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Old 04-29-2007, 08:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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It's not a one step solution and it's not automatic but unlike other solutions I have played with, it seems to offer the following:

1- Great video
2- The controls work while the video is playing
3- So far it seems reliable (other methods worked sometimes and not others)


Here is what I am doing:

1- I use DirectShowDump to basically convert the .tivo file to a normal video file without all the protection garbage that makes it tough to deal with .tivo files in almost every video application. One other thing to note, it takes VERY little time to do this part of the process, very large video files are converted in minutes.

2- I then use this slick program Blackberry Video Converter which seems to be a front end to mencoder


This is a free and reliable solution as far as I can tell so far.

DirectShowDump can be setup to "Watch" the directory where you store your tivo files from TivoDesktop and automatically convert them. This eliminates the need to do step one manually.

I hope this solution helps some others, I have spent a lot of time searching and testing different applications out there and for me at least, this solution rocks.
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Old 04-29-2007, 10:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have a new movie for the pearl converted, if anyone wants it...just pin me
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It's not a one step solution and it's not automatic but unlike other solutions I have played with, it seems to offer the following:

1- Great video
2- The controls work while the video is playing
3- So far it seems reliable (other methods worked sometimes and not others)


Here is what I am doing:

1- I use DirectShowDump to basically convert the .tivo file to a normal video file without all the protection garbage that makes it tough to deal with .tivo files in almost every video application. One other thing to note, it takes VERY little time to do this part of the process, very large video files are converted in minutes.

2- I then use this slick program Blackberry Video Converter which seems to be a front end to mencoder


This is a free and reliable solution as far as I can tell so far.

DirectShowDump can be setup to "Watch" the directory where you store your tivo files from TivoDesktop and automatically convert them. This eliminates the need to do step one manually.

I hope this solution helps some others, I have spent a lot of time searching and testing different applications out there and for me at least, this solution rocks.
So what have I missed? I can't get the Direct Show Dump to recognize the .tivo file.
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TiVo desktop has to be installed or directshowdump won't recognize the .tivo filetype.

I'd like to add that there's also a program out called something like TiVo decoder that does the same thing. Personally I like it better, but it is command line only, so if you're looking for a gui stick to directshowdump.
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This looks cool I will have to give it a try
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Thanks for the help H Bomb. Works well!!!!!
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How large are the files you end up with by the time you are transferring them to your BB? I'm curious what to expect in file size for say an hour of video.
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I've been using the same system in order to upload my video files now as well but there has got to be a better way to convert multiple files at one time? Media manager won't do it with the Direct Show output files so either I need to find a way to get media manager to allow it or another program to do multiple and quality mencoder tasks successively so I don't have to walk back to my comp every few minutes...
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