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TiVoDecode Manager (TDM) is a free Applescript Studio interface (i.e. "wrapper") for the tivodecode program that automates the process of downloading of TiVo Series 2/3/HD files to your computer and decoding into MPEG-2, MPEG-4, or H.264 files.

It is not for Series 1 or DirecTiVos

Features include:
  • Bonjour discovery of local TiVos (or enter an IP manually)
  • Listing of show, episode, date recorded, and other information
  • One-click download and decoding of TiVo shows
  • Batch processing queue for multiple downloads
  • On-the-fly transcoding of video to Quicktime/iPod-compatible MPEG-4 or H.264 more...

What's New

Version 3.0:
  • Added H.264 automatic compression. File size is smaller, but takes longer to compress
  • Using new versions of tivodecoder and mencoder, which should help performance
  • Fixed compatibility problems with Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard. Now requires version 10.5 or higher. Version 10.5.6 recommended
  • Fixed startup delay with the version checking feature

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.5 or later Tested with 10.5.6, but may work on earlier versions of 10.5.

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truthhurts Member IconReview+415
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Nearly worthless program. Only after numerous tries would it connect to the Tivo (I know the Tivo connectivity works, as downloading via the built-in web server is fine, as is the NowPlaying widget). Interface is extremely glitchy, frequently not responding to user input, or bizarrely selecting list items that weren't clicked. Attempting to download does nothing - no data is transferred at all. Adding to queue and downloading the queue similarly does not work. Controls sometimes disable themselves, sometimes not, with no rhyme or reason.

It's nice that someone is trying, but this software is far too buggy to be of any use.

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Version 3.0
truthhurts (developer)
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iTivo (which appears to be based on the same code) works flawlessly. Not available on MacUpdate, but easy to find via Google.

bcwinters Member IconComment+15
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The README that accompanies v3.0 says that source code is available on the app's SourceForge page, but the notes file on the web page says the code hasn't been released because it's too messy.

I'm grateful that the developer of this handy little app has started working on it again and I hope he finds time to do some "housecleaning" on the code--I would love to see if input from some other programmers could get 3.0 running on Tiger, for instance, and it would be great if the bug with accented characters in show names/descriptions could be fixed so those shows could be transferred.

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Version 3.0
nbullrich Member IconComment+0
nbullrich
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I downloaded the decode manager and works fine without crashing. However when I play the downloaded tv shows in Itunes or in my Ipod Touch, the sound is not at sync with the image. Actually the sound is delayed. Anyone knows if I have a wrong setting or how can I fix this problem?

Thanks for the help.

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Version 2.1
GraphAKS Member IconComment+0
GraphAKS
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OS X 10.5 - The downloads get to 33-39% complete and they start over. I've tried tweaking the prefs and nothing seems to resolve it.

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Version 2.1
AndySand Member IconComment+0
AndySand
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TDM 2.1 misbehaves on MacBook Pro 2.4 Leopard. Every attempt to download and decode a selected Tivo show ends up having to be cancelled because the process never ends. The progress bar indicates successful processing until the end of the process is reached, at which point the process starts all over. The desktop mpeg4 file doesn't finish. So to test the possibility I've somehow corrupted TDM, I want to uninstall all of it. Simply trashing the TDM folder doesn't do it -- the Media Access Key is stashed somewhere, for example. How do I completely remove TDM so I can start all over?

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Version 2.1
CABnDFW
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I have used Tivodecode Manager for over a year now and until today I have not had any problems. However, with Leopard 10.5.1 running the app crashes a few seconds into a download and decode of a show. Then it loops and starts again writing over the previous fragment of a file. This happens repeatedly. I have deleted the PLIST file and it did not help.

Any ideas? Sounds like a Leopard problem to me. I love this program and hope that it gets fixed soon.

bcwinters Member IconReview+15
bcwinters
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I launched TivoDecode Manager, entered my TiVo's IP address and media access key, and within 10 seconds I was backing up a recording of a news program I'd been saving since 2003! Excellent.

This app is still rough around the edges, though--I'd rather see the IPs and media access keys stored in the keychain; the progress bar sometimes stalls and times out (I just occasionally Get Info on the ripped file to see when it has stopped getting larger); there's no frames-per-second or other useful metric to tell you how good your CPU's performance is--but overall, it's a sweet little utility that Just Works. Looking forward to future versions!

(Note that I'm giving the app 3 stars for stability--it hasn't crashed on me, but that seemed to be the right place to downgrade it for the stalling progress bar and other rough interface issues.)

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Version 2.1
Draechen Member IconComment+18
Draechen
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Fantastic software! I just wanted to add how good I thought this software was. I download my tivo files, watch them via front row as it saves it right to my movies folder. Makes it truly a joy to use frontrow with my tivo content. Keep up the great work!

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Version 1.5.5
RonHutchins Member IconComment+0
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I downloaded the tivodecoder today and attempted to download one of my recorded shows. Loved that it was able to download the show, but when I went to play it, it gave me an error message and wouldn't play the show. Any idea? The error message was pretty non-descript. I would love to get this thing working this week if anyone knows if this is something that happens often or maybe this was an aberration.

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Version 1.5.5
CDavey
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Use VLC, no Quicktime.

RonHutchins
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What is VLC?

MacUpdate-Lon (developer)
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VLC Media Player.

nothingistrue Member IconReview+2
nothingistrue
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really nice, and amazing quick work on the updates. works perfectly for me!

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Version 1.5
aquax Member IconReview+0
aquax
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So far, I've been very impressed. It's a nice clean GUI, and the features keep improving with each version, and the bugs are fewer.

It's unfortunate TiVo has completely dropped the ball on Mac support, and we're forced to work around their restrictions, but my hat's off to this developer for creating a very Mac-like solution.

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Version 1.5
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Downloads 13,897
Version Downloads 4,531
License Free
Date 07 Feb 2009
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price Free