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WD HD Live

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by dbutts, Nov 2, 2009.

  1. jmemmott

    jmemmott New Member

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    You should not have to convert the audio to any specific type to use it with the WD. The WD handles many more codecs and containers than the Tivo. It just needs a clean start so it knows what it has. If you go back to the link I originally gave you, you will see that Dan S was able to use the VRD timeline to show the different audio segments in his recordings in different colors. By cutting away the initial commercials with the wrong audio, he was able to play the 5.1 audio from and HD without issue. I also use my WD TV for 5.1 surround sound but I have always used VRD and Quick Stream Fix to clean up the streams before I copy them to my NFS server for playback.
     
  2. dlfl

    dlfl Cranky old novice

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    No argument about this, but my idea was if he forced the audio to mpeg stereo when saving from VRD, he wouldn't have to bother with editing. And this process could be automated, I believe.
     
  3. wierdo

    wierdo New Member

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    If you use kmttg and have it do comskip, it seems to fix any audio issues with both the WDTV Live and the FreeAgent Theater+. Pre-comskip, both will find the audio track, but it will be out of sync. After running the comskip step (which remuxes the file using mencoder) the commercials are gone and the audio is in sync.
     
  4. janry

    janry New Member

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    You are right that comskip fixes the audio problem for this device, or at least it did for me. But now, the video plays for a few seconds, then freezes for a few seconds. I'm not very experienced with kttmg so I don't know what is causing that.
     
  5. wierdo

    wierdo New Member

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    I haven't seen that. I've transferred both SD and HD programs and they seem to work reasonably well. Not perfect, but reasonably well.

    In the end, I think I'm going to return both the WDTV and the Seagate and build that HTPC I've been looking at instead. It'll only be a couple hundred more, but XBMC will play nearly anything, and has an interface that is so far ahead of either of these things it makes them look like toys from 1996.
     
  6. janry

    janry New Member

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    TiVo files converted in VideoReDo work beautifully for me without any editing.
     
  7. Eamus Catuli

    Eamus Catuli Member

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    I tried what you described and it ended up saving a 5.1 audio soucre as 2 channel stereo. Not happy with that, I tried again, this time with a couple of frame edits (which of course avoids the " haven't done any editing" message), and just saved it (mpg) and the file plays perfectly on my WDTV Live with 5.1 audio intact. :up:
     
  8. sanjonny

    sanjonny New Member

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    Did anyone find a way to do tis without video redo? I actually don't care if the audio is two channel because I am only using the box for travel and don't want to make the effort to edit the commercials and such, I just want to automate and play the files on the wd box, any thoughts without buying more software. Could I just use kttmg to recode the stream to say h.24 I mean, who knows if the hotel will even have an hdmi outlet, so composite might be fine too and aipudio won't matter as long as I can hear it.
     
  9. rockethead

    rockethead New Member

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    I have been using Roxio Creator 2010 to covert .tivo files to .mpg or burn to DVD. The .mpg files work fine on my WDTVLive, but when you convert then .tivo Roxio always pops up a disclaimer that TIVO requires that the resolution be reduced when making copies of .tivo files. They look fine after the conversion, but not nearly as good as the original looks coming from the TIVO itself.
     
  10. jbernardis

    jbernardis New Member

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    If you have to suffer poor quality, why are you doing it this way? Get a copy of tivodecode - it's free. To ny understanding, all it does is remove the tvio "envelope" and leave you with an mpg file. There is very little change in size which makes me think the original quality is preserved.
     

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