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Tivo's Spring 2007 Service Update

Tivo's rolling out its latest software update to Series2 DVR owners. Software version 8.3 is being called Tivo's "Spring 2007 Service Update."

It's a rather modest software upgrade, offering one excellent new feature and one rather mediocre upgrade. This article is an attempt to pull together available information and personal research to document the new features Tivo has made available with this release.

Official Notice

When your Tivo's been updated with the 8.3 release, it reboots your DVR, then gives you the following message:

"We just upgraded your TiVo(R) service with the Spring 2007 Service Update!

This update includes more options for programs in your Now Playing List and integrates incremental support for TiVoCast content.

Frame Capture Using VideoReDo

Looking to capture still images from your favorite video files? Maybe you'd like to capture some clips from the last family gathering to share out on your online photo album.

Whether you want to pull frames from your favorite programs to use as your new backdrop, or create slides from a video for this year's science fair, VideoReDo's got you covered. This excellent video editing software package gives you the tools to quickly and easily manipulate individual frames from your video collection and helps you create cool projects.

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Tivo's Spring 2007 Service Update

Tivo is in the process of rolling out its latest software version to Series2 DVR owners. The upgraded software, version 8.3, is being called Tivo's "Spring 2007 Service Update." At the time of this writing, there's very little information available on the web or from Tivo to explain what's included in the update. This article is an attempt to pull together available information and personal research to document the new features Tivo's made available with this release.

Official Notice

When your Tivo updates with the 8.3 release, it reboots your DVR and gives you the following message:

"We just upgraded your TiVo(R) service with the Spring 2007 Service Update!

This update includes more options for programs in your Now Playing List and integrates incremental support for TiVoCast content.

What is Timeshifting? (Using Your DVR to "Shift Time")

The term “time shifting” might bring back memories of some of the old sci-fi shows, such as Star Trek, Sliders, or Quantum Leap. With a DVR (Digital Video Recorder), you can be a time shifter right in the safety of your own home! Once you know how a DVR can make your TV viewing suit your personal schedule, you’ll never go back to “real time.”

How Does a DVR work?

It’s not all that complicated. Digital Video Recorders use computer technology and your regular television. TV programs are recorded digitally onto a hard disk. When you watch the recorded program, you access the recording from the hard disk rather than from a tape or from a live television signal.

Building a Great Home Theater System

Once a dream for many homeowners, home theater systems are now commonplace in even the most basic home designs. Audiovisual enthusiasts are taking the design of the home theater to a whole new level, adding special touches that make a system unique and state of the art.

Setting Up the Home Theater

There are quite a few things to consider when purchasing a home theater system. Some manufacturers, such as Bose, take the guesswork out of the experience by offering all-in-one systems. Complete with speakers, receiver and a DVD player, these systems range from US$300 for the most basic model, to US$4,000 or more for high-end devices.

Digital Video Recorders 101

If you’ve been hesitant to enter the world of the Digital Video Recorder (DVR), time shifting, and place shifting because it seems complicated and confusing, you may only need a short primer on the topic. Once you know how a DVR works, and what it can do for you, you may be a little more eager to use one. Once you do, you’ll be turning regular television entertainment into your own personalized viewing program.

How Does a DVR Work?

DVRs use computer-based technology that works with your regular television. TV programs are recorded digitally onto a hard disk. When you watch the recorded program, you access it from this hard disk, not from a tape or a live television signal.

General Video Editing with VideoReDo

VideoReDo works really well with a hacked TiVo’s extracted video files and TiVo Series 2 TiVoToGo files, but VideoReDo can also be used with captured video from a plethora of other devices such as Pinnacle PCTV To Go, video capture cards (like the HDHomeRun) running with various software DVR packages, DVDs and even home videos taken via your digital camcorder.

Using VideoReDo to Edit Video From TiVoToGo

Got a TiVo Series 2 DVR? Then you already have the tools necessary to copy recorded shows from TiVo to your PC using TiVo's "TiVoToGo" functionality. No hacked TiVo required - just a Series 2 or later TiVo with the TiVoToGo functionality. (If you have a Series 1 or DirecTV TiVo, which doesn't support TiVoToGo, all is not lost. You can also use VideoReDo with your hacked TiVo S1.)

VideoReDo in Depth

A couple weeks ago, we posted an overview of VideoReDo - the MPEG video editor which allows you to edit TV shows, Movies and Home Videos in minutes rather than hours. This is a more in-depth look at the features and functionality of the software. VideoReDo is intuitive enough to be useful the first time you work with it, but you’ll discover that you can tweak the application for more control as you become more familiar with the product. This article is intended to help you get the most out of the VideoReDo software, including links to detailed "how-to" tutorials to help you perform common tasks with common home media configurations.

VideoReDo smart rendering technology supports MPEG1 editing (including VCD), MPEG2 and Windows Media Center (MCE) editing , including DVD & SVCD editing, Set Top Boxes like TiVo (with TiVo To Go) and the Siemens M740V as well as High Definition editing (HD) program stream and transport stream editing.

Getting More from Your TV with Place Shifting



 

Are you easily spooked by terms such as “place shifting?" Don't be. This is actually an easily used technology that is far less intimidating than it sounds to most of us.

Did you record the game, or your favorite "can't miss" show last weekend when you weren’t home? Did you watch it later? If so, you've already used “time shifting." Place shifting is similar to this, but even more fantastic. If you use your DVR to record the game and then watch it from somewhere other than your house, you are “place shifting.”

If you've ever wished you could take all of your favorite shows with you wherever you are, then place shifting is for you!

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