How to edito TiVo recordings

Discussion in 'TiVo Home Media Features & TiVoToGo' started by ARK2006, Jan 8, 2006.

  1. ccagle

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  2. greg_burns

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    I will play some more, but when I did it, it had everything reversed (from what little I checked). Commercials were selected and the show wasn't. Of course, I also change my default to scene(?) mode when I install. Maybe that has something to do with it. (There probably is an invert button also, will look closer tonight)

    Either way, it is fast once Ad Detective places the markers.
     
  3. sljack63

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    Okay - before I go downloading more software (VR) I need to ask if it will help with what I want to do.

    I tried to record the Rose Bowl for my dh. I missed the last few minutes of the game because I didn't pad the recording long enough :eek: So, then I recorded the game on ESPN Classic. However, ESPN does not include the B-1 flyover before the game, nor does it have the half-time show.

    So I want to trim the ESPN recording to include just the last few minutes of the game that I missed recording originally and tack it on to the end of the original recording. Can I do this using VR, or does let you create projects like this? If not, can I convert the two different recordings using VR to MPEGS and then import those MPEGS into Pinnacle 10 to create a project/video? Or if not Pinnacle, does the trial version of Sonic MyDVD for Tivo users support this?

    TIA
     
  4. greg_burns

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    Don't have it in front of me, but I remeber you asking about this before. And I did notice last night something called "joiner" on the menu. I assume that is what it is for. There is a trial. I would go for it. Great program. :up:

    Edit: I take that back. Joiner has nothing to do with joining mpg files (or at least so this description makes it sound)

    http://www.videoredo.com/FAQs/SupportFAQDVDEdiitingAuthoring.htm#JoinMultipleVOBs
     
  5. windracer

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    I'm pretty sure you can use the Joiner to join MPEG files. VOBs are just MPEG files after all ...
     
  6. Bai Shen

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    From what I've seen of TVHarmony, it actually looks for more than just the black frames. Not sure of the full logic behind it, but it works remarkably well.
     
  7. 2004raptor

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    Just pulled this thread up and have a question. I transferred a 1.6GB file over to my pc from the tivo. I will try one of the above programs to get rid of commercials. Let's say after I edit it I have a 1.2GB file. What is the best program to reduce the file size but yet retain some decent video quality? And what would a good guesstimate be on the file size after it's reduced? Maybe 75%, 50%, etc?
     
  8. tonyonlinux

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    If you find the answer to this let me know. I'm assuming xvid would be the way to go but a really good program would be good. I know on the linux side you can use transcode with mplayer and use some bash scripts to reduce the file size and keep good quality. But I would like to know of a windows program that does this easily as well. VirtualDub I'm sure will but a easy gui of mpeg2 to xvid would be sweet.
     
  9. bonnie_raitt

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    I like Dr. Divx. It has a simple interface and allows you to batch several programs consecutively. Does take a while though
     
  10. emwoods

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    Yes, the joiner feature in VR will allow you to do this. I use it when I have a show that spans more than a single DVD (I have a Humax burner, too) and I want to create a single video file from multiple DVDs. You may windup dropping a few frames, but most people will probably not even notice it.
     
  11. emwoods

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    I use DivxPro which will allow you shrink a MPEG2 video file to roughly 20 percent of it's original size. As mentioned in another post, it does take a while to compress the file. Count on roughly 1 minute of time for compression for each minute of video. However, the files are much smaller and I doubt most people will notice any difference. Note that most DVD players will not play Divx files although a lot of PC video players will. However, you can buy a DVD player that will play Divx files for less than $60 and it takes only five minutes to burn a disk since you don't have to transcode when burning the DVD. In fact, you can fit 4 - 8 programs on a single layer DVD depending on the length. In may cases I can fit an entire season of an hour long program on a single layer DVD.
     
  12. greg_burns

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    I like using DivX also. I'm glad they are working on Dr. Divx2 for a little more control. But using DivX Creator is stupid easy and does what I want. :)

    http://www.divx.com/divx/create/divxpro/

    Grab yourself the latest Converter 6.1 beta 2 version from here

    http://labs.divx.com/Other
     
  13. sljack63

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    Okay, I've downloaded VDR. Now I'm so completely lost :confused: :mad: I am so new to all of this and it is frustrating trying to figure it all out.

    I opened the tivo recording in VDR. Used the automatic add detection thingy. Now wtf? How do I tell the program to automatically cut out the commercials? Do I have to do it manually? I'd tried help, but it was useless. The VDR forum doesn't move as fast as this one, so please forgive me for posting this question here, but I'm so frustrated I couldn't wait for an answer. I've already wasted 2 hours of my life trying to figure the stupid thing out. Is it really that hard?
     
  14. tonyonlinux

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    It took me a little while to figure it out myself but what what it does is mark the commercial points with flags. You start at the first of the film then use the red arrows at the bottom to go to the next flag. if its a commercial hit pause and go backk to the start of that flag point and hit set start. then go to the end of the commercial block using the red arrows and set the end. then hit cut selection do this for all the commercial blocks then hit save thats it. HOpe this helps.
     
  15. peggylenox

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    I downloaded TVHarmony to my laptop -- then they asked for the IP address and then they asked for the Media Access Key. When I went in to TIVO to find it, here were all thse warnings not to give it out. What about that? Will lightning strike me if I do it? Thanks, peggy
     
  16. greg_burns

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    I like to use the F5 & F6 to jump to the different markers that Ad Detection places. Quick scroll on the mouse wheel to see if it is the show. If it is, F5 to move back the marker and then click Sel. Start. F6 to jump to end marker. Click Sel. End. Then click Add Selection.

    Note: I have my setup in the reverse of default; "scene editing mode". Tools->Options->General Parameters->Editing Mode dropdown. Seems more natural this way.

    Once you have all the scenes highlighted you wanna keep. Click Save As...

    Pretty simple and very fast once you know what to do.
     
  17. windracer

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    See also my post earlier in this thread for how to turn on the automatic cutting in Ad Detective.
     
  18. Stu_Bee

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    It's really not "they" asking for that info. It's the TVHarmony program running on your PC that needs it to communicate with your Tivo. It's fine to provide that info to the application.
     
  19. sljack63

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    Okay, I after a full day of it, I finally figured out how to cut commercials and to concatenate two different film clips into one video. VDR is a pretty awesome little program.

    The video I made is of the Rose Bowl. Now I am attempting to open my file in Pinnacle so that I can add some chapters and menus and burn my file to disk. Here is where I think I'm going to run into a huge problem. By the time VDR got done making one continuous video file for me, I ended up with a 10G file!!!! :eek: Pinnacle is still trying to open the damn thing. I have no idea if Pinnacle can get this monster off onto one DVD. I'm thinking not? If Pinnacle can NOT compress the file down onto a dvd, what do I do now? There has to be a way to put the Rose Bowl on a dvd for pete's sake?!! Gosh, maybe it would be easier to just go on ebay and buy a dvd copy of the game :mad:
    Edit: Rose Bowl DVD
     
  20. greg_burns

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    With a single layer DVD, I can never even fit 2 hours of video without it wanting to compress it. Compression can make it look pretty bad. :thumbsdown:

    I find this whole process great for fitting two 1-hour television shows (sans commercials) onto a DVD. In your situation, I would plan on making two discs or just buying it (which will undoubtedly be a dual-layer disc). :rolleyes:
     

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