burn a tivo file to DVD -- simplified

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

  1. Feb 20, 2009 #81 of 115
    Shannon725

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    I realize everyone on here gets sick of answering the same questions but I'm at my wits end. I've read through a million posts and can't find the answer to my question. I've tried using direct show dump to convert to mpg and then use nero vision express to burn onto dvd. However, the picture ends up compressed. How do I fix this? I'll be honest I'm a beginner in all this so layman's terms would be helpful.
     
  2. Feb 20, 2009 #82 of 115
    Dan203

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    Try VideoReDo TVSuite. There is a checkbox at the bottom of the DVD creation window that says "Allow non-complaint DVD settings". If you check it then the TiVo video will be saved directly to the DVD without transcoding. The resulting DVD will be non-complaint, but will still play in 95% of DVD players out there.

    Dan
     
  3. Feb 20, 2009 #83 of 115
    Shannon725

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    I was looking for a solution with the setup I have. I'm a college student and don't have $75 to shell out for your software. If anyone knows how to fix this problem using nero vision express that would be great. :D
     
  4. Feb 22, 2009 #84 of 115
    berkshires

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    What do you mean by "compressed?"
     
  5. Feb 23, 2009 #85 of 115
    Dan203

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    There is a way to do it without VideoReDo but it requires several commandline tools and can get rather complicated if you're not the techy type. Here are the basic steps...

    1) Decrypt the TiVo file to a standard MPEG
    2) Use a program called mpeg2desc to find the audio video offset of the decrypted file (mpeg2desc -m < inputfile)
    3) Demux the audio and video
    4) Use another program called mplex to remultiplex the audio and video into DVD format with blank NAV packets
    5) Use dvdauthor to convert the new file into an actual DVD

    All of the above tools were originally written for Linux, but can run on Windows if you can find a build designed to run under cygwin. The best thing to do is install one of the GUI front ends for dvdauthor and then use the tools from it's install folder.

    Dan

    P.S. the reason you can't just use one of the GUI front ends directly is because they are designed to look for complaint video and will try to transcode a TiVo file which is not compliant. The only way to author non-complaint TiVo files is to use the tools manually on the commandline. (or at least that was the only way the last time I looked into it a year or so ago)
     
  6. Feb 23, 2009 #86 of 115
    nipster00

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    I just pull it over using Tivo desktop, and then edit out the commercials with Sonic's MyDVD plus(came free on computer) and burn with the same program.
    Works everytime.
     
  7. Feb 23, 2009 #87 of 115
    Shannon725

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    I mean it looks squished (longer than it is wide) Judging by the responses on here it seems theres no way to do it without buying new software, which I cannot afford. So looks like I just won't be able to do it.:mad:
     
  8. Feb 23, 2009 #88 of 115
    msmart

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    berkshires

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    Your problem is simple...somehow your software is not properly labeling your video 16x9, it labeled 4x3. I don't know your software so I can't say precisely what to do, but it should take little effort to resolve it.
     
  10. Mar 16, 2009 #90 of 115
    jallison86

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    Like so many others I've had trouble burning recorded Tivo programs to DVD. I downloaded the trial version of Video ReDo since it clearly has some good support on this board. However when I went to open a Tivo file it said it could not play the file. The file plays fine in Windows Media Center. Any thoughts?

    Thanks.

    - Jeff
     
  11. Mar 17, 2009 #91 of 115
    msmart

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    .tivo files play in MCE? I don't have that version of Windows but didn't think it could. Are you sure it's a .tivo file?

    What error message do you get exactly?

    You could try running the file through QSF in VRD, Tools > QuickStream Fix.
     
  12. Mar 17, 2009 #92 of 115
    jallison86

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    Yes it is a .tivo file and it does play. The error message is, "Unable to play video: unable to initialize the video display. Please check VideoReDo.log"

    I searched for the videoredo.log file but was unable to find it. Where does it live?

    Thanks.

    - Jeff
     
  13. Mar 17, 2009 #93 of 115
    jallison86

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    Found the log. The error line is as follows:
    Error initializing video: Error, no VMR filters found., Overlay Flag: 0, Accel Flag: 1

    - Jeff
     
  14. Mar 17, 2009 #94 of 115
    msmart

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    See if THIS thread on the VRD forum helps.
     
  15. Mar 17, 2009 #95 of 115
    jallison86

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    Worked like a champ. Thanks 86.

    - Jeff
     
  16. Mar 18, 2009 #96 of 115
    msmart

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    From one to another!

    You'll never guess what I'm doing now...... Would you believe... I'm downloading my Get Smart Season 1 DVDs that I got for Christmas to convert them to iPod format!! Serious.
     
  17. Mar 25, 2009 #97 of 115
    jeffkehler

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    Hi. I have tried to burn to dvd using my full copy of nero 9. It will not recognize the type of file that tivo is in. Can someone help me. I saw something on the nero website called liquid nero which will burn tivo shows but at a price of $99. Does anyone have a clue what I need to do using my nero 9. Thank you in advance.
     
  18. Jun 26, 2009 #98 of 115
    gkc0444

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    I've finally been successful in my attempts to convert my Tivo HD .tivo (HD - 1080i) file to a set of VIDEO_TS files that can be burned onto a DVD5 disk, using all freeware applications. Here's the process I used...

    1. Convert the .tivo file to an mpg using Direct Show Dump Utility
    2. Convert the .mpg (Program Stream) to a .ts (Transport Stream) format using MPEG Streamclip
    3. Author the DVD files using DVD Flick
    4. Burn the DVD files using Nero Express (came free with my DVD burner)

    Footnotes: The first couple of steps maintain the HD format of the file. DVD Flick converts it down to 720x480, the standard NTSC resolution. If you want to burn it in HD to a Blueray disk, you might need to use something else to author the disk. I mainly wanted to burn the show to a standard DVD5 disk, while maintaining the 5.1 audio.
     
  19. Nov 13, 2009 #99 of 115
    mrfixits

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    Townsville...
    Have any of you ever thought of doing what i do to copy a TiVo show to DVD?????, all i did is go to a store that sells electronic goods (I'm in Australia so i went to Jaycar or Dicksmith would sell them...like radioshack etc in the US) and picked up a thing called a video stabilizer, and all you have to do is run the yellow RCA out from the TiVo to the in on the Stabilizer and then out of that into a DVD Recorder ( that most people have today) and what ever is showing on the screen you get on a DVD.....simple.....( Plus you just run the Red and White Audio Leads from the TiVo to the DVD-R) then you can edit the disk to remove any adds etc, do a finalize and you have a DVD that will play in any DVD player. I paid $70Aus for mine but some are cheaper, it also works well for making back-ups of DVDs.
    Hope that this is of some help.
     
  20. Dec 1, 2009 #100 of 115
    qmtech

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    Sherman...
    Hi All,

    I've been converting my .tivo files for quite some time, editing out commercials in pinnacle, and burning DVDs that play just fine in my DVD player.

    Recently, about a year or so ago (...yes, I've been trying to figure out this problem for that long...), my audio stopped synching up with my video on my DVDs.

    My Process is:
    1. TiVo to Go transfer to PC
    2. Convert with DirectDump
    3. Edit in Pinnacle (hate hate HATE! Roxio. Painfully slow operation)
    4. Burn to DVD

    I can't for the life of me figure this out. Been on pinnacle forums, been looking for new converters, tried new hardware (vid card & burners), tried other computers, upgraded & downgraded pinnacle, tried other editing software (Roxio, and whatever else I could dig up), the works. To my knowledge, no settings have changed. Nonetheless, it used to work perfectly and now it doesn't.

    Anyone have any ideas?
     

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