0How to move recorded TV from Media Center to Kodi

A few months ago I finally gave up on Win­dows Media Cen­ter and switched my home media setup to Kodi. After some early chal­lenges I am now mostly happy with my new setup, and today I finally decided to migrate a large col­lec­tion of old recor­ded TV from MCE to Kodi.

The first chal­lenge was to con­vert the pro­pri­et­ary WTV files into more uni­ver­sally recog­nised TS files. There are a few tools out there that offer to do this, and in the past I had some suc­cess with MCE­Buddy, but the new­er ver­sions are now “paid-for” and I always try to find free tools instead. There are lots of tools that will con­vert the file into a new format, but in the pro­cess most will con­vert the audio and video to dif­fer­ent formats as well which takes a long time and reduces the quality.

I came across a recom­mend­a­tion for XMe­dia Recode which has a free ver­sion. I was able to use this to remux (without recom­press­ing) most of my recor­ded TV files. A small num­ber of files had audio that I was unable to “stream copy” and in these cases I decided to con­vert the audio as doing so is not very CPU intens­ive and hence does­n’t add very much time to the job, nor does it have much impact on the audio quality.

The next stage was to import the record­ings into my TV backend DVBLink. There is no offi­cial way to do this, but for­tu­nately, a DVBLink user called Jake has made a util­ity which did the trick.

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