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Here's my little contribution to the Replay world. I have updated extract_rtv5 to output the show descriptions and recording date correctly for Replay 4500's and 5000's. I have also added for the verbose output to include the episode name, actors, guests, director, and producer.

This coupled with RTVExplorer makes an easy way to recover your Replay shows from the hard drive into DVArchive or WiRNS. This should now work better with RTVExplorer with the show desciption corrections.

I would really like to add all the extra show description information into RTVExplorer's ability to produce the necessary XML files, but I haven't been able to locate the source for RTVExplorer. In the mean time, this version should improve RTVExplorer's current capability...

Since I could only experiment with a couple of hard drive images that I have, I would certainly like to hear any feedback using this program...

Which brings me to needing a place to store the executible and source. Where would be a good location?

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Here's my little contribution to the Replay world. I have updated extract_rtv5 to output the show descriptions and recording date correctly for Replay 4500's and 5000's. I have also added for the verbose output to include the episode name, actors, guests, director, and producer.

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...Which brings me to needing a place to store the executible and source. Where would be a good location?


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Mikeyboy retired hosting the complete set of RTV model images, and unless anything has changed 'ghoul' now hosts them. He doesn't post so it's hard to know for sure. You could ask Mikeyboy.

It might be nice seeing it hosted on the extract_RTV site. don't know how that works.

l8er hosts an eleborate site dedicated to ReplayTVs:
http://www.replaytvupgrade.com/
He can be found at planetreplay.com but not here on AVSForums

jleavens is the owner of planetreplay.com. He might be interested in hosting it.


those are the first that come to my mind.
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Thanks for the replies! I have already been in touch with l8tr and that is a good option. I have posted this same message on PlanetReplay, so we'll see if Justin or anyone else has any other suggestions. In the mean time, I am trying to get permissions to be able to post this updated code to SourceForge. But, I agree that it might be nice to start another location somewhere else more Replay oriented. Since the only place I've found so far that has the complete set of these tools is SourceForge, it seems like it wouldn't be a very good idea for me to put only this updated extarct_rtv5 someone else, especially since the companion application, RTVExplorer, is downloaded from SourceForge. But, maybe someone else will feel like hosting the entire RTV Patch/Extract Applications, in which case I would love to post my update there...

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Where was this lovely application a month ago when my RTV OS partition died? I guess it would not have helped, what with the fact that the show descriptoins are in that partition.

Oh, I have plenty of hosting space and bandwidth available too...
http://www.host-my-site.com

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Where was this lovely application a month ago when my RTV OS partition died? I guess it would not have helped, what with the fact that the show descriptoins are in that partition.

Oh, I have plenty of hosting space and bandwidth available too...
http://www.host-my-site.com

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Actually, the project already existed on SourceForge for over a year, but I fixed a couple of bugs that I found when I recently recovered my failed Replay hard drive.

Funny, but that just proves my point that finding this type application is very difficult (it certainly was for me), and hosting it on SourceForge doesn't give any value in finding it.

Thanks for the offer and I will keep you in mind!

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I have removed all the garbage from this thread, please continue in a civilized manner now. "Clear To Land", consider yourself warned!

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The new extract_rtv5 version 54 is available at: http://sourceforge.net/project/showf...group_id=17245. Please try it out and give me your feedback...

I am hoping that this whole project and others will also be hosted by l8er as well...

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WooHoo! Learned some new stuff and added muti-part information to the verbose description output. So be sure and pick up version 55...

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Isn't it nice to have your thread back?

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Isn't it nice to have your thread back?

I dunno... The Amoebae were probably more entertaining than my announcement!

Thanks for cleaning it up!

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Even though the post is gone, I'd like icecow to know that FlipFlop decided that we should update the extract_rtv source code rather than branching it. He first updated it with the updates that Alex had made for extract_rtv5, and then I updated it with my changes. So, the nice thing is that the latest source code is now available at SourceForge...

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Very cool. I was too chicken to directly send you to him. I wanted him to have the luxury of finding you.
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Sanity has been restored again.

