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Anybody use Windows Media Centre to view and record TV? Am looking to save the recorded TV to a network drive, specifically my WHS server. It only shows up with local drives in the settings, is … Read More
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6y, 5m agoPosted 6 years, 5 months ago
Anybody use Windows Media Centre to view and record TV?

Am looking to save the recorded TV to a network drive, specifically my WHS server. It only shows up with local drives in the settings, is there any way of doing this?
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6y, 5m agoPosted 6 years, 5 months ago
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have you tried mapping the WHS share to a local drive letter then assigning recrding to that in media centre?
#3
Yeah I tried that, didn't work :(
#4
This might not be the best solution but at least it might give you an idea in the right direction.

Does WHS support WTV file format storage/playback with Windows Media Center?
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banned#5
perhaps you could set up a sync with your WHS and the location of the recordings

then in media centre set it so that it only keeps like 10hrs of recordings?
#6
I use Win7 WMC to record DVB-T and DVB-S channels, archiving TV recordings to WHS V1 automatically, and shared on the Home Network as - Recorded TV (\\SERVER). 8)

3xPCs, A Laptop, 2x360's, PS3, PSP can ALL access Recorded TV

:D


Edited By: Boogie83e on Dec 05, 2010 00:51: movearoundtext
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Boogie83e
I use Win7 WMC to record DVB-T and DVB-S channels, archiving TV recordings to WHS V1 automatically, and shared on the Home Network as - Recorded TV (\\SERVER). 8)

3xPCs, A Laptop, 2x360's, PS3, PSP can ALL access Recorded TV

:D



And how do you achieve that? By duplicating the local folder on the server?
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sancho1983
Boogie83e
I use Win7 WMC to record DVB-T and DVB-S channels, archiving TV recordings to WHS V1 automatically, and shared on the Home Network as - Recorded TV (\\SERVER). 8)3xPCs, A Laptop, 2x360's, PS3, PSP can ALL access Recorded TV :D
And how do you achieve that? By duplicating the local folder on the server?

1st I need to correct myself :-( The consoles can only access a compressed version (.wmv) of recorded TV (.wtv) on Videos(\\SERVER) share.

Watch this old video Aug 31, 2009 Windows Home Server Power Pack 3

Edited By: Boogie83e on Dec 06, 2010 07:55: the s in vidoes :-P
#9
Share your media in HomeGroup and use UNC paths to reference your files. UNC paths are fully qualified paths to your network, e.g. //MyServer/MyVideos/MyFilm . If you do not use HomeGroup then each PC that has access must have the same username and password for an account.

If you are not worried with the credentials from connected PCs, you can simply turn off Windows password protection sharing.
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Boogie83e
sancho1983
Boogie83e
I use Win7 WMC to record DVB-T and DVB-S channels, archiving TV recordings to WHS V1 automatically, and shared on the Home Network as - Recorded TV (\\SERVER). 8)3xPCs, A Laptop, 2x360's, PS3, PSP can ALL access Recorded TV :D
And how do you achieve that? By duplicating the local folder on the server?


Thanks, Will have a look



1st I need to correct myself :-( The consoles can only access a compressed version (.wmv) of recorded TV (.wtv) on Videos(\\SERVER) share.

Watch this old video Aug 31, 2009 Windows Home Server Power Pack 3

ElliottC
Share your media in HomeGroup and use UNC paths to reference your files. UNC paths are fully qualified paths to your network, e.g. //MyServer/MyVideos/MyFilm . If you do not use HomeGroup then each PC that has access must have the same username and password for an account.

If you are not worried with the credentials from connected PCs, you can simply turn off Windows password protection sharing.


I don't think Windows Home Server supports Homegroups does it?
#11
I obviously don't have power pack 2, let alone 3, as the guy on the video was saying it should just work.

Will check when I get home

Edited By: sancho1983 on Dec 07, 2010 11:40: asd
#12
sancho1983
I don't think Windows Home Server supports Homegroups does it?

Ah I see. I thought you were attempting to play back recorded content in Windows MCE. I have not had experience of WHS but I believe I know somebody who has so will get back to you this evening.
#13
Ideally I would like it to directly record to a folder on my server, which I could then watch elsewhere, including doing it on the fly (watch half of Peep Show downstairs then the rest upstairs when I go to bed)

I don't think that's possible, but from watching that video Power Pack 3 should enable it to automatically transfer the recordings from the local drive to the folder on the server - every night whilst not recording. Which would be acceptable
#14
sancho1983
Ideally I would like it to directly record to a folder on my server, which I could then watch elsewhere, including doing it on the fly (watch half of Peep Show downstairs then the rest upstairs when I go to bed)I don't think that's possible, but from watching that video Power Pack 3 should enable it to automatically transfer the recordings from the local drive to the folder on the server - every night whilst not recording. Which would be acceptable

OK, the solution is to map a directory of your network drive as a drive letter so don't map the root of your network drive. Also ensure that the credentials of your network drive is the same as your user login credentials.
#15
I'm a bit of an idiot, in the WHS settings there's a Media Centre section which tells you what to do. Just needed to run the Media Centre connector on the Win7 machine, so have done that. Just looking at further settings for backing up the recordings.

Apparently I have enough space on my server for 656,244 photos
#16
Now creates a file not recognised by anything other than WMC presumably. WTV format? xbmc doesn't recognise it, presume WDTV doesn't, will be testing when I go to bed.

I didn't really understand the link posted in post #4 by ScottyBoy, I see what they're talking about now though....
#17
sancho1983
Now creates a file not recognised by anything other than WMC presumably. WTV format? xbmc doesn't recognise it, presume WDTV doesn't, will be testing when I go to bed.I didn't really understand the link posted in post #4 by ScottyBoy, I see what they're talking about now though....

Thanks to software developers who use proprietary formats much to the chagrin of their users, the WTV format is proprietary to MS. There is a utility called Todvrms which will convert WTV to DVRMS or you can right click the file in Windows 7 MCE and select the option to convert to DVRMS. However, I doubt XBMC will play DVRMS encoded files and unfortunately, only Microsoft have the decoder for such files.

There may be a way to convert the files though but requires playing back the complete file while a driver that acts as a fake graphics card driver intercepts the video and records it. Darius DRM converter is one such application but there are many others that perform similar functionality. I cannot guarantee that it can intercept video playback via MCE though as I wouldn't put it past Microsoft to block the drivers when playing back the files.

There may be converters that do not use fake graphics drivers but I am not aware of any that will convert WTV though. However, after converting from WTV to DVR-MS there may be an option to perform another encode to MPEG2. Try searching on "The Green Button" website for a converter from DVR-MS to MPEG2. After all, DVR-MS is actually a container for MPEG2 CODEC but Microsoft have inconveniently made this difficult but they are not the only ones - ask the other evil empire that is known as Apple.


Edited By: ElliottC on Dec 07, 2010 22:55: .

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