I recorded five TV programs on a humax recorder, and copied them to a flash drive with the intention of converting on my system. I always use a Fat32 flash drive but this time I picked up one formatted as NTFS. Copying across to my computer I saw extra files for each programme ( .hmt, .thm .nts ) but mistakenly didn't think they were relevant, so only copied the ts files. I then wrote over the flash drive. I did manage to recover hmt/thm/nts for two programmes and they did convert ok. The others recovered but were corrupted. I therefore only have the ts files to work with ( about 2gb each). Is there a program that will let me convert using just the ts file without the additional hmt/thm/nts ? They won't open in vlc/freemake/vegas.
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Never used a Humax recorder myself, but is I remember correctly:
- .thm files are small thumbnail images used for chapter point images
- .nts files hold navigation data
- .hmt contains additional meta data like the program synopses, recording dates, etc.
-> if vlc can't playback .ts files without the .nts files there is probably no way to play them.
(As a 'shot in the blue' I would try if it helps to remux the .ts files with mkvtoolnix to .mkv,...)
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Thanks for the replies. TS-Doctor said PMT is invalid/missing and it cannot be created. Mkvtoolnix processed the file but the mkv created is about 4k, so obviously cannot repair it either. However I think I've found the issue. The programmes were recorded in HD, which cannot be copied because of copyright restrictions, though SD has no restrictions. I'll have to remember this ! Thanks again.