Tip: Great Tool for Working with Windows Media Center Video Files

Posted: February 15, 2009 in Uncategorized

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.
  • More!

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#.




  1. Zandra says:

    My WMC thinks I am in Canada. Some days I can access internet tv beta but most days I cannot. MY OS is Vista. I have never lived in Canada nor do have I ever emailed anyone in Canada. MY broadband provider is Verizon which I have used since I bought this pc. I hope someone can assist me so I can enjoy WMC like others. For now I do not have a tv tuner or extender.Thank you.

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