(If I'm breaking any TC rules, feel free to edit or delete this post).
Thanks to the posts on this site I was able to burn a DVD with 2 hours of TiVo content in under 20 minutes. (but it took me 4 hours of searching threads to get it working). I'm computer literate, but by no means an expert. If this doesn't work for you, I'm sorry.
I have 3 80 hour TiVo Series 2 DVRs, networked w/ Linksys adapters to a 2 year old, Pentium 4 HP running XP Media Center Edition. I've got a Gig of RAM and 180GB hard drive. I am running TiVo Desktop v2.3a. I played the finished DVD's in a fairly new Phillips DVD player.
If it helps anyone, here is how I did it:
Download and install:
-VideoReDo. It is free to try, $49.99 to buy.
-DVD Styler. It is free.
-DVD Decrypter. It is also free.
(I tried to include the links but TC won't let me post with URL's). Go to:
-I created a folder on my C: drive, within “My TiVo Recordings” called “TiVo Burned to DVD” to use as a work place.
-Click “Open Video”
-Look in your “My TiVo Recordings" file and select the show you want to burn.
-Save As .vob (DVD Stream).
-Repeat for each show you want to burn.
(this took about 1 ½ minutes on my computer for a 50 minute TiVo recording saved at basic quality).
-Now go back to your “TiVo Burned to DVD” folder and change the extension of the .vob file to .mpg
-Open DVD Styler (this is where you create a menu for your DVD)
-Use the "Background" tab to select a menu background (You can cut/paste an image file and save it in C/program files/DVD Styler/Backgrounds if you don’t like theirs).
-Use the “Button” tab to select a menu button style. Drag and drop the button where you want it to appear on the background.
-Double click on the button to change the text, font or properties.
-Now use the “Directories” tab, find your “TiVo Burned to DVD” folder.
Drag and drop your file(s) into the storyboard at the bottom of the DVD Styler box
-Double click on your menu buttons and assign them to the right title/chapter for each selection.
-Click File>Burn DVD (make sure “create ISO image” is selected).
-Change the "Save To" location to the “TiVo Burned to DVD” folder
(This took about 10 ½ minutes for 2, 50 minute TiVo recordings saved at basic quality)
-Open DVD Decrypter
-Select Mode>ISO>Write so that you can find your file (the default is to read a DVD from your drive).
-Load a DVD+R (the only format I’ve tried) into your drive
-Select the Source (you’ll find it labeled “dvd” in your “TiVo Burned to DVD” folder if you didn't change the "save as" name.
-Hit the “DVD” icon to start recording
(just over 5 minutes to burn 2, 50 minute TiVo recordings saved at basic quality)