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pyTivo - Transcoding server

Discussion in 'TiVo Home Media Features & TiVoToGo' started by armooo, Nov 25, 2006.

  1. newsposter

    newsposter Poster of News

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    i just renamed the movie a short generic name. wouldnt work either in the main directory or in a 'readable' folder with another movie

    so let me ask a few silly questions
    1. how do you know what port u should be on. 9032 is default but can it work with no number in there. i find changing it sometimes makes things work

    2. what should beacon be? tivo itself says 192.168.1.103 so i assume that? or should be the 255.255.255.255?

    3 does broadcast address on the tivo mean anything with regards to pytivo

    4 if the 'my movies' directory on the tivo has an ! next to it i assume something is amiss. and this is what i need to fix

    edit: i dont know what i changed but now no movies at all show up lol..i'm sunk...just folders show up. i had one with 124 kids shows and all not listed now

    i notice my settings dont stick. if i ad port 9032 and hit save then restart pytivo it wont be there.
     
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  2. mlippert

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    @newsposter
    9032 is the default port and is the port that will be used if that setting is not specified in pytivo.conf. The port is used to access the web interface, and (I'm 98% sure) is the port sent to the TiVos for them to access any shares.

    If the share(s) and folders are showing up on the TiVo the port is very unlikely to be the issue. Similarly the beacon value.

    The beacon value is probably best left unspecified but otherwise should be a broadcast IP, so either 255.255.255.255 or maybe 192.168.1.255 (in your case).

    I'd be curious about debug log messages, you can try adding debug = on to the [Server] section in your conf, it might give you more info.

    Also did something change with your supporting utilities like ffmpeg? That could be affecting what files are recognized as able to be sent to the TiVo.
     
  3. newsposter

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    i ran a program called pytivosetup that i downloaded in February and now i can at least see some of the movies in the folders. before it was zero. however now again under global server settings the port is empty , beacon is 192 168 1 103 and my MAK number is there. . nothing else. i forgot to tell you sometimes my tivo name/password show up there and sometime they dont. they arent showing now.

    the my movies folder on tivo shows no ! anymore.

    i checked the debug box just now. i see in the window it says ffmpeg not found so i entered the directory that ffmpeg is in and restarted pytivo. (confimed in config file it is correct) now i'm back to the point where i can pull some movies. however i still have not resolved the initial issue of certain movies just not showing up even after i renamed to something very simple. also still have the folder jumping issue where you press down and the screen jump and seems to stutter

    edit when i change beacon to 255 255 255 255 it gives me ! next to my movies so i switch back to .103...actually forget that. now i have ! still with 103 even.

    i cannot get the message ffmpeg not found to disappear. so maybe thats it but other than giving the directory what can i do
     
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  4. mlippert

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    Huh, while I think we should eventually be able to make this work for you, I think I'd suggest something else first.

    I think it would be much easier for you to uninstall the pytivo you've got now (what OS btw?) and to install @Dan203 's PyTivo Desktop. I haven't used it myself, but he's made several improvements including getting it all installed with all necessary dependencies such as ffmpeg.

    And the TivoCommunity thread for it is: Easier to use pyTivo

    Check out that thread and see what you think. If you'd rather keep trying to fix your current setup, I'll see if I can think of other ways to diagnose what's going on.
     
  5. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    I think it also tries to read metadata from MP4 files. Does the MP4 have any weird unicode characters in the meta data?
     
  6. newsposter

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    i have python 2 7 3 and tivo desktop in control panel so i'm uninstalling both and will start from scratch. hope its easier than 1st time ;)

    i did have one of dans also running in taskbar from downloading earlier this year
     
  7. newsposter

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    ok i have the new pytivo installed. rebooted machine and the laptop. still have the issue. so here's the situation

    these comments have to do with the child's movie folder:

    1 a folder has 2 movies. avi and mp4. the avi show up on the tivo but the mp4 does not. however., on the tivo it shows (2) so it knows theres 2 movies there

    2 in her directory i have 10 folders with movies but below those folders are just file names not in separate folders. i can see the mkv files but not avi or mp4. this is about 16 movies i cannot see in her folder.

    3. on the tivo i can see a down arrow which indicates there are more files if you scroll down but when you try to scroll down it does a weird jump kind of thing and just shows the current page again

    these comments have to do with the top level folder that i call 'tivo shows' and the kids folder (above) is under this folder

    4. avi, mkv, mp4 WMV all show up just fine.
     
  8. newsposter

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    new issue. nothing will upload. i tried a few things and nothing is transferring. says will transfer later. no blue light ever goes on and the show is listed in MY SHOWS on tivo with blue light but it is not transferring. i queued up a few and none transferred, i stop and deleted them all

    the old batch file i ran pytivo from doesnt work so how can i monitor what s going on?

    tried rebooting pytivo from within the program and got this

    Error connecting to pyTivo!
    Verify pyTivo is running and retry

    which makes no sense. it IS running lol

    i disabled norton firewall and auto protect and same error
     
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  9. mlippert

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    OK, 1st where did you get the new version of pytivo you now have installed? I'm just trying to understand what version you have running, whether that is Dan's Pytivo desktop or the latest code in the wmcbrine repository or what.

