Need help with aspect ratio on PC

Discussion in 'TiVo Home Media Features & TiVoToGo' started by meschen, Jan 21, 2006.

  1. Textgenie

    Textgenie Only connect

    Jan 3, 2011


    The fact that all works in the paid version and anything else is a "crapshoot" is an indication that TiVO didn't issue a proper free version, for which there is no excuse, since it is misleading, to say the least. The reason however is presumably that TiVO is desperate to maximize income in the face of free DVRs. This presumably is the reason that they like to turn a TiVO offline into a brick, which refuses to play what it has stored, which is also a surprise to most people. As streaming becomes common it seems likely that TiVO will be replaced by people who resent this kind of cornercutting, and feel that it makes TiVO untrustworthy.
  2. wmcbrine

    wmcbrine Well-Known Mumbler

    Aug 2, 2003
    The reason the MPEG-2 codec is not included in the free version of TiVo Desktop is simply that it costs them money to license it.

    Also, you realize you're replying to a five-year-old thread, right?
  3. Textgenie

    Textgenie Only connect

    Jan 3, 2011
    5 years? Thanks McBrine that makes it all the more helpful that you answered!

    I went to TiVo to ask for their help. Aug 22 2011

    Called TiVO and was informed by John after considerable checking that a) he had not been asked about this problem recently b) he had to Google and find out more himself c) I should have a section on Windows Media Player - Tools - Options - Performance called Advanced - but he has XP and I have Vista and I show nothing on my copy of Windows Media Player on that panel at the bottom where he finds Advanced so d) he finally asked someone at TiVO for the second time and was advised that the K-Lite Codec Pack should do it.

    Found the K-Lite Codec Pack on

    About the K-Lite Codec Pack
    The K-Lite Codec Pack is a collection of DirectShow filters, VFW/ACM codecs, and tools. Codecs and DirectShow filters are needed for encoding and decoding audio and video formats. The K-Lite Codec Pack is designed as a user-friendly solution for playing all your audio and movie files. With the K-Lite Codec Pack you should be able to play all the popular audio and video formats and even several less common formats. stated:

    The K-Lite Codec Pack has a couple of major advantages compared to other codec packs:

    It is updated frequently. So it is always up-to-date with the newest and/or best components.
    All components have been carefully selected for specific purposes. It is not just a random bunch of stuff thrown together.
    It is very user-friendly and easy to use.
    Works great with Windows Media Player and Windows Media Center. But also with all other DirectShow players, such as Media Player Classic, BS.Player, ZoomPlayer, and others.
    The installation is fully customizable, meaning that you are able to install just those components that you really want.
    The pack has many options, which allows you to tweak it to your own specific needs and preferences.
    Uninstallation removes everything that was installed by the pack. Including all registry keys. All changes are properly undone.
    It is extremely easy to make a fully customized unattended installation with the integrated wizard.
    It does not contain any codecs or filters that are known to be bad, buggy or unstable. In fact, the installer is able to detect and disable several known troublemakers.
    It tries to avoid potential conflicts with other codecs installed on your computer. The installer is able to detect and remove over 100 different codec and filter packs.
    The installer is able to detect broken codecs and filters on your system, and helps you to remove them.
    It is a very complete package, containing everything you need to play your movies.
    The pack has options to activate thumbnail generation in Windows Explorer for several popular video file formats, which are by default not thumbnailed in Explorer.
    The pack automatically configures Media Center to recognize all common audio and video file formats, so that such files show up in your media library.
    This pack has a huge user base. This means that problems are found and resolved quickly.
    There are different variants of the pack. From very small to large.
    The pack is suitable for both novice and expert users.

    There are FAQ also. offered

    Latest update
    K-Lite Codec Pack 7.6.0
    Monday August 8th, 2011

    An update is available for version 7.5.x of the codec pack. It contains updates for Media Player Classic, LAV Splitter, ffdshow, and the Codec Tweak Tool. Download.

