Streambaby - new streaming application

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  1. Aug 3, 2010 #2121 of 3674
    ebf

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    I just loaded this on my new HDXL. Its great. I've got two questions. I found this post on the streambaby site, but can't figure out if the implemented delete option is actually supposed to be on the "play" screen. It doesn't appear there for me, but I can get to it from "more".

    Also, I swear someone asked about the location of the stream buffer somewhere in this thread, but I can't find it now. Where is the stream buffer stored? If I pause the stream, eventually, the time bar will fill up and the whole program will cache. Makes me wonder what the actual difference is between this streaming and pyTiVo transfers.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Aug 6, 2010 #2122 of 3674
    superflysocal

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    having problems trying o get 2 instances of streambaby working on two different PCs. I read that you need to have different port numbers, if so what should the second port number be?
     
  3. Aug 9, 2010 #2123 of 3674
    bsmith1051

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    Seems like a lot of excellent questions have gone unanswered recently, so I'll tempt fate and add my own?

    My setup: Desktop computer running Win7 and with dual-core 2.5 GHz Intel CPU. Serving h.264 720p DD51 MKVs to a Tivo HD. In general, it streams great but the Tivo needs to stop and rebuffer a lot. Lowering the Video Quality to 5 Mbps doesn't help, that I can see. The CPU is only running 30-40% and Task Manager only shows 8 Mbps (then 5 Mbps) going out the NIC.

    Q1: Is there a way to make Streambaby use more CPU so that it streams faster?

    Q2: If I try to fast-forward, the preview graphic shows-up ok but then I lose the connection when I try to resume playback (there's an error msg in the Streambaby log and the Tivo eventually times-out). Is this a known problem?
     
  4. Aug 9, 2010 #2124 of 3674
    tgrim1

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    Its been my understanding that it is not streaming mkv files, it is transcoding them with ffmpeg with a loss in quality.
     
  5. nathanm412

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    I would like to thank the author of this program for the great work. I have been using StreamBaby for over a year now and it has been great. I didn't realize how important it has been until my wife called me at work to tell me that the Tivo was no longer working. I come home to find that the computer was off and she couldn't find streambaby.
     
  6. herbman

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    In Linux it's hard to distinguish from processes and threads of a process. When you see many listed with the same specs (vmem, cpu, etc.) it's likely just threads of a process. There's nothing to worry about, only one is running. Now that said, 451M is a pretty high memory size for a java VM that's set -Xmx256m..
     
  7. dbz33

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    Hey guys. May have to go back to my HTPC for my DVD/BLU-RAY playback. Most of my movies after converting to MP4 with handbrake have gray bars on the top and bottom of the screen. I tried a few different settings I read online but they are still there. Space is not a problem have a 15TB server. I only converted to make them into a Tivo friendly MP4 container. Any ideas?
     
  8. Rick in LA

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    Non-hardcoded subtitles display perfectly when streaming my .avi but fail to appear when pushing the file. Is this a known limitation or is some .ini tweaking in order, I wonder.

    And while I'm at it, I noticed HTML tags for italics on subtitle dialogue that, well, should be italicized (e.g. dialogue coming from a movie our character is watching). Not a dealbreaker, that, but a curiosity.

    Thanks for any guidance.
     
  9. wmcbrine

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    Two totally different mechanisms. Streaming captions are done via HME text overlay. Captions in transferred videos have to be muxed in, or else sent as open captions (rendered onto the video). There are programs to do that, but you'll have to do it manually AFAIK.
     
  10. txporter

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    Agreed. Hardcoded subs/captions can be easily done with avisynth. There was someone (I believe on the pytivo forum) that attempted to do what you are asking by building an avs script for each video and opening that rather than the video itself. That would hardcode the subs while ffmpeg transcodes the video for upload.

    I pre-generate my hardsub'd videos. I find it easier plus I run pytivo on a Tonidoplug which doesn't really have the power needed for on-the-fly transcoding.
     
  11. pizzaslut

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    My Streambaby does not want to seem to run as a service. When I launch the bat file it works fine and shows up in my Tivo menu.

    However, when I start the service it does not show up although the service says that it is running.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    W7 x64
     
  12. srogala

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    My apologies if I'm breaking forum rules, but I can't hope the find the answer to this question in the length of this thread. So my apologies if this has been answered.

    I just found streambaby the other day and I was really excited to get a chance to use it. I've got two Tivo HDs (and two Series2 but they don't come into this discussion I guess except to prove I'm an addict).

