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12-23-2007, 10:59 AM
I record my home movies in *.avi format. I purchased TIVO Desktop Plus so that I could transfer from PC to TIVO and view these movies on my TV. The most recent version of TIVO Desktop 2.5.1 is installed.
When I put the .avi home movie file in "My TIVO Recordings" folder, it shows up on the TV screen with the red circle/slash mark and tells me it can't play the .avi file because it is copyright protected. That's ridiculous!!! How can my home .avi format movies be "copyright protected". Sounds like TIVO Desktop Plus has a bug. I even tried converting the .avi file to .mov file and still no luck. In fact the .mov file does not even show up on the "Find Programs/My Computer" screen.
12-23-2007, 11:32 AM
May want to give pyTivo a shot.
12-23-2007, 05:50 PM
It does have a bug. It for some reason, calls files it cannot decode "copy protected", rather a more applicable error.
12-23-2007, 06:08 PM
May want to use Videora and see if the resulting .mpg works on the tivo.
12-23-2007, 10:55 PM
TiVo Desktop Plus only supports the DivX and XVid formats in the .avi container. The home movies you pull off of your camcorder are probably in DV-AVI format and the result is the "copy protected" message you saw.
As indicated, if you transcode those files into another format, they should transfer over just fine.
03-14-2008, 11:29 PM
Something else is going on because any flick I recode to DivX using doctor Divx and don't name after a movie; it plays... using the same encoding parameters except for names (like using the name of the episode instead of the name of the program) will NOT play.. I get a stoopid copyright prohibited notification. These are movies I ripped with AnyDVD and DvdShrink. There is NO copyright protection of these archives I've made of MY DVD's and even less reason for Tivo to not let me stream my movies to my bedroom... Guess I always can revert back to XBMC and my Xbox Remote.... I'd like to resolve this though :mad:
03-15-2008, 03:31 PM
Something else is going on because any flick I recode to DivX using doctor Divx and don't name after a movie; it plays... using the same encoding parameters except for names (like using the name of the episode instead of the name of the program) will NOT play..
Can't explain that one.
If you rename an existing DivX file (one that played) to another name using the episode information and such, does it show up copy-protected?
You might want to look into another solution like pyTiVo, which can transcode a wider range of formats.
03-15-2008, 04:37 PM
I highly suggest pytivo. It plays everything i have on my computer, even shows in HD.
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