pyTivoX

Discussion in 'TiVo Home Media Features & TiVoToGo' started by Yoav, Dec 10, 2008.

  1. Sep 2, 2010 #1021 of 1455
    pilotbob

    pilotbob New Member

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    I had the same issue... it turned out it was due to my router. It seems that this uses Bonjour and my router was messing things up. A router firmware update resolved the problem. I know it was a bonjour issue because I couldn't use my Printer/Scanner on my Mac either... which also use Bonjour.

    Once I updated the router and my scanner was working, the next time I looked at the TiVo my Mac showed up in the Showcases section.

    BOb
     
  2. Sep 2, 2010 #1022 of 1455
    dcpmark

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    I'm using the latest Handbrake to rip DVDs using the "High Profile" preset, then send them to my S3 via the latest pyTivoX. I get a great picture, but I only get stereo audio despite HB doing a AC3 passthru track.

    Is pyTivoX transcoding my audio, and if so, can it be changed? If not, any other ideas on what I need to do to get DVD rips with 5.1 (or better) audio into my S3?

    TIA
     
  3. Sep 2, 2010 #1023 of 1455
    pilotbob

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    It's been my experience that pyTivo will use the first audio track. I think the default Handbrake settings make in the second track. There is supposed to be a way to specify which track to send but I could never get it to work. So I encoded all my stuff with only the AC3 passthru track.

    BOb
     
  4. Sep 2, 2010 #1024 of 1455
    dcpmark

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    I'm pretty sure I tried one encode with a AC3 passthru track only on Track 1 and it came out stereo as well, but I'll try it again in case I didn't do it right the first time. Specifically, under the HB Audio settings, what should my settings look like?

    Thanks!


    UPDATE: I tried again, using just an AC3 passthru on Track 1, and it worked perfectly. Thanks again!!
     
  5. elmeng

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    I'm using pyTivoX on an imac with lastest version of OS over wired network. When streaming a 1.2GB, 42 minute .mkv video, the stream pauses and rebuffering occurs at the 21 minute mark. I'm using a Series 3 HD. Thinking about upgrading to the Premiere HD. Do Premiere XL users have the same issue?

    Leslie
     
  6. wmcbrine

    wmcbrine Well-Known Mumbler

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    The Premiere accepts video much faster. Of course you still have the potential for the computer being the bottleneck, when you're transcoding.
     
  7. richsadams

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    Does this happen with all of your videos on just a specific one? The reason I ask is that I have the same setup, with an iMac, Series3 and a Premiere XL and I've run into the same issue. However it turned out the the problem was with the video itself. On close scrutiny of the playback there was a glitch (tiny bit of macro blocking and audio dropout) at the same point as where the transfer would hang up. I never could get that one to transfer fully.
     
  8. elmeng

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    I'd say it's consistent across the board with all 720p mkv files download from alt.binaries.multimedia newsgroup, poster TeeVee.

    Leslie
     
  9. richsadams

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    Ah, that's different then. I don't have any experience with files from that specific site. Perhaps I'll give it a try when I have time and see how it goes.
     
  10. elmeng

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    If I slow the transfer speed to medium high (i.e. 3508 kb/sec), I get further and even to completion. Is there any degradation in the picture in lower quality?

    Leslie
     
  11. richsadams

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    Transfer speeds don't impact file quality, only the time it takes to move data so the resulting file should have the same PQ no matter the transfer speed. FWIW if reducing the transfer speed allows the files to fully load it sounds like some kind of error detection/correction issue. It could be caused by channel noise of some nature or possibly a hardware issue. It could be on their end, something going on in between the source and your equipment or your equipment (although probably not TiVo if it's behaving normally otherwise).

    Something that might be worth trying is to change your DNS servers. That will often improve connections by allowing you to use DNS servers other than your provider's. You can Google how that works and what to do, it's quite easy. Using OpenDNS for example may be an improvement, although they've fallen behind Google Public DNS service and some others with regard to speed these days. (They have a very good tutorial on changing DNS servers for Mac's however). A little program called Namebench is an excellent, free network diagnostic tool that allows you see how well your assigned DNS is performing against a list of others. More often than not switching to the top three the diagnostic's results suggest will improve your Internet connections. You could also try assigning static IP addresses to your equipment, TiVo, etc. for a more reliable connection.

    Hope that helps a little and please post how things are going.
     
  12. wmcbrine

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    [I had another reply here, but deleted it when I realized he must be talking about the Streambaby side of pyTivoX.]

    Streambaby attempts real-time streaming, so changing its transfer rate does in fact lower the PQ. (pyTivo has no settings to regulate the transfer rate, although it will be affected indirectly -- and the PQ directly -- if you adjust the bitrates for ffmpeg.) But if you have to ask if you're lowering PQ, then the PQ is probably good enough, eh? :)

    DNS settings will not help with transfers between systems on your own LAN, none of which will have names known to outside servers. And even in the situations where changing DNS helps, it's only useful in initial connections -- thus it's useful on a page with lots of little embedded images, but it does nothing for streaming or large file transfers, once they're started.
     
  13. richsadams

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    Ooohhh. That's a different matter all together then. Never mind. :eek: :)
     
  14. dachtler

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    I apologize if this has been answered previously, but I was unable to find a reference within this thread or elsewhere. Is it possible to upgrade to the latest versions of PyTivo and Streambaby within PyTivoX 1.3? It would seem that the versions within PyTivoX 1.3 are outdated, but as far as I can tell, there has not been an updated version released. Any helpful advice would be greatly appreciated.
     
  15. jpaul34

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    In retrospect, I don't know why I updated to 1.4b when the previous version was working fine, but I did, and now I can't push. I get a ffmpeg.bin error. The error message is attached.

    **EDIT**: I was able to fix the problem by downloading and installing 1.3, but that doesn't solve the issue with 1.4b.
     

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  16. plugot

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    After pulling my hair out with Mac2tivo, which just didn't work, I just installed this software. It does work! But, I can't figure out what is the best or preferred format to use so that the entire film shows up as one sequential video. I have transferred Video .ts files, and the film is broken into many separate .ts files on the Tivo. I tried to input a mpg4 file, but it won't accept it (is grayed out).I'm using a Tivo series 3 HD, and my workflow is: rip DVD using Mac the Ripper which converts to video TS files. As a second step I can run Handbrake to convert the .ts files to .mp4 files for my iPad. So, what should I be doing with this program so that I can view an entire film on my Tivo?
    Perhaps this has been covered before, but I can't find this anywhere on this forum.
    Thanks in advance for any help.
     
  17. dig_duggler

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    Noticed there was a new beta up, exciting to see an update after so long! Thanks yoav!
     
  18. Wil

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    Thanks DD for spreading the news.

    And much appreciation to Yoav for still thinking of us!
     
  19. elmeng

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    What the sercret to keeping grouped edited Tivo files in a folder (or group from which it originally came) when you transfer them back to the Tivo?

    Leslie
     
  20. elmeng

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    Since no one has come to my rescue, let me expound. When I edit a Tivo file using Toast software. I create a (filename).m2ts file and a text file (filename).m2ts.txt.

    In this txt file I have info, title, date, and other descriptions. It's here, I was hoping to find a line that would allow me to create a group. Does anybody have info as to the components of these txt files?

    Or could someone point me to the proper thread that might cover this question?

    Leslie
     

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