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June 24, 2005

Burn TiVo, Burn

I was so excited when tivo announced they were providing the TivoToGo service for their devices. For those of you who don't know, this is a service your personal tivo provides that allows you to download recorded programs to your computer. The vision is that these downloads will be transferrable to portable players or can be burned to DVD via a special burner application.

I, however, do not have such a burner application, but I wanted to burn a DVD of the latest House episode for a friend. True, I could have bought the burner application, but I'm a happy user of Nero [nero.com] and what would be the point of having multiple burning applications? So, what makes this special burner (Sonic MyDVD, BTW) so special? I don't know, maybe it's just endorsed by tivo.

So I tried alternatives. First I tried transcoding the .tivo file using the Moonlight demux/mux trick, but the resulting mpeg had some problems. So then I tried NeroVision Express (v3.1.?) and it worked! I just had to add the .tivo file as a video file, was prompted for my password (which is associated with my Media Access Key) and metaphorically pressed the burn button. That's it. NeroVision Express (NVE) took care of the transcoding and burning without any interaction from me. I love Nero!

If you're trying this at home be aware that I have tivo desktop 2.0 and the Moonlight codecs installed. I know you need the tivo desktop software for the codec for .tivo files, but I'm not sure if NVE was using them under the covers.

Posted by Guy at June 24, 2005 8:10 AM