TiVo extraction to .mpg file
If you received an error when starting tserver_mfs7, you must resolve it before continuing. First, make sure you have followed every step in this guide up to this point. Most importantly, the NowShowing.tcl and tserver_mfs7 files must be in the same directory together and have the execute permission to work. If you are still stuck, head over to the Extraction Forum at DealDatabase.com and try searching for your particular error message.
That's all there is to it! A 30-minute program recorded in basic quality (approximately 370MB) will take between 5-10 minutes to download over a Fast Ethernet (100mbps) connection. It is probably best to do your downloading when your TiVo is not actively recording a program. I've encountered some small glitches when TiVo is trying to record one program and send another to my computer. Also, change the channel on the TiVo to an invalid channel. The TiVo will no longer record to its live buffer if there is no signal to record. A satellite or cable receiver will always output a video signal, but a black screen with no movement will ease the load on your TiVo.
The program will be saved to your computer with a name in this format "Series Name-Episode Title.mpg" (ex., Dawson's Creek-Eastern Standard Time.mpg). This file is ready to be played in your MPEG-2 player. If there is already a file with the same name and title in your download folder, TyTool will add a number to the end of the filename to prevent overwriting the previously saved file. You can customize the filename further by going to the Options menu > Naming.
One more noteworthy feature is the ability to batch download. Click the Select All button to highlight everything. Alternatively, hold down the Ctrl key and click to highlight all the programs you want to download. You can select a group of programs by clicking on the first program, holding down the shift key, and clicking on the last program. Everything in between will be highlighted as well. Press the Get button, and TyTool will begin downloading the highlighted programs one right after another.
When you are done, close out of TyTool. Restore your telnet window, press Ctrl-C and then type:
...and close the telnet window.
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Last updated March 31, 2004