R5000-HD SageTV version
R5000-HD now incorporates built-in support for SageTV. The DVR
application acts as a "network encoder" with an integrated
server allowing SageTV to seamlessly integrate with the R5000-HD
hardware. There are no external IR blasters, other devices or software
required. The SageTV server is configured from a new "SageTV"
Options menu item.
Enter the port that you want to use for the network encoder.
Note: the R5000-HD does not have to reside on the same PC that is
running SageTV. This port must match the port configured in the Sage
properties file in the next step.
Once enabled, the server waits for a
connection from SageTV. If configured properly a connection should take
place after starting SageTV.
version DVR software will display a status line at the bottom of the
dialog. Once connected, a message will display the IP and port of the
incoming connection. Other messages include a "Ping" from the
Sage client (not to be confused with the SageTV client software. Network
encoders are defined as "servers" so SageTV is always
connecting as a client), record, stop and channel change commands.
Configuring SageTV The SageTV
software must be properly configured to recognize the R5000-HD DVR. This
is accomplished by editing the properties file; "sage.properties",
usually found in the folder "c:\Program Files\SageTV\SageTV\".
A series of entries are created for each network encoder that you want
Sage to look for. The properties file is organized alphabetically and
there probably will already be some mmc.. entries. Find the appropriate
location to insert the mmc/encoders/... entries (right after the "mmc/enable_mpeg4_timeshifting="
entry is a common location). The red highlighted lines below are those
of importance. The rest can be left blank or assigned a default value
(Sage will assign or change the value if its relevant to proper
operation, for example "last channel" and "provider
id" will be changed or assigned).
Shown below are
the property entries for setting up 2 encoders. The number immediately
following mm/encoders/ should be unique for each decoder. The other
single digit numbers that follow define the hardware inputs, in this
case a single USB input. This is mainly for informational purposes.
SageTV Source summary
after successful connection with the R5000-HD.
first network encoder...
The video crossbar index and type should be set to 0
and 11 respectively. This defines the hardware as having a single
The encoding_host entry
defines the IP and port where the R5000-HD server is running. This
does not have to be the same PC that is running SageTV. The
example here uses the local host IP (same PC). Make sure
each encoder uses a unique port (6969 and 6968 used here).
The capture device name is
mainly for identifying the encoder in SageTV. It is recommended
that the device serial number be placed somewhere in the name
since the R5000 scans for either the serial number or name
assigned to the device as a check that the proper hardware is
second network encoder...
Single USB input, local machine on
port 6968, identified to Sage as the Dish 411 unit.
Tips "Channel surfing" using the R5000-HD/SageTV
combo can be slower than most users are accustomed. This is due the time
it takes to stop the stream, send out the new IR channel commands,
re-start the stream and waiting for the stream to buffer. SageTV may
report a "no signal" condition when waiting for data to become
available. This is usually normal. If a condition persists whereby no
picture is displayed even after the R5000-HD is reporting that a file is
being recorded and its size is growing there maybe a problem with SageTV
playback starting properly. This can often be triggered when switching
from HD to SD channels or visa-versa. We recommend changing the
following entries in the SageTV properties file:
The first entry
forces the recording graph (the DirectShow connections) to be rebuilt on
channel changes. The second forces the playback graph to be rebuilt
whenever a new file is selected. SageTV is buffering to disk, so the
second entry is important since watching live TV is basically playing
back a file as its being recorded.
Vista problems: Having trouble getting modifications to the
properties file to take? Try turning off UAC. See this post
for an explanation.
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