TivoHD & Series3 MRV/TTG/TTCB: FAQ + Discussion

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by bkdtv, Oct 26, 2007.

  1. h00ligan

    h00ligan New Member

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    AFAIK - tivo encrypted files are mpeg 2 files with encryption. For mpeg 2, muxing and demuxing should be a pretty quick thing. If the encrytion is left in place, what is the tivo muxing? Wouldn't it be muxed at recording? Does anyone have a link to a tech faq about the process that occurs during recording / playback / transfer?

    If downloading from a web browser grabs the native file, i just don't understand how that is different than MRV?
     
  2. greg_burns

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    The audio and video are somehow separate on a Tivo. Hacked Tivo's pull them off in "ty" format. Downloading from a web browser does not grab this native file. It uses (presumably) the same http mechanism that TivoDesktop uses to download the file. (Both of which require the "muxing" to happen at that time.)
     
  3. h00ligan

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    thanks for the info!
     
  4. Finalrinse

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    If I purchase TiVo Desktop Plus 2.6 for one of my computers which I have with me on an extended business trip, can I then transfer the license to my main computer once I get home?
    Thanks
     
  5. GT1Boy

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    I'm not sure what the EULA for the software says, but Plus does work if it is installed on multiple PCs using the same key. You shouldn't have a problem with running it on either PC. The FAQ on Tivo's website doesn't answer that question or let you read the EULA before purchasing the software either.
     
  6. Finalrinse

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    Thanks, I just purchased it.
     
  7. greg_burns

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    Is this still true with TD 2.6? I am hearing reports of people having to register their PC with Tivo for Plus functionality. I haven't tried it yet myself.
     
  8. GT1Boy

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    It's true that you can only register one PC for the new folder publishing feature to automatically transfer videos to your TiVo, but all of the other Plus features from previous versions for Desktop Plus will work fine on multiple PCs.
    During installation if you already have publishing enabled on one PC, you will asked if you want to enable it for the new installation (thus disabling it on your other PC), or just install Plus without registering the new PC for folder publishing.
     
  9. tluxon

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    There's a YouTube video that's about 1hr15min long that my wife wanted to know if I could put on the TiVo for her to access as she has time. It's a flash video file at 320 x 240 resolution with a bitrate between 300 and 400 kbps. I used SUPER © to convert it to a VCD format MPEG and that worked fine, but with a bitrate of 1150 kbps it was a much larger file (somewhere in the neighborhood of 800 MB) than the original (a mere 178 MB).

    I understand TiVo will be updating the software soon which should permit playing of .flv files, but in the meantime what are some of the other format/resolution/bitrate optimizations I can use for such tasks to make the file as small as possible that the TiVo will still play?

    Thanks!
     
  10. HDTiVo

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    Anyone working on some decent data for transfer speeds with 9.3? Bkdtv?
     
  11. moyekj

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    9.3a seems to have made no difference for my S3s under typical conditions:
    S3->PC ~ 16 Mbps (100Mbps switch)
    S3->S3 ~ 29 Mbps (MOCA networking & 100Mbps switches)
    It will be interesting to see THD numbers as looks like they have improved quite dramatically. In one thread I saw ~ 18-19 Mbps type numbers for MRV with THD units.
     
  12. bkdtv

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    It looks like 9.3 improves TTG throughput on the TivoHD from 8.0-8.5 to 12Mbps typical.

    Others have also noted much improved MRV throughput with TivoHD -> TiVo Series3.
     
  13. HDTiVo

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    So far all the annecdotal comments I have seen have been about THD speed improvement (incl. THD to/from S3). Perhaps that is what they keyed on - it being the major problem... I wonder if we┬┤ll start to see some evidence of the THD actually being faster than the S3 in some situations.
     
  14. Dssturbo1

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    can you connect one S3 direct to one Tivo HD, just one straight ethernet cable between the two units, no other network switch/connection?
     
  15. bkdtv

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    You may be able to do that with a crossover cable, but you would have configure the network settings manually (since you won't have a DHCP server). I haven't tried that myself.
     
  16. greg_burns

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    Haven't tried it either, but won't both give themselves 169.254.x.x addresses? I've seen my S3 have an one like that before which I assume means it aware of link-local addressing.
     
  17. HDTiVo

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    I recall in the early days of MRV TiVo offered specific instructions for peer to peer connection via crossover cable. I would imagine that has not changed and applies to the S3s. I´ll bet the instructions are still in the MRV web pages on the subject at tivo.com.
     
  18. rspad53

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    Hey,
    I have had my tivohd since jan. 1. after an initial cable card issue it has worked fine until the past 2 weeks.
    My picture will totally freeze and then sound goes out. i also get some picture jitter sometimes when it is working.
    A power off/on will sometimes correct problem and sometimes i come back later and it is working. Changing channels does not help as they freeze right away also.
    I removed and reinstalled the cablevision cablecards many times (but never re ran guided setup). but still get the freeze ups.
    Now i noticed, based on the amount of stuff i have recorded, hd and sd. it adds up to close the maximum.
    Could an almost full drive cause this?
    Any help would be appreciated.
    Thanks in advance, Rich
     
  19. b_scott

    b_scott TiVo Fan

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    it's my understanding that the tivo menus are not in high resolution HD. at least it does not seem so to me. looks like the only thing that's in HD is the Tivo guy.

    is that correct?
     
  20. silentbob

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    I couldn't find an answer in this thread or elsewhere -- is it possible to capture and save a screenshot of HD playback on my laptop?

    I transferred some ESPN2HD content to my laptop using TTG. Playback looks awesome using Windows Media Player. I would like to save some paused high-resolution images but don't know how. One thing I tried was "PrtSc" and then pasting on MS Paint. Which seems to work at first. But if I try to save that image to a .bmp file, the WMP screen image disappears even though the overall screenshot of WMP remains? :confused:

    And if I convert the .tivo file to a video file using Direct Show Dump, then do a screen capture in a video editing program, the image quality deteriorates dramatically as expected.

    Is my only realistic option to take a digital photo of my laptop screen during the WMP playback?
     

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