (I guess I have never tried playing the original .tivo files).

    I use kmttg to download and decrypt my .tivo files to .mpg.

    What happens if you decrypt your files first? Try running Tivo Decoder GUI on one just to see what happens.
     
  10. ggieseke

    ggieseke Active Member

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    Yes, that's when you open a .TiVo file in TDCM. Can you post a screen shot of the graph you get when all thress settings are none?
     
  11. jlwatson

    jlwatson New Member

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    I know there are a lot of fixes to this issue but this one seemed to work like a charm for me; its easy and free. I downloaded the latest version of ANYDVD (version 6.6.3.4) from SlySoft - installed it, rebooted, played a tivo file from the tivo desktop (it opens windows media player 11) and ran it, uninstalled ANYDVD, and rebooted. Now my tivo files play beautifully in HD in WMP11. - I'm not sure why it works, but it does. My system: Tivo HD, Desktop 2.8 Plus, Windows Vista 32 bit (Worked on 64 bit as well)
     
  12. Cep

    Cep New Member

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    :up::up::up::up: I just got my Tivo Premier last week. I downloaded Tivo Desktop, and grabbed a few shows to my laptop before heading out on a weekend outing. When I tried to run the programs that I transfered I got video but no audio. I came to this site and read this thread. I downloaded ac3 filter and TDCM. In a matter of minutes all was fixed. Thank you for all of your assistance. Much better source of information than the team that actually came out with the product!!!
     
  13. mloftis

    mloftis New Member

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    I'm on Vista (ultimate) and have the "source not found" issue so I've been downloading via https, but while TDCM plays the file fine out of the box (didn't touch any of the preferred filters) WMP12 doesn't. What WMP12 does do depends entirely on the extension of the file. .tivo files get an immediate error dialog. Any of mp4, mpeg, mpg, it plays a brief burst of audio, but no video, and then just seems to read the whole file while hung. Really upsetting that tivo desktop plus is getting worse over the years, the tivo guide data has gotten better and worse over the years (currently in an "ok" period, I only see about 2x a month where the TiVo records something that completely doesnt' match the guide data).

    If the lack of competition, and thus good alternatives weren't so obvious I think I'd have left TiVo by now. In the meantime atleast I have a Mac here which I can probably install the s/w onto. Last I knew it was still working but the Mac has gone from 10.5->10.6 too so....

    If anyone has any advice about how to get the .TiVo files to playback in other than TDCM (coz TDCM is rendering it fine) I'd be appreciative.
     
  14. bamf226

    bamf226 New Member

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    I've been using TDCM for several months with absolutely no problem. Now, after a Windows Update this past Tuesday, TDCM no longer works for me. No matter what codec I select, the video always plays back in the tall and skinny aspect ratio. I tried reinstalling TDCM as well as all of the codecs I have (ffdshow and Cole 2k). Can anyone help fix this problem?
     
  15. tim5055

    tim5055 New Member

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    Thanks for this information!!
     
  16. kcantrel

    kcantrel New Member

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    I installed TiVo Desktop so I could transfer files to my laptop. That went without a hitch. Unfortunately, my laptop didn't have a DVD viewer installed, so it didn't have an MEG2 decoder, so all I got was audio. After installing the DVD player (InterVideo WinDVD) that came with my laptop (Lenovo T400 running Windows XP SP3) I could view TiVo files, but couldn't move the little progress bar to skip commercials. If I tried to use any of the shortcut keys to get the video to skip forward, it would always just go back to the beginning of the video. Quite frustrating. By reading this thread I decided the problem most be the codec that I got from the InterVideo software and that I needed another one. I read that the Tivo Desktop Plus software comes with an Meg2 codec so I purchased it (version 2.8.1). Sure enough, now the little progress bar shows up with Windows Media player (WMP 11), but as soon as I touch it, the player totally freezes! I have to force kill it to get it to go away.

    Note that TiVoDesktopCodec Manager has no problem playing the TiVo files, and even skips to any part of the video I want to go. So I now know it is possible for this to work, it just must be a problem with WMP. I would watch the video through the Codec Manager, but it wont scale the image, so while the picture look good, it is really small, and there are no shortcut keys that make it easy to skip just 30 seconds like WMP has.

    So, has anyone seen this? Andy ideas how to resolve it?
     
  17. ggieseke

    ggieseke Active Member

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    The progress bar works fine on my XP box, but I'm still using WMP10. The codecs that come with Plus provide full positioning support, so that shouldn't be the problem.

    You might try playing around with the video acceleration options in WMP, or uninstalling WinDVD. Since 2.8 came out Desktop Plus doesn't register its codecs with Windows, but you can register them yourself. In a command prompt, change to the "C:\Program Files\TiVo\Desktop\Plus\MainConcept" directory and use the REGSVR32 command to register each of the *.ax files there. Once they're registered almost any player can use them and you might find one that works better.

    TDCM wasn't really meant as a player, so I didn't bother with scaling options. If I use it to actually watch a show on my computer I usually knock my screen resolution down to 800x600 to get a larger picture.
     
  18. kcantrel

    kcantrel New Member

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    Thanks ggieseke, I appreciate you taking the time to respond. I started up WMP, brought up the Options window, went to the Performance tab and clicked on the "Restore Defaults" under the video acceleration portion. Now, I'm back to square two, where WMP will at least not crash when I touch the slider bar, but always goes to the beginning when I let go of it. I did confirm if I play a "standard" wmv file that it acts as expected.

    I brought up TDCM and ensured that the TiVo MPEG2 decoders were selected. Next I used the REGSVR32 command to register all the *.ax files (was I suppose to do all of them?). That did seem to change the selection of MPEG2 decoders I could select via TDCM, but it didn't seem to help WMP. I then tried a couple other video players:
    DivX: I had to rename one of the .TiVo files to .avi to be able to select it, but when I played it, it looked like it wasn't be decrypted correctly.
    Real: Played the same as DivX
    QuickTime: Didn't recognize the file format.

    When I play a TiVo video within WMP and bring up the File Properties, it does seem to have selected the MainConcept MPEG-2 video codec, so I assume it is getting the correct one.

    I'm at a total loss again. Do you have any thing else you think I can try?
     
  19. ggieseke

    ggieseke Active Member

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    Now that the Plus codecs are registered TDCM will list them in the Preferred DirectShow Filters dialog. First set all three preferred filters to (none), open a .TiVo file, and write down the demuxer & decoders it's using. They should all be MainConcept, and if you right-click each one you should see that the file path is in the Plus\Mainconcept folder below the Desktop folder. Then go to the Preferred filters dialog again and set them as the defaults.

    If the slider in WMP still won't work at that point I don't really know why. You could use tivodecode to convert them to straight .MPG format, then play them with Winamp or VLC.
     
  20. creekjumper

    creekjumper New Member

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    did the uninstall reinstall thing after purchasing the plus, still no dice, tivo doesn't know what to do so got sent here, any ideas?
     

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