Pasi Juppo | 27 Aug 12:29 2014
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Problem with subtitles: not showing in HD channels

Hi,

VDR 2.06 (yavdr 0.50 distro) does not show subtitles in HD channels (Yle 
channels in Finland). In SD version of the same channels subtitles are 
working fine. TV shows subtitles fine.

I've tried HD softdevice and normally using xineliboutput. Various 
different settings but none have had any effect in this.

The card is TBS6285 and according to manufacturer's support this should 
not be a driver issue.

Any ideas what could be the problem and more importantly how to solve this?

Br, Pasi

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Eike | 20 Aug 18:49 2014
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[Announce] Permashift 1.0 - permanent timeshift in RAM (AKA live buffer)

Hello,

Permashift has been largely rewritten and is now published in version 1.0.
On popular demand, it does not do automatical disc recordings anymore, 
but records live TV to a RAM buffer which is used for rewinding or inclusion
in recordings.

Permashift needs a patch to the VDR (and is incompatible with the old patch!).
Patch, plugin and more information are available on the homepage:

http://ein-eike.de/vdr-plugin-permashift-english/

Ciao,
		Eike
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Andreas Mair | 20 Aug 13:49 2014
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[ANNOUNCE] ExtRecMenu v1.2.4

Hi,

a small update for ExtRecMenu has been released.
You can get it from http://projects.vdr-developer.org/projects/plg-extrecmenu

Have fun!
Andreas

*** Changes from v1.2.3 to v1.2.4 ***
[amair] Reduced delay when opening the recordings menu if "menu
category" feature is used.

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cedric.dewijs@telfort.nl | 14 Aug 19:51 2014
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softhddevice fails to compile

Hi All,

I am trying to compile softhddevice. how can I solve below error?
Kind regards,
Cedric

/vdr-plugin-softhddevice$ make
Makefile:115: CFLAGS not set
Makefile:118: CXXFLAGS not set
cc  -I/usr/include/alsa         -DPLUGIN_NAME_I18N='"softhddevice"' -D_GNU_SOURCE  -DAV_INFO -DAV_INFO_TIME=3000     -DUSE_PIP             -DUSE_VDR_SPU         -DUSE_ALSA -DUSE_OSS -DUSE_VDPAU -DUSE_SCREENSAVER  -DGIT_REV='"4a4de36"'  -g -W -Wall -Wextra -Winit-self -Wdeclaration-after-statement   -c -o video.o video.c
cc  -I/usr/include/alsa         -DPLUGIN_NAME_I18N='"softhddevice"' -D_GNU_SOURCE  -DAV_INFO -DAV_INFO_TIME=3000     -DUSE_PIP             -DUSE_VDR_SPU         -DUSE_ALSA -DUSE_OSS -DUSE_VDPAU -DUSE_SCREENSAVER  -DGIT_REV='"4a4de36"'  -g -W -Wall -Wextra -Winit-self -Wdeclaration-after-statement   -c -o audio.o audio.c
cc  -I/usr/include/alsa         -DPLUGIN_NAME_I18N='"softhddevice"' -D_GNU_SOURCE  -DAV_INFO -DAV_INFO_TIME=3000     -DUSE_PIP             -DUSE_VDR_SPU         -DUSE_ALSA -DUSE_OSS -DUSE_VDPAU -DUSE_SCREENSAVER  -DGIT_REV='"4a4de36"'  -g -W -Wall -Wextra -Winit-self -Wdeclaration-after-statement   -c -o codec.o codec.c
codec.c: In function ‘Codec_get_buffer’:
codec.c:217:2: warning: ‘age’ is deprecated (declared at /usr/include/libavcodec/avcodec.h:1063) [-Wdeprecated-declarations]
codec.c:248:2: warning: ‘age’ is deprecated (declared at /usr/include/libavcodec/avcodec.h:1063) [-Wdeprecated-declarations]
codec.c: In function ‘CodecAudioDecode’:
codec.c:1474:5: warning: ‘avcodec_decode_audio3’ is deprecated (declared at /usr/include/libavcodec/avcodec.h:4131) [-Wdeprecated-declarations]
cc  -I/usr/include/alsa         -DPLUGIN_NAME_I18N='"softhddevice"' -D_GNU_SOURCE  -DAV_INFO -DAV_INFO_TIME=3000     -DUSE_PIP             -DUSE_VDR_SPU         -DUSE_ALSA -DUSE_OSS -DUSE_VDPAU -DUSE_SCREENSAVER  -DGIT_REV='"4a4de36"'  -g -W -Wall -Wextra -Winit-self -Wdeclaration-after-statement   -c -o ringbuffer.o ringbuffer.c
g++  -I/usr/include/alsa         -DPLUGIN_NAME_I18N='"softhddevice"' -D_GNU_SOURCE  -DAV_INFO -DAV_INFO_TIME=3000     -DUSE_PIP             -DUSE_VDR_SPU         -DUSE_ALSA -DUSE_OSS -DUSE_VDPAU -DUSE_SCREENSAVER  -DGIT_REV='"4a4de36"'  -g -W -Wall -Wextra -Winit-self -Werror=overloaded-virtual  -shared softhddevice.o softhddev.o video.o audio.o codec.o ringbuffer.o -lasound   -lvdpau   -lxcb-screensaver -lxcb-dpms -lxcb   -lrt -lavcodec -lX11-xcb -lX11 -lxcb-icccm -lxcb   -o libvdr-softhddevice.so
/usr/bin/ld: softhddevice.o: relocation R_ARM_THM_MOVW_ABS_NC against `Remotes' can not be used when making a shared object; recompile with -fPIC
softhddevice.o: could not read symbols: Bad value
collect2: ld returned 1 exit status
make: *** [libvdr-softhddevice.so] Error 1

