Mac OSX, Virtual PC and TivoToGo

Discussion in 'TiVo Home Media Features & TiVoToGo' started by TiVo_Rod, Nov 21, 2005.

  1. TiVo_Rod

    TiVo_Rod Yum, filet-o-fish!

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    Mac Tivo Users,

    I am thinking of buying Virtual PC for my iMac (OS X 10.4.3) and loading the Windows TivoToGo program to convert the .tivo file to something that my Mac (and eventually new iPod) and handle.

    Are any of you going this route to over come the missing Mac piece of our puzzle? I am more than willing to experiment and play but am refraining from spending money on Virtual PC (I do have a licensed copy of XP that I no longer use) if someone knows right off the bat that this will not work.

    Thanks,
    Rod
     
  2. DaveD

    DaveD New Member

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    I got this to work, but apparently can't say exactly how.

    Dave
     
  3. Jared52

    Jared52 New Member

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    I tired this but with Windows 2000 wasn't able to get a usable MPEG2 file
     
  4. ionblue

    ionblue New Member

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    I could never get it work and gave up.
     
  5. abobrow

    abobrow New Member

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    I got it to work, but it required so many steps that I've decided it's not worth it. You get the .tivo file off your tivo in VPC using Tivo Desktop for Windows. You can "free" the .tivo file while still in VPC (hunt around the net for this, we don't discuss it here). Then you end up with an mpeg2 file you can drag to your mac desktop and view in VLC or some other mpeg2 player.

    But then to do anything with it (i.e. remove commercials, burn to dvd or transcode to another format), you end up losing audio sync or losing picture quality and fiddling around with so many different Unix-based utilities that you start to realize it's just not worth it. At least that was my experience. It would actually be easier to dump to tape and then re-import to the mac using imovie or final cut.
     
  6. TheSlyBear

    TheSlyBear Opinionated Walrus

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    This is precisely what I do. Well sort of -- my camera allows pass-through so I usually dump it right onto my Mac using Final Cut for the capture. I don't actually write to tape as an intermediary unless I also want the original video archived for whatever reason.
     
  7. Jared52

    Jared52 New Member

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    I could never "free" the .tivo file. I'm just gonna resort to the camera dump, but I am wanting to save a football game and it's 3 hours long so it's a little more complicated.
     
  8. TiVo_Rod

    TiVo_Rod Yum, filet-o-fish!

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    So I tried this without Virtual PC, and got this to work. What I've done is:

    Installed Galleon on my Mac
    Installed VLC on my Mac
    Used Galleon to download program from my Tivo to the Mac
    Loaded Tivo Desktop on my wife's XP computer
    Loaded DirectShow Dump on the XP box
    Moved the downloaded file to the XP box
    Played the show, to confirm the Galleon download worked, in Tivo Desktop (on XP)
    Used DirectShow Dump to free the tivo file
    Moved the resulting mpeg2 file to my Mac
    Played the freed show in VLC viewer on my Mac, to test this worked
    Used Roxio Toast Titanium to burn a DVD of the mpeg2 file


    All of this worked, now my next step is to try all of the XP specific steps in Virtual PC running on my Mac. I'll report back my results if any one cares!

    -Rod
     
  9. echo

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  10. e30mpower

    e30mpower New Member

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    1. Install Virtual PC (2000 or XP)
    2. Download the TiVo file on the Mac side using the Web interface. (Not a must, but it temoparily delays having to start up VPC.)
    3. Download Direct Show Dump and TiVo Desktop 2.0 (later versions may work, but I haven't tried them.)
    4. Open the TiVo file in Direct Show Dump
    5. Less than 5 minutes later (on a 1.5GHz G4 at least), you have a friendly MPEG2 file
    6. QuickTime cannot read it, so don't try... VLC and Toast can, however.

    EDIT:
    I should note that I had some problems when I tried downloading the TiVo file to the Mac's startup drive (this may just be me). But when I download it to an external HD, everything seems to work.
     
  11. Gunnyman

    Gunnyman Just a boring dude

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    I've said it before and I'll say it again.
    Hack your tivos and use tivotool.
     
  12. rodlebod

    rodlebod New Member

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    I just installed Virtual PC and Tivo To Go on my Powerbook. Windows Media Player is wanting me to buy a $15 codec to watch a tivo transfer (mpeg2?) Do I need to do this? I don't want to waste my money for it not to work on Virtual PC. If so, what would be the best choice?
     
  13. echo

    echo New Member

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    Windows Media Player for Mac is no more (a relief) + even MS themselves are recommending the 3rd party Flip4Mac WMV Windows Media Components for QuickTime, which plays Windows Media files in QuickTime Player and views Windows Media content in a browser plugin. Works great.

    At any rate, can you dump that file over to play on the Mac OS in Quicktime?
     
  14. Mr. Laser Beam

    Mr. Laser Beam New Member

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    Anybody seriously believe that? I don't. (Why should I?)
     
  15. gonzotek

    gonzotek tivo_xml developer

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    According to several TiVo employees, and documented on the TiVo blog, it's mid-2006, not "early 2006".
     
  16. Mr. Laser Beam

    Mr. Laser Beam New Member

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    Given how long it's already taken, I would be extremely surprised if it comes in 2006 *at all*. :(

    I'm sorry, I just don't believe a word of it. It has been far too long already. Why should I believe any different now?
     
  17. gonzotek

    gonzotek tivo_xml developer

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    I understand the caution, but for 10+ months they refused to commit to any date whatsoever. I firmly believe that they would still be totally stonewalling if they thought they wouldn't have anything at all in 06.
     
  18. Mr. Laser Beam

    Mr. Laser Beam New Member

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    Nebulous promises like "first quarter" or "first half" - that is still stonewalling.

    In any case, they could always make up excuses after the fact, can't they?

    Oh well. The constant delays for a Mac TTG *are* annoying, true, but only mildly so. At least I have my camcorder (to get recordings off of my DVR and into the computer), iMovie to edit them, and iDVD to burn them to DVD. What could TivoToGo possibly do for me that these cannot?
     
  19. Okeemike

    Okeemike Tastes like lemons

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    <<deleted post>>
    Oops...mistake. I'm an idiot...shouldn't be in the forums at 5am.
     
  20. rodlebod

    rodlebod New Member

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    Evidently, you can't watch a DVD or a Tivo file WITHIN Virtual PC. :(
     

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