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  1. Doug Blair

    Toast 12 And 11 Differences

    Does Toast 12 include the TiVo Transfer under Extras? And, if so, does this version of TiVo Transfer communicate with the TiVo Roamio series? I had used Toast 8-9-10-11 and TiVo Transfer successfully with other TiVo models, but when the TiVo Roamio came out the advertising said it was compatible but in practice the Roxio tech support group eventually reported that the Roamio is not supported by the version of TiVo Transfer supplied with Toast 11.
  2. Just a little follow-up here. Roxio support (which they have apparently outsourced to Corel) responded to me that TiVo Transfer just doesn't support the Roamio models. Support case # 01844804 Doug Blair, TiVo Transfer currently does not contain the necessary code to recognize your TiVo Roamio box. We have forwarded this concern to our Engineering department. Our apologies for the inconvenience. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any further questions. Regards, (name removed) Corel Customer Support Services So I think we will need to wait for a change in the product from Roxio. I assume they will post it in this forum when it is updated. I might not notice if TiVo Transfer changes. The kmttg source forge software mentioned by nahtanoj does accomplish pretty much the same task (and a lot more!), but it does require some fiddling around to configure all the options. I've been using it for several weeks with the Roamio without any issues. Doug
  3. The main reason I have Toast is to use the TiVo Transfer app to move shows from my TiVo to my Mac. I now have two TiVo's plugged into the same router on the same subnet on the same network, but one doesn't show in the devices section of the TiVo Transfer app. I have had several chats with TiVo support, and following their instructions I have power cycled and forced connections to the TiVo service to be sure that all the TiVo's have loaded their configurations properly. Since the older TiVo HD is visible I am reasonably sure all the ports and protocols that should be allowed on the network are in fact allowed and working. Has anyone else experienced this symptom either with a new TiVo or specifically with the Roamio Pro yet? Doug
  4. Doug Blair

    Tivo Transfer 2.0 Frequent Pause, Slow Transfer Speed, Pinwheel

    I have done a little more exploring with the help of a preferences setter app (called Preferences Setter, don'cha know?). In the file located at /Users/<username>/Library/Preferences/com.tivo.desktop.plist there are about a dozen preference settings, and the second from the top is a database that keeps track of all the shows which have been transferred. You could just delete this file and then it's ;ike starting over - enter your MAC key and all the auto-transfer shows manually, but I didn't want to do that. Instead I just deleted that second key completely and VOILA! Now the TiVo Transfer responds quickly, with no delays after every click. The com.tivo.desktop.plist file shrank from > megabytes to about 64k only. Of course, it has no memory of what has been transferred before, so I have spent the past hour or so canceling about 500 shows from being transferred (did I mention my TiVo has an extra TB drive?). There is also the fact that when an episode is recorded a second time I will transfer needlessly in the future, but this is a more acceptable condition than waiting several minutes to organize my new shows each morning. thanks for taking a shot at fixing this... Doug
  5. Doug Blair

    Tivo Transfer 2.0 Frequent Pause, Slow Transfer Speed, Pinwheel

    I guess I should have been more specific. After a .TiVo file is transferred, I move it to a different directory on a different hard drive, and I, like you, process it so that it is an .mpg file which i can stream to my Apple TV at full resolution. The TiVo Transfer program can no longer see these files and does not show them in the list of programs. However, TiVo Transfer must maintain a list of the episodes that it has downloaded in the past somewhere. That's how it knows not to transfer an episode of a series which has already been transferred but which has been recorded on the TiVo a second time. My suspicion is that this list is (obviously) stored in a file somewhere and that it has become so large that there is not enough room in the TiVo Transfer app to process it rapidly. There might be something else which is causing the pinwheel after every click, scroll, row select or button press, but I cannot account for it. In other apps I have encountered this sort of behavior with "garbage collection" (freeing up memory which has been used to store data that is no longer needed). If that is the cause perhaps it could be addressed by changing the amount of memory allocated to TiVo Transfer. It might also be addressed by removing some of the historic data about which episodes have been transferred. Either way I need to know more about how the data is stored and/or how the memory used is configured... Doug
  6. Doug Blair

