.wtv file conversion

Discussion in 'alt.windows7.general' started by Ivan, Feb 19, 2010.

  1. Ivan

    Ivan Guest

    When I first installed a DVB-T and a DVB-S card into Windows Media Media
    Center I had no problem in converting the recorded and saved .wtv files to
    ..dvr, by right clicking the files I wanted to convert and then clicking
    'convert to .dvr', it doesn't matter what I do now that particular option
    simply doesn't appear anymore in the drop down menu.
    I've checked with various .wtv files with no joy, and just in case it was my
    tired old brain forgetting to do something right, I checked it out in the
    help menu, which states.. "Go to the folder where your recorded TV files are
    stored (usually C:\Users\Public), right-click the file that you want to
    convert, and then click Convert to .dvr-ms Format. The new file will be
    created and stored in the same folder with "DVRMS" appended to the file
    name".. which is exactly what I have been doing, however there's now no sign
    of the "Convert to .dvr-ms Format" any clues please, anyone. TIA Ivan.
    Ivan, Feb 19, 2010
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  2. My guess is that the file(s) you'e clicking on are H264 encoded. Those files
    cannot be directly converted to DVR so it'd make sense that the selection be
    greyed out.
    Colon Terminus, Feb 21, 2010
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  3. Ivan

    Ivan Guest

    In all honesty I don't think that's it, the problem with WMC is that instead
    of recording and saving files in their original (flexible) .ts/mpeg format
    (as with the cards original software) in WMC they are saved and stored with
    the (unchangeable) extension .wtv, which until recently I have been able to
    convert to .dvr files in W7 by simply going to the 'Recorded TV' folder,
    right clicking on the file I want to convert and selecting 'convert to', now
    however the menu isn't even greyed out, it simply no longer even appears as
    an option.
    Ivan, Feb 21, 2010
  4. Ivan

    Mortimer Guest

    How compatible are .wtv files with other software such as Windows Media
    Player, VideoRedo, Adobe Premier etc. Is it still possible to top-and-tail
    and edit the commercials out of a .wtv file without re-encoding it, and then
    burn it to DVD?
    Mortimer, Feb 21, 2010
  5. Ivan

    Mortimer Guest

    Another question: is WTV is wrapper for an MPEG stream, like DVR_MS is, or
    is it a totally different format which requires a long slow process if it is
    to be converted to a non-proprietary format such as MPEG?
    Mortimer, Feb 21, 2010
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    relic Guest

    relic, Feb 21, 2010
  7. Ivan

    Ivan Guest

    I have to confess that you are asking the wrong person, it's the reason why
    I'm enquiring on this particular NG :eek:).. however by checking out Google
    your assumption would appear to be correct.
    One (albeit rather tedious) way around the problem is that WMC will directly
    burn the recorded .wtv files (except HD ones) to a DVD, so what I have done
    in the past is to burn them onto a DVD+RW, then cut and paste the resulting
    mpeg files into a separate folder, this enables a greater degree of
    flexibility to do with them what I will.
    P.S. After writing the above as a long shot I wondered whether the failure
    of the recorded program files to convert might have something to do with the
    length of time (a couple of months) that the .wtv files have been stored on
    the hard drive, I therefore decided to record a segment of the Brit awards
    and burn it to DVD, only to find that it all goes as far as the burning
    process and then an error message comes up telling me that they're the wrong
    type of files?
    It seems to me that this is probably connected to my original problem, which
    would appear to indicate that something bad has happened to my copy of WMC,
    this now begs the question, is there a way of repairing or reinstalling WMC
    without having to completely delete it and go through the grief of losing
    everything, including the rather lengthy process of setting up the DVB-T/S
    Ivan, Feb 21, 2010
  8. Ivan

    Mortimer Guest

    I've just found this explanation in a blog:

    Reallango + February 10th, 2010 (#):

    I think you need to have Windows Media Center set as the default program in
    order for this option to be present. I have Windows 7 Ultimate and did not
    have the option until I set the default program for wtv files back to
    windows media center.


    Could that explain your problem?
    Mortimer, Feb 22, 2010
  9. Ivan

    Ivan Guest

    Certainly has, Mortimer mate you're a star, if you're ever down in darkest
    Zumerset I'll buy thee a pint of scrumpy.. Problem solved, it would appear
    that for some reason or another they had defaulted to' Windows Live Movie
    Maker', even though I can't honestly remember actually assigning that as the
    default viewer.
    Ivan, Feb 22, 2010
  10. Ivan

    Mortimer Guest

    Glad to be of help. I've extracted the pint of scrumpy that you attached to
    your posting and I'll drink it later on! ;-)

    As a matter of interest, how long does it take to convert a .wtv file to
    ..dvr-ms format? For example, for an hour-long programme? Is it more or less
    instantaneous (suggesting the both .wtv and .drv-ms contain MPEG streams and
    conversion is simply changing one wrapper for another) or does it take f-ing
    ages (suggesting that complete recoding is taking place)?
    Mortimer, Feb 22, 2010
  11. Ivan

    Ivan Guest

    Well I've just checked his out and it converted a 30 minute programme from
    ..wtv to .dvr-ms in just over a minute.
    I then put it through an excellent (simple and free) little program 'DVR-MS
    to MPEG Converter' which literally takes a matter of seconds
    <http://sites.google.com/site/dvrmstompeg/dvr-mstompegconverter>you can then
    convert to almost anything you wish, such as my favourite (for flash memory)
    Ivan, Feb 22, 2010
  12. Ivan

    Mortimer Guest

    Thanks for that.

