Moving cTiVo-transferred movies into Plex-friendly folders with Hazel

I have had a TV for at least 15 years now — maybe 17, but it’s pretty fuzzy back there in my early 20s.  Anyhow, what I always wanted back in the day was a way to archive the shows that I was watching.  I have that now with cTiVo.  cTiVo will transfer files from your TiVo over your local network and then transcode them however you want.  The files can be quite large — the last one I transcoded tonight was 2.48 GB for a 85-minute movie — but I have far more storage space on the Drobos in my house than I do on the TiVo.

My wife’s family and mine love Plex, because we can share all sorts of things (home videos, photos, etc.) via the Internet!  It’s great to be able to share things with them, and sometimes that includes movies that we’ve made archival copies of videos we’ve recorded on our TiVo.

One of the really cool things that cTiVo does is Plex renaming.  The naming is rock solid for TV shows, it doesn’t create folders for individual movies.  You’ll end up with:

Plex / Movies / Say Anything (1989).mp4

That doesn’t exactly fit the Plex naming conventions for movies.  What to do?

Enter Hazel!  This took far too long for me to put together, but here’s what you need.

This is simple, but I hadn’t seen anything like it before, and the Noodlesoft fora go way deeper than the simple thing that I needed here.

(I recognize that I’m unbelievably neglectful of this space.  Sorry.  I’ll try to write more.)

Jake Anderson and Gregory Campbell

Deadliest Catch returns to air on Tuesday night, and I’m excited.  With that coming in and the Boston Bruins’ season coming to the playoffs, I thought that I’d present you with the following:

Anderson-Campbell

There was a period of time when I would watch Bruins games and see Greg Campbell on the ice and go, “Now who does he remind me of?”  A few months ago, I figured it out: he looks like Jake Anderson of the F/V Northwestern.  That image of Soups is the one that I think best captured the angle.

I know one thing: each of these guys works they’re ass off and are good at what they do.

My Case for Why You Should Watch Downton Abbey

I am a television enthusiast. The format has always been big in our family life. I remember watching (but not understanding) the finale of M*A*S*H. Jeopardy! used to come on during the dinner hour, and we’d test our knowledge between bites. I enjoyed Cheers and Northern Exposure with my parents while the adult meanings of each completely sailed over my head. My brother works in TV. It’s a thing.

After I graduated from college, I had time to get into TV again. I bought my first TiVo at 231 , and I’ve not looked back. I never watched LOST, but that’s only because I was too busy catching up on Gilmore Girls re-runs to make time for this new show. 2 I didn’t watch The Sopranos because I was too cheap to pay for HBO, but I picked up The Wire when Sean and Kat gave me a gift card that covered the first season’s price. I quickly bought the other fivefour seasons.

It’s not that I’ve always watched good TV. I also watched all the Law & Order series, which I found did not hold up well upon a second viewing. 3 I also followed several seasons of Big Brother until I got tired of the self-loathing. The Amazing Race isn’t good television, but I have watched every season since Season 4.4 I also watch terrible shows like Archer and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and I stuck with Rescue Me through its dreadfulness and have maintained interest in How I Met Your Mother despite all its dithering. Suffice it to say that I don’t claim to have The Greatest Taste in TV, Ever.

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  1. I’ve owned four. 

  2. By the time I got caught up on Lorelai and Rory, J.J. Abrams was in his third season of torturing people without remorse. I guess I could go back and watch, but with how poorly the finale was regarded… 

  3. This did not, however, stop me from developing a checklist of episodes and ticking them off as I saw the re-runs. 

  4. Ignoring the shitty family season, which I stopped watching as soon as they passed Huntsville. 

Rescue Me Minisodes This Summer

In case you haven’t heard, there won’t be a fifth season of Rescue Me this summer—that’ll have to wait for next summer, although we’ll be getting 22 episodes then, which is pretty great. [Why we’re not getting in the fall is beyond me, other than as part of an FX strategy to air the show in the summer when most other shows are in re-runs. Personally, I don’t want to wait until 2009 for more Rescue Me.]

That said, we’ll see five-minute mini-episodes of the show starting in June. The eps are to air at 10pm EDT on Tuesday nights. Can I just hope that one is a hockey fight between Cam “Mungo” Neely and Denis? Wouldn’t that be awesome?

FX hopes that this project will keep the show on viewers’ minds during the unusually long hiatus. Denis Leary and executive producer Peter Tolan are co-writing the minisodes’ content, which was described as “comedic hijinks” by FX.

Hmmm … I wonder if the writers for It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia might get involved. They write some zany sketches … but hey, Denis’s comedy routines are funny.

