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  1. dbouchon

    TiVo Recordings Converted to iPhone/iPod Are Distorted

    Same here. It was working before, but it seems that with the last update the height and width are reversed, thus the distortion. Roxio: any fix soon? D.
  2. Running SL 10.6.2, Tivo Transfer 2.0 It has been working fine until a week ago and I have not changed anything before it stopped working. Since then: - I can still see my DVR - I can select it, and I see Tivo Transfer tries to access the playlist (spinner spins) - then it stops after a couple of minutes and the playlist if blank, empty. I have tried changing the media key and see the spinner does not spin anymore (&%$ expected). Changed it back and same results (spinner spins, blank playlist). I have a second Mac on my home network and Tivo Transfer still works fine on the second Mac. Any idea? D.
  3. Although this was working perfectly fine under Leopard, converting captured Flash videos now takes at least 10 times longer to convert (to the iPhone format) under Snow Leopard. I even tried on the same video I converted before migrating to SL: under Leopard, it took me around 20 minutes to convert; under Snow Leopard, after 3 hours, the conversion was still under 20% of completion.... Hopefully this will get fixed when the SL update gets released...
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    Mp4 To Dvd - Quality Lose

    Thanks for the tip!! I will try that and report back if that's working for me. Sounds promising though!
  5. Actually, I really think there is a problem with Toast and too many Tivo fragments in a project. This is linked to the issue with discussed here: http://forums.support.roxio.com/index.php?showtopic=47805 Thanks.
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    Mp4 To Dvd - Quality Lose

    Thanks for the info. Actually, here is my problem (and I know I have a few threads opened on this now, as I did not realize these were probably all the same issue): - I am trying to put a few Tivo (non-HD from a Tivo series 2 if that does matter) files together to create a DVD - While doing that, I am trying to remove the commercial ads The way I would like to do it is: - Create a project in Toast with, say, 7 Tivo files (each 30-minute long) - Edit each file using the included elgato player/editor to 'cut' the commercial parts - Choose the title image for each file by using the slider under each of the 7 files in the toast project window This does not work for me as Toast just crashes. I have tries multiple times, with more or fewer files, but Toast crashes, except when I have few files (like 2) or no edits on the files. My believe is that when there are too many Tivo fragments (too many files or edited files), Toast just cannot handle it for some reasons. I have read some threads about the same issue with eyeTV files and the suggestions are typically to first convert the eyeTV files to a more standard format, edit them, and then create the DVD. I'd like to do that. The edit part is easy (using quicktime pro - or is there a better tool for that?). The creation of the DVD is easy using Toast and the edited files. My problem is the quality. To sum up, there are 3 steps in this process: 1) convert files from Tivo to format X 2) edit files in format X 3) create the DVD with the edited files My questions are: a - what 'format X' should I use to avoid losing quality? I am guessing MPEG-2 as tivo files are just encrypted MPEG-2, right? b - how do I perform step 1? Can I use Toast to do that? With which settings? I'd like to just remove the tivo encryption, not decode and re-encode the files, as this would affect the quality. - I am fine with step 2 as I can use the 'pass through' option in quicktime, so I am not affecting the encoding nor the quality. c - last, which setting should I use in Toast to optimize the quality for step 3? I am guessing your suggestion above with the 'half pel', correct? Thanks for any inputs on optimizing this process. Quick precision also: - when I create a DVD based with one or 2 Tivo files and the 'best' quality setting, the quality is great. - when I convert the Tivo files to MP4 with Toast and play the resulting MP4 files in quicktime, the quality is great. But then, when I create a DVD using the MP4 files, the quality is really deteriorated. Maybe this is due to the upscaling that Toast does, but again the quality stays great when the source files are Tivo files, but not with the MP4 files, so I am wondering is there is a better format of file to use as intermediary file format (as, again, adding many Tivo files to a Toast project crashes Toast). - also: part of the problem I have may be due to the fact my Tivo recording are in the basic quality and the Tivo files are in 320 x 240 it seems. I have tried upscaling them using Quicktime (meaning: first converting the files from Tivo to MP4 using Toast and H.264 setting, and then using QT to upscale the resolution to SD still using H.264 and then creating the DVD using Toast) and the quality seems much better than when using Toast directly with the H.264 files. So maybe the resolution upscaling is not so good in Toast and much better in QT for H.264 format? What keeps me puzzled though is that the quality is really good with Toast when creating the DVD directly using the Tivo files (but, again, when adding many Tivo files or cutting too many pieces out of them, Toast crashes)....
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    Mp4 To Dvd - Quality Lose