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cedric.dewijs@telfort.nl | 12 Aug 14:15 2014
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cedarX on allwinnerA20, vdr-sxfe uses more CPU than mplayer

Hi All,

I have an olimex AllwinnerA20 board. I have used the following guide to enable cedarx:
https://www.olimex.com/forum/index.php?topic=3560.0
This works fine, I can now watch big bugs bunny and the sintel trailer in 1080p.

Next, I have played the same mpeg2 SD recording by both mplayer and vdr-sxfe. vdr-sxfe uses a lot more CPU than mplayer. (about 70% vs 14% <at> 600MHz)
When I look at the messages by vdr-sxfe, it see vdr-sxfe does use vdpau:

$ vdr-sxfe -f
vdr-sxfe 1.0.90-cvs  (build with xine-lib 1.2.1, using xine-lib 1.2.2)

Fullscreen mode

VDR server not given, searching ...
[18147] [discovery] Replacing broadcast source address 192.168.31.106 with server-given address 127.0.0.1
Found VDR server: host 127.0.0.1, port 37890
[18147] [scrnsaver] Failed to open connection to bus: Unable to autolaunch a dbus-daemon without a $DISPLAY for X11
[VDPAU SUNXI] VE version 0x1623 opened.
vo_vdpau: vdpau API version : 1
vo_vdpau: vdpau implementation description : sunxi VDPAU Driver
vo_vdpau: VideoSurface doesn't support chroma type 4:2:2, sorry.
xv_set_property: property=6, value=528408
[18147] [vdr-fe]    Detected 2 CPUs
[18147] [vdr-fe]    Enabling FFmpeg multithreaded video decoding
input_bluray: (bluray_class_get_instance:1455) bluray_class_get_instance
input_bluray: (bluray_class_get_instance:1455) bluray_class_get_instance
[18147] [input_vdr] Connecting (control) to tcp://127.0.0.1:37890 ...
[18147] [input_vdr] Server greeting: VDR-1.7.28 xineliboutput-1.0.90-cvs READY
[18147] [input_vdr] Connected (control) to tcp://127.0.0.1:37890
[18147] [input_vdr] Connecting (data) to pipe:///var/lib/vdr/plugins/xineliboutput/pipes.2875/pipe.0
[18147] [input_vdr] Data stream connected (PIPE)
[18147] [input_vdr] WARNING: xine-engine setting "engine.buffers.audio_num_buffers":230 is too low for HD-playback! Please use values between 500-1000!

How can I lower the PCU usage of vdr-sxfe?
I have seen a german guide to use cedarx and softhddevice, is this a better solution?
http://www.vdr-wiki.de/wiki/index.php/Cubieboard_2_-_Installationsanleitung_VDPAU/softhd-device

Kind regards,
Cedric


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cedric.dewijs@telfort.nl | 10 Aug 14:44 2014
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Debian, howto get the latest and greatest VDR (source) packages?

Hi All,

I have installed VDR on debian. This works OK, but the version of vdr in debian is a bit dated:
$ vdr -V
Aug 10 14:38:11.807 [general.debug] using new 1.7.11+ capture code
vdr (1.7.28/1.7.28) - The Video Disk Recorder
epgsearchonly (0.0.1) - Direct access to epgsearch's search menu
quickepgsearch (0.0.1) - Quick search for broadcasts
streamdev-server (0.6.0) - VDR Streaming Server
xineliboutput (1.0.90-cvs) - X11/xine-lib output plugin
conflictcheckonly (0.0.1) - Direct access to epgsearch's conflict check menu
sc (1.0.0pre-HG-29b7b5f231c8+) - A software emulated CAM
live (0.2.0) - Live Interactive VDR Environment
epgsearch (1.0.1) - search the EPG for repeats and more

I have tried to use  svn-buildpackage, as stated on the vdr wiki, but that gets me an even older version (vdr_1.6.0 and vdr_1.2.6)
http://www.linuxtv.org/vdrwiki/index.php/DEBIAN_Compiling_VDR_Source_Packages

How can I get, compile, package and install the latest versions on debian?

Kind regards,
Cedric

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cedric.dewijs@telfort.nl | 10 Aug 14:35 2014
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Solved: vdr-sxfe: select soundcard

Hi All,

I have figured out howto change the soundcard vdr-sxfe uses:
Sound via first soundcard:
$ vdr-sxfe --audio=alsa:hw:0,0
Sound via second soundcard:
$ vdr-sxfe --audio=alsa:hw:1,0

Hope this is useful for anyone,

Kind regards,
Cedric

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Andreas Mair | 8 Aug 06:45 2014
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[ANNOUNCE] VDRAdmin-AM v3.6.10

Hi!

