burn a tivo file to DVD -- simplified

Discussion in 'TiVo Home Media Features & TiVoToGo' started by tkoff, Jan 16, 2006.

  1. Feb 11, 2006 #41 of 115

    greg_burns Now in HD

    May 21, 2004
    I wasn't actually linking you to that site for you to purchase an OEM copy! :p That is a crazy price for sure, but I've bought the Nero Ultra Edition after rebate(s) for like $5 at one time. There are always good deals out there. Nero 7 is costing me $30 after MIR. Not even sure of the legality of the whole OEM thing. :confused:

    I use that site to demonstrate to people that there are different flavors of Nero's OEM suite. Some are crippled more than others.

    Personally I think NVE sucks for editing video. A lot of people will direct you to VideoRedo. $50 is a lot, but it is excellent for what it does and works with raw .tivo files.

    I just use NVE to transcode (encode?) the video to proper DVD ratio and burn it onto disc. Now I am hearing that NVE is not very good at doing even that. :rolleyes:

    Seems that Videora maybe better at the transcoding portion. But I am still testing the waters as far as this goes. NVE is very simple to use (if not editing, but simply creating a menu and burning).
  2. Feb 11, 2006 #42 of 115

    Frank784 New Member

    Jan 12, 2006
    lol, I think I understand now. Maybe I'll just wait a bit and ask for Videoredo for my birthday coming up or something. But say for instance though, what If I don't want to edit anything out. I just want to burn the .tivo file to dvd and will fast forward then. Do I just use direct dump to make the file an mpg and then burn that with some program? Nero SE didn't seem to regonize that, are there any freeware programs that I could use?

    many thanks

  3. Feb 11, 2006 #43 of 115

    greg_burns Now in HD

    May 21, 2004
    Don't have an experience with any myself, but what you are referring to is called "authoring" a DVD. Type that into google and see what you find.
  4. Feb 11, 2006 #44 of 115

    Frank784 New Member

    Jan 12, 2006
    I'll do some reading on the subject.
    Thanks again

  5. Feb 13, 2006 #45 of 115

    Re-Hash Registered Loser

    Aug 24, 2005
    I have had success using "TMPGEnc DVD Author" and some TiVo files that were recorded at "High" quality. Seems they are 352x480 (Half-D1), so they import (almost) directly without using DVDPatcher. Still need to use DSD to unwrap them first.

    *edit* apparently, if video smoothing is on, TiVo records at 352x480 instead of 480x480.
  6. Feb 18, 2006 #46 of 115

    mappleby285 New Member

    Feb 18, 2006
    What are the points of steps 3 and 5? I think I understand the rest. And can I not use files I record at Best or High quality? Some chanels look bad on high quality and it looks like crap if they're any less than that I think.
  7. Feb 19, 2006 #47 of 115

    gastrof Hubcaps r in fashion

    Oct 31, 2003
    Potato and pen.

    Don't miss this little disclaimer right on the top of that webpage-

    "Please Note: This product is sold with hardware purchase only"
  8. Feb 19, 2006 #48 of 115

    Frank784 New Member

    Jan 12, 2006
    lol, thanks for pointing that out.
  9. Feb 28, 2006 #49 of 115

    c293716 Member

    May 15, 2004
    After using DVDpatcher, I get the following error when trying to load it into TMPGEnc DVD Author:

    This is an illegal video file

    This is an illegal video file.
    For DVD-Video you can only use the following video formats:

    MPEG-1 Video, MPEG-2 Video

    Any ideas???

    Big thumbs down to Tivo for making it SO difficult to archive recordings on DVD.
  10. Dec 27, 2007 #50 of 115

    theguardian2007 New Member

    Dec 27, 2007
    After reading this thread, I'm convinced of one thing: NOT ONE OF YOU would make it as a Tech Writer... unless you already are Tech Writers for some of the stuff that's being complained about in this thread.

    Like yourselves, I have the same issues. But (probably) unlike most of you I am brand new to TIVO.

    None of what's been written really cuts it.

    There isn't enough, or for that matter, step-by-step, DETAILED info on how to get the job done.

    You're all so fragmented, that you can't even agree on a small grouping (1or2) apps that can convert from tivo files to something that can record DIRECTLY to a DVD that can then be played on any non-pc DVD.

    If anyone would like to contact me, I would volunteer to act as a central POC (Point-Of-Contact) to get the issue out in the open and solved.

    I have the Nero premium and MyDVD/AnyDVD apps, so I can compare both.

  11. Dec 27, 2007 #51 of 115

    dlfl Cranky old novice

    Jul 6, 2006
    Dayton OH
    My my my! :rolleyes: How much did you pay to join? Sounds like you should request a refund! :p

    Where did you dig up this old thread? There are several more recent and better ones on the topic, for example this one and this one and this one.

