Tivo Desktop Server Quirks

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  1. Dec 3, 2011 #1 of 11
    bitpusher

    bitpusher New Member

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    Hello,

    I have a Tivo HD and Tivo Desktop Plus and everything seems to work fine except that some of the shows don't auto-transfer from the TIVO to the desktop even though they're on the list. I got one episode of the show upon first setting it up, but it doesn't seem to auto-transfer when a new show is recorded. When I opened TIVO desktop to see what was going on, and after clicking around the auto-transfer list, it started transferring the newer episodes.

    How can I make this work automatically without my manually opening up Tivo Desktop?

    Also, the transfer rate seems like real-time (i.e., a half hour show takes 1/2 hour to transfer). I have a gigabit ethernet connection, but perhaps Tivo is not gigabit? Is this normal?

    thanks!

    JP
     
  2. Dec 3, 2011 #2 of 11
    ThAbtO

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    There is also some encoding/conversion the Tivo uses during transfers since it stores its recordings differently.
     
  3. Dec 4, 2011 #3 of 11
    steve614

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

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    Your transfer rate is typical for HD programming. Close to real time is what I see as well.

    As for Tivo Desktop Server quirks...

    On my computer, the Tivo Server will randomly stop running. Any time I want to transfer anything from the compter to Tivo, I usually have to restart the server first. I have no problems with auto transfers, but that's only because I have to restart the server on a regular basis. :mad:
    Looking at it now, I'm surprised. It's been running for 24 hours so far. :eek::rolleyes:
     
  4. Dec 4, 2011 #4 of 11
    sparks1

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    Having a similar problem, using Tivo Desktop Pro, though my programs are not HD. The transfer rate is appox 50 minutes using my Series 2 and 25 minutes for Premier XL, both for a one hour program (1.2 GB). On the series 2, I got the same time using a wireless connection and for a direct Ethernet cable connection. Any idea why?
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    What are the typical transfer rates for the Series 2 and Premier XL? Would a direct connection help on the Premier.
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    Also, is there any software tool that will improve the Xfer rate, or maybe queue up a particular segment of the program. Sometimes I just want to create a MPEG-2 of the last 15 minutes of a long program.
     
  5. Dec 4, 2011 #5 of 11
    unitron

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    If everything's working right I've seen transfers from an S2 DT to a computer running TiVo Desktop of about 30 minutes for an SD one hour show recorded at best quality.

    That's both via Ethernet cable from TiVo to router and Ethernet cable from router to computer and Wireless G from TiVo to router and from router to wireless G in computer.
     
  6. Dec 4, 2011 #6 of 11
    steve614

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    I haven't transferred from my S2 ST lately, but I know it is slower than my TivoHD.
    The Premiere has a much better processor, therefore it transfers files much faster. I'm not surprised you see almost have half the transfer times from your Premiere as compared to your S2.

    As for hard wiring the Premiere? I would think it would be better. Wired will always be better than wireless.
     
  7. Dec 4, 2011 #7 of 11
    sparks1

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    Thanks, everyone for your input on this. Any ideas about the following:

    "Is there any software tool that will improve the Xfer rate, or maybe queue up a particular segment of the program. Sometimes I just want to create a MPEG-2 of the last 15 minutes of a long program."
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    I find it oftentimes necessary to only deal with a small segment of the recording - like the middle or end part. Is there any tool that allows you to specify which portion of the file that should be converted? I know if I run kmttg and stop it prematurely during an upload from a tivo box, it will correctly create a shortened .tivo file that can be later converted.
     
  8. Dec 4, 2011 #8 of 11
    ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay TCF Club

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    I use PyTivo to push/send and download video, kmttg to download, decrypt, convert video, but to take portions of video, or even to edit commercials, I use VideoRedo (all worth the price of a registered copy.)
     
  9. Dec 5, 2011 #9 of 11
    steve614

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    You might ask this in the kmttg thread. I have been reading that someone was able to add some code that allows you to transfer from a paused point.
     
  10. w2jo

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    I have Desktop Pro 2.8.2. I can transfer files from Tivo to Desktop Pro just fine. Then when I "convert" a file for iPad, that conversion also goes to completion just fine, but instead of the converted file turning up in the iTunes 10.5.1.42, it is deposited at C:\Users\joe\Documents\My TiVo Recordings for Portables\Apple iPad\*.* .............

    The converted files seem OK, but supposedly, I have Desktop Pro set up to send the files directly to iTunes. How do I make this happen?

    Thanks.
    Joe
     
  11. w2jo

    w2jo New Member

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    It turns out that I <did> in the previous version of Desktop Pro have it set to send conversions to itunes TV Shows.. But no longer. The window under preferences now shows the default tivo destination for portable devices and will not let me write in the correct file destination.

    How do I fix this? Thanks
    Joe
     

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