I wanted to help all of the newbies out there that just bought a Series 3 tivo, and want to use the pyTivo applications. I wanted it to have 5.1 audio, and 1080 HD Video.
I've been working on figuring out the confirguration for about 3 hours now, and I've finally gotten it working well. (Those out there with more suggestions on tuning, I'm looking for the "best quality" settings I can have.) Since I was only able to do this because other people shared their experiences, I figured I would contribute with what I found.
So here are the settings I used in my pyTivo.conf file. Note my files are in the C:\Program Files\pyTivo directory. The places I've bolded are changes to the default quality.
#Full path to ffmpeg including filename
#For windows: ffmpeg=c:\Program Files\pyTivo\plugins\video\ffmpeg_mp2.exe
#For linux: ffmpeg=/usr/bin/ffmpeg
#This will make a large debug.txt file in you base directory. It only debugs
#transcode.py right now.
# Audio bit-rate, default 192K
# Video bit-rate, default 4096K
#Beacon broadcast address(es)
#Typically use 255.255.255.255 but on some multihomed machines you may
#need to specify the subnet broadcast address(es) of your Tivo boxes
#Output Pixel Width: if you have an HDTV you might want to try 720 or 704
#Valid: 720, 704, 544, 480, 352
ffmpeg_prams=-vcodec mpeg2video -r 29.97 -b %(video_br)s -maxrate %(max_video_br)s -bufsize %(buff_size)s %(aspect_ratio)s -comment pyTivo.py -acodec ac3 -ab %(audio_br)s -ar 48000 -f vob -
##Per tivo options
# section named _tivo_TSN with the tsn in all caps
#If you want to use 16:9 or 4:3 on this tivo
#ffmpeg_prams=-i %(in_file)s -vcodec mpeg2video -r 29.97 -b %(video_br)s -maxrate %(max_video_br)s -bufsize %(buff_size)s %(aspect_ratio)s -comment pyTivo.py -ac 2 -ab %(audio_br)s -ar 44100 -f vob -
#Type can be either 'video' or 'music'
#Path is the full path to your files (No trailing slash needed)
#For windows: path=J:\Movies
#For linux: path=/media
##You can have more than one share