creating groups options
Disk2Tape is a simple to use
utility for transferring disk-based transport stream files to D-VHS
Tape. Many of the problems associated with this process have been
eliminated with the use of the custom-designed source-packet creation
filter incorporated in the R5000-HD DVR. The stream's PCR PID is
automatically sensed but can be overridden by the user. Also of particular interest
is the ability to record compressed-mode (no filler packet) files to
Note: Disk2Tape relies on the R5000-HD main DVR application,
which must be properly installed and registered on the system.
Basic: Using the application is quite straight-forward. The
desired files are loaded by activating the "Add" button. When
finished, the start button or tape transport record button is used to
initiate the process. Recordings are made in the order displayed in the
listbox. Items are moved up and down in order by left-click drag and
drop. For convenience, the D-VHS transport interface is duplicated along
Listbox items: There are no column-sort options. Items are always
displayed in the order they will be recorded. The first column shows the
location (full path and filename) of the files to be recorded.
"Order" shows the group the event belongs to followed by the
order within that group. The "Length" header shows the length
in minutes of the file and toggles to show filesize. "Status"
indicates one of the following: "Pending", "In
Progress", "Incomplete" or "Finished".
"???" in the length column for the 3rd entry. This
indicates a stream file with corrupted data at the start. In
this case, the stream rate and length cannot be properly
determined. This file may not record properly.
Right-clicking on any selection will bring up an options menu.
From here items can be cleared from the list, re-activated, etc.
Of particular interest are the Grouping function and
the "Stream Options" settings (see below).
This is particularly useful for dividing programs amongst tapes.
Disk2Tape will pause after each group, giving the user the
opportunity to change tapes. By default, all items are added to
a single group unless a new one is created. To group items,
select the programs to be grouped (ctrl + click) and then
right-click to bring up the menu. Select the (Un)Group option
and the dialog to the left will pop-up. As a decision-making
aid, the total times for the selected items and the target group
A single item can be placed in a group, thereby creating a
single tape with one movie, for example.
Scheduler: Timed activation of the
push to tape process is setup here. The checkbox becomes active once
the time is advanced to a future point. Checking the box makes the timer
active. Only those items grouped as group 1 will be recorded since
Disk2Tape will always pause after that, requiring manual intervention.
Status and Progress: The strips at the bottom are reserved for
status messages (top) and progress meter (bottom). The progress is shown
for each individual file not the group as a whole.
Logging: Disk2Tape creates its own log, "disk2tape.log"
for all push to tape events. It can be found in the utilities folder: