I have some recordings on my HTPC that i want to convert to mp4 and play them on IPads and media streamers. I heard a while back that there is no way as of right now to convert HD WMC recordings to mp4.
Does this still hold true? Is there a piece of software that is user friendly that can do this?
I would also recommend VideoReDo. I use Final Cut, Avid, and Premiere at work, and Video ReDo is the best program for transport streams. You can easily cut out commercials, and then export to an h264 mp4.
I use MCE Buddy. Leave it running and it monitors the MCE directory where your .wtv files are saved. It auto converts to a number of formats and moves the file where ever you want. It also removes commercials.
I use DVRMSToolbox (http://babgvant.com/Wiki/view.aspx/DVRMSToolbox). It's just like how ljo00 describes MCE Buddy (although it looks like MCE Buddy has a simplier interface). I just set it up and it monitors when .wtv files are saved; it then processes them however you want; the default profile removes commercials (and I have it set up to then transcode to MPEG2 for the sake of my TV).
If you aren't worried about removing commercials, then use handbrake. I tried MCEBuddy a few times, but for some reason I could never get the files to convert right (lots of stuttering and audio off). Same problem with VideoRedo. I imagine it had something to do with my machine since it happened on both, but I finally just gave up on it.