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By: Jeff Fried

Tue, 10 Jun 2008 00:32:34 +0000

I'm sorry, what i sent you was a shell script. If you place both of those lines into a single file then you can execute it. Assuming you name the script file ~/bin/tivo2mpeg, you "chmod +x ~/bin/tivo2mpeg, and you have a tivo file called ~/tivo_files/gilligans_island.tivo, then you could execute ~/bin/tivo2mpeg ~/tivo_files/gilligans_island and the script will produce ~/tivo_files/gilligans_island.mpeg. I use the shell script to ease my typing burden. That said it appears that the command you are running is already correct. Have you had any successful conversions or has more than one failed in the same way, ie., no sound? Have you run the .mpeg file in the latest version of VLC? ... jeff

By: Julia Noble

Mon, 09 Jun 2008 18:24:45 +0000

Oops, one YEAR on the diet in early July, that is.

By: Julia Noble

Mon, 09 Jun 2008 18:21:05 +0000

Jeff, thanks for the idea, but I'm a bit confused - the command I'm using right now (once I get into the right directory) is: tivodecode -v -m 7566898576 -o ~/Desktop/Moonlight_Fated_to_Pretend.mpeg ~/Desktop/HD_Files/Moonlight_Fated_to_Pretend.TiVo ...which results in the aforementioned video-perfect, audio-absent mpegs. The command you provided has me a bit confused (I haven't done command line stuff since red hat back in 2002) - what does the "#!" mean - ie what should I be subbing in there? Also, the "bin/sh /usr/local/bin/" seems to indicate commands to access the directory containing the program, but I'm already IN the directory so I don't really need any case, when I plug in your command leaving the #! but changing the file names and locations of the .tivo and .mpeg files, I get NO RESPONSE AT ALL. I hit return and it just gives me a new command line. Nothing happens. When I sub in 'jnoble' for '#!' (that being my root directory), I get the error 'No such file or directory'. But if I strip away all the commands to access the directory containing tivodecode, then the command remaining is the one I have been using anyway, which results in defective files. In short I am very very confused! Dave - Thanks for all your help in this matter and that link , I'm gonna check it out. While browsing the TiVo comm forums (which have all these disclaimers stating no decoding discussion is allowed due to DMRA, and yet such discussion is rampant, lol), it seemed that most mac users were using TivoDecode Manager, which is basically toast 9/TivoTransfer + tivodecode combined in a one step process (it even states it uses the same tivodecode algorithm!). I sort of didn't want to go that way because it frustrates me that I can't get this command line stuff to work, on principle, but I was getting desperate and also simply curious. So I dl'ed and installed it, and VOILA, it works perfectly! And it IS actually nicer and simpler having it be a streamlined process, with the file being decoded to mpeg AS it is being transferred from my tivo (and taking up less disk space too as a result). So a solution has been found, and I'm pretty happy, but still stumped about the unix stuff and my own incompetence/ignorance in that arena. I'm so glad the diet piqued your interest. I'm obv a huge fan and it's been amazing for me. It'll be one month in early July! I'll get back to your comments there in a bit. :)

By: Dave Zatz

Sun, 08 Jun 2008 20:27:17 +0000

Julia, try this instead - it's visual and hopefully preconfigured with the correct settings: And thanks for turning me on to the diet - researching it now. Binging on alternate days is right up my alley. ;)

By: Jeff Fried

Sun, 08 Jun 2008 19:35:21 +0000

I have been using tivodecode in a shell script to convert my TIVO to MPEG2. #!/bin/sh /usr/local/bin/tivodecode -m 123456789 -o "${1}.mpeg" "${1}.TiVo" The resulting file will run on my Mac. When I want to put the video onto my ipod or write it to dvd i use visualhub (shareware from to convert it to mp4. Everything appears to be working correctly. Don't forget that Toast provides the "real" tivo2go but you must pay them for it. The result is mp4.

By: Julia Noble

Sun, 08 Jun 2008 14:46:54 +0000

This is the first time I have ever converted from .tivo to .mpeg, so no. I just converted the other .tivo file I have on my hard drive and that too is audioless, so it does not appear to be file-specific. Again, the .tivo files play perfectly. Unfortunately, I have zero Perl knowledge and I'm somehow more competent in Linux than Windows (???). Plus that program does a lot of stuff I don't need, like transfer the files from my TiVo, which I have no problem doing. ALL I want to do is convert the files to functional mpegs. :(

By: Dave Zatz

Sun, 08 Jun 2008 14:16:53 +0000

Did you ever get audio, or is this a recent problem? FYI DirectShow Dump is very old - there are more modern PC methods (utilizing tivodecode). Here's one: