Originally Posted by WS65711
Ok. So after a year of getting by with TiVo Desktop, I've decided to add kmttg into the mix. But I'm not sure whether I need to buy VideoRedo as well, and if I do need VideoRedo I'm not sure which of the three "suites" to get.
The minimum version would be "VRD TV Suite v3"
($75). This is suitable for editing MPEG-2 HDTV captures and .tivo files directly. You have to have TiVo Desktop installed in order for VRD to edit .tivo files because it calls the TiVo Desktop decrypter. If you have any thoughts to recoding the titles to H.264, working with H.264 recordings from another device or working with Win MCE (.wtv files) it is worth the extra $20 to get "VRD TV Suite H.264"
My question is with the paragraph about "QS Fix" shown in the picture. All I really want to have is the best quality video in the output file, without the TiVo wrapper.
I have never had to use the Quick Stream Fix
on any .tivo file, so I can't comment on its utility. If you just want to remove the .tivo wrapper with kmttg, just check the "decrypt" box. In a first step, it will transfer the .tivo file over; in a second step it will remove the .tivo wrapper and write an .mpg file -- there is no recoding involved, it maintains original fidelity. At the end you will have both files on your HDD.
Smaller file size is a plus too, as long as there is not quality hit.
Then you should get the VRD H.264 version. I have used their H.264 encoder to recode HDTV MPEG-2 with a 30% file size reduction (their default profile). When used as a 2-pass encoder, I could not tell the difference from the original MPEG-2 recording when viewed sequentially. When used as a single pass encoder, it did not look too good; the picture was clearly inferior and not something I wanted to watch. I only recode to H.264 if I want to save the recordings to BluRay and
the MPEG-2 recordings won't all fit on the BD-R -- otherwise I leave them as MPEG-2.
kmttg is a transfer program, VRD is an editing/recoding/authoring program. If you want to edit commercials from your recordings, I think VRD is one of the best and worth the money. The Auto Commercial detection works very well to mark the commercial start-stop points. It can be run in unattended batch mode to process a bunch of recordings. I find it takes me about 5 min/1 hr episode to proof the marks and make the actual cuts. Saving the edited files to your desired filetype can also be done in unattended batch mode. Cutting commercials effects a huge reduction in file size -- a 1 hr episode contains about 20 min of commercials which are encoded at the same resolution and bitrate as the show. Cutting out the commercials reduces the file size by about 1/3 without touching the original broadcast quality.