    It is highly recommended to install this update because it fixes some bugs that were reported the past two weeks. If you got a problem, report it, so it can be fixed as quickly as possible! This update also adds support for decoding H.264 Hi10P (H.264 video encoded with 10-bit precision instead of the standard 8-bit).

    The Download page clicked from from

    Play any video file with InstaCodecs
    Get all the video codecs that you need in one package.
    InstaCodecs allows you to play 99% of the video files on your computer or laptop. It supports all of the following movie file types: XviD, H.264, FLV1, WMV, MPEG-1 and MPEG-2, MPEG-4. InstaCodecs now also includes converting technology for both audio and video formats.

    Dowloaded and ran the Installer.

    During installation this notice appeared:

    //DXVA decoders use your graphics card to do most of the decoding work. This results in a significantly lower CPU usage.

    If your computer dates from 2008 or later, then it is very likely that it supports DXVA. If DXVA can't be used for whatever reason, then Media Player Classic will automatically fall back to using an external decoder for the video. So you can safely enable it even if you aren't sure whether your computer supports DXVA.

    In some situations DXVA can lead to playback problems, so we advice to use it with caution. These problems are usually caused by a buggy graphics driver. If you encounter a problem, the first thing you should try is to update your graphics driver. If that doesn't help, disable the internal DXVA decoders in the options of Media Player Classic.//

    Huh? Left Enable internal decoder for H.264 video box empty since Not sure.

    Chose all the extensions for Media Player Classic and WInows media Player

    The Installer took a long time to "register the files" at the end and balked at one a DirectShow filter which it said it detected as broken - Cyberlink Load Image Filter in c: folder in program files (x86) cyberlink/shared files/ with a long Reg Key saying reason was File Not Found and suggested Remove this item from the Windows registry? (Yes=recommended) so I did

    Also another "The preferred source filter for ".cmp" is currently set to "vcvcxvzvcvcvvczvcvv " that value is invalid Remove this invalid value from the registry? Yes=recommended so I did

    Same for .pcd same for .pcx same for .png same for .psd same for .tit same for .wml

    Then it offered to finish installing or also Configure ffdshow video decoder and ffdshopw audiodecoder and directvobsub so I checked all three.

    It then offered an audio decoder confirguration panel with innumerable options like Dolby decoder Volume Equalizer Convolver etc only one of which - Mixer - was checked. You could change decoder in each of many listings on the right too.

    Did nothing and went on to video decoder configuration with similar lists.
    Gave up and went on. Noted than MPEG2 coder was disabled. Hit OK and the whole installer finally vanished.

    Full information is at but who can find it?

    FAIL: Having installed I tested a TiVO movie and it failed to display properly.

    This time the image is the same horizontally compressed image, everything else working fine, but this time the area is extended with black to what looks like the proper wider shape.

    So another three hours and TiVO, which apparently can't provide adequate info for a standard Vista 64 PC to play its downloads, after five years, is closed for the evening.

    Or is this just another example of how Microsoft fails to provide good software even for something as simple as TiVo files?
  4. ggieseke

    ggieseke Well-Known Member

    May 30, 2008

    The K-Lite codecs work fine for many people, but your PC is probably choosing a codec that doesn't recognize MPEG files with non-square pixels. Files from a Series 2 come in weird resolutions like 480x480 for High and 544x480 for Best.

    Look in the sticky named "Want to fix TiVo Desktop codec issues?" at the top of this forum. The tool there will let you select the codecs used to play .TiVo files. The help file may not work in Vista but I posted a copy of it in Word format further down in the thread.

    Until Vista came out, Microsoft never provided MPEG-2 codecs. Even with Vista or Windows 7 you have to buy Home Premium or Professional to get them. TiVo provides the Desktop Plus upgrade and it contains everything you need but it costs $25, which goes straight to MainConcept.

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