SmartDVB is an unpretentious digital-tv watch application for satellite, terrestrial or cable TV cards. Emphasis has been put on overall speed and user experience on the desktop concerning DVB operations like scanning and channel viewing. It also allows for HTPC/PVR functionality through SmartOSD and legacy video renderer OSD. New OSD includes Options menu for quick PVR like access, better integrated EPG, Teletext, graphical timeshift, program data, zoom, custom graphics station list and also logo support.
added: smartexec /channel option saves currently selected channel (satid,nid,tid,sid) to channel.dat in the settings folder.
fixed: lag issue which could occur with skystar devices (skystar.dev).
fixed: bda.dev crash which could occur when switching to/from direct tune mode.
fixed: skystar HD Express should now also work with skystar WDM device (skystar.dev), should be a better option for owners of such devices compared to the buggy
bda implementation technisat provides.
fixed: transcode parameters were not saved correct/used at the transcode settings dialog.
fixed: video status bar would not update EPG progress/textual data correctly at all times, should work better now.
fixed: skystar.dev signal stats were not being shown correct (quality/level were shown as being the same).
fixed: edit filter should be maintained between channel tab switches.
added: HTTP stream option to stream radio station with MP3. (TV stations should also send the audio only through this http url).
added: basic transcode profile settings to allow for easier change/selected of different streaming/recording parameter sets. Seemed like a necessity to add
this to the current external ffmpeg transcode setup. Profiles are saved to settings/transcode.ini
fixed: scan update dialog lost channels are now sorted by frequency.
fixed: some issues with transport stream transcoded recordings (mp4/mkv).
added: remote ch# selection should also move epg to the selected remote tab channel.
fixed: channel list tv filter would not be retained across application instances.
fixed: adding a blindscan range now uses correct c-band defaults
fixed: client mode now also takes extra buffering into account when receiving streams (if set it’s used for client side receive buffering).
fixed: some transcode profile interface inconsistencies.
added: ability to hide video status (main menu > view)
added: optional extra video status line showing video/audio type and simple record progress.
added: video process to connection settings dialog. This allows you to enter a filter like for example ‘ffdshow raw filter’ to process video.
added: alternate video decoder, based on name selection for now, if you have other suggestions please let me know. You can use this to for example select
a different decoder for HD compared to H.264 (by entering a name like ‘ HD’ or alike).
added: seperate h.264 ffmpeg record transcode command lines. So you’re able to differentiate between then when recording, on slower systems you H264 transcoding
speed is increased by using preset -superfast where possible. This might decrease recording quality in such cases though, remove it again if you don’t have
issues with the efficiency of these transcoding on your system. Please note that slower systems might simply have problems automagically transcoding some
recording types, if you’re system simply isn’t efficient enough for ffmpeg to transcode in real-time this might be unsolvable besides a quicker cpu.
fixed: HTTP streaming seemed to fail on some XP systems, added HTTP option to optimize http streaming which might allow such XP systems to stream correctly when enabled.
modified: HTTP internal caching reworked somewhat to try to make it more stable under various network conditions.
added: renderless video renderer.
modified: some changes to bdas.dev due to reports, some people seem to have some weird exceptions there sometimes.
If you experience worse/sluggish video or lockups at exit please let me know, i might need to revert these changes if it’s not for the better.
added: option to schedule task exit to close the dvb device (experimental might be unstable, /STOPDEV parameter added to smartexec.exe for this purpose).
fixed: some problems with audio process filter being added twice under some settings situations.
fixed: some additional bug report fixes/modifications.
added: basic initial HEVC support. Current known codecs which support HEVC are lentoid/LAV/latest cyberlink. Please note that some of these codecs are still quite
unstable and could result in application exceptions related to these codecs. HEVC is not implemented for PIP atm (seemed like overkill with just 2-4
available and unstable satellite HEVC streams)
fixed: main app status bar did not remain hidden if so requested on restart.
Easy to use and user friendly interface .
Low footprint, fast operation with fast channel changing.
Supports Skystar 2 WDM and BDA-S/T/C and ATSC devices.
Includes a BlindScanner (as of 0.2.5 RC1) which also scans for channels (your blindscan card must be supported by the crazycat streamreader.dll blindscan interafce)
Supports SkyWalker devices used in North America for turbo-fec modulations.
Supports diseqc (depending on DVB device used) including motor support.
OSD (on-screen-display) which can also be used as a basic HTPC setup through remote.
DiSeqC support includes using cascaded switches setups (diseqc 1.1)
H264 and S2 support (through bda driver) so you can enjoy full HD channels.
You can create scheduled record tasks for your favorite tv programs .
Supports teletext and multi audio channel, including teletext subtitles.
Supports MD-API plugins.
Supports MPEG and TS record formats .
Supports Windows XP® ,Windows Vista® and Windows 7® operating system .
Includes integrated EPG (Electronic Program Guide)
Supports timeshifting also for H264 channels.
Supports winlirc remotes and native remotes (depending on DVB device used)
Supports basic CI (Common interface)
Optimized EVR (Enhanced Video Renderer) support
Favorite channel list so you can arrange your channels as you want
Remote channel list so you can arrange your channels for customized use with your remote
Snapshots so you can make an image in BMP format of the current channel
UDP streaming to other pc's using a UDP capable viewer like VLC.
Allows you to use multiple monitors in the fullscreen/application mode.
Customizable for usage in North America (scanner and epg parser)
Customizable input settings for keyboard or remotes.
DVB subtitles (not fully functional yet).
Great software! Although the interface looks just a teensy bit outdated - who cares in view of the rest!
I got a Terratec Cinergy HTC Stick (USB-connection) a few days ago. The delivered software is a Terratec-version of DVBViewer. Alas, took almost 4(!) hours to detect all the available DVB-C channels and channel switching takes sometimes up to 15 or 20 sec. The interface looks a bit smarter - but recording options are close to none especially regarding video/audio quality.
Here SmartDVB outsmarts! Seeking all available DVB-C channels took less than 5 minutes(!) (same hardware, same system), channel-switching is smooth and fast, i.e. instantly!
And there are numerous settings available in the recording section. Have to try those yet.
Keep up the good work!
"...unpretentious digital-tv watch application" - maybe "unpretentious", but for me (i own a Leadtek PxDVR3200H tunercard) it's working in really fullHD, crystal-clear and without any problem, with only 5-8% use of CPU. Thanks to the author!
Posted February 07, 2012 by nicksson.
Tool version 0.2.5.0
using OS Windows 7
Ease of use 9
Value for money 10
Overall score 10
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