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All right! Now this is really cool! In addition to fixing the recording time and duration to include padding, I added a -dx option to create the XML files necessary to make DVArchive or WiRNS use the extracted files right away after extracting them! Here's an example:
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        Team members become pawns of a psychopathic killer.
        Mandy Patinkin, Thomas Gibson, Shemar Moore
        Meredith Monroe, Charles Haid, Amanda Bernero
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
          
        
      
    
  
So, check out version 56 of extract_rtv5 on SourceForge!

And, I would really like to get some feedback from others. In particular, if anyone wants to test extracting movies from their Replay hard drive...

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Version 57 of extract_rtv5 is available at SourceForge!

This version supports the extra information used by WiRNS...

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Awhile I'm cerebrealy inebreated from caffeine I'd like to point out the feedback you will get will not reflect the usefullness of your efforts. I'm impressed and greatful, but it's clear what you are doing and I somehow have nothing to add or say. Imagine how the others feel, and the lurkers, and people who use it and know nothing about this forum.

I haven't even tried the program, and I have no desire to pull out a harddrive, but I know I will be using the program multiple times in the future.

So please don't let the seemingly silence and lack of participation discourage you. This is definately an 'if you build it they will come' scenerio.
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Yeah, but I had two pulled hard drives sitting around from the Replay failing to boot, and one of them had several season fanalies from May (which I could have downloaded from Poopli, but damn it, I was going to retrieve those shows somehow). So, I was hoping that others had pulled hard drives laying around that they had been hoping to pull the shows from as well. Since I have read a lot of threads in both AVSForum and PlanetReplay of people trying to accomplish this, but failing either due to not figuring out that they needed to use extract_rtv5 instead of extract_rtv, of other problems with trying to use RTVExplorer, I was hoping that some of those people, like BigJohns, for example, might take a crack at trying to retrieve some shows just to try it out.

If it wasn't for the fact that I got tired of replacing drives and losing all my shows, I wouldn't have bothered to try to update this software in the first place. But, now I have retrieved 88 shows from both those hard drives and have them all available online to view at my leasure!

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Amazing. Other than the initial upgrade, I have never had to replace a drive.

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Not so amazing, other than replacing for upgrades, never had a drive fail on 9 Replays over a 6 year period. Six of them still on the original drives. And the removed drives were pressed into duty as replacements for PC HDs and are still happily humming along. Most of them Maxtors, a few Seagates, and a couple of WDs.

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Not amazing for me, I meant I was amazed at the number of people who say they're on their 3rd drive or whatever. But in this case Henry's bad luck worked out!

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Not so amazing, other than replacing for upgrades, never had a drive fail on 9 Replays over a 6 year period. Six of them still on the original drives. And the removed drives were pressed into duty as replacements for PC HDs and are still happily humming along. Most of them Maxtors, a few Seagates, and a couple of WDs.

You run your computer(s) off of 3 six year old 40 gig HDs? or did you get 5016's and are run them off of 6 six year old 80 gig HDs?

How are you running 'a few seagates' and 'a couple of WDs' when 6 of your 9 replaytvs have their original drives? You running dual drives? You're running 6 with stock drives and others with dual drives?

fishy... very fishy
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I think this is going to be the last one. Version 58 is posted at SourceForge. I added to tag the XML files as Replay 4500's when appropriate and cleaned up a few things...

Let me know if anyone finds any problems...

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By special request, version 60 of extract_rtv5 is posted at SourceForge with a new option, -dr, to output the recording descriptions from a Replay hard drive or image. This will make it easier to reprogram your recordings when you replace your hard drive if you don't already have them in hard copy from some other means...

