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Digital Video Archive Solution

Discussion in 'TiVo Home Media Features & TiVoToGo' started by MLAKE1, Jan 12, 2018.

  1. MLAKE1

    MLAKE1 Member

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    Hi,

    I've been searching around the forum, and I've seen bits and pieces on answers to this question, but I wanted to get a sense of what others are doing and have had good luck with.

    Like many, I have a large quantity of .TiVo archived files as well as shows that I pulled down and burnt to DVD over the last several years. I feel as though I should convert these to a uniform digital format, so I can easily watch them through the TiVo and also reduce the space taken up by the DVDs.

    Any others who have done this with recommendations, hardware and software? It doesn't have to be a freeware solution - whatever is the best. Wouldn't mind being able to clip things tighter or potentially edit some of the video, but not a dealbreaker.

    I'm running a Windows 10 laptop. I have a Bolt+ along with a Roamio HD that I'm still using in another room - both are networked via MoCA. The .TiVo files are stored on a 4TB Seagate PersonalCloud drive (almost full) that I have connected through my network - the drive is connected via Ethernet to the router.

    Appreciate anyone's thoughts on where I should go from here ... thanks very much!

    Mike
     
  2. kpeters59

    kpeters59 Active Member

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    They're already "a uniform digital format", in that they're .mpg or .mp4 files. You probably should have gone ahead and decoded them as you transferred them. KMTTG can still finish that work for you.

    Afterwards, I just store them on a NAS.

    Although I used to fuss with transferring them back to the TiVo to watch, now I just use my Kodi device to play them.

    -KP
     
  3. hefe

    hefe Rebus Philbin

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    Similar to me, but with Plex. I've used pytivo and KMTTG and the Tivo To Go channel on Plex to encode files to my NAS which I then access via Plex.
     
  4. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay

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    With DVDs, you are limited to watching from just that TV with the DVD player, but it will only work when the video is in .MPEG/MPEG4 format. .TiVo files are in MPEG2, just encrypted from the Tivo.

    KMTTG will only download the shows and other options and if you want to send back to the Tivo, you need to have PyTivo or PyTivo Desktop. Tivo Desktop also works but now is unsupported by Tivo.

    Using a NAS drive, allows for more flexibility. I have a NAS on my network and the flexibility is that I can choose to watch my shows on a tablet, phone, or transfer to Tivo. I rarely need to use my DVD Player anymore as even Netflix DVDs I convert to .mpg files.
     
  5. MLAKE1

    MLAKE1 Member

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    Thanks all. Which software do you recommend for me to convert my exisitng .TiVo files as well as the files I myself burned to DVD-R (that are directly playable via DVD player) into either MPEG4 or MPEG2 files for Plex to see, directly from the NAS? I have Plex app I can go through on either the TiVo or Apple TV.

    Unfamiliar with Kodi - just took a look at their site. Is it an app you download and run through an Apple TV or Roku? I see several different "Kodi" type apps in the App Store. Any big advantages/disadvantages between the two?
     
  6. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay

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    All you would need is included in KMTTG and its java based so it will run on almost any type of PC/mac.
     
  7. kpeters59

    kpeters59 Active Member

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    I run Kodi on a Raspberry PI, but the hardware choices border on endless. Apparently running it on Firestick's is a thing. I used to jailbreak Apple TV's to run Kodi.

    -KP
     
  8. MLAKE1

    MLAKE1 Member

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    I seem to run into a lot of issues with KMTTG that have been difficult to diagnose and fix. Either not opening or freezing up once in, etc. Have yet to get it to run the full way through to even experiment with. Any other software options that measure up?
     
  9. kpeters59

    kpeters59 Active Member

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    If it were me, I'd completely uninstall Java, reboot and then reinstall Java.

    I've never considered anything other than KMTTG as it handles everything TiVo.

    Nothing wrong with KMTTG, so must be something on your PC.

    -KP
     

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