A new release of VDRAdmin-AM is ready for download at
http://andreas.vdr-developer.org/vdradmin-am/

Have fun!

Best regards,
Andreas

*** Changes from v3.6.9 to v3.6.10 ***
- Improved: Optimized images to reduze their size. (Submitted by Ville Skyttä)
- Improved: Sort recordings secondarily by date when sorting by name.
Makes the ordering stabler for multiple recordings with the same name.
(Submitted by Olli Lammi)
- Added: streaming of recordings folders (Submitted by Daniel Matzke).
- Added: Hungarian translation (Submitted by István Füley).
- Fixed LSTR when executing recording commands on VDR >= 1.7.21
(Submitted by David Rütti)
- Updated: Italian translation (thanks to Diego Pierotto).
- Updated: Finnish translation.

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Andreas Mair | 5 Aug 07:03 2014
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[ANNOUNCE] ExtRecMenu v1.2.3

Hi,

after a very long time of GIT-only "releases" ExtRecMenu version 1.2.3
finally has been released. You can get it from
http://projects.vdr-developer.org/projects/plg-extrecmenu

Have fun!
Andreas

*** Changes from v1.2.2 to v1.2.3 ***
- [amair] Fixed crashes that happened if a skin used the "menu
category" feature. (Submitted by The Chief  <at> vdr-portal.de).
- [amair] GoLastReplayed and ReturnToPlugin now work as expected.
- [amair] Add support for VDR v2.1.2+ (Submitted by TheChief  <at> vdrportal.de).
- [amair] Fixed "level" for menu items (Patch by TomJoad  <at> vdrportal.de).
- [amair] Display folders on top of recordings list when using
descending sorting.
- [amair] Display the root video folder again when opening ExtRecMenu
(closes #1447).
- [karim.afifi] Updated French translation.
- [amair] Fix recording list problems with some recording names.
- [amair] Set menu category in VDR >= 1.7.28 (Closes #1110).
- [amair] Close replay OSD before starting cutter so that marks are
saved to disk (submitted by mini73  <at> vdr-portal.de).
- [amair] Always use VDR's cutting feature in VDR >=1.7.32.
- [amair] Reduced calls to get the free disk space.
- [amair] Use new MBperMinute() function in VDR >=1.7.27.
- [amair] Fixed compiling with VDR 1.7.28.

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Thomas Reufer | 8 Jul 12:59 2014
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Re: Raspberry Pi, Streamdev + rpihddevice

Hi

> When I'm watching TV with one of the RPI's and want to move to the other
> RPI, I cannot change the channel from what the first RPI was viewing.  I am
> not sure how to tell streamdev to stop streaming so that I can watch TV on
> the other RPI?  I hope I've been clear with that - it does sound a bit
> confusing.  I know there is a mainmenu entry that says suspend server, but
> it didn't seem to do anything, unless its done in the background.

Especially for devices like Raspberry Pi it would be very nice to have kind of a "standby" function in VDR,
which detaches active receivers and call an appropriate function on the primary device to suspend and
blank the output. Then resuming VDR would only take a fraction of a second...

> In regards to the rpihddevice I am seeing some tearing or 'flutter' when
> there is high motion with 1080 HD.  Its not so bad that it isn't usable -
> it most certainly works 99% of the time just fine.  

Have you set the HDMI frame rate according your video format?

> The one feature I miss
> with the rpihddevice that softhddevice had was the automatic zoom - hoping
> that gets added to the wish list at some point.

I'm afraid this might take a while, since accessing the decoded image is not that easy, however possible.
But rpihddevice supports the ScaleVideo() method, so in principle it's possible to do it manually.

Regards,
Thomas

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Norm Dressler | 7 Jul 19:08 2014
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Raspberry Pi, Streamdev + rpihddevice

Hi all, I just set up a couple of RPI's with the configuration of a Raspberry Pi, rpihddevice and streamdev-client.

Works great but a couple of questions.

When I'm watching TV with one of the RPI's and want to move to the other RPI, I cannot change the channel from what the first RPI was viewing.  I am not sure how to tell streamdev to stop streaming so that I can watch TV on the other RPI?  I hope I've been clear with that - it does sound a bit confusing.  I know there is a mainmenu entry that says suspend server, but it didn't seem to do anything, unless its done in the background.

In relation to this, the RPI doesn't have a power switch so shutting it down is a pain because when you do the halt -p it doesn't actually power off and in order to restart it you must cycle the power to the unit.

I'm interested to know what others have been able to accomplish with this configuration to make it work better for them.  I've added a number of plugins to improve the viewing pleasure and everything has been fast and clear.

In regards to the rpihddevice I am seeing some tearing or 'flutter' when there is high motion with 1080 HD.  Its not so bad that it isn't usable - it most certainly works 99% of the time just fine.  The one feature I miss with the rpihddevice that softhddevice had was the automatic zoom - hoping that gets added to the wish list at some point.

Thanks
Norm
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