Making PC into a REAL TIVO - what we all want

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by hef2k, Jan 18, 2005.

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    hef2k Guest

    Is there any SW that will allow me to record broadcast TV to the PC
    hard drive is a standard editable format and also enable the standard
    TIVO functions of pause/delay/burn to DVD/etc? I found that the Media
    Center PCs do not allow editing of the shows saved because the
    programming is saved on disk in a format for which we have no editor...
    hef2k, Jan 18, 2005
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    h2oski64 Guest


    If you have an ATI All-in-Wonder or Video Capture card, the ATI
    MultiMedia Center software has some TIVO like features and also records
    in any variety of formats (avi's, mpeg-1 and mpeg-2).
    h2oski64, Jan 18, 2005
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    JT Guest

    Is it particularly painful to simply buy a TiVo? The convenience of
    the purpose-designed, full time UI hasn't even been duplicated by
    stand-alone competition, much less a PC based system.

    TiVo hardware is more or less free, but while the stand-alone
    subscription is a nuisance, it's not the end of the world. And as you
    know, unless you've never been button-holed by a TiVo owner, there's
    something about owning one that will almost instantly affirm your
    decision. I even convinced the world's cheapest co-worker to buy one
    last year, and about two days later he was singing with the choir.

    TiVo, with the world's worst marketing, ought to lend them out for
    free for 90 days. I doubt they'd get many back.
    JT, Jan 19, 2005
  4. Cyberlink's PowerDirector and Nero Express will both allow editing of MS-DVR
    files with the ability to save as MPEG1, MPEG2 or AVI format.
    Cari \(MS-MVP\), Jan 19, 2005
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    Clive Savage Guest

    Clive Savage, Jan 20, 2005
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    Nomen Nescio Guest



    ATI's All-In-Wonder software does most of this.
    If the purpose is to be able to do VIDEO EDITING on the shows stored on the
    TiVo, it is much more painful than it truly needs to be.

    Without "hacking" the TiVo, you need to do an analog-to-digital (AD) conversion
    = "video capture" of a show in real time (slow) that involves quality loss.
    An addition problem is the lack of a "batch play", so if you have 30 shows
    you want to capture, it involves you manually starting each show and waiting,
    in real time, for it to be captured and then edited.

    The above is NOT conducive and PAINFUL to video-editing purposes.

    TiVos should have a fast/gigabit ethernet and a firewire connector on them
    that is user friendly for the video editor. Ideally to allow shows to be FTPed
    off, samba/nfs/hard drives to be shared, and this stuff should be accessible
    remotely via the internet/web server.

    In other words, TiVo should have ReplayTV's DVArchive (<>)
    functionality for it to be NON-PAINFUL for the video editor.

    We don't really want to turn a PC into a TIVO. We want to make the TIVO PC,
    video editor or network friendly.
    Nomen Nescio, Jan 20, 2005
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