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In TELE-audiovision 11-12/2014 we presented the

DVR-Studo HD 3 Software



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— 01-02/2015


PVR Software


TV Programs

via UPnP

Thomas Haring

Recently, in the 11-12/2014 issue of

TELE-audiovision, we introduced the

DVR Studio HD 3 software package.

This innovative program makes it pos-

sible for a user to create a DVD or Blu-

Ray disk from a previously recorded

program on a digital receiver with just

a few mouse clicks. So the question

is what‘s the easiest way to get these

recorded programs from the receiver

onto your PC?

There are three ways to do this. The

first way would be to connect the re-

ceiver‘s storage device directly to the

PC. But this only works with external

storage devices and as long as the ex-

ternal device is connected to a PC, the

receiver can‘t record any other pro-


Another way with most PVR receiv-

ers is to transfer the recording to the

PC through an Ethernet connection or

via WiFi. For some manufacturers DVR

Studio HD 3 offers this ability directly

through the software.

The third method, namely the trans-

fer of recordings via UPnP is not only

a new feature in DVR Studio HD 3, it

is also very easy and comfortable to

use and, above all, works with all UPnP

compatible receivers. It is also the fast-

est method.

We‘ve already reported quite often on

UPnP (Universal Plug and Play) in the

course of a number of different TELE-

audiovision receiver tests. This stand-

ard is used for backup control of de-

vices within an IP based network and

has proven itself very advantageous in

the audio/video world. The days of pro-

prietary transmission methods are long

gone; through UPnP every compatible

receiver can communicate effortlessly

with every available PC, media center

and even other receivers within a net-

work. We were thrilled to see that Haen-

lein Software recognized that more and

more manufacturers were integrating

UPnP in their receivers and immediately

reacted by adding this standard to their

latest version of DVR Studio HD 3.

In order to test the UPnP transfer ca-

pabilities we used the DVR Studio HD 3

software in combination with a Techni-

sat Digit ISIO S satellite receiver and

a Western Digital network hard drive.

Both of these devices were hard-wired

into our local network through a router

onto which our test PC with Windows

8.1 was also connected.

First we tested the new function in

conjunction with the satellite receiver

and setup a new project with DVR Stu-

dio HD 3. In the dialogue field where

the desired recordings are added you‘ll

see a list of the local files as well as

the selection UPnP. All you have to do

is click on the UPnP selection and the

software begins to scan the entire local

network in just a few seconds for any

usable UPnP sources.

In our case both the satellite receiv-

er and the hard drive were recognized

without any problems and the availa-

ble multimedia data and recordings on

both of these devices were now acces-

sible. The user simply has to highlight

one or more of the recordings or files

and then click on the „Transfer Record-

ings to PC“ button to begin transferring

the selected items to the PC. We liked

that DVR Studio HD 3 showed the size

of the selected files so that the user can

get an idea of how much time would be

needed for the transfer. Since we men-

tioned „time“, we were pleased to see

that the transfer from satellite receiver

to UPnP was much faster compared to

the original software from the receiv-

er manufacturer. We had to perform

a comparison test; we simply couldn‘t

resist. The exact same recording with

a size of around 4 GB took about nine

minutes via UPnP to load onto the PC

whereas the original software needed

19 minutes for the same task; 10 min-

utes longer than via UPnP. To make

sure that this speed advantage really

existed we repeatedly performed this

measurement with a number of differ-