traditional (Standard Definition) DVD will most likely require all
material captured from the R5000-HD to be transcoded. This is because
the R5000-HD captures MPEG data in its native format, as broadcast by
the service provider and adhering to the DVD standard usually requires
D1 resolution (720 x 480) data. Satellite and cable providers rarely
broadcast SD material in this full-sized resolution and HD material will
of course be in much higher resolution and will have to be down-sized
for a DVD. A good encoding utility is ffmpeg.
It is a freely downloadable and versatile encoder that can transcode
just about any resolution source material.
Blu-Ray and HD-DVD formats are much more versatile and can usually
accept transport stream files in their native format (MPEG-2 or H.264)
without any transcoding or conversion.
Converting Transport Streams to VOB
transport stream (.ts) files as created by the R5000-HD can be easily
converted to VOB format for DVD creation using a command-line utility.
We have ported Replex32, originally written for Linux, for use under
Windows XP & 2000. download
the Replex32 executable to a convenient directory. Run from a DOS Window
or from Start->Run. If running from a console window, use "cd"
to change the directory to that where you saved
"replex32.exe". If using the Run dialog, type in the full path
and filename (e.g. "C:\Program Files\r5000hd\replex32"). Then
add the following command line options (example for non-AC3 audio*):
0x14 -v 0x11 -t DVD -o <outputfile.vob> <inputfile.ts>
by "enter", making sure to leave in all spaces. Substitute
your filenames for <inputfile> and <outputfile>. For a
complete description of the command line switches, type "replex32
The -a and -v switches specify the audio & video PIDs respectively.
For our transport streams these are always 0x14 & 0x11. The output
type, -t, is set for DVD, which creates VOB files.
*for AC3, change -a to -c (see the help messages).
command-line control of the
R5000-HD DVR application is now available. (version greater than
2.0a required. The version 2.0 software only supports basic
commands: -rec [no swithes], -stop, -otr, -rem).
Important note: make no assumptions as to the current state of the
DVR or STB when sending a command. For example, if the following command
"-rec /f c:\program.ts /d 30" is sent, do not assume it will
turn on the STB power first if powered off.
basic commands record
commands tape & media
misc. IR Codes
Table 1: Basic
Puts DVR into OTR mode or increments OTR time.
"/o" switch = overrideable*.
Sends a remote control IR code to
receiver (see table 6).
Table 2: Record commands
[/switches] Puts DVR into record mode using current settings
recording duration in minutes. If "0" or empty
argument, command is aborted.
specify a filename (if full path specified,
default DVR path will be overriden).
record to tape only, if available.
record to both tape & disk.
[/o] Puts DVR into OTR mode or increments OTR time.
"/o" switch makes it overrideable*.
[filename] [/switches] Push to tape mode. Specified file is dumped to
| file is compressed mode, VBR (default is non-compressed).
tape pre-roll override (default is 7 secs; max is 15).
specify PCR pid in hex (ex: 0x0011 --this is default).
*Overrideable OTR events are
cancelled by other scheduled events like PVR programmed events.
3: Tape and Media Player Control
Tape transport play mode
Tape transport rewind
Tape transport fast forward
Tape pause mode
Close transport and release interface
Media Player play/pause toggle.
Media Player file play.
Media Player "preview" mode
Media Player stop
Table 4: Options
|set record mode: (0 = disk, 1=tape, 2=disk & tape)
bitrate enumerator: (0=VBR (no filler pakctes), 1= CBR
19.392Mb/s, 2= CBR 23Mb/s).
service provider: (0=D*, 1=E*, 2=BEV, 3=4DTV).
Set Top Box type: (0=DTC100, 1=E86, 2=Dish6K, 3=BEV6K,
4=4DTV 905, 5=4DTV 920, 6=4DTV 922 & SC) Note: assignment is
ignored if incompatible type is specified.
auto-generate filename (0=not checked, 1= checked).
auto-increment filename (0=not checked, 1= checked)
enable STB control (0=disabled, 1=enabled).
enumerates code select box (0 or 1).
Table 5: Miscellaneous
Hide main Window (makes iconic).
Hides Video window
terminates DVR (0=confirmation if in use, 1=with extreme
prejudice; no matter what its doing) --default without any argument is confirmation mode.
Table 6: IR Codes
| 0 -9
OK or Enter
(from Start->Run dialog) Note: spaces must be
used as separators
r5000hd -rem 5
r5000hd -rem menu
r5000hd -rec /f c:\my program /d 30 /b
r5000hd -otr /o
r5000hd -tape c:\my program.ts /r 10 /p 0x0134
the IR numeric button "5"
brings up the STB menu.
activates record button.
record to specified file and tape for 30 minutes.
starts an OTR timed recording that is
overrideable by other PVR events
push file "c:\my program.ts" to tape using 10 seconds
pre-roll and look for PCR on PID 0x0134.