1. Introduction to the DVBViewer Pro ®
This chapter presents the program with its most important features, describes the software
and hardware requirements and informs how to get the full version.
You should have a adequate knowledge of your computer and its operating system. Make
sure that you know how to use the mouse and standard menus and commands, and also
how to open, save, and close files. If you need to review these techniques, see the printed
or online documentation included with your Windows® OS.
About this Guide
This guide describes the handling of the DVBViewer Pro. The DVBViewer Pro offers
numerous additional and extended functions with enhanced ease of use compared to the
bundled DVBViewer TE (TechniSat Edition). It can be ordered for Euro 15,- or $ 19,- at
http://www.dvbviewer.com with lifetime-updates and plugins/add-ons included.
The DVBViewer is subject to ongoing change due to progress in research and
development. Therefore this guide may lack in actuality, although it is updated in regular
intervals. An updated edition can be downloaded freely at http://www.dvbviewer.com/.
Besides the description of the functions and options this guide is designed to serve the
following purposes:
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As documentation for potential customers, considering to purchase a tv-card or
the DVBViewer Pro.
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As tutorial for new users, who would like to learn more about the DVBViewer Pro.
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As assistance for all, who encounter problems using the DVBViewer Pro.
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As reference book for advanced users.
Having trouble with the tv-card or the DVBViewer, you will find assistance in chapter 8 of
this guide. Chapter 9 lists a collection of useful internet links concerning digital satellite
reception and tools which proved to be useful in combination with the DVBViewer.
A very informative place is the DVBViewer forum - for all, who are interested in brand
new information about the DVBViewer, who are looking for help or simply want to join the
community.
Features
The DVBViewer Pro offers advanced and unique features. With the purchase you will also
get the DVBViewer GE. The GE features a more technical approach without optical
enhancements and is more suitable for slower computers. At the end of this chapter you
will find a list of cards that have successfully been tested with the DVBViewer.
Feature
support of DVB-S, DVB-T, DVB-C and ATSC
support of BDA (broadcast driver architecture)
support of payTV
free updates (not from TE to Pro/GE)
optimised DiSEqC handling
notification of updates within the program (uses internet)
enhanced functionality with free plugins
support for plugin programmers with source code examples
use of skins
full keyboard and remote control (WinLIRC and Girder)
pop-up control bar
HTPC like OSD
advanced OSD
basic OSD
support for visually impaired users
full PVR functionality including restarting from
standby/hibernation
free zoom presets
desktop TV
screenshot function
PiP (picture in picture)
mosaic preview (multiple channels)
integrated advanced multicast/unicast streaming via LAN
plugin-based multicast/unicast streaming via LAN
basic streaming via LAN
free selection of decoders/graphs (DirectShow based)
HDTV & AC3 support
transport stream format (MPEG 2 TS)
program stream format (MPEG 2 PS)
packetized elementary stream format (PVA, MPEG 2 PES)
multi-channel recordings (single file)
multi-channel recordings (separate files)
direct recording in mp3, Ogg Vorbis and PCM-wave
Pro 3.x
GE 1.x
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Feature
expansive recording control
support and recording of subtitles
basic teletext functions
extended teletext functions (save, search, OSD...)
basic EPG
extended EPG (search, send to PVR, channel switching...)
basic channel list
extended channel list (drag'n'drop, additional external scanner
(TransEdit), favourite lists)
fast channel switching
last channel/file function/last position (resume)
dynamic PID update
proprietary MPEG 2 demultiplexing filter (MPEG 2 TS and PS)
simultaneous media playback during recording
DVD playback
RDS radiotext
ASF/ASX playback
enhanced playlist (m3u, pls, b4s)
visualisations
management of mp3, wav, ogg, wma and FLAC with ID-tags
audio-CD playback with autoplay, freeDB and database support
(only NT-based operating systems)
RSS newsfeed
weather forecast plugin
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GE 1.x
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Requirements
For DVB-S you need an antenna link suitable for digital satellite reception. It must be
equipped with a digital (or universal) LNB/LNC as reception unit, otherwise you will only
get some channels in the low band, which transmit on formerly analogue transponders. In
case of doubt consult a specialised dealer for satellite equipment.
