Can I view a DVD on my Tivo

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  1. ba2991

    ba2991 New Member

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    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.

    Cheers.
     
  2. takeshi

    takeshi Member

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    That is the way to do it. Quality if affected by encoding. Check your settings.
     
  3. classicsat

    classicsat Astute User

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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.
     
  4. bradleys

    bradleys It'll be fine....

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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.
     
  5. SNJpage1

    SNJpage1 Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    Spend $30 for a DVD player..Problem solved.
     
  6. Iluvatar

    Iluvatar New Member

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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.
     
  7. SNJpage1

    SNJpage1 Well-Known Member TCF Club

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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
     
  8. Iluvatar

    Iluvatar New Member

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    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.
     
  9. ba2991

    ba2991 New Member

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    OK I will try and converting to a Mpeg can some tell me how to do it with Toast.
    Cheers
     
  10. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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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.

    Dan
     
  11. lrhorer

    lrhorer Active Member

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    San...
    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.

    This is completely false.
     
  12. lrhorer

    lrhorer Active Member

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    Hardly.

    Not when transcoded properly.
     
  13. lrhorer

    lrhorer Active Member

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    I recommend not.
     
  14. lrhorer

    lrhorer Active Member

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    This is false.

    Once again, false.
     

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