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Originally Posted by assassin View Post

I used a little micro flathead screwdriver and pushed in the little flanges.

Then pulled the connectors out.

Then used the same micro screwdriver to gently pry the flanges back out.

The inserted the connectors back in.

Guess I should have made a guide!

Got it done. Worked as advertised. Much quieter and I am a happy camper!
post #11702 of 15901
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Originally Posted by Wilky13 View Post

I have Comcast. No problems converting my wtv files with MCEBuddy and viewing them in their original wtv format or converted mp4 format on either of my Xbox 360 extenders. I can also watch all my DVRs on my iPhone at the gym while I work out with Remote Potato.

Nice... Is this an automatic thing or do you manually do it?
post #11703 of 15901
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Originally Posted by pjohns View Post

I have an asus oem from newegg and have used makemkv for a few dvds and it worked fine. Didn't notice if I got any errors. They play with no problems. Been using it for two weeks now.

Thanks..That's comforting. Do you have this model.. BC-12B1ST? Also, what ver. firmware does it have? Mine is showing 1.01.

See my previous post for a screenshot of the error if you like.
post #11704 of 15901
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Originally Posted by mariob33 View Post

I don't believe so. Meaning only the PC which recorded the content can play the content. This is not just for the premium tiers its all of the content they deliver. They generically flag it as copy once iirc

Wilky13 pretty much beat me to the punch ...

While the above is true, Femi may not need to despair! To some this will be stating the obvious, but using extenders would give whole-home DVR capability.
My cableco flags everything except the local broadcast channels as 'copy-once.' But I have a working whole-home DVR setup using a HTPC, HDHomeRun Prime w/ cablecard, and Xbox 360s as extenders. I can schedule recordings and watch 'copy-once' recorded TV from several locations not directly connected to the HTPC. The caveat is, they each have to have their own Xbox 360.
Also, I am unable to edit (e.g. commercial skipping/re-encoding with MCEbuddy) the copy-once recorded TV files.
post #11705 of 15901
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Originally Posted by Wilky13 View Post

I have Comcast. No problems converting my wtv files with MCEBuddy and viewing them in their original wtv format or converted mp4 format on either of my Xbox 360 extenders. I can also watch all my DVRs on my iPhone at the gym while I work out with Remote Potato.

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Originally Posted by Sammy2 View Post

Nice... Is this an automatic thing or do you manually do it?

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Originally Posted by tlniec View Post

Wilky13 pretty much beat me to the punch ...

While the above is true, Femi may not need to despair! To some this will be stating the obvious, but using extenders would give whole-home DVR capability.
My cableco flags everything except the local broadcast channels as 'copy-once.' But I have a working whole-home DVR setup using a HTPC, HDHomeRun Prime w/ cablecard, and Xbox 360s as extenders. I can schedule recordings and watch 'copy-once' recorded TV from several locations not directly connected to the HTPC. The caveat is, they each have to have their own Xbox 360.
Also, I am unable to edit (e.g. commercial skipping/re-encoding with MCEbuddy) the copy-once recorded TV files.

Does this work for pausing live TV on the HTPC and picking up the show on an extender? Or can you only watch it on the extender after it has completely recorded?
post #11706 of 15901
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Originally Posted by Sammy2 View Post


Nice... Is this an automatic thing or do you manually do it?

All automatic.

@ Assassin,

I'd like to rewrite Guide #35 for you, now that MCEBuddy 2.1.4 is out. I can also show how to integrate MCM into automatically downloading Metadata, cover art, and backgrounds after a tv show is converted. And the final step of viewing all this glorious automation in MB.
post #11707 of 15901
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Originally Posted by Sammy2 View Post


Does this work for pausing live TV on the HTPC and picking up the show on an extender? Or can you only watch it on the extender after it has completely recorded?

Unfortunately, if you are watching "Live TV" and pause it when you go to your extender (Xbox 360) and choose LiveTV it will pick a tuner 'not in use' (aka not the one paused on your HTPC). But if you record the show on your HTPC while you watch it and hit pause, then you can just go to "RecordedTV" on your extender and pickup where you left off.
post #11708 of 15901
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Wilky13 View Post

All automatic.

@ Assassin,

I'd like to rewrite Guide #35 for you, now that MCEBuddy 2.1.4 is out. I can also show how to integrate MCM into automatically downloading Metadata, cover art, and backgrounds after a tv show is converted. And the final step of viewing all this glorious automation in MB.

Fantastic. I will send you a PM.
post #11709 of 15901
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Originally Posted by assassin View Post

Added a bunch more JRiver guides tonight for audiophile setup...

LINK

Guide JR9: Introduction to the Audiophile HTPC
Guide JR10: Configuring Windows for JRiver (Audiophile)
Guide JR11: Configuring the JRiver Media Center Audio (Audiophile)
Guide JR12: Configuring Other Audio Options (Audiophile)
Guide JR13: Configuring JRiver for Surround Sound (Audiophile)
Guide JR14: Ripping Audio CDs and Bluray Discs (Audiophile)
Guide JR15: Setting Up Multiple Zones (Audiophile)
Guide JR16: Other JRiver Tips (Audiophile)
Guide JR17: Multi-Room Listening and Viewing with "Satellite" Computers (Audiophile)

Enjoy.