Life Imitating Art

In the sixth episode of the tenth season of Cheers, “Unplanned Pregnancy”, Bebe Neuwirth’s Lilith character refers to the normal babysitter the Doctors Crane use as “a 16-year-old bundled of breasts Frasier considers God’s gift to babysitting”. Given the affair Kelsey Grammer was found of participating in just five years later, Frasier’s expression in response—a turn of the head that leads to a leering smirk—is priceless.

[Sorry, we needed better Cheers fodder in the blogosphere today than TV Squad’s “Five biggest Cheers mysteries”. :yawn: Reference episode aired on TV Land this morning, and because I needed to decompress, I’m watching it tonight …]

TiVo Functionality I Want

Can’t believe I’ve never written this one up …

I love TiVo’s Suggestions. They do me a great service. But TiVo … please give me a setting that says, “I love $Show_X but don’t want you to record re-runs for me.” Because honestly … as much as I love Gilmore Girls, I really don’t need to see all the re-runs again. But I want to know what other shows that GG fans watch.

[Okay, maybe that’s a bad example.]

Maybe I’m weird as a TiVo user who doesn’t really like to re-watch re-runs. I’d just rather find new TV to watch.

Rescue Me Season 4 DVD Release Date

The release date for the Rescue Me Season 4 DVD is unknown at this point. Amazon.com does have its standard “we’ll let you know when it’s released” page up if you’re interested. As soon as I found out when it’s available, I’ll post it here.

[As expected, I’m seeing requests for this info on the Season 4 entry, so I’m posting this separately…]

Initial Setup of TiVo HD

Now, I’ve had a crazy first half of January. [No, we’re not going to talk about that. To quote Todd, “Your site has just turned into a daily dump of links!” And he’s right, but the stuff I want to write about? It’s not getting written about publicly. Most of that is work, but not all of it. I will leave it there and go on with this.] So despite having had my equipment since 2 Jan, I finally got it installed tonight.

Well, I’m only partially there. I’ve got to:

  1. Get Multi-Room Viewing going on the new box and get it to recognize the other two TiVos.
  2. Relocate my old TV and the TiVo that used to be upstairs to the downstairs.
  3. Transfer all the old SD content onto the new HD.
  4. Figure out what all Season Passes I need to get moved to the new box, and then shut them off of my old ones.

I’m going to push to do as much of this as I can tonight, but I’ve been doing the 0700 thing this week, and I’ve gotten maybe nine hours’ sleep the last two nights combined. [Has it been crazy? Yes. Has it been tough? Yes. Has it been trying? Yes. Is it worth it? Absolutely. Am I going to stay vague? Bet your fucking ass.] I’m winding down…

Caedmon’s Call on Grey’s Anatomy Tonight

My Caedmon’s Call friends have the song that will close tonight’s season-ending episode of Grey’s Anatomy. I personally think that this is a plot by Allan Heinberg to get Derek to co-opt me [and other CC/Derek fans] to watch the show. I’m onto you, Heinberg!

A discussion of this ended up leading to Derek and I talking about Gilmore Girls after the show I attended last night. There we are on a sidewalk outside The Rutledge, talking about Lorelai borrowing Luke’s truck to help Rory move to Yale. I got to tell them that Season Four? IS MY FAVORITE. That was a fun time, because hey … I love talking about GG with people.

Oh, and … Writers’ Night at The Rutledge is hosted by Nathan Lee. Oh my gosh, y’all … that blew my damn doors off. I’ve already bought Down at The Rutledge off of CDBaby this morning, and now it’s my goal to bring him to Huntsville for a show. Wow. That kicked my ass. I just hate that I had recording problems last night [largely to do with it being an SRO crowd and me getting so hot that I almost passed out, but hey]. FUN TIMES.

[Who has two thumbs and got home at 2:00 a.m. this morning? Geof Morris.]

Caedmon’s Call on Grey’s Anatomy Tonight

My Caedmon’s Call friends have the song that will close tonight’s season-ending episode of Grey’s Anatomy. I personally think that this is a plot by Allan Heinberg to get Derek to co-opt me [and other CC/Derek fans] to watch the show. I’m onto you, Heinberg!

A discussion of this ended up leading to Derek and I talking about Gilmore Girls after the show I attended last night. There we are on a sidewalk outside The Rutledge, talking about Lorelai borrowing Luke’s truck to help Rory move to Yale. I got to tell them that Season Four? IS MY FAVORITE. That was a fun time, because hey … I love talking about GG with people.

Oh, and … Writers’ Night at The Rutledge is hosted by Nathan Lee. Oh my gosh, y’all … that blew my damn doors off. I’ve already bought Down at The Rutledge off of CDBaby this morning, and now it’s my goal to bring him to Huntsville for a show. Wow. That kicked my ass. I just hate that I had recording problems last night [largely to do with it being an SRO crowd and me getting so hot that I almost passed out, but hey]. FUN TIMES.

[Who has two thumbs and got home at 2:00 a.m. this morning? Geof Morris.]