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    How To Trim Tivo Files

    Please read my post "trimming tivo files then burn to dvd". We have the same exact TiVo box - you are doing nothing wrong. It simply is flawed. I have had a discussion with Roxio about - even did some beta testing on v. 9.02 before it was released in regards to this issue. But, join our group. We are simply waiting for the correction. And you are also right... editing with Toast Video Player has zero documentation.
  2. When I say you will not find HDMI or Component I/O's on DVD Recorders. I'm speaking of inputs. HDMI or Component outputs might be a different matter. But I'm just like you, I have no illegal designs with wanting to have a quality copy on DVD's. I would just love to archive on removable optical media some movies and shows that I have previously recorded. I know it would burn my &%$ if someone stole my copyrighted material - if I had it. But I also should be able to burn a DVD of good quality of my recordings. The technology is already in place and it's beyond aggravating that I can't. Again, Roxio needs to do some soul searching on TiVo ===> DVD-Video encoding. As I said earlier, the end product is no better on their Window's products.
  3. I'm betting if you connected a DVD-burner to your TiVo, you would be partially right. It would allow recording of the file to your DVD, it probably doesn't care what recording equipment is connected. However, the quality would be dumbed down to standard VHS quality and not 480p as on a standard DVD. Before I had TiVo, I had the Scientific-Atlanta 8300HD box. That is precisely what it did. I'm thinking it encodes as well as transmits to the recording device. I'm not saying I'm right, but what I believe. Notice that DVD burners do not have HDMI or even component(unless the component is limited to s-video resolution. I'm telling you this is not even close to being a technical hurddle but a legal one. TV & Movie industries do not want the consumer to be able to archive broadcasts in high quality form on optical media. Tivo pushes the edge but from what we are seeing, Roxio fails to render a first class recording on DVD's from TiVo files. If it's any consolation, I use a Windows Vista machine at work. I have Roxio's Easy Media Creator 10 installed. You edit the TiVo file with their application called "VideoWave". It gives great control on editing - it really works well. Then you can either use it to output to DVD-Video or use Roxio's My DVD to encode and burn to DVD - Video. Easy Media Creator Deluxe is a suite.. But guess what, while the video and audio are in sync after trimming the commercials, the DVD when played back exhibits the same jerkiness. It's like frames were dropped during the conversion. Again I refer to the feeling of less than. It is just ultimately disappointing for me. Roxio is the exclusive partner to TiVo on both platforms. I'm betting if you connected a DVD-burner to your TiVo, you would be partially right. It would allow recording of the file to your DVD, it probably doesn't care what recording equipment is connected. However, the quality would be dumbed down to standard VHS quality and not 480p as on a standard DVD. Before I had TiVo, I had the Scientific-Atlanta 8300HD box. That is precisely what it did. I'm thinking it encodes as well as transmits to the recording device. I'm not saying I'm right, but what I believe. Notice that DVD burners do not have HDMI or even component(unless the component is limited to s-video resolution. I'm telling you this is not even close to being a technical hurddle but a legal one. TV & Movie industries do not want the consumer to be able to archive broadcasts in high quality form on optical media. Tivo pushes the edge but from what we are seeing, Roxio fails to render a first class recording on DVD's from TiVo files. If it's any consolation, I use a Windows Vista machine at work. I have Roxio's Easy Media Creator 10 installed. You edit the TiVo file with their application called "VideoWave". It gives great control on editing - it really works well. Then you can either use it to output to DVD-Video or use Roxio's My DVD to encode and burn to DVD - Video. Easy Media Creator Deluxe is a suite.. But guess what, while the video and audio are in sync after trimming the commercials, the DVD when played back exhibits the same jerkiness. It's like frames were dropped during the conversion. Again I refer to the feeling of less than. It is just ultimately disappointing for me. Roxio is the exclusive partner to TiVo on both platforms. Thanks for the info. I may give that a try on some point. I'm kinda like MacGodess, it is approaching too much of an investment. I hope Roxio can polish their conversion their conversion of the TiVo file format! 't
  4. By standard def I mean normal broadcast not HD. From your answer, you are describing standard def. With high-def, you don't have the quality setting, they are rendered at Toast's top quality. All my burns have been just like yours. You get this ..... oops ... you had to look quick ... jerky motion. But after you first notice it, my mind seems to just focus on it. The resulting video leave me feeling "less than". To answer your question, I don't think it's possible to get the same quality. For one, I don't believe the broadcasters and services like TiVo won't you to be able to - for pirating concearns. Also for less than $100(the cost of Toast) and the power of todays' consumer level computers(when it comes to high-def), I not so sure we can expect perfection. But I also believe that it could and should be better than what you and I are describing. The jerky video caused by sub-standard encoding is unacceptable! After all, don't they market this product by touting these features? Absolutely! 't
  5. I'm bettiing your talking about standard def Tivo transfers. We must be a couple of Roxio junkies, as I too have Popcorn 3 as well as Toast 8 & 9. I tried your suggestion with Popcorn, but it still insisted in encoding. My test subject was high-def. Am I right about yours being standard def?
  6. Mr. GG, I'm using EMC10 on my Vista machine and Toast 9.02 on my iMac. I'm mainly trying to understand TiVo files at this point. On EMC10, is MPEG2 the recommended or required codec to begin editing/trimming the commercials in TiVo files. It's my understanding that Videowave doesn't support TiVo's file format. Any suggestions would be appreciated. I know I cannot maintain the HiDef resolution when I ultimately burn then in DVD-Video format, but I certainly want to maintain the 16:9 aspect ratio. Thanks, Tim
  7. tlw

