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Discussion in 'TiVo Help Center' started by jastavoss, Jan 12, 2020.
How can Tivo files or movies be converted to mp4 files?
Most files are already basically .mp4's, unless they're Broadcast Channels, which are going to be .mpg's. They just need to be decrypted.
I use KMTTG to do that.
Depends on your cable system. Everything I get, OTA and cable, is mpeg-2, aka mpg. None of my cable channels are mp4.
I also use kmttg. I transfer from my TiVo, which arrives as a .TiVo, which is mpeg-2 in an encryption wrapper. I decrypt the file on the fly, so generate portable .mpg files. I can then go through post processing, at which the last step is to transcode the .mpg to .mp4. This last step is a relatively slow, cpu-intensive process. To me, it's not worth it. I leave it as .mpg instead of .mp4. Pretty much everything these days can play mpeg-2. So I don't bother unless I want to resize the video, change the sample rate, etc.
VideoReDo is designed to do that, and is also a great editor with automated commercial detection/removal and more.
Never had this feature work right.
Always seemed to leave some commercials and/or cut some programming.
I like TiVo Decoder GUI. Works well and is well-behaved. Freeware.
Supposedly you can get KMTTG to provide the TiVo skip points for precise commercial removal.
I've never tried it.