Mplayer and mencoder for Linux.
Don't even think about using a different player/encoder.
Now you're ready to install the extraction and encoding scripts and programs.
First grab this
handy tarball which contains all the programs and scripts you'll
need on the Tivo and your Linux box.
Basic instructions, copy things to these places:
On the tivo, run: mkdir /var/hack/mfs and copy these files to their
mfs_stream -> tivo:/var/hack/mfs/mfs_stream
readme.txt -> tivo:/var/hack/mfs/readme.txt
tyhttpd -> tivo:/var/hack/mfs/tyhttpd
mfsstream.cfg -> tivo:/var/hack/tivoweb-tcl/modules/mfsstream.cfg
mfsstream.itcl -> tivo:/var/hack/tivoweb-tcl/modules/mfsstream.itcl
mfscat.cfg -> tivo:/var/hack/tivoweb-tcl/modules/mfscat.cfg
mfscat.itcl -> tivo:/var/hack/tivoweb-tcl/modules/mfscat.itcl
Edit mfsstream.cfg, mfscat.cfg, make sure they know the correct path
to the mfs_stream binary.
Run the tyhttpd (it will serve out the MFS streams) like this:
/var/hack/mfs/tyhttpd 2000 2 & (2000 is the port, 2 is the # of httpds)
Restart your tivoweb. Make sure mfs stream menu option shows up (ignore the
MFS cat module for now, it's just MFS stream with the HTML stripped out,
for scripting grabs from the tivo), and make sure when you click on the
stream name, your browser tries to download a .ty file.
You can actually
play the .ty files directly, and transcode them directly to other formats
using "Tivo mplayer" (and mencoder) from
http://tivo-mplayer.sourceforge.net/ and if that doesn't tickle your
tivo, you can even play/transcode streams directly from the tivo without
downloading the .ty file (see
vstreamer). But let's get back to basics for now.
Now, on the linux side...this is how to work with the script my pal Bob
made, it's a good starting point and his script has many cool features
plus is really easy to use. It knows which shows you've already downloaded
and encoded, and won't step on its own toes even if you're furiously
running it from cron.
Now install the Linux binaries and scripts:
*.sh, vsplitmux2c -> /usr/local/wherever
Make sure you can pull the "stored programs" list off the tivo:
curl http://tivo/mfscat > ~/tv.list
Edit grabber.sh, encoder.sh, convertmpg.sh to set the paths for where
on the filesystem you want your streaming/encoding to happen.
...will grab all the simpsons and convert to standard MPEG2 video,
playable with mplayer etc, or if you want to make a DVD.
...will run through all recent grabs and encode them to MPEG4 at
400x300 resolution. You'll want to edit the cropping to match your
TIVO, and you may want a different resolution/bitrate. With my
(analog) cable-TV, I tend to record at "Best Quality" on the tivo.
A dtivo (Direct-TV tivo unit) is best because the MPEG-2 stream comes
through to you without recompression.
After running the grabber and the encoder, you will end up with nicely
encoded (and I mean nicely!) MPEG4 video files with decent categorization
in your output directory:
Assignment Discovery-Blue Planet: Seas of Life: Frozen Seas.avi
Assignment Discovery-Blue Planet: Seas of Life: Seasonal Seas.avi
Star Trek-Elaan of Troyius.avi
Star Trek-The Enterprise Incident.avi
Star Trek-The Gamesters of Triskelion.avi
The Simpsons-Brake My Wife, Please.avi
The Simpsons-Grandpa vs. Sexual Inadequacy.avi
The Simpsons-Marge in Chains.avi
The Simpsons-Mother Simpson.avi
The Simpsons-The Strong Arms of the Ma.avi
Contrary to what you might have heard, editing commercials out of MPEG4
AVI files on Linux is a piece of cake.
Get a copy of winex, I use version 2.2b which is old but works fine.
Download and install the Most recent DIVX codec for Windows on your Linux box using winex.
Download and install VirtualDub for Windows on your Linux box using winex.
Run VirtualDub with /usr/bin/winex "C:\\Program Files\\VirtualDub\\VirtualDub.exe" and make
sure you select "direct stream copy" in the "options" menu or else VD will
try to re-encode your video stream which will make you sad.
Tip: hold down shift when you use the drag-bar in VD and it will snap
to keyframes. VD will cut on
keyframes and your video will look awesome.
Big ups to my secret h4x0r pal "B0b" from the UK for his hard core scripts
and tivo hacking skillz.