Does J River have support for watching cablecard digital cable LiveTV and recordedTV? All I can find on their website is about over-the-air TV.
post #11710 of 15901
Wow!! I love this place.. So much so that I forget to go to the bathroom..

"MAAA!!! Bathroom!!!" (Cartman on Southpark when they have a Warcraft lan party)
post #11711 of 15901
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Wilky13 View Post

Does J River have support for watching cablecard digital cable LiveTV and recordedTV? All I can find on their website is about over-the-air TV.

No on the cablecard question.

Yes on the OTA question.
post #11712 of 15901
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Originally Posted by assassin View Post

Added a bunch more JRiver guides tonight for audiophile setup...

LINK

Guide JR9: Introduction to the Audiophile HTPC
Guide JR10: Configuring Windows for JRiver (Audiophile)
Guide JR11: Configuring the JRiver Media Center Audio (Audiophile)
Guide JR12: Configuring Other Audio Options (Audiophile)
Guide JR13: Configuring JRiver for Surround Sound (Audiophile)
Guide JR14: Ripping Audio CDs and Bluray Discs (Audiophile)
Guide JR15: Setting Up Multiple Zones (Audiophile)
Guide JR16: Other JRiver Tips (Audiophile)
Guide JR17: Multi-Room Listening and Viewing with Satellite Computers (Audiophile)

Enjoy.

Almost passed this one... Sorry. I am very interested in using JRiver for audio so I might has well use it for movies too.
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post #11714 of 15901
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Originally Posted by cyberguy34 View Post

Yes, It will PLAY SD DVDs just fine. It will not rip them without the error in MakeMKV. If you ignore the "error" it will rip, but I've yet to get everything properly set-up to validate it will play of not. That's the "final" test confirmation we need. Install MKV and try ripping SD DVD.

Also, as Assassin mentioned, way too many flavors of optical drive out there, especially Lite-On drives to do comparisons/evals on them all.

>IF< the Asus unit is really a rebadged Lite On as has been reported, I believe that the test last night showed it comes with the latest firmware. I have seen the link on the Make MKV that mentions a firmware hack but...I'm not sure it is a firmaware from Lite On. In this thread there was another gent who boaught the same $50 Newegg special, and so if anything I would SURMISE there is no need to flash firmware. Right now I'm reluctant to use the disk that came with the unit as it played fine.

Anyway, let us know how you get on with your setup. The DVD plays flawlessly here and as yet I have not started ripping DVDs and BRs. Just not sure there's a need to at this time (for me). There are so many other aspects in the paid guides that ARE interesting and so spending time there.
post #11715 of 15901
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Originally Posted by tlniec View Post

Wilky13 pretty much beat me to the punch ...

While the above is true, Femi may not need to despair! To some this will be stating the obvious, but using extenders would give whole-home DVR capability.
My cableco flags everything except the local broadcast channels as 'copy-once.' But I have a working whole-home DVR setup using a HTPC, HDHomeRun Prime w/ cablecard, and Xbox 360s as extenders. I can schedule recordings and watch 'copy-once' recorded TV from several locations not directly connected to the HTPC. The caveat is, they each have to have their own Xbox 360.
Also, I am unable to edit (e.g. commercial skipping/re-encoding with MCEbuddy) the copy-once recorded TV files.

the xbox360 in itself is a extender (like others that used to exist) and not limited to the copy protection, so you are correct and I should have made this distinction.
When I had Comcast none of the protected content could be changed using any open source tool (MCEBuddy included) nor played on another HPTC. This is not the case with FIOS.
post #11716 of 15901
The encryption on DVD and BRD has been broken. Why hasn't this copy crap for cable?
post #11717 of 15901
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Originally Posted by mariob33 View Post

the xbox360 in itself is a extender (like others that used to exist) and not limited to the copy protection, so you are correct and I should have made this distinction.
When I had Comcast none of the protected content could be changed using any open source tool (MCEBuddy included) nor played on another HPTC. This is not the case with FIOS.

Comcast in central CA must not put 'copy once' protection any of their channels, because I have no problem converting any show with MCEBuddy (NBC CBS ABC FOX USA FX BRAVO).
post #11718 of 15901
It really varies with your area (the copy once flag). Even with Comcast, different areas of the country are flagged differently. I'm lucky in that my local (regional) provider doesn't flag anything, that includes the premium channels (which are supposed to be).
post #11719 of 15901
I haven't had much time to tweak lately. I've got the Ceton loaded, MB and MCM. I'm reluctant to go over the top with software I'm not going to use (have handbrake and makeMKV also, but, I don't have a lot of DVD's or a BD so I'm not certain I'm going to be ripping a lot... perhaps, you never know).

