Griga Posted October 15, 2003 Share Posted October 15, 2003 Here is something new: I decided to upload a pre-release of the Videorecorder Plugin to the Service Center right now... especially for the HDTV freaks so that they can try some things. Please note: - Installation: Just put the DLL file into the DVBViewer\Plugins folder - that's all. It only works with the full version of the DVBViewer, not with the TechniSat Edition. - It's a beta release, there might be bugs. I take no responsibility for whatever the plugin does on your computer. - I can't provide a manual or something similar at the moment - you have to find out how it works by trial and error. - It is not designed for DVB newbies and requires some experience (especially TS recording). - Files are written to the folder specified in the DVBViewer under Options/Recorder. Filenames are created automatically (channel name plus date and time). Now, what can be done with this plugin? It provides three different recording methods: 1) "Normal" recording, very similar to the already known DVBViewer recording capabilities. There are some smaller enhancements: E.g. the bit rate in the first video sequence header of MPG files is patched in a way that most players will show the correct length in their trackbar. This also will be included in the next DVBViewer release. For this recording method the plugin inserts two additional Dumper Filters in the DirectShow filter graph. If the "Keep connected..." Option is checked, the plugin tries to keep the Dumpers always there, so that a recording can be started without temporarily stopping the filter graph. 2) Recording with the recorder functions of Marfi's source filter, which are not used by the DVBViewer. They support MPG and PVA. Check "Use Marfi's Recorder", if you want to try... might be an alternative, if "normal" recording with the DVBViewer or the plugin raises problems. 3) Transport stream recording: TS files contain the raw data, as they are received from satellite, and offer some special possibilties. You can - watch a channel and record another one, that is broadcasted on the same transponder (e.g. Sat1 and Pro7), or even record one channel with the DVBViewer and another one as TS with the plugin - all at the same time. - record video plus two or more audio tracks in one file (e.g. stereo plus AC3, or different languages). - record several broadcasts from the same transponder to one file (let's say two TV channels and three radio channels simultaneously) - it's only limited by the speed of your computer and your hard disk. - include videotext in the recording. For all this, you have to select the appropriate PIDs in the list, that appears after clicking the "Pid Selection" button. Of course there are drawbacks: Probably no player will be able to play TS files on your computer. It requires a demultiplexer filter that "understands" this file format. The only one I know is the MPEG Splitter from MainConcept. So, what can you do with the TS files? - Demux them or convert them to MPG resp. M2P with ProjectX (see here). This prog is able to demux videotext or multiple TV broadcasts that have been recorded to one TS file, but it's a bit complicated. See this thread in Lucikes forum for further information. - Demux or view them with MPEG Transporter. It's not so sophisticated, but easier to handle than ProjectX. Please note: - TS Recording with the SkyStar 4.2 source filter works, but due to technical reasons only with disabled audio and video playback (which means, recording with less than 3% processor usage - it's not a bug, it's a feature! ). - TS Recording with Marfi's source filter requires switching to a special data mode. The filter graph has to be stopped temporarily for this. Check the "Keep Marfi's Filter prepared..." option, if you want it to be permanently switched to this mode. But have in mind that this may cause problems with other plugins that use the same mode (none of the plugins in the Service Center does). That's all - now let's see how you get along with it.... Griga Quote Link to comment
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