    To summarize the popular approaches are:
    1. VideoReDo and the free Dan203 method (first link above).
    2. Nero (second link above)
    3. VideoReDo TVSuite (third link above).
    4. Roxio/Sonic stuff which will work for most people with some patience.(search the forums)
  12. Dec 27, 2007 #52 of 115

    msmart New Member

    Jan 2, 2007
    @theguardian2007, first off, let me welcome you to the forum. Secondly, the tone of your first post isn't exactly the best way to start off. But like you said, you're new to TiVo so we'll overlook that point. I've had my TiVo for just over a year now, this forum was a great help in getting me started on my way to burning DVDs.

    As dlfl mentioned, VideoReDo TV Suite, IMO, is the best way to go. To find out more about it and download a trial version, go HERE. Be sure to register the trial version to be able to save more than 15 mins of video. It didn't take me long after I downloaded the trial version that I knew I would be buying it, and did.

    What dlfl is to modest to mention, is that he has written an add-on application to VideoRedo that automates the process once TiVoToGo downloads the file to your hard drive, to find out more, read THIS. VideoRedo TV Suite combined with TVAP does just about everything but butter the bread. ;)
  13. Dec 28, 2007 #53 of 115

    barbeedoll New Member

    Sep 26, 2005
    This may seem like a simplistic comment, but not all versions of TiVo to Go work with all versions of the Roxio software.

    I know TiVo to Go 2.0 and Roxio MyDVD 6.1 were compatible. I had problems with 2.2 and later versions.

    Today roxiocentral.roxio.com

    says Easy Media Creator 9 and TiVo Desktop 2.3 or higher work together.

  14. Jan 31, 2008 #54 of 115

    Norgoth New Member

    Dec 3, 2003
    I decided to buy the Roxio product to burn tivo files to a dvd. I purchased Studio 9 Permier and have attempted to burn a .tivo file to a dvd. Everytime I try to have Studio 9 Premier open the .tivo file I get an error stating that the file is not editable and will not be added. These are .tivo files that I transferred from my tivo to my desktop using the latest version of Tivo Desktop Pro and the files are not copy protected. I am sure that I am just doing something wrong. Any help would be appreciated.

  15. Feb 1, 2008 #55 of 115

    jgaermom Member

    Oct 22, 2005
    I used Video redo to cut a section of video. It saved it as an mpeg but when I play it in windows media player (to check to make sure it is correct before I burn a dvd) the video is narrowed. the width of the video is smaller and everything looks smashed in. What can I do to fix this?
  16. Feb 1, 2008 #56 of 115

    mike_flood New Member

    Nov 16, 2004
    IL USA
    A year or so ago I picked up a refurbed LiteOn DVD recorder and it took the place of the VCR we had previously used to save TiVo programming.
    The LiteOn (sorry I don't have the model number of ours) is functionally identical to a VCR. It has three sources (RF [Cable or Antenna], Rear panel jacks, and front panel jacks) It will burn DVD-R or DVD-RW. Since it only records in real time any speed disc will work.
    I got ours from http://www.geeks.com for $60 plus s/h
    We also have Tivo 2 go software installed on our computer so can download from the TiVo(s) to the computer. I recommend VideoReDo software to do the conversion. It's pretty fast.
  17. Feb 1, 2008 #57 of 115

    mike_flood New Member

    Nov 16, 2004
    IL USA
    Roxio/Sonic should be run out of business. They make junk and have zero valid support. There must be some under-the-table deal between them and TiVo that make them the only authorized software for use with TiVo2go
  18. Nov 7, 2008 #58 of 115

    m1817 New Member

    Feb 21, 2006
    Ok, yes, I'm looking to figure out a way to burn and tivo file to a CD-R or DVD-R disc and the last post to this topic was made in January of 2006? You have to be joking!!!! No really! :mad: :thumbsdown:
  19. Nov 7, 2008 #59 of 115

    cmontyburns Excellent.

    Nov 14, 2001
    Houston, TX
    Maybe because it's not that hard anymore? If I ever want to do it (I have a Mac), here's the entirety of my workflow:

    1) Download and decode show from TiVo (using TiVoButler, iTiVo, pyTiVo, etc. -- whatever catches my fancy at that moment)
    2) Use VisualHub to convert decoded file to DVD format
    3) Burn

    (Granted, VisualHub isn't available anymore, but still.)
  20. Nov 24, 2008 #60 of 115

    timmmyboi New Member

    Feb 8, 2008
    I use Direct Show Dump and transform the file, then use VSO's ConvertX2DVD to convert it to DVD and the program burns the DVD for you also. Just change the aspect ratio in the preferences and you're good to go. I converted and burned a 2 hour program in less than 30 minutes. :eek: Yes it was that simple.

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