How to edito TiVo recordings

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

  1. sljack63

    sljack63 New Member

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    Update: I divided the video b/t 2 disks: one disk has the first half and the half-time show, the 2nd has the last half and post game awards/wrap-up. So far, I've manage to burn the first disk and it looks great. I'm very pleased so far. Thank you all for your help here. VDR is a nice little program that I'm pretty sure I'm going to have to buy. :)
     
  2. sac66808

    sac66808 New Member

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    When you guys are trying to fit all this video onto a DVD, what quality are you using when you pull it off of Tivo? Are you recording at Best, Good, etc?
     
  3. baggs32

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    So I'm gathering that the only two options for cutting commercials out of a transferred show are TVHarmony and VideoReDo?

    I'm trying to edit commercials out of some kid's shows so my son doesn't have to sit through them, and I don't have to FF through them for him, all the time. I have Roxio EMC 8 but it doesn't seem to allow me to cut parts of the video out. Is there an easy inexpensive (preferrably free) application out there that will let me do this? Would it be easier to convert the .TiVo file to an MPEG, AVI, or something else first and do the cuts in another app? If so, what's the best way to do that?

    I'm new to the video editing game so I need all the help I can get if you haven't figured that out yet. :)
     
  4. EwanG

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    So, are there any of these tools that either have a Linux version, or that will run under WINE on Linux?

    Inquiring minds and all that...
     
  5. greg_burns

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    Those two are definately the best IMO. Nero Vision Express will also do it, and I assume also Sonic (aka Roxio). But they suck at it in general. They are free considering you have to have one of them to burn a DVD anyways, but time is money. :p

    Used to be, you had to "free" your .tivo file before using it in VideoRedo. Now VideoRedo works with raw .tivo files. You could probably still use a tool like DirectShow Dump to free your .tivo file to .mpeg and then use whatever video editing tool you like to remove commercials. It just seems to be me that you would be hard pressed to find a simpler tool then VR. The other higher end tools can probably do a lot more, but I sure don't need it.
     
  6. baggs32

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    So I can mark a section of video between two points and cut it out with NVE? Sonic MyDVD which is part of Roxio EMC 8 does not allow me to do that and I'm really ticked off that it doesn't.
     
  7. greg_burns

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    AFAIR, yes. I used to do it, so it must. :) But the interface takes awhile to get the hang of.

    Also that editing using NVE 3 comes with a big caveat. For me at least, if I was working with a .tivo file it was incredibly SLOW to move the around the video to find starts and ends of commericials. If I ran the same file though, DirectShow Dump to extract the .mpeg then used NVE editing was acceptable speed. Why? I dunno. But NVE is very flaky when using raw .tivo files (I call it the screechy audio & garbled video bug). Sometimes it works sometimes it doesn't. Definately free your .tivo before attempting this at home. :)

    But trust me, once you compare VideoRedo to Nero's editing you won't go back. Just the ad detection feature of VR makes it worth the $50. Plus, saving after the edits takes just a minute or so. NVE saves after edits seemed to take forever AFAIR. Plus, VR has 15 day trial so see for yourself.
     
  8. lunarhamster

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    Hi Folks, I'm totally new to this forum and just found this thread. I've used Direct Show Dump to convert .tivo to mpeg2 and DivX Pro (trial version) to convert to DivX. I was very sad to see that ALL the sound is off on every converted file. :( Has anyone else run into this? Do you have any suggestions? I just used the drag & drop "DivX Converter" verson 6.2.1.25. I certainly don't want to buy it now since all the files it produces are trash. (The do look good, though!). I'm open to other divx converting programs--I'd love to hear what works for you.

    Thanks!
     
  9. greg_burns

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    I've done the same thing many times before (DSD->DivX Converter) w/o any audio problems. Not sure why you are having them.

    I've read that exporting from VideoRedo as .vob (instead of .mpg) inserts NAV packets that helps with audio synch problems. (I have no idea if those NAV packets would help in making a DivX file though.)

    May want to give it a try using VR instead of DSD. Cost $50 but it will also let you quickly strip out the commercials as well.
     
  10. Robertjm

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    I had a similar situation, albeit with a different application. A friend suggested that there are video codecs AND audio codecs. Once I loaded the correct codec (file dependant) that fixed the problem.

    Good luck!!

    Robert
     
  11. dlfl

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    VideoReDo is great! You can try it uncrippled for 15 days and I bet you will fork out the $50 to buy it :cool: And it is fast! :up: And it is easy to learn and use! :up:

    One restriction (I'm pretty sure) on the joiner is the files to be joined have to be the same format (same resolution and/or same TiVo quality).

    The AdDetective works very well on many files with its default settings, although I always manually review the results. However, you can customize its parameters and also "train" it on a selected clip. I've never done this and it probably is only worth doing if you process numerous files having the same commercial-break characteristics. However it doesn't look complicated to do, and there is good help describing how the detective works, etc.

    Support is up close and personal too. :up:
     
  12. dlfl

    dlfl Cranky old novice

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    I use medium quality (352x480 = one of the official DVD-compliant resolutions). This is adequate for non-HD TV's up to 27" IMO. Haven't viewed it on anything larger or better so ???

    You can put about 3 hrs of this on a single layer DVD provided you can prevent your DVD authoring process from re-encoding the video to a higher bit rate and/or resolution.
     
  13. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    The DivX encoder uses DirectShow to decode audio and video before converting it to DivX. Do you have the same sync issue if you simply play back the MPEG file before it's converted to DivX? If so then it's an issue with your MPEG or MP2 audio codecs. If not then it's either a problem with your DivX/MP3 playback codecs or a problem with the DivX encoder itself.

    Dan
     

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