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Old 11-07-2007, 09:34 PM   #91
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TVAP Ver. 0.42 -- TVSuite compatibility added

If you have TVSuite installed, the Run VideoReDo button will launch it, even if you also have VRD-Plus installed.

Regarding the TVAP VRD COM interface, if you have both Plus and TVSuite installed, TVAP uses the COM interface from whichever program was last run with the normal GUI interface. I haven't figured out why but it doesn't seem to make a practical difference as the COM functionality used by TVAP seems to run identically in either case.
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Old 11-08-2007, 10:39 PM   #92
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I just installed Tivo series 3 hd ...I already had Tivo series 2dt ......when transferring 30 Rock to computer using TivoDesktop 2.52, the series 3 reads 31 min. 498 MB ......My old series 2dt reads 31min. 853 MB .....the series 3 unit when transferring to TivoDesktop is doing this to all recordings.
When I run the files thru VideoReDo..their are way to many audio synch errors, than when I load it into DVDStyler 1.5 I get :
Prepare
Cleaning temporary directory
Generating menus
Generating menu 1 of 1
Prepare
Converting jpg to mpeg
INFO: [jpeg2yuv] Parsing & checking input files.
INFO: [jpeg2yuv] YUV colorspace detected.
INFO: [jpeg2yuv] Starting decompression
INFO: [jpeg2yuv] Image dimensions are 720x480
INFO: [jpeg2yuv] Movie frame rate is: 29.970030 frames/second
INFO: [jpeg2yuv] Interlaced frames, top field first.
INFO: [jpeg2yuv] Frame size: 720 x 480
INFO: [jpeg2yuv] Number of Loops 1
INFO: [jpeg2yuv] Now generating YUV4MPEG stream.
INFO: [jpeg2yuv] Processing non-interlaced/interleaved C:\Documents and Settings\Kevin Faye\dvd\menu1-0.mpg_bg.jpg, size 155981
INFO: [jpeg2yuv] Rescaling color values.
++ WARN: [mpeg2enc] Unknown stream tag encountered: 'C420jpeg'
INFO: [mpeg2enc] Selecting DVD output profile
INFO: [mpeg2enc] Encoding MPEG-2 video to C:\Documents and Settings\Kevin Faye\dvd\menu1-0.mpg_bg.m2v
INFO: [mpeg2enc] Horizontal size: 720 pel
INFO: [mpeg2enc] Vertical size: 480 pel
INFO: [mpeg2enc] Aspect ratio code: 1 = 1:1 pixels
INFO: [mpeg2enc] Frame rate code: 4 = 30000.0/1001.0 (NTSC VIDEO)
INFO: [mpeg2enc] Bitrate: 9000 KBit/s
INFO: [mpeg2enc] Quality factor: 8 (1=best, 31=worst)
INFO: [mpeg2enc] Field order for input: top-field-first
INFO: [mpeg2enc] Sequence unlimited length
INFO: [mpeg2enc] Search radius: 16
INFO: [mpeg2enc] GOP SIZE RANGE 9 TO 18
INFO: [mpeg2enc] Setting colour/gamma parameters to "NTSC"
INFO: [mpeg2enc] Progressive format frames = 0
INFO: [mpeg2enc] Buffering 45 frames
INFO: [mpeg2enc] SETTING MMX and EXTENDED MMX for QUANTIZER!
INFO: [mpeg2enc] SETTING EXTENDED MMX for MOTION!
INFO: [mpeg2enc] SETTING MMX for TRANSFORM!
INFO: [mpeg2enc] SETTING EXTENDED MMX for PREDICTION!
INFO: [mpeg2enc] GOP LENGTH = 1
INFO: [mpeg2enc] Frame start 0 I 0 0
INFO: [mpeg2enc] Frame end 0 220.68 220.68 8.6 8.57