    I tend to work entirely in dvr-ms (recording on Media Centre on Vista).
    Having just got Win 7 on another PC I'm wondering about using that for doing
    the recording.

    I use VideoRedo which can edit any MPEG stream (it can read .mpg, .dvr-ms or
    ..vob off a DVD), top-and-tail a recording and take out the commercials, and
    then write back to those formats (producing a .vob takes ages because of the
    recoding and multiplexing). I tend to write back to .dvr-ms because that
    preserves any programme description and episode title which is useful when I
    come to watch programmes some time later.

    I always remove commercials manually. I've found that the auto-removal
    capabilities of VideoRedo (and other similar programs) are very slow and
    have trouble locating commercials accurately. Quicker and easier to do it

    If .wtv to .dvr-ms conversion is taking about a minute, I think it's just
    changing one wrapper for another, rather than re-encoding. That's good news!
    Mortimer, Feb 22, 2010
  13. Ivan

    Ivan Guest

    Sorry about the URL I posted, I didn't leave a space after it, so that
    '>you' became part of the address line, if you do want to see what it's all
    about just click on it and remove '>you' in the browser address line.
    Another programme I use is Avidemux 2.5.2,
    <http://fixounet.free.fr/avidemux/> the editing and the filters are very
    Ivan, Feb 22, 2010
  14. Ivan

    Mortimer Guest

    That's OK. I worked out what the problem was and modified the URL. Yes, I've
    used DVR-MS to MPEG and then AVS Video Re-Editor, though I found that this
    didn't always produce frame-perfect cuts and you sometimes got glitches at
    the joins. Video Redo is great because you can literally take out one frame
    if you need to. I edited a video that I transferred from VHS; it was a short
    film that a group of us made on a video workshop and it was originally
    edited on VHS. The assemble edits were OK but the insert edits always had a
    one- or two-frame glitch where the dropped-in segment had a couple of B&W
    frames. Using VideoRedo I could chop out just those bad frames (luckily
    without causing any audio glitches!) and get rid of the subliminal flash at
    every edit point.
    That looks a most intersting tool. I'll download it and see what it can do.
    Mortimer, Feb 22, 2010
  15. Ivan


    Apr 12, 2010
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    I also use VideoRedo and have had it for years. I was angry when I upgraded to Windows7 and it no longer works. Do you use it for .wtv files and if so how? They sent me a pseudo code thing to work with a while back but it fails misserably. I would appreciate the help. Mostly, if I can get from .wtv to .dvrms if needed I will do that. Do you have suggestions for a free converter?
    mikejenkins1, Apr 12, 2010
  16. Ivan


    Aug 31, 2011
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    It is related to the H.264 content.

    Actually you can convert WTV files directly to other video formats using Bigasoft WTV Converter. It works like a charm to convert WTV files, HD WTV files, WTV files with HD content.

    elvera, Aug 31, 2011
  17. Ivan


    May 26, 2015
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    I think iDealshare VideoGo is the best WTV Converter for the following reasons:

    Reason 1: It can convert WTV to MP4, WTV to AVI, MKV, WMV, MOV, ASF, DV, FLV, OGV, 3GP, ASF, TS, MXF, RM, DV, MPEG, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, WebM, etc. Then it is just easy to play WTV files anywhere.

    Reason 2: It can convert WTV video files to almost all audio formats like MP3, WMA, WAV, OGG, RA, AU, DTS, AIFF, AC3, AAC, M4A, FLAC, MP2, APE, etc.

    Reason 3: It also supports converting any videos and audios like WMV, ASF, ASX, AVI, XMV, DV, DivX, Xvid, MKV, FLV, F4V, SWF, MXF, WebM, MP4, MPG, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, MJPEG, H.264, RM, RMVB, MOV, M4V, QT, DAT, 720p/1080p AVCHD, MTS, MOD, TP, Apple ProRes, R3D, etc and OPUS, AAC, AC3, DTS, ALAC, OGG, OGA, MP3, WAV, FLAC, WMA, XWM, 3GA, M4A, M4B, AIFF, AIFC, CAF, MPC, QCP, VOC, VOX, GSM, etc.

    Reason 4: It also can convert video to WTV.

    Reason 5: It features some editing function like trim, crop, rotate, split, merge,

    Reason 6: It even can directly play WTV files without conversion.
    stronggerfate, May 26, 2015
  18. Ivan


    Nov 18, 2015
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    WTV file is a recorded television file created by Window Media Center and this file format aims to replace the previous DVR-MS format. However, few applications can play WTV files. That's probably why you want to convert WTV to MP4, MP4 is commonly used for saving files recorded by camcorder, or sharing video files on the Internet, or playing on various hardware devices.
    lydia622520, Nov 20, 2015
  19. Ivan


    Nov 23, 2016
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    After testing all the so called WTV to MP4 converter, I find Avdshare Video Converter works great.

    It can easilly and batch convert WTV video recordings to MP4 with high output video quality.

    It also helps to convert WTV to other video or audio formats like AVI, MOV, MKV, WMV, MPG, RMVB, TS, ProRes, MP3, AAC, WAV, M4A, FLAC.
    impetusdirection, Nov 23, 2016
  20. Ivan


    Mar 3, 2017
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    There is a an easy way to convert WTV to TS by introducing a powerful WTV to TS converter - Avdshare Video Converter, you can have a try.
    lattertree, Mar 3, 2017
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