Renaming Video from Desktop

Discussion in 'TiVo Home Media Features & TiVoToGo' started by Joe Siegler, Jun 8, 2011.

  1. Jun 8, 2011 #1 of 11
    Joe Siegler

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    Was wondering if there's a way to rename videos from my desktop so they show up in the right folders (or my own named folder) on the TiVo itself.

    I looked around, and found this post, but it's five years old. Surely something has been come up with since then.

    It'd be nice to be able to add a .tivo file for video I already have, giving it a program name, episode number, etc.. Anything like this exist?
     
  2. Jun 8, 2011 #2 of 11
    Dan203

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    pyTiVo has the ability to assign metadata to regular .mpg files via a secondary .txt file with the same name. There is even a cool program called MetaGenerator which will find the program in an internet database and create the .txt file for you.

    However the normal grouping rules still apply. On S2/S3 units the show has to be available somewhere in the guide or the program will not group. On Premiere units they seem to have fixed this.

    Dan
     
  3. Jun 8, 2011 #3 of 11
    Joe Siegler

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    pyTiVo appears to be a server program. I already run Desktop, so do I really need that to generate/transfer the relevant text file?
     
  4. Jun 8, 2011 #4 of 11
    unitron

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    If you are using the Tivo Desktop program, you can create sub-folders in the My TiVo Recordings folder, and sort shows into them (example, I've got a PBS folder with folders in it, such as NOVA, with various NOVA episodes in it), and when you go into the TiVo's Now Playing list and go down to the bottom to the folder with the name of the computer, those folders show up inside that folder.

    I can change the file name on the computer for individual shows (for example, if Charlie Rose doesn't get the info out in time on who the guests that night are, or changes at the last minute because somebody died or something, I can change the name on the computer file to include who the guests really were), but the change do not show up when viewed in the Now Playing list's folder of what's on the computer.

    Doesn't keep it from playing or being able to be copied back to that or other TiVo's on my account and network.

    As for a video file that did not originate on a TiVo, I haven't played around with that yet.
     
  5. Jun 8, 2011 #5 of 11
    Joe Siegler

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    I knew about that, but when I transfer them to my TiVo, that info is lost. The folder stuff is what I'm looking to preserve.
     
  6. Jun 8, 2011 #6 of 11
    unitron

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    Apparently stuff only gets folderized on the TiVo itself if there are more episodes of it in the guide data, i.e., going to be aired within the next week or three.
     
  7. Jun 9, 2011 #7 of 11
    jcthorne

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    pytivo replaces tivo desktop and adds this along with many other capabilities. There are no file management tools for tivo directly. Files can only be grouped when added to the tivo.
     
  8. Jun 9, 2011 #8 of 11
    Joe Siegler

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    When I went to download that, I saw something that said that the Windows installer is out of date? Am I reading that right?
     
  9. Jun 9, 2011 #9 of 11
    wmcbrine

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    Yes. You don't need it.
     
  10. jcthorne

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    See the link in my sig for complete setup instructions. You do not need a windows specific installer.
     
  11. Dan203

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    pyTiVo can be a bit of a PITA to setup, but once you get it running it's pretty low maintenance. Especially if you just use it to transfer recordings with custom metadata and don't care about the other features.

    Dan
     

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