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Windows 7: Converting WTV Files?

07 Sep 2009   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate and Ubuntu 9.04
 
 
Converting WTV Files?

Alright, so I'm recording a bunch of shows in Windows Media Center, and I want to burn them to DVD.

The thing is, they're really long and WMC just says they're too long and aborts. In reality, I could trim them or something, lower the bitrate, whatever... and using an expert program like TMPGEnc will produce better results than WMC anyway.

But those darn WTV files can't be read by anything but Windows Media programs. How would I convert them to something usable *without degrading quality*? (Like, you know, dump the streams into a WMV)

The other thing I'm curious about is the captions... I think WMC would just remove them when burning a DVD... how could I make something like an SRT? I love how WMC can record closed captioning, as the WinTV software can't. I just want them in a format I can use, as I said before.

Any ideas?


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07 Sep 2009   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium [64-Bit]
 
 

Here's a paid solution:
WTV to AVI Dvix Converter : Convert WTV to AVI Divx

Will keep an eye out for other software, solutions...
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07 Sep 2009   #3

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Here's a free program that supports Windows 7 --==> Download
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07 Sep 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RTM
 
 

Windows 7 has a utility to convert .wtv files to dvr-ms files (the older MCE format). It's c:\windows\ehome\WTVconverter.exe

Here's a batch file I use to convert all the .wtv files in my recorded tv folder:

move "v:\Recorded TV\*.wtv" "v:\Recorded TV\convert\"
c:\windows\ehome\WTVconverter.exe "v:\Recorded TV\convert\*.wtv"
move "v:\Recorded TV\convert\*.dvr-ms" "v:\Recorded TV\"
Del "v:\Recorded TV\convert\*.wtv"
pause
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07 Sep 2009   #5

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by drfsupercenter View Post
Alright, so I'm recording a bunch of shows in Windows Media Center, and I want to burn them to DVD.

The thing is, they're really long and WMC just says they're too long and aborts. In reality, I could trim them or something, lower the bitrate, whatever... and using an expert program like TMPGEnc will produce better results than WMC anyway.

But those darn WTV files can't be read by anything but Windows Media programs. How would I convert them to something usable *without degrading quality*? (Like, you know, dump the streams into a WMV)

The other thing I'm curious about is the captions... I think WMC would just remove them when burning a DVD... how could I make something like an SRT? I love how WMC can record closed captioning, as the WinTV software can't. I just want them in a format I can use, as I said before.

Any ideas?
You could also check out this thread:

How to convert .wtv files

Cheers!

Robert
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18 Oct 2009   #6

xp, 7, ubuntu
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dnorris View Post
Windows 7 has a utility to convert .wtv files to dvr-ms files (the older MCE format). It's c:\windows\ehome\WTVconverter.exe

Here's a batch file I use to convert all the .wtv files in my recorded tv folder:

move "v:\Recorded TV\*.wtv" "v:\Recorded TV\convert\"
c:\windows\ehome\WTVconverter.exe "v:\Recorded TV\convert\*.wtv"
move "v:\Recorded TV\convert\*.dvr-ms" "v:\Recorded TV\"
Del "v:\Recorded TV\convert\*.wtv"
pause

Brilliant..! Wish I had noticed this earlier...

Quick note though... it wont work with HD recordings. So, if you are recording BBC HD using a DVB-S2 card (Hauppauge card in mine) then beware of the bit that states
<QUOTE>Del "v\Recorded TV\conert\*.wtv"</QUOTE>

Anybody any idea what the answer there might be. I guess that we need to only copy SD TV over to the convert folder....
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22 Nov 2010   #7

 
 

Quick note though... it wont work with HD recordings. So, if you are recording BBC HD using a DVB-S2 card (Hauppauge card in mine) then beware of the bit that states
<QUOTE>Del "v\Recorded TV\conert\*.wtv"</QUOTE>

Anybody any idea what the answer there might be. I guess that we need to only copy SD TV over to the convert folder....[/QUOTE]

Here we have a problem. TV recordings from a HD or MPEG4 channel can not be burned. When I try to do so in WMC the error messages comes: this file format is not supported. I have bought Nero 10 because they told me that it burned WTV files, but I realize that it is only from MPEG2 channels. I have been asked to send a file to Nero and they replied that there was no sound track in it. But the WTV file played with sound in my Win 7 Windows Media Center, and Nero Media Hub10. But where does Microsoft hide the audio file. On the burned DVD I can only se Video_TS files.
Then I have tried WTV to AVI, but it gave the result:
"Directshow error: The video format not support! This WTV file has H264 format. Please try WTV H264 to Mpeg Converter"
Who can solve this problem????
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