Tablo to DVD Video?

I would like to transfer some recordings from my Tablo to DVD but I don’t know how.
I’ve been playing around with TabloRipper to export the video from the Tablo and then I used AVIDemux and selected the Auto->DVD preset and it made me a nice MPEG2 file but I’m not sure how to author a DVD with that MPEG file. I’ve tried DVDStyler and it did create the VIDEO_TS files *.IFO and *.BUP but when I use VLC Media Player to preview it, the time indicator stalls when the video is playing. Not sure what that’s about. The final project will be a gift for someone, so it has to be flawless.
I found a few threads on this forum but they are outdated and those options aren’t supported anymore.

Why DVD? Lol

You can store them on a USB HDD and play the back on a $50 Roku.

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Yeah, but it’s for my grandparents. They still have the old CRT TV and have no intention on replacing it.
So, the video is limited to 720x480 at 4:3.
If it was for myself, it would be an HD x264 video at 1920x1080. :wink:

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Buy them a $100 HDTV for Christmas - you’ll be the best grandson ever.

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As a side note, I used to use Nero Burning ROM back in the day to burn DVDs. It is not free software. Or use free Imgburn to burn the VIDEO_TS folder to a DVD. Try it on a DVD player.

https://www.imgburn.com/

There’s an app called OTA2GO in the Android app store, I heard about it here in these forums and I helped test it a bit as a favor to the dev as I had a device that hadn’t been tested. Perhaps that might be of use?

Chances are you could just plug the USB into the TV and play them directly. (but yea, the TV needs a USB port)

@CycleJ Can TabloRipper produce DVD files, if so, how could I accomplish this?

I know of no 3rd party Tablo tool that authors DVDs from Tablo extracted media.

You would extract, then use something else to author into something that could be written to DVD that most all DVD players would accept.

I’ve done this converting my old VHS tapes (frame grab to mpeg2) to DVD. I used Linux, but can’t remember which free tool I used (it’s been awhile).

If your grandparents want to keep their TV but the DVD player is a black box for them, many DVD players have USB ports for putting standard video formats on flash drives.

Without getting them a new TV (trust me, I tried to talk them into getting a new one). Is there a way to take a recording from the Tablo and save it on the PC as an 720x480 4:3 MPEG2 video? The DVD player is a VCR/DVD combo and no it does not have a USB port.

Programs like SurLaTablo can be extended to add a “transcoder” (program, params) of your choice to take the Tablo data to whatever format you like (and yes, in theory, it could produce a DVD iso for burning even, but might require a bit of work).

With that said, if you do choose SurLaTablo, I can create what you’d need to add to your configuration file to add specialized transcoder to output 720x480 4:3 mpeg2.

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This seems like the best suggestion so far:

You’ll be able to add multiple shows to a dvd image, then burn that image on a dvd using this tool.

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Sure! I’ll check it out! :slight_smile:

I did use TabloRipper to copy the show to an mp4 file with the default settings…
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Then I used Avidemux to cut out the ads and exported it to mpeg2 (auto -> DVD) image
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And when I use DVDStyler to build the DVD files, this keeps coming up when it loads this command…

dvdauthor -o “G:\DVD\New folder\gift” -x “G:\temp\dvd-tmp\dvdauthor.xml”

Could the problem be in here, somewhere?

DVDAuthor::dvdauthor, version 0.7.1.
Build options: gnugetopt iconv freetype fribidi fontconfig
Send bug reports to dvdauthor-users@lists.sourceforge.net
INFO: no default video format, must explicitly specify NTSC or PAL
INFO: dvdauthor creating VTS
STAT: Picking VTS 01
STAT: Processing C:\Program Files\DVDStyler\data\empty_ntsc_ac3.mpg…
INFO: Video pts = 0.178 … 6.417
INFO: Audio[0] pts = 0.178 … 6.194
STAT: VOBU 11 at 0MB, 1 PGCs
CHAPTERS: VTS[1/1] 0.000
INFO: Generating VTSM with the following video attributes:
INFO: MPEG version: mpeg2
INFO: TV standard: ntsc
INFO: Aspect ratio: 4:3
INFO: Resolution: 720x480
INFO: Audio ch 0 format: ac3/2ch, 48khz drc, ‘en’

These come in while the video is being processed.

WARN: Discontinuity of 2880 in audio channel 0; please remultiplex input.
WARN: Previous sector: 2.370 - 2.466
WARN: Current sector: 2.498 - 2.562
WARN: Discontinuity of 1 in audio channel 0; please remultiplex input.
WARN: Previous sector: 61.794 - 61.858
WARN: Current sector: 61.858 - 61.922
WARN: Audio pts for channel 0 moves backwards by 1; please remultiplex input.
WARN: Previous sector: 64.162 - 64.226
WARN: Current sector: 64.226 - 64.322

INFO: Generating VTS with the following video attributes:
INFO: MPEG version: mpeg2
INFO: TV standard: ntsc
INFO: Aspect ratio: 4:3
INFO: Resolution: 720x480
INFO: Audio ch 0 format: ac3/2ch, 48khz drc, ‘en’
STAT: fixed 11 VOBUs

But for the end result… “Generating was successful.”
Since it’s a gift, I want to make sure it plays from beginning to end without any issues. So, I don’t really know what’s going on and why the time index keeps stalling while the video is playing. Maybe because I took the ad’s out? I dunno.

DVDFlick.net

DVD Flick. VERY Simple Free program to use to create a playable DVD from an mp4. Use the mp4 generated by Tablo Ripper and paste it into Dvdflick, then choose burn disc.

(As cyclej mentioned imgburn above, dvdflick includes imgburn to create the disc)

Chas

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