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Old 10-27-2011, 03:42 AM   #1
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Can I view a DVD on my Tivo

Hi all
I don't have a DVD player and was wondering if it was possible to view a DVD burn from my mac. I have toast titanium installed. If it's possible can someone tell me the best and quickest was to watch a DVD.
I know I can rip and burn a DVD and save as a .avi and then copy it to my Tivo folder and view it but that takes a while to do and the quality isn't the best.

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Old 10-27-2011, 07:27 AM   #2
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I know I can rip and burn a DVD and save as a .avi and then copy it to my Tivo folder and view it but that takes a while to do and the quality isn't the best.
That is the way to do it. Quality if affected by encoding. Check your settings.
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Old 10-27-2011, 08:33 AM   #3
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For most Series 2/3/4 models, only by TTCB type methods (stream or copy over networy, Series 2 copy only, after conversion to MPEG2).

Directly, only on DVD combo models. Otherwise, you will need a DVD player.
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Old 10-27-2011, 10:20 AM   #4
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Use a quality DVD ripping program like Magic DVD Ripper and rip to an MPEG2 format. This is the native TiVo format and your quality should be lossless.

A rip should take approximately 15 - 20 minutes and you are ready to watch your legally purchased movie.

You can also purchase and/or rent movies from Amazon, blockbuster and Netflix if that makes it easier for you.
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Old 10-27-2011, 02:56 PM   #5
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Spend $30 for a DVD player..Problem solved.
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Old 10-27-2011, 03:20 PM   #6
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If you are looking for quick and relatively easy then rip the DVD to a folder using whatever method you wish and then look at using pyTivo with the lucasnz fork to bring over your DVD. The lucasnz version of pyTivo has a dvdvideo plugin that can read native DVD structures without having to reencode the video into a single file.
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Old 10-27-2011, 04:25 PM   #7
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Sounds like a lot of work to avoid buying a DVD player. Plus the DVD player will give a better playback image
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Old 10-27-2011, 04:39 PM   #8
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Sounds like a lot of work to avoid buying a DVD player. Plus the DVD player will give a better playback image
It is more work I suppose but once setup you never have to think about it. Just rip the DVD's.

Since the DVD's are in MPEG2 format, which TiVo can read natively, there is no transcoding and no loss in original quality.
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Old 10-28-2011, 12:07 AM   #9
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Toast to Mpeg

OK I will try and converting to a Mpeg can some tell me how to do it with Toast.
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Old 10-28-2011, 01:52 AM   #10
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Beware of subtitles. A LOT of movies use a subtitle track to display dialog when someone is speaking in a foreign language. Subtitle tracks are separate and can not be stored in a standard .mpg file. So if you simply copy a movie that has subtitles you may be missing crucial dialog when you go to watch it on the TiVo. The only way to make this work would be to recode the whole movie using something that can decode the subtitles and burn them right into the video.

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Old 10-28-2011, 02:01 AM   #11
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Sounds like a lot of work to avoid buying a DVD player.
It's not about avoiding buying a DVD player. It's about the inconvenience of a DVD player - especially in multiple rooms, and it's about having to switch back and forth between the DVD player and the TiVo. I have a Sony 400 disk DVD player, and it sits unused, and has for years. I essentially stopped watching my DVDs altogether until the pyTivo DVD plug-in came along. Since then I now once again occasionally watch my DVDs.

It's also not a lot of work, by a long shot. Insert DVD, fire up DVD Decrypptor. and click on <Decrypt>. Rename the directory, if you like. That's it.

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Plus the DVD player will give a better playback image
This is completely false.
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Old 10-28-2011, 02:03 AM   #12
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That is the way to do it.
Hardly.

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Quality if affected by encoding.
Not when transcoded properly.
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Old 10-28-2011, 02:05 AM   #13
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OK I will try and converting to a Mpeg can some tell me how to do it with Toast.
Cheers
I recommend not.
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Old 10-28-2011, 02:07 AM   #14
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For most Series 2/3/4 models, only by TTCB type methods (stream or copy over networy, Series 2 copy only, after conversion to MPEG2).
This is false.

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Directly, only on DVD combo models. Otherwise, you will need a DVD player.
Once again, false.
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