I like the idea of batch processing Recorded TV files to a smaller format (with little/no quality reduction) but can't quite decide which to use, MCEBuddy (#35) or MC-TV Coverter (cburbs - guide 55). Anyone have opinions on these two?

Because everything I record goes into the Recorded TV folder (and, I can't figure out how to set that 'record to' at series or recording level) and I only want certain titles to be 'ripped'/rendered whatever the correct term is I believe there has to be manual input. That is, if I'm recording 10 series, and would like to leave 6 alone and 4 reduce in size, move to targeted folder (using the MCM recommended format of 's01e01....) delete original... can either of the above accomplish that... search for a title within a given folder (Recorded TV) and write that out to a particular folder, SeriesName?
post #11720 of 15901
settings>TV>recorder>recording storage..

But that's for all recordings, not just particular shows.
post #11721 of 15901
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Originally Posted by mattiedread View Post

I haven't had much time to tweak lately. I've got the Ceton loaded, MB and MCM. I'm reluctant to go over the top with software I'm not going to use (have handbrake and makeMKV also, but, I don't have a lot of DVD's or a BD so I'm not certain I'm going to be ripping a lot... perhaps, you never know).

I like the idea of batch processing Recorded TV files to a smaller format (with little/no quality reduction) but can't quite decide which to use, MCEBuddy (#35) or MC-TV Coverter (cburbs - guide 55). Anyone have opinions on these two?

Because everything I record goes into the Recorded TV folder (and, I can't figure out how to set that 'record to' at series or recording level) and I only want certain titles to be 'ripped'/rendered whatever the correct term is I believe there has to be manual input. That is, if I'm recording 10 series, and would like to leave 6 alone and 4 reduce in size, move to targeted folder (using the MCM recommended format of 's01e01....) delete original... can either of the above accomplish that... search for a title within a given folder (Recorded TV) and write that out to a particular folder, SeriesName?

check out WTV-MetaRenamer it does what your asking semi-automatically (need a windows task to run a bat file to trigger on WMC events which the developer gives you) or manually can run the program. It would move everything to a directory based on title and rename the original file to Title - SeasonEpsiode - Show Title.wtv. I have mine running automagically.

link to tool -> http://wtvmetarenamer.codeplex.com/
post #11722 of 15901
So I finally got all my parts to build my htpc but I'm still waiting on my GD04B case. It's supposed to arrive on either Tuesday or Wednesday. Do you guys suggest I put everything together over the weekend outside of a case to make sure all the hardware at least works or just wait until my case arrives to build it?
post #11723 of 15901
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Originally Posted by JackDiesel14 View Post

So I finally got all my parts to build my htpc but I'm still waiting on my GD04B case. It's supposed to arrive on either Tuesday or Wednesday. Do you guys suggest I put everything together over the weekend outside of a case to make sure all the hardware at least works or just wait until my case arrives to build it?

Sure.. Build it on a piece of plywood and test it out..
post #11724 of 15901
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Originally Posted by mariob33 View Post

check out WTV-MetaRenamer it does what your asking semi-automatically (need a windows task to run a bat file to trigger on WMC events which the developer gives you) or manually can run the program. It would move everything to a directory based on title and rename the original file to Title - SeasonEpsiode - Show Title.wtv. I have mine running automagically.

link to tool -> http://wtvmetarenamer.codeplex.com/

Interesting... no file conversion like MediaCenter Buddy though?

The description points out that the file is renamed assumably in MCMaster format, so, that information in inherent to the metadata (specifically s# and e#) as that is not apparent in the onscreen information. I think I might just give Buddy a shot; my reluctance is that I don't want to be removing too many programs if I decide it isn't what I want. Reducing file size is key for me, I'll probably max out with a single large drive... if prices come down that could be 3T, but, I'm thinking even that will fill up quickly... could always add eSATA or USB drive.....
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Thread Starter 
Wilky13 has graciously offered to update the MC Buddy guide. Stay tuned...
post #11726 of 15901
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Originally Posted by Sammy2 View Post

Sure.. Build it on a piece of plywood and test it out..

I'm in an apartment with limited room. I don't have any plywood, would a glass table be ok? I do have plenty of cardboard boxes laying around as well.
post #11727 of 15901
You basically want to be able to secure the MoBo to something non-conductive. Several layers of cardboard might do.
post #11728 of 15901
I just put the mobo on the mobo's box. Worked fine.

post #11729 of 15901
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Originally Posted by assassin View Post

Wilky13 has graciously offered to update the MC Buddy guide. Stay tuned...

Very cool. I just read a bunch of stuff MCBuddy. Is anyone using the new version 2.1 for 64 bit? I ask, because the file size is almost 9x the 1.x versions (zipped).

I'm wondering if it is stable enough... I'm a little paranoid as 4 years ago the ffdshow install is really what halted me from moving forward with my 420, could never really get that uninstalled (I see now there is a registry fix).
post #11730 of 15901
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Originally Posted by LastButNotLeast View Post

I just put the mobo on the mobo's box. Worked fine.

Well there won't be any airflow problem with that set up! LOL
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