Saving VideoReDo files to .TiVo format Errors

erj-drvr

New member
I tried to save the VideoReDo edited TiVo HD files back to a .TiVo format with VideoReDo and these files would not play in Windows Media Player with the error that the file format was not recognized. Also tried to transfer these files to the TiVo and the TiVo did not recognize the format.

My TiVo is the Series 4 / Premiere w/ SW ver 14.5
Laptop is a Core 2 duo p8600 w/ gb 4 ram, Win 7 pro/64bit, Win Media Player ver 12.0.7800
VideoRedo TVSuite Ver 3.1.5 564 Trial Version
 

dlflannery

Moderator
First, update to the latest version of TVSuite 3 **here**.

Load the .tivo file into VRD and hit ctrl-L. Click the "save to clipboard" button and paste the file info into a post here. Also do the same for the input file used to create the .Tivo file. Perhaps your video parameters are incompatible with the Premiere.

Generally speaking, converting to mpeg2 (.mpg) then using pyTiVo instead of TiVo Desktop is a better way to do what you're trying to do. VAP (link in signature) will automate the conversions and automatically generate a pyTiVo metadata file (if your input file has metadata).
 

erj-drvr

New member
Sorry been busy but thanks for the reply….I did update to VRD 3.20.1.597 and it solved an issue with MPEG-2 play back on the TiVo with Dolby Digital. But playing the MPEG-2 (ie transferring it back to the TiVo Premiere) I am still getting the audio/video skipping. Also the only reason I considered converting back to the TiVo format was thinking it might solve the skipping on play back issue. Additionally, when I convert back to the TiVo format the file will play using Win Media Player but the TiVo will not even recognize the file to transfer it back to the TiVo.

I also had similar some audio/video skipping during play back with VRD 3.1.5 564 when I would burn the MPEG-2 file to a DVD for play back in a PS3, but that problem was cured when upgraded to VRD 3.20.1.597.

Would VRD Beta 4 w/ h.264 help or not?? My laptop does have a Blu-Ray Burner so my long term goal is to archive these recordings in HD either in a MPEG, Blu-Ray DVD, or some other suggested format. Also would there be another format that would meet my goals and also play on the TiVo??

I am still a newbie when it comes to HD recording tech so thanks for your help!!


Raw un-edited TiVo Format:

File Name: C: \TiVo Movies\Storytellers - ''Kid Rock'' (Recorded Aug 8, 2010, PLDHD).TiVo
File Size: 7648246019 ( 7.12 GB )
Program Duration: 01:00:00.29
File Type: TiVo
Encoding: MPEG2
Video stream Id: xE0
Encoding Dimensions: 1920 x 1080
Display Size: 1920 x 1080
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Frame Rate: 29.97 FPS
Bit Rate: 25.000 Mbps
VBV_Buffer: 976 KB
Profile: Main/High
Progressive: Prog or Int
Chroma: 4:2:0
Audio Format: 2.0
Audio Stream Id: AC3: 0 (x80)
Audio Bit Rate: 384 Kbps
Audio Sampling Rate: 48000 Hz
TS Mux Rate (bps): -1


MPEG-2 format with commercials edited out:


File Name: C: \TiVo Movies\Storytellers - Kid Rock.mpg
File Size: 5795768320 ( 5.40 GB )
Program Duration: 00:43:00.18
File Type: PS - MPEG2
Encoding: MPEG2
Video stream Id: xE0
Encoding Dimensions: 1920 x 1080
Display Size: 1920 x 1080
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Frame Rate: 29.97 FPS
Bit Rate: 25.000 Mbps
VBV_Buffer: 976 KB
Profile: Main/High
Progressive: Prog or Int
Chroma: 4:2:0
Audio Format: 5.1
Audio Stream Id: AC3: 0 (x80)
Audio Bit Rate: 384 Kbps
Audio Sampling Rate: 48000 Hz
TS Mux Rate (bps): -1

Converted back to Tivo Format w/ commercials edited out

File Name: C: \TiVo Movies\Kid Rock-3.tivo
File Size: 6616865312 ( 6.16 GB )
Program Duration: 00:50:25.26
File Type: TiVo
Encoding: MPEG2
Video stream Id: xE0
Encoding Dimensions: 1920 x 1080
Display Size: 1920 x 1080
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Frame Rate: 29.97 FPS
Bit Rate: 25.000 Mbps
VBV_Buffer: 976 KB
Profile: Main/High
Progressive: Prog or Int
Chroma: 4:2:0
Audio Format: 5.1
Audio Stream Id: AC3: 0 (x80)
Audio Bit Rate: 384 Kbps
Audio Sampling Rate: 48000 Hz
TS Mux Rate (bps): -1
 

dlflannery

Moderator
Do these files play OK on your TiVo as recorded (no transferring, ttg, etc.)?

If you pull the .TiVo file (unaltered -- just as TTG transferred by Desktop) back to your TiVo via the Desktop server, does it play OK? (You may have to delete the original recorded file from the NPL list before doing this -- not sure.)

If there are problems in either case above, then all bets are off -- that recording has problems that cannot be blamed on VideoReDo.
 
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