Viewing TiVo Files on PC

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  1. larry5601

    larry5601 New Member

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    I have used TiVo Desktop 2.8.3 to move a couple of shows to my PC. When I try to play them through tivo desktop, windows media player opens but all I get is the sound no video. These are all OTA recorded show. Any ideas why I don't get video. My Tivo box is the Roamio OTA model.
     
  2. ajwees41

    ajwees41 Well-Known Member

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    try vlc I think you need mpeg2 decoder
     
  3. ThAbtO

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    The files are .TiVo encrypted .MPG. If you have Tivo Desktop installed, it should be able to play them. Otherwise, you would need to decode them with TivoDecode. Be sure not to use "Fastest Transfer" as it is a different format.
     
  4. larry5601

    larry5601 New Member

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    Where is the option for Fastest transfer. I don't see it but did not select it
     
  5. JoeKustra

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    File, Preferences. I think "fastest" is the default. The difference is explained somewhere on a forum. One is a .ts, one isn't. I can play the .TiVo files with 8.1 WMC. There's a link under the option, but it's not maintained, like Desktop.

    Check here: http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?p=10625672#post10625672
     
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2015
  6. larry5601

    larry5601 New Member

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    I did the transfer again with the fastest transfer box unchecked and restarted the application. I get the same results. With Windows media player all I get is sound. With VLC I don't get anything. It shows the title for a few seconds and then goes away. I am running windows 8.1 pro but I don't have windows media center
     
  7. waynomo

    waynomo My One Time

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    Download Windows Essential Codec pack. It's free and it will have the codecs you need to play .tivo files.

    If you want to go the tivodecode route, I would suggest downloading KMTTG. It contains tivodecode and is easy to use. It was developed by someone here
     
  8. ThAbtO

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    Don't you mean play MPEG2 files?
     
  9. waynomo

    waynomo My One Time

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    Not really. .tivo files are essentially MPEG-2 files, but they have a wrapper around them. I meant the .tivo files without decoding to straight MPEG-2. It is the same codec, but we want it to play .tivo files.
     
  10. larry5601

    larry5601 New Member

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    I downloaded the windows codex from cnet and installed it. With VLC I see a picture but it is not being decoded correctly. With windows media player I only hear sound no video
     
  11. waynomo

    waynomo My One Time

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    It used to play them in Windows 7. I think it lost the ability in Windows 8. (a bit fuzzy on the details of when) Hence the need for the codec. Decoding with tivodecode is an option, but I would still recommend doing it with KMTTG.
     
  12. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay TCF Club

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    VLC has their license pulled for AAC audio.
     
  13. waynomo

    waynomo My One Time

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    Who is your cable provider? What channel did you record the program from.

    Any chance what you downloaded is an MPEG-4/h.264 encoded?
     
  14. HerronScott

    HerronScott Well-Known Member

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    It would help to know which OS. Windows 8.x (without WMC) did not include the codecs to play MPEG2 files and even with DVD software installed, my PC would not play TiVo files with Windows Media Player and the free version of TiVo Desktop. I did find that my DVD software would play .TiVo files fine. Symptoms are similar as in just sound with WMP and no video. Same condition when I upgraded to Windows 10.

    Scott
     
  15. JoeKustra

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    That may be related. I am running Win 8.1 Pro with WMC. It's not, however, "enabled". The removal may have left pieces behind.
     
  16. ggieseke

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    It's horribly outdated, but try running TDCM (http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?t=395047).

    It will show you what codecs are currently being used for .TiVo files and let you test/select some alternatives.

    Personally, I think that $15 for Desktop Plus is more than worth it even if you can manage to get it working with 3rd-party codec packs that usually come with malware or adware bundled in...
     
  17. larry5601

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    I should be getting desktop plus on Monday. I will try again then
     
  18. larry5601

    larry5601 New Member

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    I am running windows 8.1 pro
     
  19. SNJpage1

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    There is a free program called Direct Show Dump. It will unwrap the .tivo files so you can play them on your PC and you can also transfer them back to the Tivo to play again on the TV.
     
  20. dianebrat

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    Not if the OP doesn't have an appropriate MPEG2 decoder, that's the point we're making.
     

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