A Looong List

I took last week off work to do some stuff around the house. Amandas folks were up from Blenhiem for the boys birthday party so I spent the week tidying up the yard and getting some of the renovations we’ve not had time/headspace for all sorted out. About halfway through the ‘week off’ I got a text, then another text, then a call from my boss who told me that I’d probably be on a plane to the UK/Europe for some vendor meetings and a broadcasting conference at the end of the week following. Well crikey, that threw me in to a tail spin, I had to organise a passport as my old one has expired and fire it down to Wellington in the hopes that a express service will get it processed and back to Auckland in time for me to hop on the plane. Aside from that, I’ve got to arrange cover for everything else that I look after on a day to day basis which I can’t do from the other side of the world.

  • Upload Boys Party Photos
  • Repair / Pickup Notebook bag
  • Remote Admin of Network while I’m away
  • Install Web Based MCE tools
  • Install Orb on one of the Media Center Boxes
  • Guide for Media Center
  • Build an OS for Traveling
  • Move Data to Traveling Notebook
  • Go through last weeks work emails
  • Prepare work documents for Trip
  • Pack for Trip
  • Document “How everything works” in the Ideatorium
  • Media Center Plugins for Google Video and YouTube, IP Cameras, and update the Weather App to HeatWave
  • Update renovations page on family site because John is linking to it (and it’s WAY out of date). Okay, well that isn’t gonna happen, but still – it’d be nice to have an update huh?

Sheesh – I’d best get to it.

Editing DVR-MS Files

I love my Windows Media Center – it’s been in place for a little over 2 years now (I think, it’s all been a blur of watching what I want, when I want) but the one thing which has bugged me is the amount of disk space the recordings take, especially given I can now access more programming than before, I simply have problems storing it until I can view it!

Until now, my solution has revolved around plugins I have found via that meca of MCE goodness, The Green Button community site, I’ve been using DCut to edit out the start and stop buffers (I’m still allowing -5 minutes from start and +15 minutes from stop to allow for ‘changable’ broadcast times), I’m then using Power Compress on the resulting file to transcode to a more efficient .WMV format (though, in the process, MCE seems to lose the ability to quickly fast forward through streams).

BUT WAIT – There’s another way!

If you’ve got access to your .dvr.ms files on your local LAN and have a PC (yes, you’ll need that 2′ interface) running Windows XP, you can use Windows Movie Maker with this wee registry tweak which Chris Lanier has just (re)blogged about. For the sake of redundantly archiving this tweak throughout the Interweb, I’ll attach it here and quote it below:

 Open Notepad and paste the following in it.


Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

“FriendlyName”=”WMT MSDVR 2 Dexter Filter”


@=”C:\\Program Files\\Movie Maker\\wmm2dvr.dll”



Save the file with a .reg extension (example: MM2.reg) and then double click on it to merge it with your existing registry.

So – I’m yet to try this at home, but it’ll sure save me the grief I get when wanting to chop up files and re-encode them, when everyone else wants to watch (Recorded) TV or use the Media Center Extender (which borks when the local MCE machine is grinding it’s way through a re-encode.

Of course, out of interest, I tried doing this on the Beta version of Windows Vista I’m running and what do you know? It supports DVR-MS import and editing nativly (with some VERY nice .WMV options). I’ll have to type up a Vista fanboy post soon I think, the ‘yay, they’ve fixed that’ list is getting longer every day that I use it.

Thanks Chris, Thanks Green Button Community!!