Monday, November 15, 2004

- Intervideo WinDVR3
Had a request to support WinDVR3 today. In theory it shouldn't be needed because it supports TVPI and acceptes plaintext version of the file. However, the requestor wants to record from the Composite input and it looks like WinDVR3 does not allow the source to be specified in the TVPI file - it assumes that it is the tuner.
Could write to their somewhat complicated Scheduler.xml file - requires inserting a record-set in the right place since it is organised by internal Windows user id.
Looks like the proper way to do it would be to call their Server Proxy DLL - which is what their TitanTV (TVPI) integration module does.

Sunday, November 14, 2004

- ChrisTV
Had first input from someone trying to use this new support.
Two issues reported.

  • His PC was set for Chinese language and the software failed to run completely.
  • The Date/Time syntax on the PC affects the way that ChrisTV processes the schedule data

My suspicion is that the MS VBScript processor can not handle .vbe files when machine is set to Chinese. Have suggested some things to try to test that.
The date/time syntax is a bit annoying - but made a quick change to allow specification of dd/mm/yy or mm/dd/yy in the output file for ChrisTV. Proper way to do it is to examine and use what is configured for the PC - but will have to wait a bit before I get round to doing that. Looks like it also wants AM/PM for start time if PC configured that way. Backburner stuff for now as user can easily reconfigure the PC for 24-hour clock.

- DVBViewer
First feedback from tester of DVBViewer interface. Largely works - but seems a bit hit and miss. Not sure if it is me, the way it was tested or the DVBViewer software.
Made some suggestions to narrow it down.
Saw the GUI of the commercial version. Basically the same interface for scheduling (including file format) but a few extra options. One is that it can be configured re-encode radio stations (audio) to MP3 so made that configurable by station type.
For now the station type is specified to DABDig on its command line - but ultimately should work out the format of the DVBViewer channels database and determine station type automatically.
Added code to handle the timer group missing from the DVBViewer config file - it looks like it can be removed by DVBViewer on exit if no scheduled events remain.

Friday, November 12, 2004

- DVBViewer
Started to add support for DVBViewer. Using the free one that ships with the Technisat software. Only schedules recording for now. Might not work with the commercial version of their software.

Monday, November 08, 2004

Did some more work on supporting alternate recording source. Looks like some versions of the ATi software require that the tuner channel is set to 0 when recoprding from S-Video (and perhaps Composite). Odd because the registry dump that I had of one working had a non-zero number. Anyway - sent it out to test.