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Old 05-15-2009, 11:24 AM   #1
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DVD library

I want to rip all my DVDs to a hard drive on my PC and then access them from a Tivo menu. Is this possible? In Windows Media Center you can view all your DVDs by adding a folder to watch in the "Library" feature and then they appear on screen ready for you to play.
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Old 05-15-2009, 11:54 AM   #2
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Yes, if you use pyTivo on your PC.

http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb...d.php?t=328459
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Old 05-15-2009, 09:54 PM   #3
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pyTiVo is awesome, but it won't play DVDs unless you re-encode them into a different format/container. The video files on a DVD are already MPEG2, but they're split into 1GB chunks, and the menus are in a separate file.
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Old 05-15-2009, 10:40 PM   #4
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If you rip them into mpg files, pyTiVo would work. I do something similar, but use a Windows Home Server with the free TiVo Publisher add-on. Works great.
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Old 05-15-2009, 11:32 PM   #5
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pyTiVo is awesome, but it won't play DVDs unless you re-encode them into a different format/container. The video files on a DVD are already MPEG2, but they're split into 1GB chunks, and the menus are in a separate file.
I construct a small Windows bat file that uses the COPY command to combine the 1GB chunks into a single file. Here's an example:

Code:
Copy /B VTS_01_1.VOB+VTS_01_2.VOB+VTS_01_3.VOB+VTS_01_4.VOB+VTS_01_5.VOB+VTS_01_6.VOB+VTS_01_7.VOB+VTS_01_8.VOB /B "D:\Movies\Led Zeppelin\1975.05.25 London - Empress Valley.mpg"
The key is using the /B switch of the COPY command for both the source and target files. The file plays straight through on my Tivo. I've been doing this for years with mpeg files for viewing on the PC, but only recently for transferring to Tivo.
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Old 05-16-2009, 12:21 AM   #6
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I use HandBrake, a free program, to convert from the video_ts/VOB format to MP4/AC3 format to save space. pyTivo can push MP4 files from the PC to TiVoHD or transcode them on the fly for Series 2 TiVos.
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Old 05-20-2009, 02:36 PM   #7
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I use pyTiVo on my Windows Home Server (WHS) for this very reason. Works great!
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