TTG on Mac, why no love?

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by A-1, Oct 23, 2007.

  1. Oct 23, 2007 #1 of 169
    A-1

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    Is anyone here using the Roxio software? Why is tivo giving Mac users no love and not giving us a Tivo Desktop that works with video?

    Yeah I know you can some what hack the Tivo Desktop for mac to put a video tab and your Mac in the Now playing list but you can't doing anything with it. No, transfers from Tivo to Mac, No Transfers from Mac to Tivo (or at least i have yet to find a video format that will show up Mpeg 2, 4,)
     
  2. Oct 23, 2007 #2 of 169
    Graymalkin

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    You can use TiVoDecode Manager (google for it) to download content from the TiVo to the Mac. I used it successfully today to download HD content from my TiVo HD. If you save in MPEG-2 format, you'll need something like VLC or Mplayer to play the file; if you save in MPEG-4 format, you can use QuickTime.
     
  3. Oct 23, 2007 #3 of 169
    A-1

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    Thanks installing it now, So i should use the MPEG-4 download setting?
     
  4. Oct 23, 2007 #4 of 169
    Graymalkin

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    Alas, I've only had the program for one day, so I don't know the optimal manual settings for MPEG-4. I used MPEG-2, which worked OK in VLC.
     
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    SullyND

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    TDM is one of my favorite programs I only wish there were a PC version which worked as well and simply.
     
  6. Oct 23, 2007 #6 of 169
    minckster

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    For TiVoToComeback (transfers of video from your Mac to your TiVo), I use VisualHub ($23.32). It has a TiVo-preset for converting anything it can handle into an MPEG-2 for Series2 TiVos. I'd assume that they'll update the TiVo-preset soon for today's release of TTCB for Series3 and TiVoHD. VisualHub at VersionTracker. You could also try MPEG Streamclip (free). Can anyone suggest a better free alternative?

    Make sure to check your TiVo Recordings folder for the .properties file for each MPEG-2 you want to transfer to your TiVo. You can create your own Title and Description for each recording, which will appear on your TiVo. (Stop and restart TiVo Desktop to force the .properties file to appear. Stop and restart it again to force the TiVo to recognize your edits.)

    I think the D-I-Y environment for TTG and TTCB is better on Macs than Windows.
     
  7. Oct 23, 2007 #7 of 169
    hearncl

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    I just successfully used Visual Hub to upload a movie from my Mac to a Series 3, so it doesn't just work for the Series 2. It seems to have preserved the wide-screen format of the movie, but I haven't had a chance to judge its quality on the S3.

    That's good news that TiVoDecode Manager works with the Series 3--I hadn't even tried it, since I assumed it only worked with the Series 2. I'm downloading a show to my Mac now.
     
  8. Oct 23, 2007 #8 of 169
    A-1

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    Having some issues with the TivoDecode Manager

    It connects i can see all my shows and movies but when i select download and decode it starts and stops about 4 times and then stops completely leaving a 0.0mb file in the mac directory selected for tivo downloads.

    Has anyone else seen this?


    BTW here is the link for the TivoDecode Manager
    http://tdm.sourceforge.net/
     
  9. Oct 23, 2007 #9 of 169
    tlrowley

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    I'm having exactly the same problem with Tivo Decode Manager (on all the programs I've tried), but only if I'm trying to do the conversion to Mpeg-4. I have successfully downloaded in Mpeg-2 format, and I'm very grateful for that, but I'd be even happier (shareware $$ happy) if I could get the conversions working automatically.

    Tracey
     
  10. Oct 23, 2007 #10 of 169
    Neenahboy

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    Having exactly the same issue right now. Off to see if mine is the latest version.

    EDIT: And it is. Damn. :(
     
  11. Oct 23, 2007 #11 of 169
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    Confirmed for me Mpeg-2 native works
     
  12. Oct 23, 2007 #12 of 169
    Bierboy

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    I can't get it to work it all....I've confirmed my IP address and MAK number but no love...any tips for help? Says "TiVo Decode Manager could not communicate with your TiVo. Please make sure your IP address and Media Access are correct and try again." I have and it still doesn't work. Is there some other setting on my TiVo I'm missing?
     
  13. Oct 23, 2007 #13 of 169
    oldskoolboarder

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    If you get something on your Mac, you can always use ffmpegx to transcode. GREAT program.
     
  14. Oct 23, 2007 #14 of 169
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    In your browser put the tivo ip address in and connect to you tivo. then try the TDM again.


    Update on my issue: Mpeg2 native did download but QT would not play it :(
     
  15. Oct 23, 2007 #15 of 169
    hearncl

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    I transferred an episode of CSI from the Series 3 to my Mac using the Mpeg-2 setting. Download size reported by TiVoDecode Manager was 8.27 GB. File size on the Mac was 7.72 GB. The transferred file opened in QuickTime (perhaps because I have QuickTime Pro enabled?) but with no audio. It opened and played with audio in VLC. It appears to be full resolution. Tomorrow I'll try Visual Hub to convert the Mpeg-2 to another format.

    For those that can't connect with TiVoDecode Manager, could there be a port in your firewall (Sharing Preference) that needs to be opened?
     
  16. Oct 23, 2007 #16 of 169
    Bierboy

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    Does Internet Sharing need to be enabled (over Ethernet)? Mine is not.
     
  17. Oct 23, 2007 #17 of 169
    Graymalkin

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    The Read Me file said QT can't play MPEG-2 native files.

    If it can't create MPEG-4 custom files, then it's less useful than I had hoped. Then again, I haven't paid anything for it, like I did for Toast 8.
     
  18. Oct 23, 2007 #18 of 169
    A-1

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    VLC plays tivo files downloaded by Tivodecode Manager http://www.videolan.org/vlc/

    So to update TivoDecode Manager will pull them in Mpeg-2 only... VLC will play them perfectly and ffmpegx will code your Mac movies/videos to be pushed to the tivo via the tivo desktop with the attached hack to place your computer in the now playing section.
     

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  19. Oct 23, 2007 #19 of 169
    Graymalkin

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    I had some audio problems with playing a MPEG-2 file in VLC -- but that easily could have been a problem with that particular program.
     
  20. Oct 23, 2007 #20 of 169
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    This is awesome i have taken many of the Mass Effect videos (upcoming Xbox game) from my Mac used ffmpegx to code them to DVDmpeg2 and then using the Tivo desktop with the Toggle Tivo Video Sharing Hack transfered them to my S3 and they look awesome and sound great..better than when they were on my mac. As the were in transfer they the process acted just as if i Unboxed from Amazon... :D

    Oh how I am going to have fun playing with this.
     

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