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    Windows Media Centre users?

    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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    Original Poster

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    have you tried mapping the WHS share to a local drive letter then assigning recrding to that in media centre?

    Original Poster

    Yeah I tried that, didn't work

    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

    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?

    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).

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



    Edited by: "Discente" 5th Dec 2010

    Original Poster

    Boogie83e

    I use Win7 WMC to record DVB-T and DVB-S channels, archiving TV … 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



    And how do you achieve that? By duplicating the local folder on the server?

    sancho1983

    And how do you achieve that? By duplicating the local folder on the … 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: "Discente" 6th Dec 2010

    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.

    Original Poster

    Boogie83e

    Thanks, Will have a look1st I need to correct myself :-( The consoles can … Thanks, Will have a look1st 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. … 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?

    Original Poster

    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" 7th Dec 2010

    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.

    Original Poster

    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

    sancho1983

    Ideally I would like it to directly record to a folder on my server, … 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.

    Original Poster

    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

    Original Poster

    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....

    sancho1983

    Now creates a file not recognised by anything other than WMC presumably. … 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" 7th Dec 2010
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