Options Service - Recorder

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Service - overview - Recordings

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Here you find a list of directories into which the DVBViewer Recording Service stores its recordings. You can define in the timer edit 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.


The recording folder is saved with the timer. You can additionally to the directories select the “Auto” function. Depending on the settings here "Auto" does one of the following:

  • Option 1 (default): check the directory list from top to bottom and take the first folder with more free space than the predefined trigger value (default 25 GB but can be changed in 1 GB steps), if this fails try option 2.
  • Option 2: Take the folder with the most free space.


Output format[edit]

Here you select into which container format the DVBViewer Recording Service 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 Recording Service 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 Recording Service 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".

Split file after[edit]

This option causes the DVBViewer Recording Service to start a new file when the recording reaches the set size. The option can e.g. be used if the files should be burned without further processing to a CD / DVD. Or to avoid problems with FAT32 formatted disks (usually in Windows 98/ME), they don't support files larger than 4 GB.

Each of the fragments is a "clean" recording for themselves. The cut is made without loss. The pieces can be put back together later to a file with a suitable tool such as the program ProjectX, without having disturbances at the seams.

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.

Restart recording if no data for 60 s.[edit]

If this option is enabled a recording which did not get any data for 60 seconds gets restarted. This may help with problems with DVB devices. But it can also lead to a lot of empty files if you having problems with encrypted channels or bad reception. So please use caution and care.

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.

Minimum free disk space[edit]

Specifies how much free space the Recording Service leaves on a disk while recording. If only the specified amount of MB or less is free, the Recording Service 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.

Format options[edit]

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 heightens the compatibility with several hardware based players.

See also[edit]

Service - overview - Recordings