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Record manager is an application of the Embedded portal which is accessible via the Main menu. Record manager provides the user to manage recordings of IPTV channels and playback completed recordings.

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Record manager list

The Record manager list is displayed in the main area of the Record manager application. Each item of the list corresponds to one recording run by the user on an IPTV channel of the Embedded portal. Recordings can be created in the Record manager (see How to create recording) or in IPTV channels applications. After the creation of a recording, the corresponding item will be added to the Record manager list.
Recordings can be in one of the states (in progress, completed, planned or failed).

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After the recording is completed,  the recording file stored on the USB drive can be played back with the STB player. (in Record manager - see Playing or in Home Media / Records) or it can be transferred to any other device (for example, on a PC), just like any other file.

In order to manage the Record manager list, various commands of the context menu are provided (delete, edit, sort records).

Note! After STB reboot all items are erased from the Record manager list.

Getting detailed information about record

To get detailed information about the selected record the user must press Info key on RC.

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States of recording

Each recording displayed in the list has one of the following statuses:

  • Error (Red-colored) - recording which was ended with an error. Failed recording may happen because of a lack of memory space (including the situation when the USB drive was removed during the recording), wrong set start or stop time, etc. See a reason of the error in detailed information about the record.
  • Scheduled (Grey colored) - recording is planned (not started).
  • In progress (Green colored) - recording that occurs at the time of observation. The current status (timestamp) of recording is displayed with the progress bar.
  • Completed (not colored) - recording that was correctly finished (ended by schedule or stopped by user). Completed recording can be played in the Record manager app.

Recording file

The actual recording of media streams is made on the USB drive connected to STB. Recording files are written in the record folder located in the root of the USB drive. Record format is Video Transport Stream File (.ts). Name of the created file:  <Record name>.ts.tmp.ts

<Record name> - assigned during recording creation.

An example of file path is given below. Intermediate directories named as channel name (Euronews) and record name (2019-07-02) are created automatically.

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The saved file of record can be further played with STB (in Record manager - see Playing or in Home Media / Records) or transferred to another device by USB drive.

How to create recording

  1. Enter Record manager.

  2. Press F1 key on the remote to open Add record window.
  3. Check suggested values of recording in Add record window or set desired ones.

  4. Press OK.

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Recording parameters

Add record 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 the 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 1-hour duration of the recording. Users can change this value.

    • Record length - interval of recording (in the format: hours:minutes). The minimum duration is 1 minute, the maximum duration is 23 hours and 59 minutes (23:59). The default value is 1 hour. Users can change this value. The value of this parameter depends on the values of Start recording and End recording.

Note. The following parameters Start recording, End recording and Record length are interdependent. If one of the parameters Start recording, End recording are changed, the value of Record length are adjusted automatically. If Record length is changed, End recording will be adjusted.

    • Path - an indication of the path to channel in IPTV channels list.
    • Channel - channel to be recorded (by default, latest recorded channel suggests). Users can change this value to other channels to record it.

    • Record name - a name that will be assigned to this record (this value will also be included in filename of the related file which writes on USB-drive). By default, as the suggested value of this parameter is substituted the time of calling the Channel Recording window in the following format: hour:minute:second (in the example - 15:02:51). Users can change this value.

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

Context menu of record manager list

The context menu of the Record manager list is brought up with the Menu key of RC. The context menu contains the following pages: Operations, View, Sort. Switching between pages is done with Left, Right buttons.

Operations menu

The Operations menu contains commands that can be applied to records of the list. The commands of the Operations menu can be used in addition or as an alternative to commands putting from an input device (RC, keyboard).

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Operations menu contains the following commands (list of displayed commands depends on the state of selected recording):

  • Open - start playing back selected completed record.
  • Add record - brings up Add record window to create a new recording.
  • Edit - brings up Edite record window to make changes in selected in progress or scheduled recording. Only End recording and Record length options can be changed.

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  • Stop - stops selected in-progress recording.
  • Select, Select all - these commands mark the current item or all items, respectively, as selected. Such selection allows running a command (like Delete, Stop) for a group of items (recordings) at the same time.
  • Delete - brings up Delete window to remove a selected item from the Record manager list. Users can delete one record or group of records at the same time (using Select command).
    Delete window contains Delete related file option: ON - the file of record will be deleted from USB storage; OFF - the file will not be deleted.

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View menu

View menu is designed to start displaying only recording with the particular state (Errors, Scheduled, In progress, Completed).

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Sort menu

Sort menu is designed to sort items of Record manager list (by name, by time of creation, by state, by duration).

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Search of recordings

In the case of a large number of items of the Record manager list, the records search feature can be used. To bring up the search bar, the user has to press F4 button (on screen or with RC) and write initial letters of the searched record.

Playing back record

Completed recordings that marked with tick can be played back directly in the Record manager app. In order to playback current (selected) record, user has to press OK on RC.
After playback start user can set playing on Pause / Play and make Rewind or Fast forward to playback from the desired position (use corresponding buttons on RC or TV screen).
If a record contains additional playback attributes like Audiotrack, Subtitles, etc. the user can engage them with the context menu (press Menu on RC during playback and pick required menu page with Left, Right buttons). Similarly, with context menu Play, the user can choose the order of recorded file playback (One file once, Repeat file, Playlist shuffle, and so on).

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