Originally Posted by MissNovemberTues
I do not know where to begin looking, but I am just setting up TiVo Desktop and have questions about the format of the video. I plan to transfer some things I want to keep onto my computer with the intention of burning to a disc. Do I need to do anything special, or will they be in a format that will make this easy. (Also a bit new to burning DVDs, so please bear with me.) If there is already a thread, please point me to it and I will read through. Thanx in advance for any help.
There are several, if not many, different threads.
You've got some reading ahead of you, but you're among friends.
Use this link
to see all of the forums here.
There's a search function for the entire site, for each forum, and for each thread in a forum.
If your installing Desktop to a Windows computer, you need to have it copy the shows (it calls it transfer, but the show remains on the TiVo and is copied to the computer) to an NTFS formatted partition, not a FAT32 formatted partition, because FAT32 can't handle big enough file sizes, and a two hour movie will be missing about the last five minutes.
You don't have to accept the default of having the My TiVo Recordings folder on the C drive, you can go into Desktop, click on File, then Preferences and change the location if you'd like to put it on a partition all by itself or a different hard drive.
Depending on which model TiVo you have, whether it records from analog cable or digital cable, and how big a bunch of d***s your cable company is, you may not be able to copy some recordings from the TiVo to anywhere else, other than feeding the analog (line level) outputs to a VCR or DVD recorder.
As to how to record the digital file to a DVD once you've got it on the computer, I haven't advanced my knowledge that far yet, but I have filled up about 10TB of hard drives with shows copied via Desktop, so I'm somewhat knowledge about the first half of the process.