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If you plan on putting this on a NAS, be aware that you will not want to do any transcoding there. The processor is not up to it.
Yes, exactly, which is why i was asking if it needed VLC to work. Over at the readynas forums, Mr. Cello got pytivo to work somewhat, but ideally you don't want to run things like ffmpeg, vlc, etc.

Ideally i'd like it to just be able to stream mpeg2/mpeg4 files.
 

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VLC is only needed for a) transcoding, and/or b) handling stream sources other than http. MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 files -- either local or remote -- can be streamed over http without VLC.
Ok great. Will it run properly if VLC is not present? would/could there be a config flag that could say VLC not present so don't try and use it?
 

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VLC is only needed for a) transcoding, and/or b) handling stream sources other than http. MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 files -- either local or remote -- can be streamed over http without VLC.
One more noob question. When streaming http sources, is there a particular format for the web page/site for tivo to stream it? I mean if you pointed tivo at a http based directory listing and clicked on a file, would it stream or is that something different? Sorry i'm not familiar with HME spec and what it can/can't do.

thanks again William
 

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No, the TiVo can't parse web pages or directory lists. You'd have to point it directly at an .mpg or .mp4 file.

For files on your local drive, you just specify the share like so:

[Movies]
dir=/your/files/here

HME/VLC will turn that into menus for you to navigate.
got it. thanks. I did get it to work with some local files. It looks pretty good on SD files. But alas i tried it on some mkv files that are HD x.264 and AC3, but very few worked, many crashed vlc. Although I can see them fine if i play them in VLC so thats a bit odd. Also the quality of the video is less than stellar, is there ways to tweak the quality setting on vlc when it transcodes?
 
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