INFO: [mpeg2enc] GOP LENGTH = 0
Multiplexing audio and video
INFO: [???] mplex version 2.0.0 (2.2.3 $Date: 2004/01/13 20:45:26 $)
INFO: [???] File C:\Documents and Settings\Kevin Faye\dvd\menu1-0.mpg_bg.m2v looks like an MPEG Video stream.
INFO: [???] File C:\Program Files\DVDStyler\data\silence.mp2 looks like an MPEG Audio stream.
INFO: [???] Video stream 0: profile 8 selected - ignoring non-standard options!
INFO: [???] Found 1 audio streams and 1 video streams
INFO: [???] Selecting dvdauthor DVD output profile
INFO: [???] Multiplexing video program stream!
INFO: [???] Scanning for header info: Video stream e0 (C:\Documents and Settings\Kevin Faye\dvd\menu1-0.mpg_bg.m2v)
INFO: [???] VIDEO STREAM: e0
INFO: [???] Frame width : 720
INFO: [???] Frame height : 480
INFO: [???] Aspect ratio : 1:1 pixels
INFO: [???] Picture rate : 29.970 frames/sec
INFO: [???] Bit rate : 9000000 bits/sec
INFO: [???] Vbv buffer size : 229376 bytes
INFO: [???] CSPF : 0
INFO: [???] Scanning for header info: Audio stream c0 (C:\Program Files\DVDStyler\data\silence.mp2)
INFO: [???] MPEG AUDIO STREAM: c0
INFO: [???] Audio version : 1.0
INFO: [???] Layer : 2
INFO: [???] CRC checksums : no
INFO: [???] Bit rate : 16384 bytes/sec (128 kbit/sec)
INFO: [???] Frequency : 48000 Hz
INFO: [???] Mode : 0 stereo
INFO: [???] Mode extension : 0
INFO: [???] Copyright bit : 0 no copyright
INFO: [???] Original/Copy : 0 copy
INFO: [???] Emphasis : 0 none
INFO: [???] SYSTEMS/PROGRAM stream:
INFO: [???] rough-guess multiplexed stream data rate : 9319496
INFO: [???] target data-rate specified : 10080000
INFO: [???] Setting specified specified data rate: 10080000
INFO: [???] Scanned to end AU 0
INFO: [???] Run-in Sectors = 89 Video delay = 13019 Audio delay = 0
INFO: [???] New sequence commences...
INFO: [???] Video e0: buf= 237568 frame=000000 sector=00000000
INFO: [???] Audio c0: buf= 4096 frame=000000 sector=00000000
INFO: [???] STREAM e0 completed @ frame 0.
INFO: [???] STREAM c0 completed @ frame 249.
INFO: [???] Multiplex completion at SCR=536868.
INFO: [???] Video e0: buf= 237568 frame=000000 sector=00000021
INFO: [???] Audio c0: buf= 1024 frame=000249 sector=00000048
INFO: [???] VIDEO_STATISTICS: e0
INFO: [???] Video Stream length: 41314 bytes
INFO: [???] Sequence headers: 1
INFO: [???] Sequence ends : 1
INFO: [???] No. Pictures : 0
INFO: [???] No. Groups : 1
INFO: [???] No. I Frames : 1 avg. size 41314 bytes
INFO: [???] No. P Frames : 0 avg. size 0 bytes
INFO: [???] No. B Frames : 0 avg. size 0 bytes
INFO: [???] Average bit-rate : 9905600 bits/sec
INFO: [???] Peak bit-rate : 0 bits/sec
INFO: [???] BUFFERING stream too short for useful statistics
INFO: [???] AUDIO_STATISTICS: c0
INFO: [???] Audio stream length 96000 bytes.
INFO: [???] Syncwords : 250
INFO: [???] Frames : 250 padded
INFO: [???] Frames : 0 unpadded
INFO: [???] BUFFERING stream too short for useful statistics
INFO: [???] MUX STATUS: no under-runs detected.
Multiplexing subtitles (buttons) into mpeg
DVDAuthor::spumux, version 0.6.14-GfD-1.
