Watch video w/o Windows Media Player?

Discussion in 'TiVo Home Media Features & TiVoToGo' started by bobdrad, Sep 14, 2007.

  1. bobdrad

    bobdrad New Member

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    It's frustrating watching Tivo Desktop recordings from WMP - it doesn't allow fast foward or rewind, for instance. Features that make the Tivo so valuable...

    Is there any alternative media player that we can use (preferably freeware)? What are the requirements for an alternative player?

    Thanks!
     
  2. jkalnin

    jkalnin Baad Spellor

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    try VLC Media Player
     
  3. bobdrad

    bobdrad New Member

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    Thanks. But I get no audio or video with VLC when it opens the file. It shows the right length and the counter is running but that's it. The Messages window streams error messages like "libmpeg2 warning: invalid picture encountered".

    Have you actually gotten this to work? I don't see anything helpful on the VLC support forums (just other people running into the same issue)...

    Appreciate the tips,
    Bob
     
  4. classicsat

    classicsat Astute User

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    Try MediaPlayerClasssic.
     
  5. rambler

    rambler Member

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    KMPlayer.
     
  6. bobdrad

    bobdrad New Member

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    Have either MediaPlayerClassic or KM Player been actually used with Tivo Desktop downloads? VLC hasn't. The downloads won't work with many standard media players for some reason...
     
  7. mrjam2jab

    mrjam2jab Still Learning

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    I'm having issues also...VLC doesnt work for my TD stuff...KM is a new one for me...i'll have to try that...
     
  8. rambler

    rambler Member

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    Yes, I use KMPlayer with actual Tivo recordings I pull over to my PC. One of the skins has a better fast forward system than the default player too - it's called Pure+.
     
  9. mrjam2jab

    mrjam2jab Still Learning

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    Nope...KM doesnt work for me either...

    I dont wanna hijack this thread...i have another thread on my problem
     
  10. bobdrad

    bobdrad New Member

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    KM plays the video just fine for me, thanks. I even downloaded the PurePlus skin.
    But even it won't fast-forward. It has a "next" button that doesn't seem to do
    anything. Am I doing something wrong? I can't find a fast-forward function in the playback menu either?

    Oh, by the way, I researched MediaPlayerClassic also, but chose KM over it. MPC has two drawbacks - you have to use an old version to work with Tivo, and nobody seems to be actively developing it, unlike KM which seems to be under heavy development.

    So what's up with FF? Is there some technological problem that prevents use of FF (like maybe it's decoding/streaming while I'm watching so that I can't FF to the undecoded portion yet)?
     
  11. Tobashadow

    Tobashadow Read over there --->

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    Google the following

    Direct Show Dump Utility
     

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