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Here you find a list of directories into which the DVBViewer stores its recordings.

The first folder is the default.

You can define in the recordings window for each timer separately into which of the directories the recording should go. That way you can presort repeating timers very easy.

  • Add adds a folder at the end of the list. If a item was selected before you press add it becomes the start directory for the browse folder dialogue.
  • Delete deletes the selected item from the list. If you deleted the last directory the public videos folder is automatically added to the list as a fail-safe.

You can sort the directories with the mouse via Drag & Drop.


Output format[edit]

Here you select into which container format the DVBViewer will package the recording. This does not change anything on the audio- and video streams. They are stored unchanged the way they were broadcasted.

Video/Audio PS (*.mpg)[edit]
The "Program Stream" is the usual format for playing DVB-video recordings on the PC. For radio recordings the DVBViewer switches automatically to the audio format MP2 (a predecessor of MP3) or to AC3. Recordings of HDTV broadcasts in the new H.264 compression standard, for which the MPEG format is unsuitable, will be recorded in TS format.
Subtitles can not be saved in this container format.
Video/Audio TS (*.ts)[edit]
This is the recommended format for DVB-recordings. With this setting the DVBViewer saves the data in the transport stream format. It is not as common as MPG. Purists appreciate it, however, because TS is the unaltered original packaging, in which the data was received. It also has the advantage that post processing-programs like ProjectX can iron out errors (missing data) in this format better.
Also you can record subtitle tracks with it.
Audio (*.mp2/*.ac3/*.aac)[edit]
This setting is only used if you want to record the audio of a television program but not the video. The recording is done in MP2 format. If it is a channel with Dolby Digital sound, is in AC3 format. Then the file has the extension "ac3".

Signal Ongoing Recording in the Video Window[edit]

Select this option if you want DVBViewer to permanently display the Recording message icon in its window during a recording. Do not select it if you want the Recording message icon to be displayed only for a short time after the start of a recording.

MPEG with DVD packet size[edit]

This setting causes the DVBViewer to packetize the relatively large DVB-data blocks of recordings in MPG format into smaller pieces to a maximum size of 2 KB. This corresponds to the usual DVD-format, so that specialized DVD playback software and hardware is often better able to deal with it.

Auto split on channel data changes[edit]

If this setting is activated, the recording is split if important channel parameters like VideoPID or PMT PID change.

Remove Filler Data[edit]

Broadcasting stations (for example in Germany and Austria): Das Erste HD, ZDF HD, arte HD and ORF HD add filler data in their H.264 video stream or zero byte stuffing in MPEG2, to ensure a constant bit rate. The amount of filler data depends from the content. So a slow scene can have 50% or even more filler data. End credits up to 90%. This means that in most cases using this option the size or a recording can be reduced by up to 50% thus saving disk space.

Minimum free disk space[edit]

Specifies how much free space the DVBViewer leaves on a disk while recording. If only the specified amount of MB or less is free, the DVBViewer stops all recordings for this disk and doesn't start any new recording which would write to this disk.

This can be useful if other programs have to write data to the disk. If you use a directory on the Windows system disk for recording (normally C:\....), you should enter at least 200 MB, to avoid problems.


Here you can select additional streams which should be written into the recording. Which options are available does depend on the recording format.

  • Teletext and DVB Subtitles only available for the TS Format.
  • All Audiotracks depending on the recording format it does the following:
    • MPG Format: All audio tracks currently available in the channel list are recorded.
    • TS Format: All audio tracks the channel transmits are detected and automatically added to the recording, even if they're not in the channel list.
  • Adjust PAT/PMT only available for the TS Format.
If enabled the PAT (Program Association Table) and PMT (Program Map Table) are recreated with only the data concerning the recording. This increases the compatibility with several hardware based players.
  • ETI EPG Data only available for the TS Format.
Is helpful in some video editing programs.

Recording Database[edit]

DVBViewer Pro saves all recordings in a recording database. The following options are used to do changes on the database:

Refresh database
searches through all defined recording folders and adds all files not in the database. For this to succeed you need either a Informations file or the has to have the file info in the recording. A rebuild only by filename is not possible.
The info file must have the same filename as the recording but with a ".txt" extension, so the system can recognize it. With the Recording Properties editor you can transfer and change the data between file info and info file.
Delete Orphans
checks if the files described in the entries in the database still exists and removes all orphanned database enties.

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