Build options: gnugetopt iconv freetype
Send bugs to <gfd@boraxsoft.de>
INFO: Locale=C
INFO: Converting filenames to US-ASCII
STAT: 0:00:00.000
INFO: PNG had 2 colors
INFO: PNG had 2 colors
INFO: PNG had 2 colors
INFO: Pickbuttongroups, success with 1 groups, useimg=1
INFO: Found EOF in .sub file.
INFO: Max_sub_size=148
INFO: 1 subtitles added, 0 subtitles skipped, stream: 32, offset: 0.18
Create VOB files
Fix MPEG-file: G:\DVD'S\PBS\Ken Burns\Ken Burns American Stories - ''The Congress'' (Recorded Nov 7, 2007, WNET).mpg
warning: couldn't find any valid system header. I'm continuing anyway
DemultiplexingXXX : [audio 00 video 01] [ 0.01%]
DemultiplexingXXX : [audio 07 video 03] [ 5.00%]
DemultiplexingXXX : [audio 11 video 04] [ 10.00%]
DemultiplexingXXX : [audio 12 video 05] [ 15.00%]
DemultiplexingXXX : [audio 14 video 07] [ 20.00%]
DemultiplexingXXX : [audio 14 video 09] [ 25.00%]
DemultiplexingXXX : [audio 15 video 10] [ 30.00%]
DemultiplexingXXX : [audio 16 video 10] [ 35.00%]
DemultiplexingXXX : [audio 16 video 10] [ 40.00%]
DemultiplexingXXX : [audio 16 video 11] [ 45.00%]
DemultiplexingXXX : [audio 16 video 11] [ 50.00%]
DemultiplexingXXX : [audio 16 video 14] [ 55.00%]
DemultiplexingXXX : [audio 16 video 14] [ 60.00%]
DemultiplexingXXX : [audio 16 video 14] [ 65.00%]
DemultiplexingXXX : [audio 16 video 14] [ 70.00%]
DemultiplexingXXX : [audio 16 video 14] [ 75.00%]
Erroneous packet size, skipping
DemultiplexingXXX : [audio 16 video 15] [ 80.00%]
DemultiplexingXXX : [audio 16 video 15] [ 85.00%]
DemultiplexingXXX : [audio 16 video 15] [ 90.00%]
Erroneous packet size, skipping
Erroneous packet size, skipping
DemultiplexingXXX : [audio 16 video 15] [ 95.00%]
DemultiplexingXXX : [audio 16 video 15] [100.00%]
INFO: [???] mplex version 2.0.0 (2.2.3 $Date: 2004/01/13 20:45:26 $)
INFO: [???] File C:\Documents and Settings\Kevin Faye\dvd\title0-0-0-0.m2v looks like an MPEG Video stream.
**ERROR: [???] File unrecogniseable!
**ERROR: [???] Unrecogniseable file(s)... exiting.
Error executing of command: mplex -f 8 -S 0 -M -V -o "C:\Documents and Settings\Kevin Faye\dvd\title0-0-0.vob" "C:\Documents and Settings\Kevin Faye\dvd\title0-0-0-0.m2v" "C:\Documents and Settings\Kevin Faye\dvd\title0-0-0-0.mp2"
s this a hardware problem specific to my series 3 unit?
Has anyone had a problem like this?
I have to stop recording on my series 3.....I can't put them on dvd
I also noticed when Cablevision came to remove cable box & installed the cards in TCD648250B Series3 HD Digital Media Recorder my signaled from tivo to my TV is now on HDMI,Composite 1 & S Video 1 where w/my series 2 dt box it was on HDMI,TV channel 03 NTSC & Composite 1, now all I get is snow on NTSC
Could someone please point me in the right direction
I have some season series's coming to an end, one or two episodes left, I would hate to lose them, esp. after all the time & effort to get the full series.
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Old 11-09-2007, 06:32 PM   #93
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@ dakk

