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HDHR-VCR is a recording scheduler for HDHomeRun TV Tuners that runs on Windows. The application provides basic, VCR-like functionality; allowing programs to be recorded at scheduled times using any available tuners on the LAN. Wraps hdhomerun_config.exe for all interaction with the device. Scheduled recordings can added manually or via any Program Guide that can output titantv compatible tvpi files. Requires .NET Framework 4+ and HDHomeRun Install package.

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1.6 (January 27, 2017)


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Version 1.6; 2017-01-27

Added: Tuner locking implemented, if your device supports it, we will now lock the tuners we use with a random password to prevent other apps from stealing them. Tuners are unlocked as soon as we're done recording, and you can always force-free them by double-clicking the entry on the tuner list.
Added: Keys for New/Edit recording (ctrl+n ctrl+e)
Added: The Recording Details log now gets a log entry (with a link) when it writes a recording metadata file. Also the "stopped recording" log entry is simarly treated as a link to open the video file.
Fixed: Further fixes in place to prevent the missed recording regression. Hopefully this licks it.
Fixed: Better window hiding on auto-start; app should no longer flicker as we start.

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Unpack the app to a folder; run it. Your devices should automatically be detected in the 'Tuners' list. If not: open up the settings and check that the path to hdhomerun_config.exe is correct. If your firewall blocks outgoing connections, you'll need to make sure hdhomerun_config.exe is allowed through.

Next you'll want to run a channel scan ("Channel List" button -> "Update Channel list"). After that you can start scheduling recordings by hitting 'New Recording' at the bottom and setting the times and channel. If you associate the program with in the settings; you can also use their websites tv-listings to schedule recordings. (After you've made the association, click a show on, then the record button)

Notes on Recoding Padding: In the application settings there's a textbox field where you can specify the padding to be added to recordings. This is the time, in minutes, that will be recorded before and after the 'official' start and end times. You can specify start and ending padding separately by comma separation Eg: "5,10"; If only one number is entered, it will be used for both. Note that padding is opportunistic, that is, if a tuner is free, it will be used to record padding - but padding is always the lowest priority, and can be overridden by other recordings as needed. Also, the padding is currently a global setting, and can't be set on on a recording by recording basis (that may change in the future). Finally, remember that padding may force the use of two tuners when otherwise only one would be used. Eg: When recording two consecutive shows on the same channel, like 8:00-9:00 and then 9:00-10:00... Normally one tuner would be fine, but since the paddings would overlap, two tuners (if available) will be used to cover the overlap.

Command Line Usage:

If an instance of the program is not already running, starts the program and immediately hides it.
-addfromtvpi %FILENAME%
Adds the specified titanTV .tvpi file to the recording list. Starts a new instance of the program if one is not already running.
-addrecording %RECORDING_STRING%
Adds the given recording to the recording list. Starts a new instance of the program if one is not already running. The string format used is identical to that in the recording list ini file (recordings.ini). Parameters as passed as colon separated name/value pairs; which are themselves backtick (`) separated. The only required parameters are 'Start Time', 'End Time', and 'Channel'. All other parameters are optional and the order of parameters does not matter. Use ISO format for dates. An example follows:
HDHR_VCR.exe -addrecording Channel: 112.441 - 4.1 WRC HD`Start Time: 2014-01-13 00.07.00`End Time: 2014-01-13 00.08.00

The full list of parameters that can be set via the command line or in recordings.ini follows:
Status, User Filename, Recurrence Type, High Priority Record, Tuner used, Station, Channel, Actual File Name, Start Time, End Time, Actual Start Time, Actual End Time, Times Started, Times Recurred:, Title, Episode Title, Description

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