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Old 01-14-2006, 02:12 PM   #91
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could the installation of 2.2 and the transferring of files cause the TiVo to stop functioning properly?
Don't know. I have not had any problems at all. I suppose it's possible... but I suspect it's just a coincidence. That's just a guess though.

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What is the proper Videora setting for converting a 16:9 program into a letterboxed 4:3 file so I can watch it on my 4:3 TV in the proper aspect ratio?
A 16:9 file should be converted using a "MPEG-2/720x480/16:9/xxx" profile. It will then show as a letterboxed 4:3 file on the TiVo. Not sure why the 16:9 you converted to 16:9 didn't work and showed multiple images. Maybe something wrong with the source file. I haven't had any problems with any files.
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Old 01-14-2006, 03:33 PM   #92
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Click the "this one" link in beldar's post (a couple posts up). The fourth link down on that page is DivXtoDVD 0.5.0. I used that the other day and it worked great. I was able to burn a DVD using the resulting files and Nero, and it played fine on my father in law's relatively old DVD player.
That did the trick, thanks. Now I'm repeating the process after purchasing to get rid of that pesky watermark across the top of the screen.



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OK, I've only played with torrents once or twice about a year ago and it was on a 'non-essential' computer. How 'dangerous' is it using these torrent sites. Am I going to end up downloading other nefarious programs along with the show? What do I have to concern myself with?
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OK, I've only played with torrents once or twice about a year ago and it was on a 'non-essential' computer. How 'dangerous' is it using these torrent sites. Am I going to end up downloading other nefarious programs along with the show? What do I have to concern myself with?
I've been downloading bit torrents for a couple of years and never had a problem. You obviously want to have an anti-virus program running, and also run spyware and adware programs regularly. However, I've not found any torrent files that brought anything bad into my system.
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That did the trick, thanks. Now I'm repeating the process after purchasing to get rid of that pesky watermark across the top of the screen.


Glad it worked for you.

Did the other program that you used first put the watermark on for you? I used that program by itself on a BT file, and then burned it to DVD using Nero, and it didn't have a watermark.
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OK, I've only played with torrents once or twice about a year ago and it was on a 'non-essential' computer. How 'dangerous' is it using these torrent sites. Am I going to end up downloading other nefarious programs along with the show? What do I have to concern myself with?
While you certainly could choose to download things that might be questionable ... hacked commercial software, for example, which very well might have viruses or other malware attached, if you're downloading television shows or other video material, you're going to be dealing with video files. Sometimes there'll be some other descriptive files or images included as part of the package, but generally nothing executable.

Bittorrent clients themselves have stayed pretty respectable (nothing at all like Kazaa where the client itself loaded up your system with malware). And they only share what you tell it to share and other torrents you download yourself, so they're not exposing anything on your system to others surreptitiously.
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Old 01-14-2006, 05:03 PM   #97
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Glad it worked for you.

Did the other program that you used first put the watermark on for you? I used that program by itself on a BT file, and then burned it to DVD using Nero, and it didn't have a watermark.

The first one never worked for me because it wouldn't let me select an audio stream and couldn't continue without it.
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Old 01-14-2006, 08:06 PM   #98
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With the talk of converting an avi to dvd files, if it's just a 42 min tv show, any reason not to just burn it to a video cd? Nero can make the video cd from the avi and it doesn't even take up the whole cd (at least for the one I tried). So is there any reason to go to DVD for just a TV show?
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With the talk of converting an avi to dvd files, if it's just a 42 min tv show, any reason not to just burn it to a video cd? Nero can make the video cd from the avi and it doesn't even take up the whole cd (at least for the one I tried). So is there any reason to go to DVD for just a TV show?
Video CD is 352x240 in NTSC, about 1/4 the resolution most TV show torrents are provided in, as most do come from HD feeds when available.
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Old 01-14-2006, 08:10 PM   #100
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If you are going to be downloading things that other parties would be interested in. And those parties would be interested in contacting your ISP and finding out who you are you should download Peerguardian.
I downloaded it and at the end of the setup, it said it would launch it. I see it in my processes at pg2.exe, so does that mean it's working?
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Video CD is 352x240 in NTSC, about 1/4 the resolution most TV show torrents are provided in, as most do come from HD feeds when available.
Ah, I see. What about super video cd? Nero had that, but I didn't know what it was.
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Ah, I see. What about super video cd? Nero had that, but I didn't know what it was.
Super Video CD is 480x480 for NTSC, better certainly. And not really that far from what you'd get on a DVD, I suppose. Can your player handle DVD data formats on CD media?
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Old 01-14-2006, 08:14 PM   #103
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I just watched a few minutes of Smallville after going through the whole process. It looked pretty good on my Zenith DVB 318 upconverted to 1080i. Maybe I'll eventually get something that will play AVI files directly. I'm intrigued by the Cintre MediaStore that was posted earlier in this thread. If I was employed I would have placed that order today. It looks pretty cool.
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Old 01-14-2006, 08:23 PM   #104
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Super Video CD is 480x480 for NTSC, better certainly. And not really that far from what you'd get on a DVD, I suppose. Can your player handle DVD data formats on CD media?
Not sure, but I just tried to do it in Nero and it said I needed to purchase something else (I only have the OEM version, so I'm not sure if that's why) and I don't want to do that. Thanks though.
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A 16:9 file should be converted using a "MPEG-2/720x480/16:9/xxx" profile. It will then show as a letterboxed 4:3 file on the TiVo. Not sure why the 16:9 you converted to 16:9 didn't work and showed multiple images. Maybe something wrong with the source file. I haven't had any problems with any files.
Nope. I've tried several different files, all of which play fine on the PC, but they won't play properly on the TiVo. Does anyone else have any suggestions on how to make 16:9 torrent files play properly through the TiVo on a 4:3 TV?
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Old 01-15-2006, 05:19 PM   #106
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You could try Virtualdub-MPEG2.
It worked, with a problem - I ended up with a 60 GB file