Additionally you need a suitable PCI tv-card or USB-box. Cards based on the B2C2chipset and Twinhan cards are supported natively, all other models via BDA drivers.
The tv-card/box must be connected to the LNB/LNC via a suitable coax cable (i. e.
TechniSat Coaxsat 2150 digital).
For terrestrial reception (DVB-T) the AirStar2 from TechniSat or a other cards featuring
BDA-support are needed. Of course DVB-T must be available in your region. For optimal
DVB experience your PC should be powerful enough to handle the incoming data:
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A Pentium® III-processor (or higher) starting from 700 MHz. But particularly for
editing video files on your PC (conversion, cutting, etc.) the processor can't be fast
enough... For HDTV you need a graphic card with IDCT (MPEG hardware
acceleration) and a CPU with at least 1 GHz.
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A sufficiently large hard disk. For pure television playback the DVBViewer does not
need more than 3 mbytes. For recordings however a large capacity is necessary. A
TV broadcast of normal length (without advertisement) can occupy up to 3 gbytes
(about 3000 mbytes), HDTV needs about 150 mbytes per minute!.
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A graphics card with at least 8 mbytes memory as well as a fairly modern sound
card, which is able to process the sampling rate of 48 kHz used with digital satellite
reception. In addition to avoid problems, up to date multimedia drivers - which
should be available on the manufactures website - are also recommendable. It is
advised to use a card with integrated MPEG2 decoder (i. e. Geforce4 MX, Geforce
FX, ATI Radeon).
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128 mbytes memory (RAM) or more. The minimum memory capacity depends in
individual cases on how much your operating system and other installed software
use.
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Windows 98 (SE), ME, 2000/2003 or XP as operating system (Windows 95 is not
officially supported though it may work).. The system should also be updated with
service packs and updates by Microsoft in order to prevent problems. Important
Multimedia extensions have only subsequently been added, e.g. DirectX®; the
DVBViewer needs at least DirectX version 6.1.
Problematic Issues
In order to prevent disappointments you should also know what can't be easily achieved.
The ability of recording videos to the hard disk usually raises further wishes: Cutting
advertisements out of the videos, burning (S-)VCD or DVD, playing them back with the set
top DVD Player...This is possible, but generally only by using additional software tools.
For technical reasons the DVBViewer cannot convert the video data during a recording to
(S-)VCD (Super-)Video CD) or DVD from the scratch. Such a real-time conversion needs a
computer capacity not even offered by the most modern PC. The DVBViewer records the
data 1:1 as it is broadcast. Unfortunately this format is not readable for some (especially
older) DVD players.
If you need some help, visit the DVBViewer-forum http://www.dvbviewer.com/forum/. Here
you can exchange with others, ask experienced users how they have done it, or make
your own experience available for others. You can also use the search function in order to
sift through the knowledge base accumulated in the course of time .
Purchasing the DVBViewer Pro
You will receive the software after payment of EUR 15,- or $ 19,- as internet download.
There are three ways of payment:
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Send the cash via (snail) mail to Christian Hackbart, Schubertstraße 23, 99096
Erfurt, Germany. Pack up the banknotes well, so that the letter content is not
recognizable from the outside. Above all, pay attention to include your e-mail
address clearly readable!
Transfer the cash to the account of Bernd Hackbart CMUV / account-number:
600003280 / bank code number (sorting code number) 82051000 of the
Sparkasse Mittelthüringen, Germany. The transfer purpose should contain the
phrase "DVBViewer + e-mail address", whereas special characters like "@"
should be substituted as " AT " (with spaces).
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Paying by credit card via Internet is the fastest way. Visit the website at
http://www.dvbviewer.com/ and click purchase in the quick links section.