    Hello, I created a DVD disk based on MP4 original files, and selected the 'best' quality setting in Toast. The result is disappointing as the quality of the images is way worse on the DVD that on the MP4 files, as you can see below. If you magnify the images, you can clearly see the pixels on he DVD version, but the original looks much smoother (not a great quality, but at least no visible pixels). Any idea on how to improve the quality of the DVD movies? Thanks. ORIGINAL: http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/mhyWB...feat=directlink DVD: http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/G3BwA...feat=directlink
  8. Hello, what's the best resolution I can export Tivo files in? Reason I am asking: I am trying to convert Tivo files to MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 to watch on my Mac or make a DVD with. When I watch the Tivo file through the included player, I see the resolution is 352 x 480. When I export the file for Apple TV or iPod, I get files in a lower resolution (320 x 240). Question: how can I keep the original (better) resolution and just remove the encryption of the Tivo file? Note that I've tried 'tivo decoder' and am also getting 320 x 240 resolution file. So I am wondering if this is the best resolution for Tivo files, and if so, why is the included Tivo player indicating 352 x 480? Thanks. EDIT: actually, this is linked to this problem described here: http://forums.support.roxio.com/index.php?showtopic=47805
  9. Hello, weird thing happening here: although creating DVDs from tivo files (downloaded from my tivo through TIVO Transfer) worked 100% fine in the past, I am having some issues now. Toast crashes unexpectedly in the middle of the conversion or of the writing for some files, even when selecting save as disk image. The report indicates this is due to a bad memory address being accessed by Toast .... I have tried to isolate the file, but it keeps happening. If I put 1 or 2 tivo file in the project, it works. When I include the third one, I get the crash, but not always at the same point in the process (sometimes during the encoding of the first or second file, sometimes when writing to the disk image file...). The third tivo file alone works fine too.... Is this a known issue?
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    Incorrect Frame Rate For Flv Files?

    Awesome!! Thanks. D.
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    Incorrect Frame Rate For Flv Files?

    Sure: the file was downloaded from the net, as an example this one: [removed link] (not that the extension says .rar, but just change the extension to .flv after the download and it is a regular FLV file).
  12. dbouchon

    Incorrect Frame Rate For Flv Files?

    Hello, using Toast to convert FLV files to MPEG4 files (to play on iPhone) seems to work well, except for the frame rate: I am trying to convert a 40-minute FLV file coded at 15 FPS. Toast recognizes it as a 20-minute FLV file coded at 30 FPS. It converts the file correctly to MPEG4, but the result is a 20-minute MPEG4 file at 30 FPS (so it plays at twice the normal speed). Note that quicktime and other Windows tools correctly recognize the FLV file as a 40-minute, 15 FPS file. Is there a way to correct this? Is there a way to force the frame rate in toast for the conversion? Any solution? Thanks, D.
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    Toast 10 Nad Video Streaming Capture...

    Thanks - it seems ot be working really well actually. A couple of more questions on this great feature: 1) when they say: "Ensure the video has finished streaming completely before adding it to a project", do they mean finished streaming in the browser window? Or does the media browser actually do the streaming? How do I know the videao has finished streaming? 2) Where are the video files stored? Not htat it matters too much, but I wanted to see the size they occupy on my hard drive, and could not locate them.... Thanks!! D.
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    When Can I Dl Toast 10 Pro?

    I have the same problem. I bought the ESD upgrade version of Toast 10 2 hours ago, received the e-mails, but when I go to www.findmyorder.com/roxio, it says the status is: Processing serial number or unlock code. It is weird that it is taking so long.... D.
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    Toast 10 Nad Video Streaming Capture...

    Well, on the Toast 10 produc description page, under the 'watch' tab, it says: Enjoy Web video anywhere Save streaming web video from your favorite web sites and burn to DVD for viewing on your big-screen TV. Easily convert web video to other formats for playback on the portable device of your choice and enjoy it anywhere you go. My understanding is that this is a new feature coming up with Toast 10 ... personally, I would like to capture videos from youtube and dailymotion and turned them into movies for my iPhone ... so I am wondering what streaming videos can actually be captured...