Originally Posted by sghogan
How did you convert? I tried Super but it just seems to hang. I used Windows Movie Maker, converted to .WMA and it seems to hand on transfer to TiVo.
I would appreciate knowing your conversion process.
I just ran into this exact problem when I tried to view files created on my Canon digital camera. I agree, TiVo needs to include more information about which AVI files are supported by TTCB.
In any event, I used FFMpeg to convert the AVI file to MPEG2. A Windows version of FFmpeg can be downloaded from
The file pointed at by the link is a "tar" archive that has been compressed using the "bzip2" program, thus the tar.bz2 extension (this is essentially the same as a "zip" archive). I think recent versions of Winzip know how to uncompress these, but there are other free tools available as well (sorry, it's a bit involved to go into the details about using various tools to extract the necessary files from the archive).
FFmpeg is not packaged neatly as a Windows installer. You have to extract all the files from the .tar.bz2 archive, put them where you want them (for example C:\Program Files\FFmpeg), and then add that directory to your path.
Once you've done that, this command should convert your file to one that can be used with TTCB:
ffmpeg -i name.avi -s 640x480 -vcodec mpeg2video -acodec mp2 -ar 44100 -b 1600000 name.mpg
where "name.avi" should be replaced with the name of your input AVI file and "name.mpg' should be replaced with whatever you want to call the TTCB-compatible file that will be created.
This assumes the pixel resolution of your video is 640x480; if not, change the resolution specification in the command above (and possibly scale the "-b 1600000" accordingly, this is the bitrate at which your output video is created). The "1600000" value is one i chose based upon an example I found somewhere else on the web; I don't know if it's too high or not, but it works.
Once you've created "name.mpg", put that file in your TivoRecordings folder and it should appear in your TTCB share under "Now Playing".
Yes, this process could be much simpler, and I'm sure there are non-free programs out there that make this much more of a point-and-click process, but if you want to get free tools, you sacrifice a bit in ease-of-use.