I’ve made a few updates since my last release a few weeks ago. I thought I’d toss an updated version out there. What’s new in this version:
- Duration is no longer hard-coded to 32:00 and actually reflects the duration of the show
- The script will attempt to find the TiVo via Bonjour/mDNS/ZeroConf/DNS-SD/whatever unless passed a -t flag with the TiVo’s IP address. If you have more than one TiVo, it will go with the first one it finds.
- Moved the stuff in
lib/tivo so the package is more easier sucked in by something like encap or stow
When I get some motivation later in the week, I’ll put the git archive online, incase anyone wants to clone it and do some development on it.
Previously on “You can imagine where it goes from here”: We released a script to download stuff from the tivo, and then made some improvements to it.
After two years of saying I was going to fully automate the process of downloading and transcoding shows for my iPhone, I finally got off my ass and did it. The script is called TiVo2Podcast and it not only does the downloading and transcoding, but it stuffs the resultant video into a an RSS feed for easy consumption/playback by a podcatcher such as iTunes. I’m now automatically getting the shows off my TiVo and onto my iPhone for easy commute-time consumption. (I commute by train, I do not recommend commute-time consumption if you are driving.)
The ruby script wraps tivodecode, HandbrakeCLI, and AtomicParsley and is intended to be run from cron. I’ve tested this on Linux, but it should run on any UNIX-alike, but it won’t run on windows since I make liberal use of the
system() call. Also, this is intended for PERSONAL USE ONLY, do not set up podcast feeds and violate the ethics (and also the laws) of copyright left and right.
This is a very early version and can certainly use some tweaks and enhancements, primarily in configuring the shows you want to capture. Right now, configuration is in the form of doing INSERT statements in SQLite. Not very friendly, but it gets the job done until I can make a quick and dirty question based TUI. Here’s an example of setting up getting the best fucking news team on the planet:
INSERT INTO configs (config_name, show_name, rss_filename, rss_link,
rss_baseurl, rss_ownername, rss_owneremail, ep_to_keep, encode_decomb)
VALUES ('tds', 'The Daily Show', 'tds.xml', 'http://www.thedailyshow.com/',
'http://example.com/podcasts/', 'Keith T. Garner', 'firstname.lastname@example.org', 4, 1);
Download tivoscripts-20100304.tar.gz and let me know what you think. Make sure you read the README!
[Update 3/5: Forgot to add that all the code I wrote is under the Simplified BSD License, so have at it.]
A couple of weeks ago I was in Arizona for work. As I often do when I find myself in Phoenix, I ended up on a podcast. This time around it was Evo@11, hosted by noted new media douchbag, Evo Terra. (Hey, that’s his twitter description.) Along with Evo every episode are his wife Shiela and sound engineer and Strongbow drinker Debbie Walker. They record at the Gangplank Studios, which is a really cool place I’d spend way too much time in if it was pre-marriage and pre-kids and I lived in AZ.
The episode I was on clocks in at about 25 minutes and I didn’t make too much of an ass of myself. A lot of random talk, and a heck of a good time.
After the podcast we went to Sheila and Evo’s place to continue the conversation and drink a bit more. Awesome people, awesome hospitality. Whenever I’m in AZ again, I’ll definately try to visit them. Hopefully they do the same when they are out this way.
photo credit: CC Chapman