I've been working on a new app (Archivo) to easily archive recordings from a TiVo to a personal computer, and I think its ready for its first test release.
The only configuration it needs is for you to enter your MAK; everything else should just work. It'll automatically search for TiVos on your local network and list all of the recordings it finds. Select a recording and click Archive
to start the archive process. You can save the file using a few different device presets, or as a standard H.264 video. Commercials will be automatically removed, though you can disable this feature in the preferences.
I've only been able to test Archivo with my own TiVo (an older Premiere), so I've no idea how well it works with different models. This is a test release to gather feedback and gauge interest; don't expect everything to work perfectly yet
Archivo requires Java 8 and a Series 4 or newer TiVo. It also requires FFmpeg, Comskip, and HandBrake, but I've put together installers for Mac OS X and Windows
that include these tools.
If you find a problem, I'd appreciate it if you could report it at https://github.com/fflewddur/archivo/issues
. I've already started a list there of some future features I'd like to incorporate, but I want to make sure the basics (downloading recordings, removing commercials, and converting to standard formats) are working well before adding new features.
Archivo is Free Software; if you'd like to get involved in its development, you can find the source code on GitHub