Did you mean to post in this thread? I don't see how your problem relates to TVAP?

I've used the Dan203 method (VRD + DVDStyler) but not on HD videos. Don't have any idea what the problem is. Try posting on the VideoReDo and DVDStyler forums, and/or start a new thread on this forum, perhaps in the Series3/HD section.

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Old 11-09-2007, 10:42 PM   #94
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TVAP problem with TVSuite AdScans

I thought TVSuite had an identical COM interface (used by TVAP) to VRD-Plus. However I get TVSuite crashes when TVAP trys to start AdScans using the TVSuite COM interface (using Beta 544).

I've posted this problem on the VideoReDo TVSuite support thread and I'm hoping this is just a temporary bug in the Beta version -- or that VRD can tell me what is different about the TVSuite COM interface so I can adapt TVAP appropriately.

As mentioned in a previous post, if you have both Plus and TVSuite installed, the COM interface that is used by TVAP is determined by which program was last run in the normal GUI interactive mode.

Thus if you are running TVSuite my suggested work-around to allow TVAP to automate adscans is as follows:

1. Keep a copy of VRD-Plus installed (or download and install it). I'm not aware of any conflicts from having both programs installed -- as I do.

2. Before running TVAP, start VRD Plus and shut it down. This will cause TVAP to use the Plus COM interface. Unfortunately I just modified TVAP so if you have both Plus and TVSuite installed, the "Run VideoReDo" button will run TVSuite, which will cause further COM operations to run from TVSuite. If I don't get a quick resolution of the problem from VRD, I will release a new version where the button defaults to VRD Plus (if it is installed).
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Old 11-10-2007, 12:55 AM   #95
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Has DanR responded to your problem yet? If not let me know and I'll point him toward it. (the COM interface is his territory)

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That was quick!

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Has DanR responded to your problem yet? If not let me know and I'll point him toward it. (the COM interface is his territory)

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I see TVSuite beta 545, just released, has this on the fix list:

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Batch: Ad-Detective scan will crash if running in silent mode on WinXP. Was OK on Vista.
Sounds like that was my problem -- will test.

Thanks Dan

Edit: Limited testing indicates TVSuite Beta 545 has fixed the problem!

Thus if you are using TVAP with TVSuite, upgrade TVSuite to 545 !
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Would it be possible to auto enable filters during QSF processing? On my first test I ran into a file that had an errant 720x480 frame at the transition from commercials back to the movie while the rest of the Tivo file was 528x480. Don't know how often this occurs. It caused VideoReDo to crash during ad scan and TVAP assumed process was complete. When enable filters is selected, a window pops up asking you to select the video dimension. Normally there is just one dimension listed and filtering is not required. It would be great if TVAP could check the enable filters box to see if more than one dimension appears. If only one appears, auto press OK and proceed with QSF. If more than one appears, pause and let the user select appropriate video dimension before proceeding with QSF.

Also, is it possible to auto shrink the TVAP window vertically when the window is maximized. I use a double high taskbar and the bottom of the window is cut off even when maximized.
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I didn't see the Episode Number in the metadata window but was wondering if it was available. I'd love to be able to rename the output file to include the episode number after the title in the file name. Episode Num is not always provided on the Tivo Program Details screen, but when available, it sure would be handy to make it part of the file name. Great program though, Thanks.
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Would it be possible to auto enable filters during QSF processing? .............. It would be great if TVAP could check the enable filters box to see if more than one dimension appears. If only one appears, auto press OK and proceed with QSF. If more than one appears, pause and let the user select appropriate video dimension before proceeding with QSF.
I looked into this briefly and don't see a way to do it via the VRD COM interface that TVAP uses.

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Also, is it possible to auto shrink the TVAP window vertically when the window is maximized. I use a double high taskbar and the bottom of the window is cut off even when maximized.
Not sure I understand here. Are you using 800x600 screen graphics? Even with just 1024x768 graphics, there is plenty of room for a double layer task bar. TVAP is only 576 pixels high. Of course the TVAP window can be resized manually.
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I didn't see the Episode Number in the metadata window but was wondering if it was available. I'd love to be able to rename the output file to include the episode number after the title in the file name. Episode Num is not always provided on the Tivo Program Details screen, but when available, it sure would be handy to make it part of the file name. Great program though, Thanks.
TVAP does read the "episodeTitle" metadata and reports it as sub-title. I don't have a .tivo file that has an episode number in it. The only series I record is "The Office", which doesn't have it. However I do have a "Cranky Geeks" podcast in my NPL and I notice the episode title (which would be sub-title in TVAP) is "Episode 90". (This file cannot be transfered to my PC of course.)

See if you see episode numbers in your files in the sub-title in the TVAP metadata display. Or maybe I just need to get a .tivo that has an episode number field in it distinct from the episodeTitle field. What are some series that you know have the numbers?
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TVAP does read the "episodeTitle" metadata and reports it as sub-title. I don't have a .tivo file that has an episode number in it. The only series I record is "The Office", which doesn't have it. However I do have a "Cranky Geeks" podcast in my NPL and I notice the episode title (which would be sub-title in TVAP) is "Episode 90". (This file cannot be transfered to my PC of course.)

