Advertisements Click here for the latest build of tivoserver with wmv3 support. (cygwin1.dll included for new users) Thanks to THardie for updating tivoserver with a newer ffmpeg that supports wmv3, SteveT for compiling a cygwin binary for Windows users, thanks to BTUx9 for fixing too many things to list , and wsewell for creating such a great project. Instructions for first-timers: 1) Run tivoserver.exe (first time you run tivoserver, it will open and then quickly close... keep reading) 2) The first time you run tivoserver, it creates this folder: C:\Documents and Settings\Your_Username_Here\Application Data\.tivoserver\ (shortcut to that: %APPDATA%\.tivoserver ) 3) Get a UNIX-friendly text editor, I recommend Notepad++ 4) Open settings.cfg (NOT settings.cfg.new, if it exists) in a Notepad++ 5) Inside settings.cfg there's a section that says: Code: #------------------------------------------------------------------------------- # VIDEO_DIR # # Specifies the directory where video files exist for tivoserver to serve. # Add _one_ directory per line (ie per VIDEO_DIR tag), but you may add several # directories using several VIDEO_DIR lines # Possible values: Any valid directory name VIDEO_DIR=C:\Documents and Settings\Dre\Application Data/video/ (Don't worry about the \ & / in the path... It'll still work.) Tivoserver closed on you the first time you ran it was because it looked for that folder to load videos from and it didn't exist. Tivoserver didn't have anything to load and it closed by itself. Make a folder called video in Application Data and put your videos in there. (You don't have to edit settings.cfg if you do this.) Or you can replace the line with whatever folder(s) you want. A regular Windows path will work. Just make sure you're saving the file in UNIX format. DON'T USE REGULAR NOTEPAD TO EDIT SETTINGS.CFG Code: VIDEO_DIR=C:\Movies\ VIDEO_DIR=D:\New TV Shows\ VIDEO_DIR=D:\Clasic TV Shows\1970\ 6) Put your XviD/DivX .avi, .mpg, .ty, .vob, and even .wmv (latest version supports wmv3!) in the folders you set in settings.cfg. Some files might not work, live with it. Run tivoserver and it should show up as a TiVo in the bottom of your Now Playing List. Screenshots here: http://tivoserver.sourceforge.net/screenshots.html UPDATE: In early versions of tivoserver, a temp folder was needed. This is no longer necessary. Since the last time I updated this post (January), Tivoserver has greatly improved. Tivoserver can now copy AC3 audio streams inside video files, instead of transcoding the audio (so there's no quality loss.) VOBs work (you still have to rip the movie into one big .vob though.) Tivoserver can also copy MPEG-2 video streams from inside .vobs or .mpgs without transcoding. OLD POST: For those who don't know what TivoServer is: TivoServer (http://tivoserver.sourceforge.net/) is a program that runs as a virtual tivo on your PC. TivoServer allows you to transfer shows from your PC onto your tivo the same way you transfer shows between real tivos with MRV. TivoServer shows up as a regular tivo on your Now Playing List. TivoServer will serve videos of various formats (mpg, m2v, xvid, divx, wmv, etc) without requiring you to convert them first. TivoServer will convert them on-the-fly during transfer. Personally, I prefer playing my videos on my TiVo instead of burning them to play on a DVD player because my DVD player has slow ff/rw, no playbar, no instant replay, no 30 second skip, etc and I'm sure yours doesn't either. Your tivo needs to of been hacked with superpatch, The Zipper will do this. Standalones need to have been superpatched as well. Not all videos will work.