    Anyways, I'm running streambaby on a Windows XP sp3 with 3.3GB of RAM. It's a quad core CPU, so plenty of horsepower. I've got it connected to a gig switch with both my Tivo HDs (although it looks like the Tivo's only support 100Mbs). Is it a horsepower issue with the TiVo HD?

    The connections seem to be solid, I can transfer shows in reasonable amounts of time, etc. But streambaby pauses and often and always seems to fall behind. When I try to go forward it just sort of resets and goes back to the beginning of the show after a few seconds. Very seldom it will generate previews (like the Netflix ones). I stream Netflix to these TiVos just fine, although I realize that most of those streams are less bandwidth.

    Network utilization/CPU/memory are all very low as per the XP box serving it up. Am I running into something out of the norm? I disabled AV for testing and saw no difference. A lot of the stuff I'm streaming is programming that I used TiVo Desktop 2.8 to retrieve, if that helps with format questions, although I do also try to use my DVD library that I ripped (no compression, at the time I don't think the TiVo could handle it).

    Incidentally, my WD HD Live handles streaming from the same computer just fine. But I really would rather not buy 3 more of those (plus my wife has trouble switching back and forth)
     
  13. noseph

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    You do not mention what format you are streaming. It sounds like you are attempting to stream something other than MPG/MP4, these are the only formats with direct TiVo support all other formats are transcoded with ffmpeg on the fly. This is an extremely processor intensive process.

    I have an extensive DVD collection that I ripped and converted to MP4 with WinFF, they stream just fine to my Series 3. I have also had success converting TiVo content to MP4.
     
  14. srogala

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    Thanks for your help. I'm using a variety of formats, but the two main ones are whatever format TiVo Desktop makes files in (not sure what they are, they just have a .tivo extension) and then movies that I ripped from DVD, it sounds like in much the same way you did, using DVDFab. The ripped DVDs are listed as .mpg.

    I've been trying out WinFF. So far I'm not having a lot of luck with .TiVo files, it created a file but it was not converted correctly. WinFF had spit out a lot of errors during the conversion though (I can go back and get them if anybody cares). Do you use WinFF on files you grab from your tivo?

    I'm currently doing one of the DVDs and WinFF seems to be humming along better. You're right about it being a CPU hog, it's consuming all four cores.

    So if I read you right, anything that isn't in MP4 is going to have be converted on the fly by the TiVo to a format it can read? Is that where the CPU load issue comes into play?

    Again, thanks for our help, if this works my computer will be converting these files for a long time but it'll be worth it :)

    -Scott
     
  15. noseph

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    I do use DVDFab to extract a single VOB, which I then run thru VideoRedu QuickStreamFix and then WinFF. I am currently at work, when I get home this evening I will post my custom WinFF settings. I process TIVO files with TiVoDecode (http://sourceforge.net/projects/tivodecode/files/) to get a MPG and then use VideoRedu to remove comercials, and finally WinFF. You might want to look at KMTTG (http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?t=387725) if you have a lot of tivo files to process.
     
  16. noseph

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    Scott

    What you need to do is create a new Preset based on the MPEG-4 MP4 Widescreen preset. In order to make the audio TiVo compliant (ac3) you need to change the very end of the Preset Command Line. Change "-acodec libfaac -ab 112kb -ar 48000 -ac 2" to "-acodec copy -ab 112kb -ar 48000". In other words replace "libfaac" with "copy" and remove "-ac 2".
     
  17. dbz33

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    What do I have to do to convert my DVD's so that they do not have the grey bars on the screen? The original DVD's have black bars but once I convert using Handbrake to MP4 I get the light grey bars on most movies. I hate watching them that way. Thanks for the help.
     
  18. wmcbrine

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    The grey bars are generated by the TiVo. You can set them to black if you prefer. Settings > Video > Letterbox Color.
     
  19. srogala

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    This great information noseph. My ignorance in this area really shows. I think I did the same thing with DVDFab, making VOBs that my TiVo could read. When you posted about WinFF I grabbed that and converted some of them. I'm trying to find an acceptable of processing (I really wanted to those 4GB files to be about 1GB anyways). What is the advantage of running them through VideoRedu QuickstreamFix? I haven't been able to figure out what it does or if it's worth buying. Using some of the default settings on the VOBs I was getting about 4:1 compression. The video quality was slightly noticeably worse, but pretty good considering how much smaller the file sizes are (thank god 3TB drives are out!)

    I'll look at KMTTG. That poor computer has been running WinFF all ever since you posted.
     
  20. dbz33

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    Thanks I will try that. Hope its that easy.
     

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