See if you see episode numbers in your files in the sub-title in the TVAP metadata display. Or maybe I just need to get a .tivo that has an episode number field in it distinct from the episodeTitle field. What are some series that you know have the numbers?
Coming up on KTVIDT, Seinfeld and Stargate SG-1 have "Episode Num". Also CSI Miami on KSDKDT. Family Guy and Chappelle's Show on KPLRDT.

It's shows up even after the file has been transferred to the PC. So it's there somewhere. It's on the additional info screen with all the actors names, directors, producers, etc.
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Are you using 800x600 screen graphics? Even with just 1024x768 graphics, there is plenty of room for a double layer task bar. TVAP is only 576 pixels high. Of course the TVAP window can be resized manually.
Yes, I'm using 800x600 so I can read while reclining from a distance. When I resize the window manually or maximize, the last few lines in the log window disappears and the scroll won't bring them into view. A minor problem but I thought I'd ask. I also frequently run across apps that are more tall than wide and disappear well below the taskbar. But I think those are usually written in "PAL" countries where I guess the monitors are sized differently. But one can't complain too much when it's free.

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Old 11-18-2007, 02:02 AM   #103
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TVAP Ver. 0.43

17 November 2007 Ver. 0.43
- Added Episode # and Movie Year (when available) to the metadata display. Sub-title is now labeled Episode in this display.

Note: this changes the structure of the XML database file, so you will have to go through the start up configuration process again.

@ wgw:
I grabbed a minute or so of a CSI - Miami episode and used it to figure out how to read the ep #. I had been wanting the movie year (for movies) myself.
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Yes, I'm using 800x600 so I can read while reclining from a distance. When I resize the window manually or maximize, the last few lines in the log window disappears and the scroll won't bring them into view. A minor problem but I thought I'd ask. I also frequently run across apps that are more tall than wide and disappear well below the taskbar. But I think those are usually written in "PAL" countries where I guess the monitors are sized differently. But one can't complain too much when it's free.
lol! I too use the (highly ergonomic ) "reclining" position. But I'm able to get by with 1024x768. I sense slightly veiled disdain from younger users who normally use higher resolutions.

There is a standard windows method that you could use to scroll (actually just move) the window up so you can look at the log information, although I don't know if you will find it useful:

Right click on the title bar of the window. Select "Move". Use the up/down arrow keys to move the window up and down. Click on the window to end the move mode. (You can also just drag with the title bar in the move mode, but since you need to get the title bar off screen, that won't work for you.)
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TVAP Ver. 0.44

Minor GUI fixes:
- Form now cannot be resized. Maximize button is disabled.
- Cleaned up tab order and prevented focus on read-only text display boxes.
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Sounds neat, anything similar for OS X?
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Sounds neat, anything similar for OS X?
Unfortunately not. It's programmed in Microsoft Visual Studio C# which is tightly integrated wtih the Windows .NET framework.

I've heard of this type project being ported to linux (e.g., Tivo.Net) using a software package called "mono" which (I think) kind of substitutes for the the .NET framework on linux OS.

However I don't have access to a linux box nor the time to do the port. TVAP also uses one COM object and one .NET class library (.dll) furnished by other parties, plus it uses Windows scripting to run VBscripts. Given all this, I suspect the mono port would be very complicated if possible at all.

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No enhancements this time -- fixed a bug that occured if you configured moving .TiVo files to a destination folder.

Download: ftp://upload:upload@videoredo.net/VR...AutoProcessor/
Can you define automatic edits of the file name during the move? TiVo transfers a file that is in a group with a name like:
Group Name - ''Episode description''

I would like to remove "Group Name - " -- IOW everything befor the double '.

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Old 11-19-2007, 10:15 PM   #109
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Can you define automatic edits of the file name during the move? TiVo transfers a file that is in a group with a name like:
Group Name - ''Episode description''

I would like to remove "Group Name - " -- IOW everything befor the double '.

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Hmmmm... Didn't quite follow that. Can you spell it out in more detail?

