Can Tivo display a notebook PC screen?

Discussion in 'TiVo Home Media Features & TiVoToGo' started by atomarchio, Jul 18, 2009.

  1. Allanon

    Allanon Active Member

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    I found that setting the capture size to the size of the video in the web browser instead of setting the video to fullscreen mode and capturing the entire screen helps with speed. Less pixels to encode and since I use 640x480 as an output resolution the video usually looks fine.
     
  2. vinuva

    vinuva New Member

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    I like to take photos. All photos are my favorite. But not well know in tricks. I need some help.
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  3. atomarchio

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    I thought my daughter's notebook had an S-Video port since it showed the port in the manual. However, I bought the cable and then realized there is no such port on the notebook.

    Can I go VGA to DVI, and then DVI to HDMI? Or I am just wasting time and money to try this. I have an HDMI port on the side of my TV mounted on the wall which would be idea.

    Please let me know. Thank you.
     
  4. fyodor

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    you'll need a VGA to HDMI converter which probably runs about $150 bucks. It's possible with passive connectors to take the analog portion of a computer's DVI output, which is both analog and digital, and pass the analog part it to VGA. You can also use a connector to take the digital part of the combined digital/analog signal and convert it to HDMI (digital). But without some sort of conversion box you can't convert VGA (all analog) to HDMI (all digital).
     
  5. atomarchio

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    Thank you for responding. Sounds a bit pricey when I can buy an entirely new laptop for $400-$500 with an HDMI port already on there.

    So there is no simple adapter or cable for this? I was hoping to buy a PCMCIA card which would add an HDMI port to my notebook?
     
  6. fyodor

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    Actually, I hadn't even thought about that. One of these, combined with an DVI-HDMI connector should work. Just make sure that the DVI output is DVI-I (combined analog and digital).

    http://sewelldirect.com/USB-to-DVI-External-Video-Card-High-Resolution.asp

    One caveat, is that these USB adapters aren't quite fast enough for video, but will do other stuff well.
     
  7. davidwadesmith

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    To anyone that has gotten this VH screen capture driver thing working (Allanon and others):

    For the longest time I was only using this to watch shows that ran for less than one hour, so I didn't notice what I'm noticing now. It seems that lately, sometime after an hour of streaming (just happened at 1 hour and 6 minutes), the stream just stops in HME/VLC. VHMultiCam appears to still be running, as does the process created by HME/VLC, but the stream stops for some reason.

    Anyone else experience this? Have any suggestions?

    Thanks,
    David
     
  8. Allanon

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    That is a limitation of the Tivo, it only allows about 1.1GB to be streamed before stopping. It is the same limitation that all the 3rd party streaming applications suffer from. You should be able to exit then restart the stream from within HME/VLC Video Streamer and it will start to play again but the buffered video will be lost.
     
  9. davidwadesmith

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    Ahh... That sounds familiar. I think I read something about that before, now that you mention it. Also, now that I think about it, I've seen streambaby work around it. I wonder if there is a way for HME/VLC to work around the problem similarly...

    Of course, then I'd probably have to solve the problem of manual intervention. For the VH Screen Capture stuff to work, sometimes I have to do some odd things. Like, when I first start it up after a long period of not running it: When HME/VLC launches the process, VHMultiCam is started, but sometimes it gets stuck, at which point, I have to kill the process manually and try again. Once it gets going, it's fine, but then when I'm done, I need to manually shut down VHMultiCam, or the next time I run it, things won't work.

    I had planned to break into the code and look at ways to script up something that would automatically detect issues like this and do something about it, but haven't had time.

    Thanks for the info though. :)
     
  10. arrarrgee

    arrarrgee New Member

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    Wow..this is just the kind of application that I have been looking for..cant wait to try it out this weekend...(once I have my HME VLC up and running)

    @Davidwadesmith were you able to figure out a workaround for it to play more than 1.1 gig non stop..if yes could you pls post an update

    Thx

     

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