convert Tivo to mp4?

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  1. jastavoss

    jastavoss Member

    Sep 15, 2012
    How can Tivo files or movies be converted to mp4 files?
  2. kpeters59

    kpeters59 Well-Known Member

    Jun 19, 2007
    Houston, Texas
    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.

  3. justen_m

    justen_m Cheesehead

    Jan 14, 2004
    Boise, ID
    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.
  4. Pokemon_Dad

    Pokemon_Dad Ruler of Unown UI

    Jan 19, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    VideoReDo is designed to do that, and is also a great editor with automated commercial detection/removal and more.
  5. Teeps

    Teeps Well-Known Member

    Aug 16, 2001
    Never had this feature work right.
    Always seemed to leave some commercials and/or cut some programming.
  6. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2005
  7. kpeters59

    kpeters59 Well-Known Member

    Jun 19, 2007
    Houston, Texas
    Supposedly you can get KMTTG to provide the TiVo skip points for precise commercial removal.

    I've never tried it.


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