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May 20, 2007

Tivo to DVD

Here's my latest procedure for creating DVDs from Tivo .ty files:

Creating a VOB file from the Tivo file:

1) Using TyTool, connect to your Tivo and hit the Refresh button for the Now Playing list

2) Hightlight the files you want grab and hit Get.

3) After you've grabbed the .ty files, go to File -> Multiplex Mode and then File -> VOB-Mux (files), select the file(s), click Add, then click Process.

Editing out commercial breaks from your VOB file:

1) Using VideoReDo, open the VOB file

2) Set markers at the beginning and end of commercials using the Sel. Start, Sel. End, and Cut Selection buttons. This program is the easiest to use I've found, and as it works with raw VOB files, much easier than having to demux/transcode files.

3) When you've added markers for all the commercials, click the Save As button and save the edited VOB file.

I like to set 2.5 or 5 min. chapters for standard DVDs where I'm not intending on creating Menus.

Creating chapter intervals:

1) Using WinAVI, click on the DVD button. (Even though you're taking a VOB file as input, WinAVI will do just fine, creating a DVD folder structure with associated IFOs, BUPs, and VOB files.)

2) Select the VOB file you saved

3) Put your target folder in the Output Directory field

4) For Select Output Format, pick DVD and click the Advanced button

5) In the DVD tab, you can adjust quality as you wish, but on the lower left, I check the Set Chapter Length box, and set it for 150 for 2.5 minutes or 300 seconds for 5 minutes

(If anyone knows of a simpler, quicker auto-chapter creator, please let me know)

Burning your DVD:

You can use any number of apps for this -- I use DVDShrink, point it to the WinAVI created VIDEO_TS folder and burn it to DVD.

Posted by mark at May 20, 2007 07:39 PM


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