We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
80,259 News Articles

Open-source video recorder adds full HD support

If you're an enthusiastic home PC builder and a fan of Star Trek - and, to be fair, if you're the first, you're probably the second as well - it's an exciting day, as developer Klaus Schmidinger has released a new version of his open-source video disk recorder software.

The VDR software, essentially, is a Linux-based replacement for the code running on the cable box your local service provider installed when you moved in. It's free and open-source, and can be downloaded from Schmidinger's website.

[MORE HARDWARE: HP to announce Project Moonshot hyperscale servers next week]

Version 2.0 of the DVB adds support for HD resolutions and a slick interface that you may remember from everyone's favorite sci-fi show.

The catch, of course, is that you'll have to build your own TV box to run the software on, though this can be done for well under $400, or even less. Schmidlinger advises the use of multiple tuner cards, so that live TV can be watched while another program is recording.

Schmidlinger is a former Siemens employee who later ran CadSoft Computer for 20 years, before selling the company in 2009 to UK-based electronics firm Premier Farnell. He told Network World via email that VDR is aimed at allowing users to exercise greater control over how they watch TV.

"One thing that really bothers me is the so-called [Common Interface Plus, a copy protection system used by some German broadcasters]. This is like 'CI on steroids,' aiming at completely dictating what viewers are allowed to do with broadcasts. Whether they can record them at all, whether they can skip commercials, and even how long a recording can be stored on disk," he said.

Email Jon Gold at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter at @NWWJonGold.

Read more about software in Network World's Software section.

IDG UK Sites

LG G4 launch live blog: What to expect from the LG G4 launch

IDG UK Sites

Apple Watch release day: Twitter reacts

IDG UK Sites

Doctor Who scoops VFX gong at BAFTA TV Craft Awards

IDG UK Sites

Apple Watch buying guide, price list & where to buy today: Which Apple Watch model, size, material,?......