Edit: I think I see some of what you're getting at. I'm still using Desktop 2.3 while I understand that from 2.4 on you could group files in subfolders on your pc and the grouping would show up on the TiVo NPL when they were transfered back. Is that what you are talking about? Please post post several samples, plus more details of what you would want done.

How does a file get "grouped" on the TiVo other than being transferred back from a pc?
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Old 11-20-2007, 09:02 AM   #110
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TVAP & MetaData & pyTivo

Off possible interest to anyone using both TVAP and pyTivo:

Schemes to have pyTivo include metadata with files it serves back to the TiVo are under investigation. It appears they will involve a separate text or xml file paired with the video file on your pc. I am monitoring these developments and as soon as a scheme is adopted I plan to mod TVAP so it automatically generates the required metadata file.

See the pyTivo thread for more details on metadata developments.

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I've got this running with a pre-release version of TVAP and a pre-release version of pyTivo (build 6ddab, which can be downloaded from the pyTiVo download site.) By including Series ID, the TTCB files will group properly in the NPL. TVAP generates the required metadata text file and puts it in the same directory as the TVAP-processed output video. Before releasing it, I want to test and refine the TVAP version and I'm hoping an "official" version of pyTivo with the metadata capability will be released soon.
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Old 11-21-2007, 12:17 AM   #111
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Hmmmm... Didn't quite follow that. Can you spell it out in more detail?

Edit: I think I see some of what you're getting at. I'm still using Desktop 2.3 while I understand that from 2.4 on you could group files in subfolders on your pc and the grouping would show up on the TiVo NPL when they were transfered back. Is that what you are talking about? Please post post several samples, plus more details of what you would want done.

How does a file get "grouped" on the TiVo other than being transferred back from a pc?
Let me try again.

I have grouping set on on the TiVo. Therefore, all of the broadcasts of Boston Legal go into a group call Boston Legal. Let us assume that the description of the a particular episode is ''A mess''. If I transfer that episode to the PC useing TiVo Desktop the file name becomes:
Boston Legal - ''A mess''

When this happens I rename the file to ''A mess'' and move it to a sub directory called Boston Legal. So my question is can I edit the file name to remove the group name that TiVo prepends to the episode name? In this case it is the string |Boston Legal - |. Without the framing |'s.
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Old 11-21-2007, 06:46 AM   #112
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.........I have grouping set on on the TiVo. Therefore, all of the broadcasts of Boston Legal go into a group call Boston Legal. Let us assume that the description of the a particular episode is ''A mess''. If I transfer that episode to the PC useing TiVo Desktop the file name becomes:
Boston Legal - ''A mess''

When this happens I rename the file to ''A mess'' and move it to a sub directory called Boston Legal. So my question is can I edit the file name to remove the group name that TiVo prepends to the episode name? In this case it is the string |Boston Legal - |. Without the framing |'s.
I understand now. Part of my problem was I've never used grouping on my TiVo NPL and didn't even know how to turn it on and off (until yesterday)

Are there other users interested in this feature? One problem I have is where to put the check box to turn this on and off. The TVAP GUI is pretty busy already and I'm reluctant to enlarge the form. I have a "special" version of it that I use at home that runs batch files to create XVID and WMV versions of the processed MPEG2 files and some of the real estate that looks empty in the distributed version has check boxes to control these "hidden" features.

Anyway if there is a significant user interest, I would be willing to attempt it.
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Old 11-22-2007, 01:23 AM   #113
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Edit (later):
I've got this running with a pre-release version of TVAP and a pre-release version of pyTivo (build 6ddab, which can be downloaded from the pyTiVo download site.) By including Series ID, the TTCB files will group properly in the NPL. TVAP generates the required metadata text file and puts it in the same directory as the TVAP-processed output video. Before releasing it, I want to test and refine the TVAP version and I'm hoping an "official" version of pyTivo with the metadata capability will be released soon.
The suspense is killing me. I want my metadata.
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Old 11-22-2007, 04:20 AM   #114
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The suspense is killing me. I want my metadata.
Made a lot of progress refining it tonight. Channel Number, Station Call Sign and recording date are automatically inserted in the metadata text file now. The recording date requires a mod to pyTivo so I need to get on that thread and talk about it. The call sign and recording date are already in the TTG file name but by sending them back as metadata they show up properly in the screen you get in NPL when you select a program -- this is in the small print at right center of the screen.