    2nd, if I remember correctly when pytivo runs into certain kinds of errors while reading the files to send to the tivo, it aborts and sends nothing I think this would cause the behavior you're seeing where you push the down arrow to retrieve more (because the original message to the tivo indicated there should be more) but pytivo ends up sending nothing so you stay on that 1st page.

    3rd, your new issue should be solvable by rebooting the TiVo. When downloads to the TiVo get interrupted (and sometimes other stuff) the TiVo gets into a "confused" state and nothing downloads from then on. The only way to fix it is to reboot the TiVo.
     
  10. newsposter

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    1st page of the thread linked above to dans program
    Download for Windows

    rebooted tivo and now the laptop folder wont show up and pytivo keeps saying pytivo isnt running.

    was i to have other pytivo programs or just dans?

    i have win 8 and i pressed the windows key and say it says pytivodesktop and also pytivo. so i hit pytivo. a tivo guy appeared my taskbar with an X. but dans program did populate with all my shows. however when i tried to transfer one. it just shows up on tivo that its starting but it never starts. and no blue ring on the tivo showing the transfer

    i was able to start a transfer using pytivo from the tv to the laptop. unsure if that means anything

    when i try to restart pytivo from within the program it wont start but if i use the tray icon it will restart. also been rebooting both machines and still wont upload . when it starts to upload i hit watch now and it just shows the show stopped at 0 minutes and it wont do anything. but if i cancel that show uploading it does move on to the 2nd show but then stops on 0 there too

    i guess as last resort ill install all old pytivo stuff. i have many shows to upload because of being away
     
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  11. newsposter

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    i gave up. i have a file called pytivosetup from downloading feb 26 and it says version 1.1.0.0

    i think thats old dans version?

    regardless, it instantly worked so whatever the differences are, obviously i can only use the old version

    didnt resolve the issue of certain files not being able to be uploaded but at least i can upload all i need to now.
     
  12. mlippert

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    OK, well I'm glad you've got it mostly working for you again.

    Hmm, I remember an issue I had a long time ago, and now that you mention when your pytivo was from it brought it to mind.

    The issue was that the ffmpeg I had was old and didn't support h265 encoded video.
    I got a new one and was then able to pull those videos to my tivo. I'm not sure that's your problem, but it's the last thing that occurs to me.
     
  13. newsposter

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    another problem now. sigh. the my videos doesnt show up on tivo anymore. i hit windows key and pytivo desktop was there but it says wrong version of pytivo.

    also my old batch file no longer starts pytivo

    for the fun of it i downloaded new ffmpeg and just tried running it. windows smart screen stopped it and when i went to bypass it norton came up and i said run anyway

    wonder if norton was stopping something before

    edit: i went back to the 1.1.0.0 version and it works to get my shows on. i still would appreciate help on how ffmpeg should be installed and other ideas to make the other mp4 work
     
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  14. newsposter

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    where do you put ffmpeg? just in a folder under C? since i have to reinstall i decided to go with the latest pytivo but it still doesnt work except as before. starts to load but doesnt.
     
  15. mlippert

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    I don't recall a maintained version number in any of the older pytivo's so I'm not sure what code corresponds to version 1.1.0.0.

    That said I have the latest wmcbrine pytivo (from the github repo) in c:\pyTivo, I put ffmpeg and tivodecode in c:\pyTivo\bin and in my pytivo.conf file in the [Server] section I set:
    Code:
    ffmpeg = c:\pyTivo\bin\ffmpeg.exe
    tivodecode = c:\pyTivo\bin\tivodecode.exe
    I'm not actually using that version of pytivo myself anymore, but that is how I had it working. I would just start pytivo via a link on my desktop to C:\pyTivo\pyTivo.py when I wanted it running. I didn't/don't leave it running all the time and I've never tried to run it as a service.

    However if you are using pyTivo Desktop, the setup is very different and you should ask for help in its thread.
     
  16. newsposter

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    how do i figure out what i'm using. i know overnight when i closed laptop lid it broke the connection. i had to reinstall and reboot to get the mymovies to appear on my tivo.

    i had gone to the directory and clicked on pytivo and it opened up a cmd window but that didnt make the mymovies appear on tivo. so for now every time i shut the lid i guess i have to reboot or reinstall.
     
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    Change the power options so that closing the lid doesn't put the computer to sleep/hibernate..
     
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    it appears to be reconnecting now. just no idea which version im' using nor how to get it to read those other files
     
  19. innocentfreak

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    I don't remember seeing this issue before, but it may be my new router causing an issue. This weekend I keep getting ghost shares. I only open PyTiVo when I want to use it and I noticed this weekend when I close PyTiVo the shares are sticking around after the fact. The only way I can seem to get rid of them is to reboot the TiVo or pull the network cable.

    I have a new Arris router from FiOS so not sure if there is some setting I need to fix or if it is something with the recent updates to the Bolt. I wasn't sure if anyone else was seeing this though I am guessing most run PyTiVo as a service so they wouldn't.
     
  20. wmcbrine

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    FWIW, the shares will only be removed immediately on pyTivo shutdown when zeroconf is working (and getting through to the TiVo). Otherwise, they'll eventually time out. You might need to check if the router is filtering multicast.
     
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