Are you a Windows Media Center junkie? Do you want to work with those DVR-MS files it creates, but can’t find a tool to help you? Well, I hope this article answers your questions!
Using the free utility DVRMS Toolkit, you can:
- Convert DVR MS files to MPEG for moving to DVD.
- Convert DVR MS files to WMV for playback on your Zune or other WMV capable device.
- Remove all commercials from your shows.
To get DVRMSToolkit, go to its official Web site. Make sure you download the latest version that’s appropriate for your PC. For example, if you are running Windows Vista 64-bit, make sure you download version specifically marked x64. (Another tip: If you’re running 64-bit Vista, always try to get the 64-bit version of applications…)
Being a free tool written and designed by a developer, the interface for DVRMS Toolkit isn’t shiny and polished like Windows Live Movie Maker. So, a few pointers:
- The program to use after install is DVRMStoMPEGGUI.
- To set the Input file, which is the video you want to work with, simply double-click the white box next to Input File.
- To set the Output file, which is the video file DVR MS should create, simply double-click the white box next to Output File.
- Don’t mess with Process Priority.
- Make sure you set the Profile to the operation you want to perform.
- Keep Use Selected Profile checked.
- You likely won’t have to tinker with the Process Directory tab’s contents.
- You may randomly get messages saying DLLs aren’t registered. I’ve found it safe to ignore these messages.
A few tips about DVRMS files:
- Windows Movie Maker can also work with these files, so you can create videos directly from them.
- Converting files to MPEG makes them easier to work with in many video editing applications, since MPEG is a video standard.
- DVRMS files work a LOT better in Windows Vista’s Media Center than from Windows XP Media Center Edition (MCE). If you’re having a lot of trouble with shows recorded using Windows XP MCE, consider upgrading that machine to Vista Home Premium or Vista Utimate.
A few more tips for Windows Media Center:
- Make sure you use the Windows Media Center instead of Windows XP Media Center Edition. It’s just plain better.
- If you’re looking for a very good over-the-air tuner, get the PC HD TV from Happaugue. It comes with a great antenna, but keep in mind that antenna has a huge magnet weighting it down!
I used this application extensively to create my Superbowl
DVDs. The commercial skip feature works like a champ!
Geeky Developer Note: If you’re a software developer, you can change the program to your liking, and it’s written in C#.