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synchronizing audio w. video

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  1. mezzerooni

    mezzerooni Thread Starter

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    90% of the videos i try to stream through either k-lite or winmx (esp. k-lite) have okay video quality, but the audio almost always starts ahead of the video, and the picture never catches up. even when they do start together, there will often be a moment of clipping, after which the audio is off to the races again.

    there was a recent case where i tried repeatedly and it finally did synchronize, but in general it is too distracting to be able to enjoy and too much hassle to try to haywire together.

    the first few times i experienced this i just figured i'd grabbed a corrupted file, partly because the VERY first one i tried worked perfectly.

    it isn't a matter of needing different codecs, is it? if anyone has experienced this and worked through it, i'd appreciate your input--and of course anyone else's informed advice.

    thanks in advance.
     
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    This is a common issue when doing video extraction from my TiVo, and the solutions all seem pretty convoluted. I'm still looking for a simple solution to this issue as well. :)
     
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    in a sick way it's nice to hear it's common AND convoluted. i don't feel quite so inept if someone who's a 99.9% tech is wrassling with it. still, if it ever gets clearer, i'll appreciate hearing from you- and /or anyone else who may have got closer to the bottom of this. hope it doesn't come down to "ya takes yer chances...."
     
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    I haven't spent much time on it, but there are apparently solutions. I'm waiting for the guys that are developing the TiVo extraction tools to make a few strides before I take another run at video extraction. I'd love to be able to save some of the movies and shows on DVD after editing out the commercials. I have several that worked out well, with the exception of the video/audio sync issues. Curiously, one of them was perfect, but a couple of others had a noticeable lag.
     
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    not familiar with TiVo. does it have some edges over k-lite or win-mx?
    overall, is this just a situation where we have to face the fact that it just ain't practical to expect video downloads to work? i can accept that, but it still leaves me wondering why so many people bother to go through the motions of file-sharing of video content. not that they SHOULD. ahem.
    or are we talking about two different things? doesn't sound like it, but i never cease to amaze myself with my capacity for wishful thinking....
     
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    TiVo is a DVR (Digital Video Recorder), like a VCR with a hard disk instead of tapes. It also has a service that knows the TV schedule for about two weeks, and you can program recordings well in advance, get a season's pass for a show, etc. Of course, you can quickly skip all the commercials, pause live TV, backup, etc. I'd hate TV without TiVo, it makes a world of difference.
     
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    yeah, wouldn't you know. i just went to the TiVo site, and it IS a different kettle of fish. great idea, though. too bad it's not in canada yet.
    ironic, then, i guess, that it is plagued by the same audio/video sync problems afflicting more 'shadowy' applications.....
     
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    The TiVo doesn't have any problem when you just play the stuff like it's designed. When you try to extract the video from the box to record on DVD's, then the audio problems surface.

    My TiVo has been "hacked" a bit, I have an Ethernet board installed, and a 120gig disk. I've installed Telnet, FTP, and a web server onto the box, very handy. :D
     
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