A payment by cash on delivery is possible only in exceptional cases. Because of the high
expenditure in this case, EUR 28,- are charged for the DVBViewer.
Please note: For using PayPal cookies must be enabled. After acknowledgement of the
transfer a password will be sent to the e-mail address you provided. This will give you
access to the members' area for downloading your copy of the DVBViewer and various
plugins. For this purpose visit http://www.dvbviewer.com/ and click on Service Center.
A window will prompt you to enter your user name (generally your e-mail address) and the
password. Now select the Setup.exe file (self-executable archive of the DVBViewer) for
download.
Please note: Your e-mail address must be valid and you must be accessible via this
address. Otherwise you might be waiting an eternity for your DVBViewer, which would be
very unfortunate.
Supported Cards
Card
offically user
tested report
ADS Technologies Instant TV DVB-T Cardbus
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Avermedia DVB-T USB2 (Standard Avermedia BDA Treiber)
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AVerTV Hybrid +FM Cardbus (= E506; Treiberversion 1.0.2.9)
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Digital everywhere FireDTV S/CI
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Digital everywhere FloppyDTV S/CI (IEEE1394)
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Freecom DVB-T USB Stick (BDA Treiber siehe Yakumo Stick)
Hauppauge WinTV Nova T PCI (90002/Conexant)
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Hauppauge WinTV Nova-S
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Hauppauge WinTV Nova-S Plus
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Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-1100
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KNC1 DVB-S
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KWorld DVB-T 100
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KWorld V-Stream DTV DVB-T PCI
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Kworld Xpert DTV DVB-T
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Medion SAA7131 (mitgelieferte Treiber, von Philips und MS zertifiziert)
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MSI Digivox Mini DVB-T
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Pinnacle PCTV 200e (DVB-T USB2)
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Pinnacle PCTV 400e (USB-Box)
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Pinnacle PCTV 400e (USB-Box)
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SATELCO EasyWatch MobilSet
Technisat AirStar
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TechniSat Airstar ATSC
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TechniSat CableStar
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TechniSat SkyStar1 (CI)
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TechniSat SkyStar2
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TechniSat Telestick T1
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TechnoTrend Budget DVB-T
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Technotrend Bugdet
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Technotrend TV Stick
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Terratec Cinergy 1200-s
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Terratec Cinergy 1200C (Kabel)
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Card
offically user
tested report
Terratec Cinergy 1400 DVB-T (mit Terratec BDA Treiber V5.0.11.0)
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Terratec Cinergy T2
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Terratec Cinergy T2 DVB-T USB-Box
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Toshiba DVB-T Tuner (PX1211E-1TVD)
Twinhan Cable CI
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Twinhan Cable FTA
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Twinhan DTV Sat-Express DVB-S
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Twinhan DVB-S
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Twinhan DVB-T (CI) [getestet mit Twinhan-Treibern]
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Twinhan DVB-T USB
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Twinhan DVB-T USB/BDA
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Twinhan DVB-T USB/Dibcom
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Twinhan Mantis CI
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Twinhan Mantis DVB-S (Fujitsu MB86A15)
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Twinhan Mantis DVB-S (TDQS_F001F)
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Twinhan Mantis FTA
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Twinhan Satellite CI
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Twinhan Satellite FTA
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Twinhan StarBox USB
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Twinhan Terrestrial AD
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Twinhan Terrestrial CI
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Twinhan Terrestrial FTA
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Twinhan VisionDTV 1 (DVB-S CI)
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TwinhanDTV MagicBox Pro
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Typhoon DVB-T Duo Digital/Analog PCMCIA
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VSTREAM 100 PCI
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XPERT DTV DVB-T von V-STREAM
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Yakumo DVB-T mobile USB box (Hama BDA Treiber 62776_winxp_2k_mce2005.exe)
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Yakumo Quickstick DVB-T (Treiber: Yakumo TV Viewer 8.11.05)
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