Can TDP Convert Files for Burning to DVD?

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  1. Nov 2, 2007 #1 of 10
    insomniac99

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    Can Tivo Desktop Plus transcode .tivo files to a format that can be burned to a DVD? Since I already have DVD burning software.
     
  2. Nov 3, 2007 #2 of 10
    Dan203

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    No. Desktop Plus is only designed to convert .tivo files to portable formats.

    Actually, technically, .tivo files are already in a format which can be burned to DVD. (i.e. MPEG-2) However you still need special software to decrypt them and author them to DVD properly. If you're looking for something that's quick and easy I suggest you try VideoReDo TVSuite.* It can take a .tivo file and convert it to a DVD in a few simple steps.

    Dan

    * In the interest of full disclosure I work for the company that makes VideoReDo and I personally wrote most of the new code to support DVD burning. However I assure you that it is the easiest, and best, solution for converting .tivo files to DVDs.
     
  3. Nov 4, 2007 #3 of 10
    insomniac99

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    Thanks, Dan. Does VideoReDo offer all of the capabilities of TDP? More specifically, will it also let me convert to portable formats?
     
  4. Nov 4, 2007 #4 of 10
    msmart

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    Use VRD to cut out commercials then use SUPER to convert it.

    That's what I do and both work great!
     
  5. Nov 4, 2007 #5 of 10
    Laserfan

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    And that other thing VRD gives you is the ability to edit-out commercials!!! Manually or automatically, depending on how "perfect" you want the output to be. Oh, and a simple menu structure for putting multiple episodes on a single DVD. And... well lots of other nice features.

    I don't work for VRD, just a satisfied user... :up:
     
  6. Nov 4, 2007 #6 of 10
    CuriousMark

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    No. VideoReDo TV Suite only does the commercial editing and DVD burning. You need Desktop plus or another conversion program for conversion for portables.
     
  7. Nov 5, 2007 #7 of 10
    Dan203

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    For now! Conversion to portable formats is high on our list of future features, so keep an eye out for that.

    Dan
     
  8. Dec 7, 2007 #8 of 10
    insomniac99

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    Sorry, I'm sure this is a very basic question. But I've just downloaded a trial version of VRD. I've used it to convert .tivo files to .mpg and .vob files. Now what application do I need to turn those files into actual DVDs?
     
  9. Dec 7, 2007 #9 of 10
    dwit

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    I use Nero Vision Express3 found in an oem version of Nero that came with my burner.

    I think the only program officially santioned by Tivo for burning is Roxio.

    There is a very long, but old thread in this forum discussing the details of various burning strategies.

    Here: http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?t=300614

    VideoRedo has an upgrade version called VideoRedo suite that apparently also has a very good buning program. I don't know if there is a trial version though. It is pretty recent so may not be mentioned in the link above.

    If you will be doing a lot of editing, burning, etc., VideoRedo is undoubtably the best option.

    If you just need to burn an occasional show every now and then, like me, Nero is great. Especially if you have a free oem version laying around. It can even edit although it is a little cumbersome.
     
  10. Dan203

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    Sorry for the confusion, but you need VideoReDo TVSuite to burn a DVD. You can download a beta version here...

    http://www.videoredo.net/msgBoard/showthread.php?t=5363

    It should work in a trial mode just like the version you have. However I'm not privy to all the licensing terms, you may need to be a licensed owner of Plus for the trial of TVSuite to work. But give it a try and see. It's easy enough to uninstall if it doesn't work.

    Dan
     

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