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Converting WMC .wtv Recorded TV

Mon Jan 13, 2014 11:13 pm

So my 3TB HDD has officially filled up, and I just added a second 2TB HDD. I need to set up something to monitor the Recorded TV folder from WMC and auto convert, but I'm having some issues. I tried using MCEBuddy to remove commercials and convert, but it never really worked right. I tried Handbrake to just convert, but the audio was out of sync. So I've got about 250 TV Shows and Movies in my Recorded folder that I need to convert/shrink and leave on monitor. Has anyone else had experiences with WMC .wtv files before? What do you use to convert them? Do you use a commercial remover? And how do you set up a monitoring program? Thanks for the input!
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Re: Converting WMC .wtv Recorded TV

Tue Jan 14, 2014 5:24 pm

I've never tried it myself, but this looks like it might be promising:
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Re: Converting WMC .wtv Recorded TV

Tue Jan 14, 2014 5:28 pm

Handbrake does it. Which version of handbrake are you using? Or, you use Windows Movie Maker/Movie Maker and convert it to mp4.
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Re: Converting WMC .wtv Recorded TV

Tue Jan 14, 2014 5:41 pm

I think DVRMSToolbox does that.
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Re: Converting WMC .wtv Recorded TV

Tue Jan 14, 2014 6:55 pm

For what it's worth, if the program was recorded in WMC and the content is from a channel that tags it with DRM, then that gets encoded into the .wtv file. Handbrake will fail at decoding these programs. However, broadcast channels and any other channel that actually allows for it to be decoded, you can do those with Handbrake just fine.
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Re: Converting WMC .wtv Recorded TV

Tue Jan 14, 2014 6:57 pm

The reality is you can use dvrmstoolbox with some other tools. is a great place to get acquainted with the various methods people use.

Personally, I cut all the commercials myself. Most automated programs either miss your commercials or cut your show or both.

I purchased TMPGEnc Video Mastering Works 5 and it works great.

As always, these programs will not touch any copy protected .wtv file. So if you are on a cable service that puts the broadcast flag for anything other than copy freely, you won't be able to edit. Without jumping through a bunch of hoops to play to video and record from the stream. (PITA that one is)

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Re: Converting WMC .wtv Recorded TV

Tue Jan 14, 2014 7:00 pm

MceBuddy works for me. But I'm running the early access program and I had some problems with 2.3.11 and earlier build. Worse case, go for a two stage process, just demux with MceBuddy then encode with Hanbrake.

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