Sonic MyDVD troubles

Discussion in 'TiVo Home Media Features & TiVoToGo' started by landrumdh, May 27, 2005.

  1. rapope

    rapope New Member

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    Hi,

    I managed to find the file. I found it by doing a Google search. It is roughly 10MB. Does your email server allow attachments this large?


    RP
     
  2. landrumdh

    landrumdh Trapped Far Far Away

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    I got a response from them with suggestions, but I haven't had time to try it yet as I was cramming to get ready for vegas and last weekend I was recouperating, we'll see if I get to it this week or not.
     
  3. rcarltontivo

    rcarltontivo New Member

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    I also had problem with MyDVD 6.1 just canceling prior to burning a DVD. I uninstalled TIVO 2.5 and then installed TIVO 2.0. Everything works fine. I've burned about 10 movies using Ridata and TDK -R's.
     
  4. webjunkie

    webjunkie New Member

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    I have Tivo Desktop 2.0 and MyDVD 6.1 and cannot get DVDs to burn they always come out choppy... and I am not sure what to do to fix it... I have a Sony DVD burner.

    I have also tried Nero which sometimes works but it isnt a regular thing...

    Any ideas?
     
  5. RonnieT24

    RonnieT24 New Member

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    With all due respect if it takes you 5 minutes to edit a 30 minute show you're already saying that your edit time takes at least double what my time is with Nero. As I've stated before 5 minutes is what it takes me to edit an hour show in casual, no worries mode. When I am focused and trying to get it done quickly, like say I try to do an edit and burn in the morning before I go to work I can do it in between 2-3 minutes. Even at 5 minutes per episode after you've done 4 or 5 episodes and are ready to burn them to a disc you would have spent 20-25 minutes editing. I will he done editing and have moved on to creating my fancy menus and be 5-10 minutes into burning by then. Still if anyone cat MyDVD to work for them and is happy with it more power to them. I have neither the time nor the patience (not to mention no hair left to pull out) for it. Especially when Nero has been virtually flawless for me.
     
  6. corbishley

    corbishley New Member

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    Does anyone know where I can get the Desktop 2.0 version? That seems to be the key to get the MyDVD to work. Thanks!
     
  7. corbishley

    corbishley New Member

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    I used google and found a site that had 2.0. Now MyDVD works fine, if slowly.
     
  8. morac

    morac Cat God TCF Club

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    I don't think people should have to revert to TiVo Desktop 2.0 to get MyDVD to work. Sonic MyDVD says it works with TiVo. TiVo's latest desktop is 2.1 so MyDVD should work with 2.1. If it doesn't than Sonic should fix their software to make it work. Telling people to go back to 2.0 (which doesn't allow syncing with portable players via WMP 10) is a cop-out.
     
  9. greg_burns

    greg_burns Now in HD

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    Believe it or not you can still download from Tivo's site....

    www.tivo.com/desktop/TivoDesktop2-0.exe

    BTW, buy.com has a pretty good deal on Nero. ;) $19 after rebate

    buy.com
     
  10. wtb

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    My impression with MyDVD is that it responds faster at the beginning and end of the video (maybe faster at the end?) but can be exceedingly slow in the middle. For a multi hour video, this is painful. I have to wait about 10 to 20 seconds after moving a frame ahead before the video updates. Also, I've found no way to do anything with the audio (like to use for the menu sound) or save an image for the menu picture like I can on the Mac.
     
  11. RonnieT24

    RonnieT24 New Member

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    The only use I've found for MyDVD in the past 3-4 months is in getting around hiccups in my video files. There are files that I've found, 2 to be exact, that Nero simply could not transcode no matter what I tried. In both cases I was able to edit those files using MyDVD, burn the result onto disk as a DVD folder, then use Nero to operate on the resultant .VOB files. This works like a charm. My guess is that there is some weird bit pattern that shows up occasionally in the MPEG files that gives Nero trouble. Since I've only seen it twice in the over 200 shows I've edited I consider it a non-issue. It is however the ONLY reason I've ever seen for keeping MyDVD even on my computer. And did I mention that it took more than 4 hours to transcode the (1 hour of video) file? The same file that Nero would normally transcode in 15-20 minutes. There is no way I could do that on a regular basis. One out of every hundred files or so I can live with.. any more than that and I'd be developing high blood pressure.
     
  12. landrumdh

    landrumdh Trapped Far Far Away

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    Hey, Just wanted to say I'm sorry but I've given up on the fight on this horrible piece of junk software.

    It was faster / easier / simpler for me just to buy a Lite-on standalone DVDR and use the 'send to VCR' function of Tivo to offload the shows that I needed.

    Thanks for those with all of the suggestions.
     
  13. morac

    morac Cat God TCF Club

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    I'm sure the reason Nero is so much faster than MyDVD is because it transcodes to a regular mp2 on import while MyDVD tries to read the TiVo file on the fly instead of transcoding up front. I don't know if Sonic chose to do this or TiVo made them do so, but it is why it takes so long to edit TiVo files in MyDVD. Also MyDVD isn't completely compatible with the TiVo directx filter (especially the one in desktop 2.1) so it has the annoying tendency to crash when editing TiVo files. Put these facts together with Sonic's lousy tech support and you have a software program that advertises working with TiVo files, but does so poorly.

    If I use MyDVD to edit a regular mp2 file it works well and is very fast (on par with Nero).
     