And now a break for turkey. Happy Thanksgiving to all!
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Old 11-23-2007, 12:35 AM   #115
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Metadata progress report

If you've been following the pyTivo thread you know that armooo (pyTivo author) has really delivered on the metadata thing. TVAP will be able to fill in a lot more items than I had been planning but it will take some more time for me to hook it up.
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Old 11-23-2007, 10:17 PM   #116
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TVAP Ver. 0.45 -- MetaData has arrived!

For mpeg2 output types, TVAP now automatically generates a metadata text file that pyTivo transcoding server (Ver. 143ca....) will automatically use to attach metadata to videos it serves back to your TiVo box.

The name of the file is <videoFileName>.mpg.txt and it is placed in the folder with the final mpeg2 output file of your TVAP process.

These items are supported:
title
series title
episode title
description
series ID (which will support grouping in the NPL)
recording time/date
channel
call sign
original air date (or movie year if it's a movie)
actor(s)
director(s)
genre(s) (called categories in TiVo info display)

pyTivo supports a few more items but this set will be the starting point for TVAP.

Thanks are due to Armooo (pyTivo author) and FrooBrar (tivoDecode author) for making this possible and to Dan203 for general useful info.
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Old 11-24-2007, 10:52 AM   #117
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TVAP Ver. 0.46 - metadata bug fix

Ver. 0.45 was parsing the TivoDecode XML chunk incorrectly and thus creating incorrect seriesID numbers.

If you have processed files with 0.45, their metadata files will have incorrect seriesID numbers. If you've been following the pyTivo thread you know how to get the correct seriesID -- provided the original tivo file is still on your tivo (or can be resurrected from the deleted folder).

If the transferred file is still on your pc in the transfer directory (or can be moved there), here is another way:

1. Shut down TVAP if it's running

2. In the TVAP installation folder, edit TivoFileManager.xml in notepad.

3. Find the <TivoFileData> ..... </TivoFileData> section(s) for each file you want a new seriesID for and delete all the lines including the two tags just given. Close notepad.

4. Restart TVAP then shut it down as soon as it will let you.

This forces TVAP to re-generate the metadata for the files you deleted. Now you can look at TivoFileManager.xml (just double click it and it will come up in your browser - or use notepad again).

The correct seriesID is now there. You can copy and paste it from there to correct your existing metadata text file(s).

Here is the TVAP download site again for your convenience:

ftp://upload:upload@videoredo.net/VR...AutoProcessor/

Edit: Based on a couple of samples I think the correct seriesID string will be the first 8 characters of the one generated by 0.45 with the first two chars changed to "SH".
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Old 11-24-2007, 02:19 PM   #118
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I see you snuck in that concatenation of the series title and episode. Works for me. The title and episode are now displayed on the tivo when grouping is turned off. As it should be. Hopefully armooo responds to your ticket and can work out something so that transfers, even without metadata, display that way. Thanks for the metadata. Great work.
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Old 11-24-2007, 02:40 PM   #119
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I see you snuck in that concatenation of the series title and episode. Works for me. The title and episode are now displayed on the tivo when grouping is turned off. As it should be. Hopefully armooo responds to your ticket and can work out something so that transfers, even without metadata, display that way. Thanks for the metadata. Great work.
Wasn't sure how that would work out -- may see problems with more experience. Anyway glad you noticed it and liked it (so far).

I convert most of my .tivo-to-mpeg2 files to xvid/avi (to save space) and all one has to do is rename the metadata file appropriately and put it in the right folder and pyTivo will serve the metadata back with the avi. I really like the flexibility of Armooo's metadata scheme!

Actually I have a "special" version of TVAP for personal use only that does the avi conversion and the rest all automatically. I would provide that to the public except it's a real kludge of batch files (with hardwired paths) and freebie video programs (aviSynth, dgIndex) that must be installed. Attempting to make that distributable would be difficult at best.
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Old 11-25-2007, 08:15 AM   #120
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Seems to work as advertised ... if only I could make Ad-Detective more reliable!
The stars must be in perfect alignment today. Adscan detected every commercial perfectly on one of my shows. That's a first.
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