Monday, December 19, 2005

iTunes, iPod, and TiVo

So in my interest to see how easy it is to transfer video from my TiVo to a video iPod, that is until TiVoToGo does it for me, I've been experimenting and discovered a combination of tools and solutions that I wanted to share. My process for transferring video breaks down to the following steps:

  1. Transfer the video to my PC using TiVo Desktop 2.2

  2. Unlock the video using the Direct Show Dump Utility

  3. Convert the MPEG-2 video to an iPod-compatible format, 320x240 H.264, using PSP Video 9

  4. Transfer the video file to my Mac

  5. Set the MPEG-4 atoms that iTunes uses to organize video as a 'TV Show' using AtomicParsley

  6. Add the video file to my iTunes Library

  7. Transfer the video to my video iPod

The End!
Phew! That was a lot of work. Well, it feels simpler and easier than it sounds on paper. I'm going to follow up with posts that expand on several of the steps.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Procreation, the poor man's immortality

June 2006, that's when my first child will arrive upon the Earth for all to behold! Yes, it's true, I shall be a father this time next year.