DVBViewer allows you to experience Digital TV on your PC. With a proper DVB card you can enter the world of digital entertainment and experience high quality, incredibly sharp TV pictures and near CD quality radio! It provides all basic functions you need to enjoy digital television and radio programs. In addition, DVBViewer offers you a wide range of advanced features such as Teletext, Electronic Programming Guide, Remote Control support and enhanced recording capabilities which enable you to record your favourite shows on hard-disc, edit them or share them with your friends.
DVBViewer Pro 5.4.1 beta
In Memoriam - Lars Gehre
Fix (finally): Shutdown / Log-off: DVBViewer unnecessarily refused to be closed on Windows shutdown / log-off, thus letting Windows display a “the following programs are still running” screen offering to force or cancel the action. Forcing it caused loss of unsaved data in DVBViewer. Now DVBViewer only refuses to be closed if it is recording, if a recording to be executed by DVBViewer is due within the next minutes (see Options → Shutdown) or the Recording Service is executing an instant recording. The reason is displayed in the Windows UI. Forcing shutdown / log-off doesn't cause data loss anymore.
Change: General: DVBViewer does not prevent the Windows idle timeout anymore if (and only if) no playback and no recording is going on resp. is due within the next minutes (see Options → Shutdown → Don't shut down if a recording is due within...). The idle timeout is the time without user interaction (configured in the Windows energy options) after which Windows automatically triggers sleep mode / hibernation.
Add: Playback: Checkbox Options → General → Resume playback after sleep mode / hibernation. This option applies to TV/Radio and file playback. Please note that playback does not resume as long as a lock screen is present.
Add: Shutdown Options: The “Don't shut down if a recording is due within...” setting now also applies if closing DVBViewer or shutting the PC down is triggered outside the OSD. If a recording executed by DVBViewer (!) is due within the configured minutes DVBViewer will prompt for confirmation on closing, prevent shutdown / log-off, the idle timeout (see above) and let Windows replace sleep mode by away mode (if triggered by the user or other applications).
Removed: Task Scheduler: The support for the outdated DVB Task Scheduler tool has been removed. If you want the PC to wake up automatically for recording please use the Recording Service or configure task scheduling on Options → Recorder → Recordings.
Fix: Recorder: Recordings were not stopped properly on hibernation.
Change: Recorder: Instant recordings executed by the Recording Service are now stopped in any case (and consistently with the OSD → System options) after confirmation when DVBViewer is closed. Formerly a dialog offered to continue the recording independently from a running DVBViewer instance as timer recording with a default duration of 24 hours. Please note that the handling is solely up to the Recording Service if sleep mode / hibernation is triggered outside DVBViewer.
Fix: Recorder: Instant recordings executed by the Recording Service are not needlessly stopped anymore when applying changes in the hardware options.
Fix: Recorder: The red record indicator in the taskbar button was not updated if the status bar was not visible or DVBViewer was minimized.
Add: General: DVBViewer is now basically able to adjust its windows and contained text to the text size settings in the Control Panel → Appearance and Personalization → Display section. Additionally Windows is informed about this capability, so DVBViewer is not scaled graphically anymore in case of 150% text size and more, which caused a blurry UI display and bad video quality particularly in full screen mode.
Add: General: Resizer.exe is a new tool for customizing the DVBViewer font and the window/text size independently from the control panel settings (see above). Changes can only be applied while DVBViewer is closed. Please note that the size of some items like window title bars or standard message boxes is not under application control and can' t be influenced by the Resizer Tool. The menu font and size is only influenced by the Resizer settings if the DVBViewer Menu Style is selected on Options → General.
Fix: General: The “Hide hints in the top area of windows” tweak didn't take effect on some windows with top area hints (see Tweaker.exe).
Add: Input Options: Some labels in the Action Editor added to make it more comprehensible.
Change/Fix: Hardware: The device administration has been completely reworked, avoiding various issues like using two tuners for the same transponder, unnecessarily switching Picture in Picture off and some more.
Add: Hardware: Support for additional encoder devices similar to Hauppauge PVR, including Hauppauge Colossus/Siena, Vixs Pure TV, ITE Tech IT9910 HD Grabber, AverMedia HD, TeVii,. Roxio). The general handling has been enhanced. A settings dialog for encoder devices on Options → Hardware replaces the former Editor Tool. Read more about it here.
Add: Hardware Options: “Reset after sleep/hibernate” checkbox and “Reset DVB device before recording” tweak (for more information see Tweaker.exe). Applies to DVB devices with BDA driver and TechniSat cards with WDM / network driver. This option should only be used for devices that are not working correctly after sleep / hibernation.
Fix: MadVR: Measures against MadVR trying to close down prematurely when DVBViewer is closed, causing trouble if DVBViewer prompts for confirmation in case of ongoing recordings.
Fix: MadVR: Switching between TV channels with different video type (e. g. H.264 ↔ MPEG2) caused the mouse cursor to appear permanently in full screen mode.
Fix: OSD / Custom EVR: Display of dynamic background images did not work anymore.
Fix: OSD / Custom EVR: The OSD was displayed too small if the GPU only supports power of two texture dimensions.
Fix: OSD / Mosaic: The Return key resp. OSD OK action didn't switch to the selected mosaic TV channel.
Fix: OSD: Several pages of the default OSD (Envy) skin have been reworked (videoinfo.xml, dialogok.xml, dialogyesno.xml, myUPNP.xml).
Fix: Main Window: Access violation if Video/Audio A/B was toggled in playback off state.
Fix: Timer Recordings Window: Access violations on certain occasions.
Fix: Options: Measures against plug-ins causing trouble by needlessly activating the Apply button when adding option pages.