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Channel: "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation"
    Single show-based recording: "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation"
    Episode: Hollywood Brass
    Description: Capt. Brass seeks the assistance of a former colleague.
    Actors: William Petersen, Marg Helgenberger, Gary Dourdan
    Guests: Nick Searcy, Teal Redman, Lindsay Beamish
    Producer: 
    Director: 
    Station: 5 KENS (KENS)
    Record: Wed Feb 22 2006 3:05AM - Wed Feb 22 2006 4:05AM, with 5 minutes before start and 55 minutes after end
    Keep: This episode, not guaranteed at medium quality

Channel: "Heist"
    Repeat show-based recording: "Heist"
    Station: 3 WOAI (WOAI (formerly KMOL))
    Record: 9:00PM - 10:00PM every day, with 1 minute before start
    Keep: 1 episode, guaranteed at medium quality

Channel: "Heist"
    Theme recording: title is "Heist"
    Keep: 1 hour, not guaranteed at low quality

Channel: "Thursday"
    Repeat manual recording
    Station: 3 WOAI (WOAI (formerly KMOL))
    Record: 7:00PM - 8:00PM every Thu
    Keep: 1 episode, guaranteed at low quality
It will also output the Zone number for Zone recordings, but I don't have any, so I couldn't test it. If anyone has some interesting programmed recordings that it doesn't output correctly or fully, please let me know...

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By special request, version 60 of extract_rtv5 is posted at SourceForge with a new option...

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Is there a flash presentation for a million "you're welcomes"? By the way, every time you click "enough", it cheats and skips ahead a hundred or so...

Woke up early this morning because I have a bunch of ideas to help out with recovering deleted shows, so stay tuned!

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Version 62 is posted at SourceForge. It has many new options for extracting deleted shows and descriptions:

Added -ur option to look for and restore unlinked files.
Added -ud option to look for and show unlinked program descriptions (brief).
Added -udv option to look for and show unlinked program descriptions (verbose).
Added -uda option to look for and show ALL (incl. deleted) unlinked descriptions (brief).
Added -udd option to look for and show ALL (incl. deleted) unlinked descriptions (verbose).
Added -udx option to look for and ouput unlinked descriptions as XML files.

Only the -ur option has been tested by me. I am still waiting on verification of the -ud options from the requester...

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I posted version 63 of extract_rtv5 at SourceForge.net. I added for it to show all the category, programming, and recording descriptions from the snapshot file. The features added are:

-ds option to show program snapshot descriptions
-dsv option to show program snapshot descriptions (verbose)
-dsa option to show ALL (incl. deleted) snapshot descriptions (brief)
-dsd option to show ALL (incl. deleted) snapshot descriptions (verbose)
-dsx option to output snapshot descriptions as XML files
Added category name/number to recording descriptions

Unfortunately, all my shows are in the "All Shows" category, so I couldn't test the new category features...

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Posted version 64 at SourceForge. I added for the -ur option to skip already restored files. And, I added a whole bunch more -ud options to get the descriptions from deleted description files:

-udr option to look for and show program recording descriptions
-uds option to look for and show program snapshot descriptions
-udsv option to look for and show program snapshot descriptions (verbose)
-udsa option to look for and show ALL snapshot descriptions (brief)
-udsd option to look for and show ALL snapshot descriptions (verbose)
-udsx option to look for and output snapshot descriptions as XML files

I actually had a deleted snapshot file, so I was able to test all the -uds option variations. But, I didn't have any deleted ReplayChannelSet files to test the -udr option...

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Hey, first off, thank you very much for this tool. I was out last evening and I guess there were about 10 mini power outages (out for 1 min. then back on) and without me being home or even knowing that was happing...one of my Replay drives finially had enough.

I was about to begin the time consuming process of finding the clusters and extraxting them....then came across your new tool.......so

THANK YOU!!!

I do have a question to go along with my praise...I am currently running -ur to look for and restore (which I assume is the same as extract cuz it is extracting all the files to the hard drive I am using to run extract_rtv)...

As I am watching it work it says "valid incode (xxx) found at cluster xxx (xxx.mpg) "skipping not first cluster"...it says that for a few files, then it does extract something but of a different name...

does this mean it is skipping certain files at certain clusters or is this working as it should?

Also, if I read this thread correctly, after I am done with the -ur, I can run a -dx and it will extract (or create) the XLM files necessary so all my files I just extracted with -ur can work instantly in DVArchive?????????? Is that really TRUE?
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