    Tivo Transfer 2.0 Frequent Pause, Slow Transfer Speed, Pinwheel

    All but the most recently transferred shows are normally moved to other folders. the only recordings Tivo Transfer should be able to see are those in the destination folder. There must be, however, a list of the previously transferred shows (the names of the shows and episodes - not the actual .TiVo files) somewhere...
  7. For several years I have been using TiVo Transfer 2.x on my Mac Mini (Server) to archive my favorite shows. Over the past few months I have noticed that I get the busy cursor (rainbow pinwheel) more and more frequently. It seems to happen after every click of a new show in the app, or after I click the transfer button, and the wheel spins about about 30-40 seconds before I can click something else. The overall transfer speed also appears to be declining, with the TiVo Transfer app now taking as long as 2 hours to transfer a 30 minute show (a 600 meg file). This used to take less time to transfer than to watch. If I watch network traffic there are a few seconds of normal looking activity, then about a half minute of next to nothing, then another spike. What I THINK is going on is that every time I click or scroll the app re-evaluates the list of previously transferred shows, which has been steadily growing and now has a couple thousand episodes stored in archive space. I don't think any of the other parameters have changed - same hardware, same version of transfer (which hasn't been updated significantly even if Toast has been), same TiVo, same network. Has anyone else run into this issue? Is there a way I can trim the list of previously recorded shows, or allocate more memory to the process so that it doesn't do this garbage collection as often? Thanks! Doug
  8. For several years I have been using TiVo Transfer 2.x on my Mac Mini (Server) to archive my favorite shows. Over the past few months I have noticed that I get the busy cursor (rainbow pinwheel) more and more frequently. It seems to happen after every click of a new show in the app, or after I click the transfer button, and the wheel spins about about 30-40 seconds before I can click something else. The overall transfer speed also appears to be declining, with the TiVo Transfer app now taking as long as 2 hours to transfer a 30 minute show (a 600 meg file). This used to take less time to transfer than to watch. If I watch network traffic there are a few seconds of normal looking activity, then about a half minute of next to nothing, then another spike. What I THINK is going on is that every time I click or scroll the app re-evaluates the list of previously transferred shows, which has been steadily growing and now has a couple thousand episodes stored in archive space. I don't think any of the other parameters have changed - same hardware, same version of transfer (which hasn't been updated significantly even if Toast has been), same TiVo, same network. Has anyone else run into this issue? Is there a way I can trim the list of previously recorded shows, or allocate more memory to the process so that it doesn't do this garbage collection as often? Thanks! Doug
  9. Doug Blair

    TiVo Transfer beta 3 bug reports

    Here are some things I have observed after a day of using the third beta release of TiVo Transfer. TiVo Transfer BETA 3 is installed on a MacBook Pro (late 2008 - solid aluminum body) running current Snow Leopard (10.6.1), and my TiVo is a dual cable card TiVo HD, cable provider is Wide Open West (WOW) in the northwest Chicago suburbs. 1- FIXED in beta 3 THANK YOU! More than 128 programs are shown in DVR view TiVo suggestions programs appear in DVR view (because more than 128 programs now appear) File handles closed correctly after transfer. Shows can be moved to another file system without error while beta 3 is still running Excessive logging turned off Forward slash in program file names replaced with underscore character 2- In the Active Transfers panel some 30 minute shows appear with a size of 114 Mb, even though the actual file size is around 662 Mb. When you click on such a show the duration (at the top) displays as zero seconds. When transferring such a show the progress bar shows "550 Mb of 662 MB - XX minutes remaining" even though the size column contains 114 Mb. Beta 3 crashed when this transfer completed, Crash log sent to patatrox in PM. EDITz - this sympton also observed with 1 hour shows and a size of about 230 Mb. EDIT: When a show for which an auto-transfer is enabled is being recorded on the TiVo and encountered during a now playing refresh, an entry in active transfers is made with the size of the file at the time it is first encountered (e.g. ~ 150 Mb if this happens 10 minutes into the show). This entry is NOT updated as the file grows in size over the rest of the show, but it does take its place in the queu of shows to be transferred. When the show is transferred the size of the file exceeds the amount shown in the size column. Beta 3 crashes when it tries to create the NEXT show file. I have observed this happen when the Active Transfers view is disp;layed, but do not yet know if it happens if a different view is displayed. EDIT: if you find a program in active transfers with the wrong size column, stop the transfer before it begins transferring the file. If an auto transfer is enabled beta 3 will re-add the dropped program at the end of the queue with a larger file size. If the show has been fully recorded the file size will be accurate and the show will transfer without crashing Beta 3. EDIT: This function would work correctly if you do don't add a show to active transfers until it has completely finished recording. That was, I think, the version 1 behavior. 3- The progress bar in the status column on the active transfers view recalculates the time remaining every second and appears to use too small an interval to determine the average speed. Consequently the time remaining fluctuates over a wide range. When beta 3 transfers a 660 Mb file the time remaining showed 11 minutes, 2 hours and 15 minutes, 8 minutes, 9 minutes, 23 minutes, 8 minutes, 1 hour and 45 minutes, etc. The longer times appear to happen around the same time that Beta 3 is refreshing the DVR view program list. A better behavior would be to use speed over the past 10 or 15 seconds to estimate the total time remaining. 4- The active transfers View menu, but the View Options menu item is always disabled and command-J does not work. The duration, size and channel columns cannot be resized or hidden. 4a- Suggestion, not a bug: reading the entire program description on a single line really isn't possible on my 15" MacBook Pro screen. It would be nice to have an option which would allow that long description to word-wrap into multiple lines in the Description column. 5- I have experienced two more Beta 3 crashes after the first, both of these with EXC_BAD_ACCESS (SIGBUS) as the exception type and KERN_PROTECTION_FAILURE as the exception code. I do not know what happened with the first one (I slept through it last night!), but with the second I had left the Active Transfers view displayed an a show was starting to transfer (0 of 660 Mb) but no file had yet been created in TiVo Recordings. Will send both crash files if you want. 6- This is just an observation for those who have a lot of programs on their TiVo, and have tested beta 1 or beta 2. The first time you start beta 3 the programs which were not displayed because of beta 2's 128-program limit will now be visible, and your auto-transfers will attempt to catch up on auto transfers that were missed Doug
  10. Doug Blair

