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Master Geek

# 107749 18-Aug-2012 20:57
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I recently purchased a Magic TV 3600TD from Trade Me. Just received it yesterday and from the time I've had playing with it so far it is brilliant. I currently also have a Zinwell ZMT-640PVR.

The way it organises everything it so much nicer compared to the Zinwell and I can already tell it will be much more reliable, plus the nicer interface and design is a bonus.

Because I have around 250GB of recordings on my Zinwell I would like a way to transfer these to the Magic TV.

I have installed 2lostkiwis's patch on my device and because of this I was able to see the database files that are on the root of the hard drive. I believe the main one is tv1.db which looks to include all the information on the recordings.
I don't think the video files themselves will be an issue for transferring data, but the information with those files will be an issue as I need to get it into the database.

I have no idea about how that database file works, or even what to use to open it. Does anyone know what type of database the Magic TV uses and what I might need to use to open it?

Thanks, and hopefully someone can help as I'd really like to make the most of the Magic TV's interface for my current recordings.

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Ultimate Geek

  # 674110 18-Aug-2012 23:52
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The patch makes it relatively easy to transfer files from the 3600 to your pc, but I don't know of any easy way to put files onto your PVR.

I have often passed files from my 3600 to friends with the same machine by copying the transferred files to a USB stick and then passing the stick to a friend. These TS files can then be viewed on their 3600. However they cannot be copied to the HDD as far as I'm aware
I also have a 640PVR but don't know of any way to lift the files (digitally) from it.

Good luck with your endeavour and I'll be watching for any useful answers.

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Uber Geek

  # 674113 19-Aug-2012 00:02
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There is an existing thread to post Magic TV discussion to on here
Maybe it should be stickied?


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Master Geek

  # 674136 19-Aug-2012 08:55
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Getting the files off of the Zinwell won't be an issue, and putting them actually on the Magic TV won't be either - the only thing I need to know how to do is get the metadata from the Zinwell and take it to the Magic TV.

It looks like the Magic TV keeps a folder with a bunch of .tv files in it (which contains mostly random characters and some relevant strings, I need to find out what the random characters mean as they are different for each file), and I read somewhere on this site that the .db file will regenerate itself, so maybe this comes from the .tv files?

This means I no longer need to find a way to access the database file, but I just need to find a way to take the metadata from the Zinwell and take it to the Magic TV, both with files containing metadata in similar ways in files with random data.

I can provide a Zinwell file and a Magic TV file if anyone wants to see.

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