I'll check the settings and try again.

edit - I saved it as uncompressed, now I'm not sure what to use. I want to be able to make a DVD my friend can play, and he's got an old DVD.

Cinepak Codec by Radius? DivX 6.0? Intel 5.1? Microsoft Video 1? Xvid MPEG4?

Any of the above and burn with Nero as VCD?

edit again = like mtnagel, I can't make a VCD with Nero Express.

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Any of the above and burn with Nero as VCD?

edit again = like mtnagel, I can't make a VCD with Nero Express.
I was able to make a VCD, but not a Super VCD with Nero. With the VCD, as Doug mentioned the resolution is not great, so the quality won't be great. It was watchable for the episode I did last night, but not great.
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It worked, with a problem - I ended up with a 60 GB file

I'll check the settings and try again.

edit - I saved it as uncompressed, now I'm not sure what to use. I want to be able to make a DVD my friend can play, and he's got an old DVD.

Cinepak Codec by Radius? DivX 6.0? Intel 5.1? Microsoft Video 1? Xvid MPEG4?

Any of the above and burn with Nero as VCD?

edit again = like mtnagel, I can't make a VCD with Nero Express.
You actually had 60GB of free space? Wow!!

If the friend's DVD player is old, you'll want to check that it will even play DVD+/-Rs before you spend too much time. I know my old DVD player will not play them at all but my newer one does.
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So why is the amount of traffic hitting PeerGuardian so disturbingly high when I'm not even running bittorent right now?

And, PS, uTorrent does rock. Thanks for the suggestion(s).
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I was able to make a VCD, but not a Super VCD with Nero. With the VCD, as Doug mentioned the resolution is not great, so the quality won't be great. It was watchable for the episode I did last night, but not great.
The VCD is also MPEG 1 and not MPEG 2 so the compression is not nearly as good.

as I recal you need to download a mpeg 2 encoder to make Super VCD or DVD material. I think that is what Nero wants to sell you. You should be able find a mpeg 2 encoder on the net. for more info goto www.vcdhelp.com.

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You actually had 60GB of free space? Wow!!

If the friend's DVD player is old, you'll want to check that it will even play DVD+/-Rs before you spend too much time. I know my old DVD player will not play them at all but my newer one does.
New computer, with 160 GB to start.

A friend of his has made DVDs he can play and the first one I burned was with VOBs, with the entire structure intact. He does not get a no disc error, it tries to read it and gets stuck. The disc was over 4 MB, maybe that's a problem. My player can sometimes have problems in that case.

I think I'll try burning again, wtithout the special features and see what happens.
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Thanks everyone for the easy bit torrent lesson! I had no idea how any of this worked until now. A few questions though,

1. Are some bit torrent programs faster then others? It was going to take over 2 hours to download a 1/2 TV program last night. I have DSL and maybe it was the busiest time of day to be using it?

2. Peer Guardian - what does this do? Makes it so no one can tell who you are on the internet?
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Thanks everyone for the easy bit torrent lesson! I had no idea how any of this worked until now. A few questions though,

1. Are some bit torrent programs faster then others? It was going to take over 2 hours to download a 1/2 TV program last night. I have DSL and maybe it was the busiest time of day to be using it?

