Novice at converting / questions

Discussion in 'TiVo Home Media Features & TiVoToGo' started by doc_scan, Jul 7, 2011.

  1. Jul 7, 2011 #1 of 11
    doc_scan

    doc_scan New Member

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    Have Tivo Premier and Desktop Plus. Have recorded several programs stored on Tivo and local computer with 2TB external storage. Many of these files 35gb stored in HD. I have a Blu-Ray burner for both 25 & 50 GB disks. I use CyberLink Suite to make Blu-Ray Menu screens and scene breaks. I can author Blu-Ray disks with software. How do I convert Tivo files then burn to Blu-Ray disks? I tried the TOGO conversions but they are only like 320 res. If not to HD quality how do I convert to the best resolution and burn to my Blu-Ray disks instead of DVD. I did convert a Tivo file to H.264 and burned to Blu Ray it does play in Blu-Ray player but the image quality is lousy. I am sure this has been tried many times need to take Blu-Ray disks to player and play, cannot always play with Desktop and watch at my computer. These files are eating up my Tivo and my external storage and I need them on Blu-Ray disks.
     
  2. Jul 7, 2011 #2 of 11
    dobbie1

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    I would recommend getting VideoReDo TVSuite H.264. I use this program and it works great. I have tried several different programs over the years and none have done the job as well as this one. This program will allow editing and saving in different formats. I then use different software to burn to Blu-ray. Although right now I am saving in mp4 format to my pc and then streaming to the tivo using stream baby.

    Regards
     
  3. Jul 7, 2011 #3 of 11
    doc_scan

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    But bottom line there is no way to convert this HD program and then burn it to my Blu-Ray disk and watch as HD on the Blu-ray player. What resolution will it be after I convert it to .mpg4 then burnit to Blu-Ray? The tivo HD file is 31gb how much does the conversion compress it?

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  4. Jul 7, 2011 #4 of 11
    steve614

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

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    You don't need conversion software, you just need something to strip the .tivo wrapper and leave you with an MPEG-2 (.mpg) file.
    Tivo Desktop will not do this.
    I believe tivodecode is one such program, there are other free solutions out there.
    I think pyTivo will do it also. Search this forum.
    Once you have the file in .mpg format, the Blu-ray burning software should be able to work with it.

    I also recommend VideoReDo, but you only need the Plus version.
    It allows you to input a .tivo file, edit out any material (commercials) you don't want, and then save into an .mpg file.

    Edit: HD resolutions stay intact.
     
  5. Jul 7, 2011 #5 of 11
    doc_scan

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    Tivodecode looks like it is very complicated to get going. No standard GUI interface and have to compile the program in C# but I will try. Are there instructions about the pyTivo program and how to use it to convert .tivo files to .mpg?
     
  6. Jul 8, 2011 #6 of 11
    ggieseke

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    Grab a copy of kmttg. It comes with a compiled version of tivodecode.

    If you use Desktop to download shows from your Premiere, make sure that the "Use fastest transfer method" option is NOT enabled. When that option is turned on, the downloads are in transport stream format instead of the program stream format that you need.
     
  7. Jul 9, 2011 #7 of 11
    AudioNutz

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    5 letters... KMTTG!
     
  8. doc_scan

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    What if you already have transfer a lot of videos via TIVO Desktop and stored them on an external Buffalo drive. Does the method that they were transfered affect them being converted to .mpg. Previous response stated to change how they are transfered before converting but we have already transfer a lot. I assume I did not change default from "program stream mode" I have not tried KMTTG yet. Is there a way to tell from looking at the stored file as to how it was transfered?
     
  9. ggieseke

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    MediaInfo should tell you if the format is MPEG-PS (program stream) or MPEG-TS (transport stream). I think some work was done on tivodecode to make it compatible with transport streams, but not completed. There's another utility called DirectShow Dump that uses the decoder DLL that comes with Desktop. It should work if tivodecode can't handle it.

    I would register for the 15-day free trial of VideoReDo H.264 and use it to convert any files that are in transport stream format. Once that's done you can fall back to just kmttg if you want to use free tools only.
     
  10. dlfl

    dlfl Cranky old novice

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    Download VideoReDo (VRD) Plus version and register for free trial via its menu. This will give you 15 days of free uncrippled use, after which you may want to purchase it ($50). In that 15 days you should be able to convert your .tivo files to .mpg (program stream) files. What you want to do is Quick Stream Fix (QSF) to a mpeg2 PS output. You can automate that for a bunch of files using either the Batch feature of VRD or with VAP (link in signature). The QSF process also patches up occasional defects that are found in TiVo recordings. QSF from .tivo to .mpg runs very fast, typically only several minutes for a large file.
     
  11. Stuxnet

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    This is good advice. I recently purchased VRD+... very easy to clean up files... I use kmttg to download and decrypt programs, then VRD+ to run QSF followed by commercial detection. After I tweak the commercial cut points, VRD+ generates a mpg file. Since I am archiving mp4, I feed the mpg file through RipBot. It does an outstanding hassle-free conversion.
     

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