burn a tivo file to DVD -- simplified

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  1. Nov 26, 2008 #61 of 115
    Dan203

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    Or you can use VideoReDo TVSuite to open the TiVo files directly, edit out the commercials and burn the DVD all from one interface. It even has the ability to produce "non-complaint" DVDs from TiVo files which uses non-standard 480x480 or 512x480 resolutions without transcoding (which means it's quick) and will play in most DVD players.

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  2. Dec 17, 2008 #62 of 115
    Joey Bagadonuts

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    Dan, is VRD TVSuite different than VDR Plus?
     
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    tootal2

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    I use Devede to make dvds in linux. dvds made with devede look better then the dvds i make with video redo tv. But you will have to convert them to mpeg before use them with devede. They do make a free windows version of devede.

    http://www.majorsilence.com/devede/

    if you have linux just use yum to install:
    yum install devede
     
  5. Jan 11, 2009 #65 of 115
    bmohanty

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    I have been using Roxio Creator 2009 for editing and burning .tivo files to play on a DVD player. It works fine; however, I think the quality is lower than what I would get if I played the .tivo file itself through Tivo.

    Id there a way to get better quality, or do I have to live with it as a consequence of re-encoding?

    Thanks in advance.

    Bibhu
     
  6. Jan 14, 2009 #66 of 115
    DAccardi

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    So you wont use a non PC dvd burner because you like crappy DVDs? Im confused..... You get pixelated burns and the editing is a pain in the ass. You definitely re-enforced my love for my Humax DRT800 DVD Burner.
     
  7. Jan 14, 2009 #67 of 115
    Dan203

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    VideoReDo TVSuite has a check box at the bottom of the DVD creation dialog called "Allow non-complaint DVD settings". Check that will allow the DVD to be creates using the native TiVo encoding without the need to recode and the resulting DVD will play in 99% of all DVD players currently in the wild.

    We offer a 15 day free trial. You should give it a go and see if it works any better for you.

    Dan
     
  8. Jan 14, 2009 #68 of 115
    BarryD99

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    For what it's worth, I had an old internal dvd burner in my pc and had bad luck with countless software products.

    I bit the bullet, loaded a new copy of Tivo Desktop, bought a new external burner and Video TV Suite.

    Cost a few bucks, but well worth it. Finally, after years of screwing around, I have a fast and easy way to burn DVDs.

    THe people at VideoRedo were extremely helpful and patient.

    I love making DVDs for my friends who missed an episode of a program.
     
  9. Jan 16, 2009 #69 of 115
    Pixel

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    I too noticed this problem with .tivo files in Roxio. Roxio reports that it's a .tivo file and will now reduce the output quality to xxx. The quality it reduces to is less than SD. This is true regardless of whether the file is SD or HD.

    If you also use Windows Media Center to make recordings, Roxio won't reduce the output quality of those files.

    Anyway, to maintain quality of your .tivo recordings, and continue using the feature set of Roxio is to open the file in VRDO and save the file as an MPG. Then open that MPG in Roxio and you're good to go.

    I've also noticed that with some SD shows, Roxio produces a DVD with a noticeably bad "stairsteping" or pixelated look. That doesn't happen when making an AVCHD disk with an HD recording. (with the blu-ray plug in)

    VDRO makes a good looking SD recording.
     
  10. Jan 17, 2009 #70 of 115
    bmohanty

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    Dan,

    Thanks much. I will try VRDO and let all know.

    Bibhu
     
  11. Feb 15, 2009 #71 of 115
    bmohanty

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    Wanted to update all on my trying VRDO. I have to say that it dis solve my problem of quality that resulted from transcoding that used to occur with Roxio (recommended by Tivo). Also, a big benefit is the time it takes to transfer multiple Tivo recordings on to a DVD, since you eliminate transcoding, which used to take hours if not days. So, overall I am very happy.

    However, I have noticed that with some recorded Tivo programs the audio does not play when played in the DVD player, when transferred to a DVD. This is independent of whether the program was edited or not. Even though I simply opened the recording in VRDO and then put it on the DVD, it has the same problem. Not sure what can be the cause and how to correct it. Any idea is welcome.

    Thanks in advance.

    Bibhu
     
  12. Feb 16, 2009 #72 of 115
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    larry99

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    I have been using Pinnacle Studio to edit videos for several years. Its not cheap, but I believe it has one of the best user interfaces around. You can set the video quality you want and split videos to record on multiple DVDs. If you are going to do a lot of editing, I highly recommend it. With TIVO files you need to use DSD first to convert mpg2 as already discussed.

    Note: Commercial DVDs are usually double-layer. That is how they get over two hours on one DVD. Its possible to get a double-layer PC burner but it is generally cheaper to split a video into two single-layer discs.
     
  14. Feb 16, 2009 #74 of 115
    msmart

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    It may be easy to use but it forces a re-encode to DVD-compliant resolution (720x480) which takes a LONG TIME. VRD/TS has an option to accept non-standard resolutions (which TiVo records at except for the High Quality setting) and doesn't re-encode so creating a DVD image is much faster.

    I was using Pinnacle Studio when I first got my TiVo and started looking into how to create DVDs, that's how I came here and was directed to VRD.

    As a side note, I no longer use Pinnacle Studio. I changed to Sony Vegas Movie Studio. While a little harder to learn, it's much more flexible and stable.
     
  15. Feb 16, 2009 #75 of 115
    larry99

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    msmart: I checked out reviews in Amazon and you are correct that there are more highly rated programs now. I do think getting a good video editor is well worth the investment, whatever you pick.
     
  16. Feb 16, 2009 #76 of 115
    msmart

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    larry99: even Vegas Movie Studio wants to re-encode TiVo files so I'm not trying to say which is better (at least in this discussion). The important part here is that most video editors are slow when creating DVD images of TiVo files. VideoReDo can handle them in their original resolution which makes it faster. And as they say, time is money which is why the investment in VRD/TS is worth it.
     
  17. Feb 17, 2009 #77 of 115
    larry99

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    I checked out the free trial of VideoReDo and it is easier to use as well as faster than my editor. Thanks for explaining the benefits. I will buy a copy.
     
  18. Feb 17, 2009 #78 of 115
    Dan203

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    If you have any trouble with VideoReDo don't hesitate to contact me directly.

    Dan
     
  19. Feb 18, 2009 #79 of 115
    Dancar

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    Here's a Question...

    I'm currently playing with VideoRedo TV Suite in the trial period. I made a dual-layer DVD with three shows copied from the TiVo HD. Two were HD shows from HD channels (SciFiHD and APHD), and one was an SD recording from Comady channel. I went through all the settings and thought I was correct, but on the final disk, the Comedy channel show has no audio (though the file does when I play it on the computer in VRD or MediaPlayer). The SciFi show decodes as 5.1 audio on my DVD player.

    Is it unwise to mix shows from different sources on the same DVD (HD/5.1 vs SD recorded from analog), or is there a setting I missed or should have used?
     
  20. Feb 20, 2009 #80 of 115
    Dan203

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    Open the Scfi recording all by itself in VideoReDo and click Tools->Show Video Program Info. Now click the the "Copy to Clipboard" button and paste the results here. Repeat for the other two recordings. I should be able to tell form that why it's not working, or if it should and it's not I can file an official bug.

    Dan
     

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