2. Peer Guardian - what does this do? Makes it so no one can tell who you are on the internet?
1. I don't think you would see much of a difference. A program like uTorrent uses less computer resources, but that won't affect the download speed significantly.

However, some torrents are faster than others. You want to look for a torrent with a lot of seeds (and leechers). The higher the number, the faster the download.

2. It allows you to block IP groups from your P2P connection. From Wikipedia;

PeerGuardian is often misunderstood as an application. Many presume that the purpose of the software is to hide the user's IP address from various groups, such as the RIAA and MPAA. This is nearly impossible and is thus a misconception of the intention of the program.

The design of PeerGuardian is to prevent the collection of evidence that can be used as proof that a particular IP address is connected to a particular network.

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Haven't read the rest of this thread yet- but this worked great- THANKS DOUG!

One more question.. we downloaded a couple things to try and they are on our tivo desktop, but I am assuming our problem is they are not in the right MPEG format. I think we need MPEG2 according to what I read somewhere on tivo... is there a converter I can get, or do I need to be downloading certain type of files only?

I am so close, I feel it... but we just can't figure it completely out. I really appreaciate the help... I am off to read the rest of this thread now, in case there is any more info I misssed..

But I wanted to thank you for this, it worked very easy!!!!
I'm currently using WinAvi... it's the fastest encoder I've found, and the quality is decent (you can choose to encode by "quality" or "speed"... I use "speed" and I have no complaints about quality)... find it here: winavi[dot]com (wouldn't let me post the url, so I'm hoping you can decipher this? lol)

My problem is that once I get my mpg's into the "My TiVo Recordings" folder, my TiVo can see the folder but it can't seem to see the files? Can anyone direct me to a forum thread that addresses this issue please? I've tried searching, but so far haven't come up with anything helpful. At first I thought it might be a firewall issue, but I have no trouble playing the mp3s on my PC through TiVo, and if it can see the folder holding my files, shouldn't it be able to see the mpg's inside as well?
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1. I don't think you would see much of a difference. A program like uTorrent uses less computer resources, but that won't affect the download speed significantly.

However, some torrents are faster than others. You want to look for a torrent with a lot of seeds (and leechers). The higher the number, the faster the download.
What would a typical download speed be? Most shows that I have tried download at 10-11kbs. Is this because of my router or my isp, or is that normal?

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What would a typical download speed be? Most shows that I have tried download at 10-11kbs. Is this because of my router or my isp, or is that normal?

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Every torrent is different as it depends entirely on how many other people are seeding the program at the same time. The way BT works is that as you are downloading a program, you are also uploading (seeding) those portions of it that you already have. Therefore, when tons of people are getting a particular show, the speeds can be very fast. I've had hour-long programs finish in half an hour or so. Other times, I've had hour-long programs that take several days, simply because there aren't many out there seeding.

There may be things you can do to increase your speed (such as opening ports, disabling firewalls, changing settings on the BT client, etc.) but I'm not a pro at that so I can't tell you what to do specifically. All I know is that my client works fine and there are times when something will d/l well over 100 kbs and other times it is only 1 or 2 kbs.
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What would a typical download speed be? Most shows that I have tried download at 10-11kbs. Is this because of my router or my isp, or is that normal?

edit: isp = sbc dsl with a linksys router
Have you looked at the SafePeer plugin for Azureus? It's a program that blocks access to many IP ranges. If your IP address happened to be among them, you might be just suffering an effect of people running SafePeer.

As mentioned, download speeds will vary, but if they are consistently 10-11kbps and you never see them go much higher for a sustained period, there could be something else going on; anything from ISP's running fancy software on their routers to throttle such peer2peer traffic, or some misconfiguration that's causing Bittorrent peers to throttle you or ignore you.
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I read somewhere that limiting your upload speed to around 20 will help. Right now I think it's set at unlimited?
Does that sound about right?
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I read somewhere that limiting your upload speed to around 20 will help. Right not I think it's set at unlimited?
Does that sound about right?
You don't want to saturate your internet connection since there needs to be some bandwidth available to acknowledge packets as they come in. So keeping your upload speed limited to a portion of your max bandwidth, and similarly for your download speed, you will help things.
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I limited my upload bandwidth to about 10 KB/sec and was getting crap download speeds. I couldn't figure out what the problem was with my download speed.

I adjusted it to the maximum upload and my torrent download speed jumped up to where it usually is. YMMV.

I've had it there ever since. I think I might drop it down to 30 and see what that gets me.
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