  14. RonnieT24

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    You must have a better version than what I do. I don't mess with .tivo files at all. As I've mentioned in the past, I have a DirecTiVo which doesn't support TiVo2Go and barring some monumental improvement in transfer times I won't be upgrading to a Tivo2Go capable Tivo any time soon.

    I have observed the transcoding differential on captured MPEG2 files caught with my Adaptec USB capture device. MyDVD takes AT LEAST 3X longer (last time it was 8X) to transcode the exact same input data that Nero does. And the import process is not any shorter than what I observe with Nero either. I am running MyDVD 6.1 .. which version do you have? Are there patches/updates available for it. Since I hate using it so much I haven't bothered to keep it up to date after seeing the miserable performance with the initial download. Like I said the one thing it comes in handy for is it seems to be a bit more robust in its handling of files that Nero sometimes balks on. For that reason alone I keep it around for that one file in a hundred that Nero just can't seem to parse.
     
  15. gooru7945008

    gooru7945008 New Member

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    when I try to install sonic mydvd 6 it comes up with an error message right after I click on next after i enter in my serial number and click complete install and it says "Incorrect Command Line Parameters" does anyone know how to fix this I have tried everthing...I called eariler today and talked to Sonic they transfured me to windows who transfured me to hp??? don't ask me why!!! i just want my $70 program I just bought to work....THANKS for any help! -Bmac
     
  16. RonnieT24

    RonnieT24 New Member

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    I generally don't like to encourage anyone to put themselves through the pain of using MyDVD regularly but if you already spent money on it you kinda need it to work. The error you're seeing sounds like a hole in the installation script. How do you enter the serial number? Do you separate it with spaces or some other character? It may be that the input program doesn't like the separation character you're using. Make sure you are typing it exactly as it asks for it in the README file.


    Ronnie T .
     
  17. tnewp

    tnewp New Member

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    Ok, so what's the verdict? Can you use NERO or not w/ tivo 2.1? If so, how??
     
  18. RonnieT24

    RonnieT24 New Member

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    I believe it is MyDVD that has an issue with Tivo 2.1. I don't think Nero cares. Nero will work with either so long as you follow "the method." So far as I know "the method" is not exactly a no-brainer.. however it's not brain surgery either. If you're somewhat of a techie I think you can make it happen. I have a theory that there is some unrecovered packet loss in wireless transfers which Nero sometimes can't negotiate around whereas MyDVD seems to be able to. Not sure what gives there but I've had two instances over the past 6 months where I could not process a file using Nero but could with MyDVD. It only occured to me a couple of days ago that in both cases I had attempt to transfer the files over my wireless G network. I suspect that had I used the wired link (which I normally do) I might not have even had those two failures to talk about.
     
  19. Bigg

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    I TOTALLY AGREE!! I am re-installing XP right now because of some graphics drivers, and I am not putting TiVo Desktop back on, as it makes a total mess, and I have to install a lot of "other" software to decrypt the files.
     
  20. jikan11

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    Here is a warning, I know that Tivo partnered with Sonic MyDVD in the past and I'm not sure that partnership still exists. Here's why.

    I purchased on 1/9/06 a copy of MyDVD 6.1 from the Sonic website, I paid
    approx $59.99 after the various discounts they offerend. The only reason I purchased the software was to burn .tivo format files quickly and easily. I figured Tivo recommended them, why not use them?

    I'll tell you why.

    The software was downloaded and I installed it on my PC. Everytime I run the sofware it tells me my DMA is not enabled. So I went through my settings on my PC to check and my DMA was in fact turned ON! So that was the first issue.

    The next issue was more severe, DMA is not that big of a deal to me. So I downloaded Tivo Desktop 2.2, the latest release and installed it and downloaded some shows from my Series2 tivo. I then ran MyDVD 6.1, edited the shows made the menu how I wanted and hit burn.

    I waited.

    and waited.

    and waited some more.

    About 2 hours later it had finished transcoding the audio and video, as soon as it finished it said "CANCELING", I then received an error code 0xc0000090. I thought perhaps this was a fluke, so I tried burning a different file. Same thing, error 0xc0000090.

    I started wondering what was wrong so I tried to log into the Sonic website to get support. I registered my product previously and used my email and pasword to login. Well everytime I tried I got the following error.

    "The version of your registered product is no longer supported. Self-help tools on this site are available for your use."

    Apparently, even though I paid for the softare, the LATEST software and downloaded and installed it and entered my license key provided to me, they didn't support it. Isn't that funny?

    Well, I finally googled and searched and found this tivo forum talking about Desktop 2.0 is required and My DVD doesn't support the latest version. I thought, ok, so I tried to download Tivo Desktop 2.0, Tivo doesn't offer it anymore, I searched teh web and only found version 1.3 and 2.2, no 2.0 was out there.

    So, how can Sonic My DVD claim to support .tivo files when the tivo software it requires is NO LONGER OFFERED BY TIVO????

    Anyways, I have read a lot about using nero instead and plan on getting a copy of that soon. In the meantime I'm fighting a losing battle at trying to get a refund from Sonic for selling me a product with outdated, non-supported funtionality. I advise everyone else to STAY AWAY FROM SONIC AND ROXIO SOFTWARE!! Can't even get support for the product I purchased from them 9 days ago.

    Oh and Tivo, shame on you for being associated with Sonic MyDVD. If it worked with what was offered it would be great. But it doesn't work and yet you allow them to say that their software is compatible and burns the .tivo format. I really would love to see the Tivo name removed from MyDVD advertising, I'm out $60 because it was on it and because Tivo recommended it. Doubt Tivo will be sending me a refund for the software.
     

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