(C) 2005 - Jason Millard - email@example.com Release Date: 12/05/05 VERSION HISTORY 12/05/05 - v0.5 - Pre-release 1 [DOWNLOAD DVAPDC 0.5] ABOUT DVAPDC is a small windows application that is intended to be used as the "Post Download Command" for DVArchive. In conjunction with ffmpeg, and RTVtools, you can automatically convert your DVArchive'd ReplayTV shows for use on a portable media player. (The pre-release is geared towards an iPod Video) If you're not familiar with DVArchive, then this program probably isn't for you. However, if own a ReplayTV, then you really should check it out at: http://www.dvarchive.org/ SCREENSHOTS WHY? Recently, I bought an iPod video, and I wanted a way to automatically put my local news on it each morning. Converting the news everyday would be a pain, so I wanted to automate the process. I also thought it would be great to put other shows on as well, so I wanted to write a very generic program that stayed away from using batch files. INSTALLATION DVAPDC is a simple standalone application. It can be placed and run from anywhere. Download and run setup program to do this for you. USAGE DVAPDC is intended to be run as the "Post Download Command" for DVArchive. When you run the application without any command line options, the main dialog is presented. Here you can add actions and set up the configuration. CONFIGURATION You should only have to configure DVAPDC once. From the main dialog, click the Configuration button. DVAPDC requires FFMPEG to be installed on your system. I'm using ffmpeg.exe build 4759 from CVS. (Note: this version of ffmpeg.exe comes with Videora iPod Converter) Under the applications box, click the Browse button and navigate to the ffmpeg executable. If you would like to automatically strip commercials, then you will also need RTVTools to be installed. You can find RTVTools at: http://archive2.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?threadid=314017 Under the applications box, click the Browse buttons for EVTDump and RTVEdit and navigate to the corresponding executables. If you are stripping commercials, then you will need to set up a temp directory. Make sure the temp directory has enough storage to hold the stripped file. Please enable logging. Since this is a prerelease, there will be lots of issues. You can use the log file to help find out what's going on. Click the OK button to save the configuration. On the main dialog, copy the Post Download Command to the clipboard by clicking the Command button. Finally, go to DVArchive -> Properties -> Downloads -> Post Download Processing, and paste the command into the Post Download Command field. ACTIONS When you set up a task in DVArchive to automatically transfer a show, and the post download command is executed, DVAPDC will launch and look in its list of actions. Once an action is matched, the conversion process will take place. To Add an action, click the Add button to bring up the Add Action dialog. Name Name of the action. This is only used as a reference. Output Directory Use the browse button to navigate to a directory where you want the converted file to be saved. Output filename This is the name of the converted file. The filename can be created using DVArchive tokens found in the drop list. Audio only Generate an MP3 file only. Useful for DirecTV/Dish network audio channels. Strip commercials Use EVTDump and RTVEdit to strip commercials using the markers determined by the ReplayTV. Use two pass Use two pass processing. (Takes about double the time, but creates a smaller file) DVAFlags Enable the checkbox next to the fields you want to match. Use can use * and ? as wildcards. For example if you want to match the show Lost, for %title% enter Lost* If you want to match channels and categories, enter the appropriate filter. For example: %rname% = Living Room You must have one DVAFlag set, otherwise you will not be allowed to save the Action. Once the action is saved, you can edit it, copy it, remove it, and move it using the appropriate buttons. When your finished managing actions, exit the program. When the DVArchive task is executed and a show is downloaded, you will see the DVAPDC icon appear in the taskbar notification area. A bubble tool tip will appear showing the action, and the time remaining for the conversion process. KNOWN ISSUES Because this is a pre-release, there will lots is issues. HELP I really need help testing this application. I would also like as many suggestions as possible (see FUTURE). This application currently is geared more towards an iPod, but I would really like it to be generic. I also do not want to use batch files. FUTURE 1) More generic (maybe for psp) Maybe ffmpeg profiles? 2) Should I get rid of filters such as mpeg? 3) Should I add regular expressions? 4) Importable/Exportable actions 5) Better logging 6) Automatically add file to iTunes? 7) Automatically remove file created in DVArchive? 8) Read DVArchive url xml to determine categories, channels, replays, etc. 9) Overhaul this readme file. 10) Change dates and times tokens to be more friendly. 11) rtvedit doesn't output anything for me to capture status on while stripping commercials - (for determining remaining time?) 12) ffmpeg doesn't output anything for me to capture status on while stripping audio - (for determining remaining time?) 13) Should the output be mp4 or m4v? 14) Can a poster frame be added to the mp4? 15) Can we add a custom image or frame as album art for audio mode? 16) Should there be a for wizard for adding an action? 17) Delete the ffmpeg and xvid log files? 18) Handle errors SOURCE CODE When this application is finished, I will release the source code. The application is done entirely in VC++ 6 and MFC. I like the small footprint, and I want it to be as compatible as possible. I LIKE IT If you like this application and find it useful, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. It's just cool to hear from people. CREDITS I borrowed source code from several places which I will document fully when the application is done. The wildcard compare was based on source code found at: http://www.codeproject.com/string/wildcmp.asp DISCLAIMER Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without modification, are permitted provided that the following conditions are met: 1. Redistributions of source code must retain the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer. 2. Redistributions in binary form must reproduce the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer in the documentation and/or other materials provided with the distribution. 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