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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. creekjumper

    creekjumper New Member

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    oh n im running xp
     
  2. ggieseke

    ggieseke Active Member

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    What codecs does TDCM show when you open a .TiVo file?
     
  3. headkaze

    headkaze New Member

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    Couldn't rewind or fast forward TiVo files in MCE. Stop would restart the video. Spent hours fiddling with codecs changing filter merits in DirectShow Filter Manager and nearly went insaine. Found this app and along with the NVidia PureVideo codec all is functioning perfectly.

    Why does the TiVo Desktop Plus codec not allow the same functionality as the NVidia codec?

    Big thankyou to ggieseke for this fantastic application!
     
  4. Nov 1, 2010 #164 of 221
    phyllis1

    phyllis1 New Member

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    Every now and then, WMP will inexplicably stop playing my TiVo files. Then I have to spend hours hunting down solutions and downloading codecs. TDCM is a lifesaver! Thank you so much for your contribution!
     
  5. Nov 7, 2010 #165 of 221
    aaroncolorado

    aaroncolorado New Member

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    This has quickly turned into the most time consuming computer related task I have ever undertaken.
    I have .tivo shows that work perfectly on my Windows XP mini Dell computer but the same files will not work on my brand new mini Dell that runs Windows 7 Basic. The load perfectly find but ONLY THE AUDIO works, no visuals play.

    I have of course installed the latest version of Tivo Desktop. In fact I've uninstalled it using the scrubber and reinstalled it twice now. I've tried downloading random codecs for WMP12 (Windows Media Player 12). I've tried downloading third party players like GOL and VLC player but nothing has worked.

    I downloaded this TDCM file and tried to run it but it's not playing anything. I've tried messing around with the settings but nothing.

    Any further advice before I just accept that my 83GBs of .tivo shows are not going to play on my new Dell mini?

    Thanks in advance for any insight anyone has.
     
  6. Nov 7, 2010 #166 of 221
    ggieseke

    ggieseke Active Member

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    It sounds like you're missing an MPEG-2 video codec. Some of the free codec packs like CCCP have worked for many people, but I usually recommend buying Desktop Plus if you don't already have a codec that handles .TiVo files. VLC won't play .TiVo files directly but if you use tivodecode to strip them back to straight MPEG-2 files it should work.
     
  7. Nov 8, 2010 #167 of 221
    aaroncolorado

    aaroncolorado New Member

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    Thanks for your reply! I am somewhat new to all this so could someone please tell me what CCCP stands for? Where might I be able to download this from? I looked back over the forum but didn't see anything that related to CCCP.

    Thank you.
     
  8. Nov 8, 2010 #168 of 221
    ggieseke

    ggieseke Active Member

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    Google "combined community codec pack". If you go through the other pages of this thread you can also find other codec packs that have worked for some people.
     
  9. kcantrel

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    Hi ggieseke. I don't know what happen, but all the sudden WMP can do full position support with my .TiVo files. I think registering the TiVo Desktop Plus codecs and rebooting finally got everything working. So, thanks for that. Now I have another problem. When I try and play .tivo files from one of the TiVo's (either a TiVo HD or a TiVo 3 or a TiVo S2) WMP reports is it "acquiring codec..." then it stated is "codec acquired", then the video plays. It looks fine, but no sound. When I bring up the same video with TDCM, I get a popup window and it reads "Some of the streams in this movie are in an unsupported format." Any idea what would cause this?
     
  10. ggieseke

    ggieseke Active Member

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    If you have Desktop Plus you should have everything needed, but usually audio problems are because you're missing a Dolby codec. If you Google "ac3filter" you will get one that works. Files from your S2 shouldn't have that problem because the only audio format it supports is MPEG-2 Layer 1.
     
  11. kcantrel

    kcantrel New Member

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    Thanks again ggieseke, that did the trick. I'm curious, however, why didn't TiVo Desktop Plus not provide that? In other words, how was I suppose to be able to play the TiVo files from the S3 if I hadn't downloaded a public domain version of the sc3filter?
     
  12. ggieseke

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    Desktop Plus does provide it. I'm not sure why it isn't working for you but I'm glad that AC3Filter helped.
     
  13. GmanDan

    GmanDan New Member

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    Thanks GGIESEKE!!!!!!

    The audio kept playing out of synch in WMP and re-installing Tivo Desktop and WMP didn't help. Tivo Tech Support was sympathietic but useless (the tech did suggest checking the online forums though).

    I tried your program, played with the settings and it works fine.

    Excellent job!
     
  14. Ready4TiVo

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    With apologies in advance if this has been answered elsewhere; please provide a link if so.

    I have an iMac and have been transferring programs using TiVo Transfer for years. Last night I scheduled four one-hour, HD shows to transfer in the middle of the night. Each one displays the full hour on the TiVo box - mine, for now, a TiVo Series3 HD. Each one showed up in my recordings but each one stopped dead at 53 minutes - it didn't simply stop playing, there was nothing left to play. As a test, I transferred another show, different channel, as a standalone while I puttered around. One hour on the TiVo, 33 minutes on my iMac.

    Any suggestions?
     
  15. Ready4TiVo

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    Is it possible that the transfers are restricted by size - 3.4 GB at once, perhaps? That formula seems to fit what I have - HD shows that are 4 GB stop almost at the end, but not quite; another show that's 7 GB stops halfway. Can one change this seeming limitation?
     
  16. ggieseke

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    You might get more replies if you start a new thread. This one is about codec problems specific to Windows computers.

    If it was a Windows machine I would guess that you're transferring to a drive that's formatted using the FAT32 filesystem or that you're running Kaspersky antivirus. Either of those will chop off files at 4GB.
     
  17. Ready4TiVo

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    Actually - that's it. My 1TB external drive - attached to my Mac - is a FAT32. I'll figure it out from here. Thanks.
     
  18. davecope

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    I tried to open TIVO server help and I got a dialog box that informed me that VISTA doesn't support MS "help" format. Then I opened TDCM help and AdobeReader10 warns me that the help file is unsupported or corrupt, so I downloaded TDCM.zip again and I got the same result.

    My root issue is that after transcoding my TIVO shows and syncing to my iPod, the playback audio and video begin in sync and as a program progresses, the audio and video drift apart until a show becomes unwatchable.

    I'm trying to use TDCM intuitively (since there's no "help"), but no joy.

    How do I see a "help" file in TDCM?
     
  19. ggieseke

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    See http://support.microsoft.com/kb/917607 to download the help file viewer for Vista, Windows 7 & Server 2008. If you still have problems I converted it to .DOC format and attached it in post #65 of this thread.

    I have seen that iPod conversion issue in several posts, but have never been able to duplicate it or find an answer. If you do, please let us all know. You could try kmttg for the iPod conversion to see if that works better.
     
  20. Apr 6, 2011 #180 of 221
    SoClose

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    Thanks so much for creating and posting TDCM.zip. After just a few minutes of tinkering, I was able to configure my XP system to play .tivo files.
     

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