    Editing Tivo Files In Toast Video Player

    I don't think you are missing a thing. I too have found the editing of TiVo files with Toast Video Player to be erratic and unpredictible. You cannot select individual frames by either clicking them or using the arrow keys. When you try, the current point of reference jumps unpredictibly and inconsistently. I hope I am wrong, but I just don't ever see this being corrected in Toast 9(Toast Video Player 2). I have Easy Media Creator 10 on my Windows work machine, so I'll try it. Thanks for the tip on that! See my post about edited TiVo being encoded/burned on DVD-Video format. I'm just being honest(without any intention to insult) when I say, after transfering the TiVo recording, the 1) editing in Toast Video Player 2 and 2) encoding/burning in Toast 9 is a sub-standard experience. It simply doesn't work.
  8. I had been asked by someone at Roxio to try exporting the same TiVo transfers that had been edited with Toast Video Player, I suppose, since I was the one squawking about trimmed t'fers not editing out the commercial audio along with it's associated video. I too, had the same experience. I exported a trimmed TiVo transfer as a MPEG4. The export was fine except that the quality went from good to poor as I played back the video. I'm with you, I thought I might use Toast Video Player 2 to edit and then burn with Toast 8(which used v.1.0) but I do not see a way to do it since the save feature of Toast Video Player 2.0 seems to only save into Toast 9's workspace. Originally I thought the problem on the DVD-Video's was with Toast Video Player 2, but since you can edit/export fine, you may be on to something - if you could get the video into Toast 8. By the way, I also took the same edited video and burned it to a std. DVD but as a AVCHD and the outcome didn't have the audio/video issues. The quality was very good at first, but had some really rough patches in it making the outcome- pretty much unusable. I was told by Roxio this feature is a work in progress. Didn't notice that mentioned in the marketing verbiage.
  9. Unfortunately v. 9.02 does not touch the trimming TiVo transfers to DVD- Video problem. Still has commercial audio included!!!
  10. Its the Series 3 HD(THX) box and the transfer was a 30 minute 1080i broadcast. Tim
  11. Gordon, I have done the same on emailing to Roxio's TiVo email. Same here, no response. What is odd for me is that I can take some unedited TiVo transfers and they will encode and burn with Toast 8 but Toast 9 can not. It will crash at 0% of encoding. There seems to be some serious issues with TiVo files. I assume they are buried with problems with TiVo files; therfore, the lack of email replys. I don't want to be overbearing - especially in what is there home(User Discussion resources). But I am disturbed by the fact that this functionality or lack thereof could have made on a release to manufacturing product. And while they are cleaning this up, I sure hope the repair the navigation in Toast Video Player when you are in playback/edit mode with a TiVo file. It just doesn't work reliably. It's out of control in respect to most of the functions.
  12. Update: Same TiVo file that failed to encode, also fails to encode on 10.4.11 using Toast 9. To recap, it fails under 10.5.2 & 10.4.11 using Toast 9. The same file encodes and burns under Toast 8 on 10.5.2(Leopard).
  13. Per the request above, I tried another TiVo transfer. I trimmed a couple of commercial breaks from another transfer using Toast Video Player. I then saved the edited file to Toast 9 and on every occassion(2 times), Toast crashed on the encoding. It never achieved 1% - had to be forced quit. I cannot recall a more bug riddled mainstream application. The reason I cannot, is that there isn't one! Again, bought for the TiVo functionality that is still being advertised. It simply does not work, PERIOD.
  14. I have deleted and re-transfered the recording 3 different times. However, I have not tried another recording. Let me know - I can send the transfer to you - hopefully via email. Thanks, Tim
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