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Convert high-def DVR files to regular DVDs via Automator System
This hint descrbies a method I've developed for converting high definition (HD) video captured by my Hauppauge HD-PVR into a high-quality standard DVD format using a series of Automator workflows and additional software.

The combination of the Hauppauge HD-PVR video capture and conversion device and Elgato's EyeTV 3 software provides the only method of which I'm aware for capturing high definition video (1080i resolution) from any compatible source.

I do it this way because the issues of cost and portability for routinely preserving video captured at HD resolution make standard DVD format the best choice for me. I also believe that this method gives me a higher quality result, in terms of time and effort spent, than any I could achieve through exporting to iDVD or Toast or anything else that I can afford. Also, I don't believe there's any other way to preserve 5.1 audio when converting video with these specifications to standard DVD format.

I've written a set of detailed instructions for this process. The instructions cover downloading, configuring, and installing the open source software tools needed to make the workflows work, in addition to the Automator workflows themselves.

[robg adds: This hint ran last year, with all the detailed instructions posted here. However, the workflows and process are constantly-evolving, so rather than have an out-of-date method posted here, I've decided to simply link to the instructions. While this means that if the source site vanishes this hint is useless, it was pretty much that way already, given the updates to the workflows that weren't reflected in the hint.]
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Convert high-def DVR files to regular DVDs via Automator
Authored by: DJMac317 on Jun 01, '09 04:10:32PM
Also there is VideoVangelist for OS X which is a universal binary and will not only convert the files to DVD but to many other formats too. All the necessary libraries are there and for only $10.00 it'll save you a ton of work. http://www.whimsplucky.com/videovangelist

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Convert high-def DVR files to regular DVDs via Automator
Authored by: llee on Jun 01, '09 08:41:32PM

These, I believe, are significant differences between the output of the method described in the hint and the output of Videovangelist.

Videovangelist can't output 5.1 (6 channel) audio.
Frame rate cannot be maintained at 24 fps, which, IMO at least, is the only way to preserve original motion quality.



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Convert high-def DVR files to regular DVDs via Automator
Authored by: llee on Jun 02, '09 12:01:05AM

I ran a test of the full procedure on a fresh boot volume today. Everything worked with one exception, which is that the current version of ffmpeg required me to add "--enable-nonfree" to the configure options, which appears to be due to a change in compatibility between ffmpeg and the suggested method of installing faac. That can be added to the end of the list of configure options in the ffmpeg configure step, separated from the rest with a space.

Also, I found it necessary to make repeated attempts to connect to the x264 snapshots ftp site before I was successful.

I certainly wish for success for those who are persistent enough to complete the process. But even if you don't perform the video conversion, I hope that the workflows will provide helpful examples for using Automator to build and execute complex shell scripts.



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Convert high-def DVR files to regular DVDs via Automator
Authored by: llee on Jun 02, '09 06:17:26AM

Oh, and yes, I've tested the process successfully when starting out with 10.5.7 and all accompanying system updates through start of business today (6-2-09) before installing the additional software.



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Convert high-def DVR files to regular DVDs via Automator
Authored by: llee on Sep 17, '09 09:51:34AM
VideoVangelist and other previously commercial titles free as of today:

http://www.whimsplucky.com/videovangelist

Thanks, DJ!

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Convert high-def DVR files to regular DVDs via Automator
Authored by: kamath on Jan 22, '10 01:25:24AM

MTR is now at V4, and active. You *MUST* gift in order to get it. The forum URL was posted here already.

I use 0Sex, however, when doing this, because it's a little easier to extract *JUST* the bit I want with it. However, 0Sex is in fact seemingly dead. It still "Just Works", however.

Once you have the AC3 file, you can use ffmpegx as described in the link in the OP. You do not need Video to convert to MP3.

I did this to create ring tones for my wife. I grabbed the intro to a TV show she likes, converted it to MP3 format, loaded it in Garage Band, edited it down to 40 seconds, and sent it to iTunes as a ring tone.



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Convert high-def DVR files to regular DVDs via Automator
Authored by: llee on Jan 23, '10 09:18:01AM

I'm not sure I understand how your comment applies to this hint, because the hint is about creating DVDs, not ripping them.



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Convert high-def DVR files to regular DVDs via Automator
Authored by: llee on Feb 12, '10 09:52:55AM
I created an Automator workflow to build a burnable disk image from a blu-ray disc folder structure:
lonestar.utsa.edu/llee/applescript/BD_disc_image.html

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Convert high-def DVR files to regular DVDs via Automator
Authored by: llee on Mar 24, '10 01:39:15PM
Important News!

I've recently developed some Applescript droplets that not only include methods for converting video files to iPod and iPhone compatible formats, but provide methods for conversion of EyeTV native export formats. You can use these droplets to replace the method described in Step 4 of the instructions. Check 'em out here!

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Convert high-def DVR files to regular DVDs via Automator
Authored by: llee on Jul 14, '11 08:21:47AM
I've moved most of my linked contributions to Mac OS X Hints because of the retirement of a venerable old server, but I wanted to share the fact that I've overhauled this hint to include iDevices and lots of other stuff. It's a lot more manageable now, as well, the only possible trade-off being that it now requires Snow Leopard exclusively. Imagine, for example, being able to play an iPhone 4 HD movie through the Apple component video adapter into the Hauppauge HD-PVR, then to drop the exported full quality stream file exported from EyeTV onto an AppleScript applet that converts it to a video file you can sync to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch using iTunes whenever you like. Now imagine that the quality of the converted file is practically indistinguishable from the original, even when played on an HD screen. https://sites.google.com/site/llee040/Home/hdtv_to_dvd/

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