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.
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