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Converting SD recording to AVI

September 18th, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

Well, now that you’ve recorded a load of programmes, movies, and Strictly Come Dancing! what are you going to do when you are running out of recording space? Well, some PVRs have the autodelete option, but to keep the recordings you don’t want to delete you will have to convert them to a compressed format.

Using AVS Video Convertor (download a trial copy here), you can do this with ease. First you need to export your recording to an external drive or transfer it to your computer. With access to the .ts file you can drag and drop it into ‘Input File Name’ text box of AVS Video Convertor:

Click on the Format tab, if you are not there already, and click on the To AVI icon. Now, if the recording is from a commercial channel, you might wish to edit these out. This is simply done via the Editor, click on the EDIT icon.

Move the down arrow with the separation line to the spot at the start of the advert section you wish to remove, then click on the Trim Start button (top middle section). Then move to the end of this ‘trim’ section and click on the Trim End button. If finding the start or end frame tricky, you can ‘zoom’ in by sliding the zoom bar, so that you have a better editting accuracy with the arrow/separation maker.

After marking out all the adverts, zoom out to see the pattern and check that you’ve not missed a section.

Once you’ve satisfied that you’ve marked all the adverts, select each marked area and click on the ‘Delete Object’ icon to remove the ads. Do this until all the marked objects are gone.

Click OK to close the Edit screen and go back to the main screen. Click on the Advanced >> button to get the Conversion Options full screen. In the Output File section, pull the drop down menu for the Vide Codec, select DivX MPEG-4 or XviD MPEG-4 Codec. Now, click on Convert!

Click on << Advanced button to minimise AVS Video Convertor:

At the bottom of this window, it displays the conversion progress…

This recording of The Transporter 3 movie (unedited), compressed down to  1.4GB from an initial size of 2.5GB, from .ts to Xvid MPEG-4 Codec AVI, from an initial 2.5GB file.

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  1. Dave
    January 29th, 2012 at 12:48 | #1

    I have tried these instructions with both files copied to USB from the HUMAX and files transferred off the HUMAX via ftp. It does not work with the ftp files.

  2. Dave
    January 29th, 2012 at 15:52 | #2

    I should have said why! The Video Convertor does not recognise the file format of files transferred via ftp. It would appear that sending the files to UB first alters the format somehow?

  3. son_t
    February 1st, 2012 at 11:48 | #3

    I assume you have a HDR-FOX T2. All recordings are encrypted on the internal HDD. If you copy the recordings to an external USB drive the box decrypts them. If you FTP the recordings straight off the internal HDD, then the box does not decrypt and hence you will not be able to process the encrypted .ts files.

  4. Dave
    February 1st, 2012 at 19:02 | #4

    Ok thanks for the clarification. In your blog you say “First you need to export your recording to an external drive or transfer it to your computer”. I had assumed that “or transfer it to your computer” meant file transfer (ftp).

  5. harry.potter
    June 10th, 2012 at 18:09 | #5

    Hi there
    Is it too late to raise a question on this topic?
    I have a year old Foxsat 320 HDR. I have linked it to a 1Tb Buffalo drive. All very good.
    But SWMBO has commandeered the beast (only machine she finds she can work) and if I want to record or watch my stuff I have to do it in my study on my newly bought T2 500 Freeview.
    However on the Sat and Buffalo are a number of files I want to move to the study, and I have just discovered that what is copied out of one cannot be copied into or read by the other.
    Is the AVI file of this thread universally recognized by the two machines? Will it play? Will it copy and store? Is it my solution?
    I don’t record in HD because both machines upscale so beautifully.

  6. son_t
    June 22nd, 2012 at 09:21 | #6

    You find that if you delete the .hmt and .nts files which are exported along side of the .ts file the T2 should play the recordings just fine.

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