When TiVo released version 7.2 of the TiVo software and version 2.2 of the TiVo desktop software, they added a feature which allows the TiVo to retrieve video from a home network. Unfortunately, the TiVo can't play all formats. mencoder_tivo.pl will read any video file and convert it into a format which the TiVo can play.
mencoder_tivo.pl requires MEncoder to be in the path. MEncoder is part of the MPlayer system, which can be downloaded from http://www.mplayerhq.hu/. Make sure that all of the codecs are installed in order for mencoder_tivo to work properly.
mencoder_tivo.pl filename [filename [filename [...]]] --output=filename arguments
filename [filename [filename [...]]]
A list of one or more input files must be specified on the command line. The input files will be stitched together into one output file.
One output filename must be specified.
Create a smaller, low-quality file. By default, mencoder_tivo.pl produces a 480x480 file with video bitrate of 4000 (maximum 12000). The low-quality option will reduce the resolution to 352x480 and set the bitrate to 1000. This option will override the --resolution and --bitrate options.
Create an even smaller, lower-quality file. This reduces the bitrate even further (to 750), the framerate to 24000/1001 (default is 30000/1001) and the audio sample rate to 64 (default is 96). This option overrides the --low-quality option.
Set the aspect to 16/9. (The default aspect is 4/3.)
The default resolution is 480x480, but one of the other TiVo-supported resolutions can be used instead.
By default, files are encoded with a bitrate of 4000 and maximum bitrate of 12000. This option will override that default.
Omit the '-af lavcresample=48000' option, which will cause some versions of MEncoder to crash.
This option tells mencoder_tivo.pl to print the MEncoder command instead of executing it.
Display a help message.
This software is released under the GNU General Public License (GPL).
If you have questions, comments, patches, or bug reports, please contact email@example.com.
Thanks to Martin Frankel at TiVo!
v1.0.1 -- 03-Oct-2005
Added --very-low-quality and --widescreen features
v1.0.0 -- 26-Sep-2005
Initial version, all features seem to work