Pre-Converting Files

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  1. jtcweb1

    jtcweb1 New Member

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    I'm running pyTivo on my Windows Home Server. Everything works great except for files that have to be converted, the computer just doesn't have the horsepower to stay ahead of watching. My understanding is the pyTivo uses ffmpeg to convert the file and then transfer it to the Tivo.

    So my question is, how can I use ffmpeg to convert the file on another computer and save this converted version to the WHS so it will not have to run the conversion on the fly? Some of these files are mpg, but I'm not sure what the actual format is inside the mpg container.
     
  2. lrhorer

    lrhorer Active Member

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    Well, specifically, one may simply view the ffmpeg report in the pyTivo log (I think debug mode must be set on to do this) or in the NPL info tab (I know debug mode must be set to do this) for any given file and issue the command to ffmpeg. I'm sure William can give you a test that will produce a command in general for any observed file. A better method, however, would be to pass all the files through VideoRedo or Handbrake to produce a TiVo compatible file.
     
  3. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay TCF Club

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    You can use PyTivo and the Push feature. I have done push vs. pull on a .mp4 file. A 700 mb .mp4 file when pushed, stays the same size, while pulled (called from the Tivo), it grows 3-4x, so there is conversion in the process to tivo format.
     
  4. jtcweb1

    jtcweb1 New Member

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    I've never used handbrake before, are there instructions someplace to product a Tivo Native file?
     
  5. jtcweb1

    jtcweb1 New Member

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    Can you explain the push feature of pyTivo? I'm not sure how to initiate it.
     
  6. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay TCF Club

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    I use KMTTG with PyTivo, and simply select the file to push in KMTTG and its done.
    KMTTG will also initiate the decoding on ffmpeg and handbrake.
     
  7. lrhorer

    lrhorer Active Member

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    In the pyTivo web interface, simply drill into the share and select the video(s) to transfer. With vidmgr, all transfers are pushes.
     
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    jtcweb1 New Member

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    I have pyTivo running on my headless Windows Home Server. Is there a way to get to the web interface from another computer on my network?
     
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    lpwcomp Well-Known Member

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    That's assuming two things - 1. That the files are in mp4 format. 2. That the TiVo involved supports mp4 as a native format.

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    To the OP: What format are the source files and what model is the destination TiVo?
     
  10. reneg

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    The pytivo web interface defaults to port 9032, try <homeserverIP>:9032 in a browser on another computer.
     
  11. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay TCF Club

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    I just tried this using my Ipad 2, using safari and surfing to my PC's IP, ie: http://192.169.1.100:9032, and the pytivo web interface showed up. I then tried a transfer and the file went to the PC.
     
  12. noseph

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    I use WinFF http://winff.org/html_new/ to convert my videos (mostly mpg) to mp4 for streaming to my S3.
     
  13. jcthorne

    jcthorne Well-Known Member

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    pytivo's web interface has provisions for moving videos either direction. Selecting videos on the tivo such as you did will move them to the computer running pytivo. Selecting videos in the video shares on the pc, pytivo will move them to your tivo.

    If you will tell us what type of tivo you have, we can tell you the specs for the mp4 files to prepare for it so they can be pushed without transcoding.
     
  14. wmcbrine

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    jrtroo Chill- its just TV

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    You can either use the WHS console interface from another machine and then go to the desktop (I have an add-in for that) or, which I have some to prefer, use remote desktop and login to the headless unit. (this is not officially supported, but I have never had an issue with it)

    I like the theory of vidmgr, but the instructions were unclear to me and it quickly got too deep for me to care to learn how to install it.
     
  16. wmcbrine

    wmcbrine Well-Known Mumbler

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    He's talking about pyTivo -- there's no reason to do either of those things. It's just a web server; connect with your browser.

    http://yourserver:9032/
     
  17. Soapm

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    If I'm reading this right then py worked as designed. You set where the shows download to during the setup and that is where they will go. You can move the files to the pc home share or from the home share to the Tivo. It isn't a streaming service.

    If I read you post wrong then I apologize...

    Having said that, if the Tivo is hacked and you have webplus running, you can use it to stream video's but it's not efficient at all. There are also a number of other applications you can use to stream content to your mobile devices...
     
  18. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay TCF Club

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    No, I wasn't trying to stream anything. It was only a test to see what it would do if I accessed pytivo with another device on my network.
     
  19. jrtroo

    jrtroo Chill- its just TV

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    Thanks, this is awesome.

    I don't know why I did not know I could do this with pytivo, but it makes my entire setup easier to manage. Now I really don't care about getting vidmgr working as I can use my Xoom or ipod touch to have these sent from my whs.
     
  20. bradleys

    bradleys It'll be fine....

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    I also have a windows home server running pyTiVo and it works fine streaming videos from my box. The media smart has pleamty of horsepower.

    On the premier the transfer rate is fantastic and I can start watching right away... I usually wait a couple of minutes to let the stream buffer a little on the older S3's...

    PyTiVo works significantly better than TiVo desktop in this regard.
     

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