Fix: Shader: The Settings → Shaders → Last Shader menu item didn't toggle between the last shader and none.
Fix: Weather: Weather data was assigned to wrong days (one day shifted to the future).
Add: Logging (already available in 5.4.0): If translating a window content fails in debug mode, DVBViewer writes the missing language file section and its English default content to a file “Missing_[Language].log” located in the language sub-directory of the configuration folder. [Language] is the name of the currently used language file.
Updated: DVBViewer Filter to version 3.9.3. The property page is adjusted to the text size settings in the Control Panel → Appearance and Personalization → Display section.
Updated: VODSource Filter to version 2.2.3: Potential DVBViewer crash on stream abortion and minor bugs in the JSON parser fixed.
DVBViewer Pro 5.4.0 beta
In Memoriam - Lars Gehre
Changelog DVBViewer Pro 5.4.0 Beta
Change: Custom EVR: The EVR Custom Video Renderer has been replaced by a new version elaborated by CiNcH, comprising several picture quality and timing enhancements.
Add: MadVR: The high quality MadVR video renderer (if installed) can be selected in the DirectX Options. MadVR provides a lot of expert settings via its property page (see Settings → Filters menu). Please note that this renderer requires some graphics card capabilities and GPU power. It may be unsuitable for old resp. low-end graphics cards.
Add: Custom EVR/Logging: New -d3ddebug command line switch enabling EVR Custom / D3D debugging. It can be used together with or independently from the -debug and -osddebug switch. Please note that -d3ddebug may let the DVBViewer.log file grow rapidly.
Removed: Custom EVR: Support for D3D exclusive full screen mode.
Add: Custom EVR / MadVR: Action “Custom Renderer Stats” (see actions.ini) for switching cyclically between the OSD statistics levels (off, basic, extended) of the EVR Custom Video Renderer resp. for switching the MadVR debug OSD on/off (MadVR 0.87.18 or later required).
Add: Custom EVR Tweaks: The following tweaks have been added (see Tweaker.exe):
Use FlipEx swap chain (default on): Applies to the EVR Custom Renderer under Windows 7 with Aero and Windows 8. Enables efficient D3D usage, but a change from the EVR Custom Renderer to certain other renderers (VMR 7/9, standard EVR) will only work after a DVBViewer restart, if "Allow video panel recreation" is switched off.
Allow video panel recreation (default on): Allows to recreate the video panel under Windows 7 with Aero and Windows 8 on custom -> no-custom renderer changes. Enables the change in any case independently from "Use FlipEx swap chain", but may have unknown side effects.
Alternative VSync method (default off): Applies to Windows XP and Windows 7 without Aero. Replaces the standard Direct3D VSync handling by an alternative method enabling manual adjustment to prevent tearing.
VSync shift (in scan lines, default = 0): Applies to Windows XP and Windows 7 without Aero if "Alternative VSync method" is switched on. Shifts the point of time for frame output in order to prevent tearing effects.
Custom EVR color range (default = 1): 0 = EVR Default, 1 = 0..255, 2 = 16..235, 3 = 48..208, 4 = 64..127.
Custom EVR matrix for YUV -> RGB conversion (default = 3): 0 = EVR Default, 1 = BT709, 2 = BT601, 3 = Auto (BT601 for SD, BT709 for HD)
Change: DirectX Options: The “Use custom renderer” checkbox has been removed. The custom renderer mode (associated with the OSD D3D mode) is now activated by selecting the “EVR Custom Video Renderer” entry in the Video Renderer drop-down list.
Add: DirectX Options: The EVR Custom Video Renderer can be selected on the Video A/B or DVD page in combination with non-custom renderers on another page. Additionally the video renderer can now be specified in filter graph presets. Please note that a video renderer change may...
I have been using DVBviewer for over a year to view DVB-T.
It works superbly, noglitches.
$15 is not nuch considering what you get (indeed you must order to download, but you won´t regret it)
I have used before ProgDVB and WinFastDTV and this is much better.
It's the best DVB software I have ever found(I've tryied most of all). I have Hauppauge and AverMedia tuners, but I use only DVBViewer not the software they add, for easy of use and it's better functionality. 15 EUR I payed, is not too much.
Buy the way, there was no problems to order the software from their website, it was wery easy and clear.
I could visit the authors website, order, login, download, post in forum ...
Though the usability of the site could be better.
The basic recording functions of DVBViewer Pro are very stable and without nags.
With my TerraTec Cinergy DT USB XS Diversity (2 DVB-T Tuners) i have recorded up to 5 programs on 2 Channels simultaneously. Standby (suspend to RAM) is supported flawlessly. Programming of timers is comfortable once you have understood the functions of EPG.
I visited the authors website but couldn't find anywhere to download this software. There are links to download addons but nothing for the DVBViewer itself. There is no information provided about where to go for downloading either. One has to wonder why the author has to make it so damned difficult to get the software!
In case you were wondering I also registered as "a member" [in case that was required for downloads] but that didn't work either as I never received a confirmation email.
Unfortunately I have to assume that the software, like the website, is a total waste of time. Pity that!
I tried this one with my Hauppauge Nova-T USB2 for receiving H264/AVC + AAC DVB-T signal, I selected CoreAVC for H264 decoder and ffdshow for Audio decoder. Preview was okay but when I started recording it just stopped after 25 seconds and that was it, I had to restart program.
Works great with DVD-S2 cards and HD streems; highly configurable.
I had problem to record AC3 audio with original software (crap!!!) bundled with TT-BUDGET S-2 3200 card. DVBViewer resolved it perfectly.
Posted April 25, 2007 by noemi7.
Tool version 18.104.22.168
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