    Series 3 tivos Toast 9 and nothing working

    This sounds like your TiVo Transfer is filtering the shows you see by the contents of the search box at the upper right. There is some discussion elsewhere in this thread about deleting or renaming the old property list file which may provide some help, but be sure to save a copy so you can restore the file if that doesn't help. When it shows you a few programs after you type in a few letters in the search, what happens when you hit the X to clear out the search?
  11. Doug Blair

    Tivo Transfer BETA 2 bug reports

    Uh... can't start TiVo Transfer version 1 under Snow Leopard. Kinda how we got started in all this. So.. I dunno :-) EDIT: sent you the crash log in PM, let me know if you want it posted here for bug tracking. IDEA: Subscribe to a couple of internet feeds like the NY Times or Onion News Network to get your count of shows above 128 quickly. The missing TiVo suggestions might just be due to the fact that they are at the end of the list and the list is truncated. New item: 9- When a show for which there is an auto transfer enabled starts recording on the TiVo, BETA2 drops a small 4kb file into the TiVo Recordings directory. If all the pending transfer shows are completely transferred before the new show is fully recorded, the show is never transferred and the 4kb file is left behind. I found three of these this morning with timestamps of just a minute or two after the start of the show (possibly side effect of the frequent refresh). I think this only happens when the auto-transfer show is the only thing in the transfer queue. If there are longer transfers in progress (for example an HDNET movie) and the new show is shorter than the time it takes to transfer the movie, the new show is transferred successfully after the movie completes. Will try to send you a smple of one of these files in PM. 10- This is more of a suggestion, really: special characters like a colon are replaced by a forward slash in BETA2's filenames. Since the forward slash is also a directory separator in Unix-style path names, this is probably not a good idea. Getting the special characters out of anything that could ever appear on a command line is a very safe thing to do, but the Transfer 1 behavior of replacing these with an underscore is a better behavior. Doug
  12. Doug Blair

    Tivo Transfer BETA 2 bug reports

    Here are some things I have observed after a couple days of using the second beta release of TiVo Transfer. TiVo Transfer BETA 2 is installed on a MacBook Pro (late 2008 - solid aluminum body) running current Snow Leopard (10.6.1), and my TiVo is a dual cable card TiVo HD, cable provider is Wide Open West (WOW) in the northwest Chicago suburbs. 1- This version is more stable than the first BETA. The first one crashed every few hours of use - BETA 2 still crashes occasionally but not as often 2- The console.app shows that BETA2 is refreshing the list of shows on my TiVo every minute. I have a lot of shows, and so this means my console.app tail of the console log includes the fact that the process (tivo transfer process ID) has exceeded more than 500 messages per second and some of the messages are dropped. In this log there are frequent duplicate entries. This could be due to the fact this this is a beta, not sure if this happened with the old TiVo Transfer app. Every minute does seem more frequent than necessary, though. When BETA 2 is refreshing the list of shows, the spinner on the Active Transfers line stops. 3- BETA2 shows only the first 128 shows. Also reported for BETA 1 4- After transfer to my Mac the TiVo Transfer does not close the file properly. Symptom is that if you try to move the .TiVo file to another file system (for example, a USB drive mounted on my Time Capsule router) the move operation will error out when the move routine tries to remove the original, saying that the original file is still in use. You can COPY the file to the other drive, but not MOVE it. After you copy it, you can move it to the local trash, but you cannot empty the trash because the file is still in use. If the TiVo Transfer app is closed or crashes, the file handle is released and you can then empty the trash successfully. 5- The format column contains no data on the DVR listing. The channel column always contains "n/a" on the TiVo Recordings listing. 6- When BETA 2 is set to transfer TiVo recordings to Toast (Toast 10.02 Titanium) and Toast has been configured to automatically convert these files and store the output file in iTunes, the meta-data (program description) is missing and replaced with the length in the Description field, and the episode/show name is replaced with the file name of the transferred TiVo file. This includes a Unix-style timestamp. This bus was also noted in BETA 1 and in the old version of TiVo Transfer. This copy of BETA 2 is sending files to Toast 10.02 Titanium, which is actually doing the conversion, so this issue might be in the Toast application and not specifically TiVo Transfer BETA2. 7- Shows recorded as TiVo Suggestions do not appear in the DVR list of programs unless you modify the "Keep Until" setting on the show. Not sure if this has to do with the keep until date or the last modified time of the file. 8- Some programs transmitted on Chicago area "Me" channel, specifically old Bob Newhart and Get Smart episodes, transfer only the first 0.5-1.5 megabytes of the show and stop. This is WWMECA, channel 19 on WOW cable. ME TV is also on WOW cable channel 171, and shows on that channel record and transfer OK. All the other channels seem to work as expected, but perhaps there is something specific to this combination that doesn't work. More as it happens :-) Doug
  13. Doug Blair

    Tivo Transfer and Snow Leopard

    Found another quirk with the TiVo Transfer BETA.app (August 28 version). TV shows which are recorded in TiVo suggestions do not appear in the list of shows. That might be the same as the 10.02 release and I never noticed, though. Just discovered the BETA2 update to the TiVo Transfer BETA for Snow Leopard users. New forum for the BETA now, Going off to that thread...
  14. Doug Blair

    Tivo Transfer and Snow Leopard

    Sorry for misleading you a bit. When you're in a debugging/testing situation it's always best to keep the original files or materials somewhere so that if the change doesn't work you can go back to the previous scenario. And in this case an earlier poster suggested that if you remove the properties list (the plist file) and and then it works correctly he might want to examine the old properties list file to see what kept it from working in the first place.
  15. Doug Blair

    Tivo Transfer and Snow Leopard

    I deleted the plist, and now the TiVo Transfer BETA is behaving better. Launches OK, finds my TiVO, transfers programs, sets up and executes auto transfers. Small bug: The DVR list stops at 128 shows, 158 GB of data. Medium bug: attempt to open a .TiVo file used to launch the Toast Video Player. Because I deleted the plist the .TiVo files are listed as "Toast Titanium Document" instead of "TiVo Movie" in the finder, and I can't seem to find the Toast Video player in my Applications under Toast 10 Titanium. (Updated) To fix the video player issue, open Toast and enable the Toast Video Player again from the Extras menu (it went away when the properties list was removed, duh...). Then secondary click on a .TiVo file and use Open With... to select the video player. When I tried to make this the default application again for .TiVo files using secondary-click -> Open With -> Other the Toast Video Player was not available. However, if you secondary click a .TiVo file, then choose Get Info, you can select the video player as the default application for all such files, and that seems to work. I have noticed one small bug with this combination too: the video player when invoked this way does not release the file completely after you stop playing it, with the result being that moving the .TiVo file for another file system or the trash after you have played it yields a file is busy message. Haven't cleared that part up yet. For the rest of us, deleting the plist (move or rename it, don't actually delete it in case patatrox wants to see it!) seems to make the TivoTransferBETA.app run under Snow Leopard. Day two and Snow Leopard is behaving well. Doug
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