Tivo File on PC Best to Basic Quality

Discussion in 'TiVo Home Media Features & TiVoToGo' started by sghogan, Feb 5, 2006.

  1. sghogan

    sghogan New Member

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    I have started saving programs to my PC for archiving and also to watch on my Wi-Fi connected Laptop. The files are being saved on my home "server".
    All of my planed recordings are in Basic mode and they play fine on my Wi-Fi connected Laptop.
    Sometimes I record something that I am watching and of course in records in Best.
    When I watch a Best recording the network can't keep up with the bitrate and it studders. Media player doesn't appear to buffer (When I pause transfer stops).
    Is there a utility that will convert Best to Basic. (Bitrates appear to be about 5.8 and 1.477 mbps). I checked into Videoredo but it doesn't convert.
    I really don't want to transfer the recording to the Laptop to watch.
    Or is there a player that will buffer. (Real does not appear to buffer either)
    I would prefer to convert since that will also save HD space.
     
  2. merrickw

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    For a good player for streaming content (and all other formats) I would say VideoLAN VLC player is your best shot.

    To change the quality/bitrate of the file you could try VirtualDub, choose Full Processing under Video, choose MPEG2 under compression, and set a lower bitrate. (I'm not an expert, but I think that's the general idea).

    You can find these program links, discussions, and guides at www.videohelp.com.

    Regards,
    MW
     
  3. sghogan

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    I installed Virtualdub. I can select Full Processing but I don't see a way to select MPEG2 or a bitrate.
    I installed Virtualdub-MPEG2 1.6.11

    Is that the correct version?
     
  4. greg_burns

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    I just looked on the same screen in VirtualDubMod, but I also don't see MPEG2 as a choice. I am also a VirtualDub noob. :)

    If you are going to go through the trouble of converting. Why not convert to MPEG4 format; DivX for example? That will save you a lot more disk space.

    DivX Converter is a snap to use. They are developing a free Dr. DivX 2 as well.

    http://labs.divx.com/
     
  5. sghogan

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    My main objective is to archive on my PC from Tivo and then at some point be able to replay on Tivo. I make DVD's when needed directly from Tivo on a DVD recorder.
    I assume that MPEG4 won't play on Tivo
     
  6. greg_burns

    greg_burns Now in HD

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    Yes, they won't play without yet another conversion.
     
  7. merrickw

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    You're right. I don't see an mpeg2 option under compression either. I encode to DivX, which is a much smaller file than mpeg2. Many DVD players now play DivX.

    You may need a tool like TMPGENC Xpress or Mainconcept MPEG encoder to create MPEG2.

    http://www.videohelp.com/tools?tool=621

    http://www.videohelp.com/tools?tool=Mainconcept_MPEG_Encoder
     
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  9. sghogan

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    My initial test says that Videora will work great. Lots of choices for MBPS
    Thanks
     

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