Originally Posted by jbilliel
Thanks for the response and you are right that my question was confusing. Let me try again!
I like the functionality MCE Buddy, but have a install question. Do people have the WMC recorded shows get run through MCE Buddy at night and keep them in the original folder so you can view the newly condensed shows via WMC recorded TV menus?
If so what are the downsides of using the WMC recorder? The reason I ask is becasue in Assassin's great guides he proposes moving the condensed files into Media Browser to store and watch there instead. What are the advantages of using MB instead of the native recorder screens in WMC?
I also use a HDHomerun to WMC to record shows and then MCE Buddy to convert and move. I have Buddy mark the commercials for skipping, convert to MP4 and then move to another folder.
For my purposes I keep the .WTV files in one set of folders and the .MP4 versions in another set of folders. I prefer having the mp4 and wtv versions in different areas since I use different applications to access the files.
I keep my WMC storage size set to hold several days worth of recordings and then let them delete automatically when space is needed. Other people will set Buddy to delete the file after conversion. Usually if I want to watch a show the night it is recorded on my HTPC I will watch the .WTV version otherwise I'll watch the .MP4 version using Plex from the Macs, Iphone, Ipad, Roku box or Media Browser from the W7 computers that are around the house after the conversion.
The WMC recorder works well and is easy to schedule so i don't see any downside to it for recording except that it puts the file in the .wtv format that is not used by other applications. MCE Buddy fixes this issue.
You don't really put the files into Media Browser you tell MB where to look for the files. You can also point other apps such as Plex, XBMC, etc. to look at these same folders. It is also possible to tell most of these programs to look at several locations for the desired files. For example I have movies on two different machines. I tell my MB "Movies" listing to point to both of the folders on two different HTPCs where my movies are stored so it appears as one big listing of movies in MB.