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In IPTV channels application, it is possible to record a user-defined fragment of audio or video stream during channel playback. The recordings are made to a USB drive connected to STB. Record format is Video Transport Stream File (.ts), name of the file: <Record name>.ts.tmp.ts - see more detailed description in the Recording file subsection of the Record manager section.

  1. During playing back of the required channel press F1 key on the remote to open the Recording channel window.
  2. Fill in the Recording channel window parameters.
  3. Press OK.

Recording of stream during playback

Recording channel window parameters:

    • Start recording - time and date of start recording in the format: hour:minute and day: month: year. As default value is substituted the time of calling the Recording Channel window, but the value can be changed by user.

    • End recording - time and date of finishing recording in the format hour:minute and day: month: year. The value of this field depends on the value of Duration and Start recording fields. The default set value corresponds to the 1-hour duration of the recording. Users can change this value.

    • Duration - interval of recording (in format: hours:minutes). The minimum duration is 1 minute, maximum duration is 23 hours and 59 minutes (23:59). Default value is 1 hour. User can change this value.

Note. The following parameters Start recording, End recording and Duration are interdependent. If one of Start recording or End recording parameters are changed, Duration is adjusted automatically. And vise versa, when Duration is changed, End recording is adjusted.

    • Channel - current channel (by default). User can change this value to other IPTV channel to record it.

    • Record name - a name that assigned to this record (this value is included in filename of corresponding file which stores on USB-drive). By default, as the suggested value of this parameter is substituted the time of calling Channel Recording window in the format: hours:minutes:seconds (in the example - 15:02:51). Users can change this value.

    • Record in - device to which this fragment will be recorded. User must choose which device should be used (all USB drives connected at the moment to STB are accessible).

After the creation of every recording, the corresponding item will be added in the Record manager app. The following further actions are possible:

  • Recording can be ended by schedule (correct completing) or be manually stopped by user with Stop command situated in context menu of record manager list. The recording is saved in Completed state.
  • After recording completed, the recording file can be played back into STB with Record manager or Home manager / Records applications or be transferred with USB drive to PC or other storage devices.
  • For as long as the recording lasts, its duration can be changed by using Edit command from context menu of record manager list.
  • If the user leaves the channel before the end of recording (switches to another channel or exits from IPTV channels app), the recording continues being recorded.
  • In the case of writing error (memory overflow, storage failure, etc.), the recording is stopped and gone to Error state.
  • Recordings can be removed from the list of Record manager app with Delete command from the context menu of record manager list. In this case, the user will be asked, if the corresponding recording file should be deleted or stored on USB drive.
  • Erasing of all recordings from the list of Record manager app takes place after STB reboot. However, the recording files are not deleted from USB drive.
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