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What do you do with your WTV/DVRMS recordings?

post #1 of 11
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I'm talking about non-flagged/encrypted recordings of course.

As of Thursday I have two HTPCs that can record OTA stations, which is fine for us. I set a scheduled task to convert the WTV files to DVR-MS and dump the files to my file server.

I'd love to be able to stream them to my phones/tablets, but Plex doesn't seem to support DVR-MS.

Has anyone found a way to auto convert either file type to another container? Even if it means compression.

Mr Zoid
post #2 of 11
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I'm talking about non-flagged/encrypted recordings of course.

As of Thursday I have two HTPCs that can record OTA stations, which is fine for us. I set a scheduled task to convert the WTV files to DVR-MS and dump the files to my file server.

I'd love to be able to stream them to my phones/tablets, but Plex doesn't seem to support DVR-MS.

Has anyone found a way to auto convert either file type to another container? Even if it means compression.

Mr Zoid

Why do you convert them to DVR-MS files? Plex does work with WTV files. I don't know about DVR-MS. What Plex doesn't support is Microsoft's wonky metadata. Have you tried adding the recordings at home videos?
post #3 of 11
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Why do you convert them to DVR-MS files? Plex does work with WTV files. I don't know about DVR-MS. What Plex doesn't support is Microsoft's wonky metadata. Have you tried adding the recordings at home videos?

I'm running 0.9.9.13 and it doesn't see either file type.

Is there something I just don't have turned on?

The reason I convert them is most programs I've tried for transcoding can work with DVR-MS but not WTV.

Mr Zoid
post #4 of 11
How did you add them to Plex? You can't add them as TV shows. You have to add them as home videos and then choose the personal media agent or something like that.
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How did you add them to Plex? You can't add them as TV shows. You have to add them as home videos and then choose the personal media agent or something like that.

I'll give that a shot.

I didn't find that info when I was searching around.

Mr Zoid
post #6 of 11
I usually just watch them and delete them afterwards. smile.gif I do archive some college sports and movies, in that case I edit out the commercials with VideoRedo and then re-encode to H264. VRD does have some kind of batch processing included with it, though I've never used it myself.
post #7 of 11
video redo all the way. i record a lot of movies on Encore, MGM, TCM, and The Movie Channel and I use it to clip the beginning and end of the files. TCM tends to windowbox everything as a way to deal with overscan, so I usually have to reencode those (and use h264 while I'm at it) to fix those.

for interesting documentaries and concerts i cut out ads and usually just mux them back into wtv.

every once in a while I'll run a bunch of stuff through handbrake overnight to shrink them and turn them into h264 mkvs.
post #8 of 11
I delete >99% of the recorded files.

For the few things I want to keep I have used videoredo to edit the start/stop time. I have re-encoded to reduce the size.
post #9 of 11
Record - watch - delete.
On the rare occasions I save a program I too use VideoReDo to trim the beginning & ends and also edit commercials.
post #10 of 11
Same here. Record, watch, delete. I rarely have time to watch a show twice, nor do I have a desire to most of the time. I also never watch anything on a screen smaller than 36" if I can help it. HDTV was meant to be enjoyed on a big screen. Watching HD on a small screen just doesn't make sense to me.

There is a free app to convert WTV files to DVR-MS. Run a search over at the Green Button and I'm sure you'll find a link to it. I believe it's called WTV Converter or something to that effect. The latest VideoReDo version works with WTV files directly and lets you convert them to DVR-MS or just about any other mpeg format.
post #11 of 11
Have you looked at MCEbuddy? It has alot of nice features. I use it to rip shows to my server so that my wd tv live can play them. The nice thing now is there is a setting in mcebuddy that if you delete it off of your main box it will remove the file from the server as well.
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