New URL for Video Disk Recorder site

Famous open source project Video Disk Recorder (VDR) recently change the address of its website. The old URL was www.cadsoft.de/vdr and the new one is www.tvdr.de. The new address of FTP server is ftp://ftp.tvdr.de/vdr. New email of Klaus Schmidinger is Klaus dot Schmidinger at tvdr dot de.

The old URLs will be redirected to the new location for a while, but please update your bookmarks as soon as possible.

iPhone App to control VDR

Zapper

Zapper is a iPhone App which gives a full control under VDR – Video Disk Recorder. It uses WiFi connection to communicate with VDR box and provides all functionality of ordinary remote control. Even more, using that application you may manage timers, recordings, see EPG and switch on VDR box via LAN (Pro version only).

The Zapper exists in two versions – base and pro. Pro has richer and more attractive user interface as well as function Wake-on-LAN to start VDR remotely. The base version is free for sure but for Pro you should pay something I guess.

Sure the ordinary remote is better then Zapper on the iPhone when you at home. But to control VDR remotely it’s very good option in my opinion.

Logitech Harmony and VDR

Logitech Harmony 555

Recently discovered that popular series of Logitech’s remote controls Harmony has IR codes to control Video Disk Recorder (VDR) box. To get them to your device just download new remote using Logitech software choosing type PVR, producer KLS and model VDR. Also you can use this config file for LIRCd. Have fun!

[via VDR Wiki]

High Definition Linux Media Center

CaptiveWorks CW-4000HD

CaptiveWorks launched High Definition Linux Media Center CW-4000HD. It based on AMD 5000+ X2 Processor and includes 512 MB DDRII RAM (can be expandable to 8GB), 1GB Fast System Flash, Nvidia GeForce 7050, Satellite Tuner Genpix Skywalker-CW3K, DVDRW. Optionally HDD and ATSC Tuner can be added. The CW-4000HD provides HDMI/SVGA/Component/S-Video video and Analog/SPDIF Dolby Digital audio outputs as well as gigabit Ethernet and six USB ports.

The CW-4000HD can really replace satellite receiver, DVD and network players. It provides PVR functionality – pause, record, schedule etc, for Satellite/Digital TV, supports IPTV, P2P TV and web video services, allows to playback video and music from the HDD, network shares and USB storage and shows pictures. Additionally it gives possibility to listen Internet radio, read RSS, browse web sites, play arcade games (MAME emulator), convert recorded TV shows in the desire format and burn them to CDs or DVDs.

Most of features listed above are implemented using amazing open source software Video Disk Recorder (VDR) and its plug-ins. However the version of VDR included into the CW-4000HD is too old to support DVB-S2 (it’s just 1.5.8). So, you won’t watch the real HD channels on that box. But except that the CW-4000HD looks very attractive in my mind. I like the idea to use open source software in the commercial systems. It definitely should give a renewed impetus to the progress and popularity of VDR.

The CaptiveWorks CW-4000HD is available on the GOsatellite.com at the price $449.99.

iPhone & iPod Touch application for VDR

iVDR

iVDR turns your iPhone or iPod Touch into stylish remote control for your Video Disk Recorder (VDR). It allows to see EPG, set timers and manage records. Additionally you can watch stream from VDR directly on your Apple smartphone. It might be useful if you away from home but would like to see the game of your favourite football team, for example. Sure to do that you should be connected to the Internet via WiFi and your VDR box should be accessible outside.

The iVDR is written on Perl and provides web interface to VDR adopted to iPhone and iPod Touch. It has a simple config file where you can specify VDR connection parameters and setup permissions for the iVDR access. Currently iVDR is available on English and German. But it’s very easy to translate its interface to your language. If you have ability to do that just send translated lang.pack file to the iVDR author to include it in the next release.

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