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by johndavies
Sun Nov 17, 2019 6:16 am
Forum: Media centres
Topic: rtl2838: unknown tuner NONE
Replies: 3
Views: 185

Re: rtl2838: unknown tuner NONE

One widely available tuner is a Realtek RTL2832. I assume yours is a variant of that. There should be a connection to an aerial via an MCX adapter. You need to get details of your local transmitter to make a channels.conf file. The utilty you need to install is w-scan by entering "sudo apt install w...
by johndavies
Sat Nov 16, 2019 7:39 am
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Recording dvb-t sound on a Raspberry Pi 4
Replies: 6
Views: 215

Re: Recording dvb-t sound on a Raspberry Pi 4

Thanks again gkreidl for the information you provided.I vaguely remember reading somewhere that MPEG2 codecs would not be needed for the Raspbery Pi 4 because they could be provided in software. Perhaps this still has to be done. What can be done is to convert .ts videofiles into .mp4 ones. I was ab...
by johndavies
Fri Nov 15, 2019 6:16 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Recording dvb-t sound on a Raspberry Pi 4
Replies: 6
Views: 215

Re: Recording dvb-t sound on a Raspberry Pi 4

Here is the output you requested: @raspberrypi:~ $ omxplayer -i /home/pi/Videos/Skytry [mpeg2video @ 0x204c620] Invalid frame dimensions 0x0. [mpeg2video @ 0x204c620] Invalid frame dimensions 0x0. [mpeg2video @ 0x204c620] Invalid frame dimensions 0x0. [mpeg2video @ 0x204c620] Invalid frame dimension...
by johndavies
Fri Nov 15, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Recording dvb-t sound on a Raspberry Pi 4
Replies: 6
Views: 215

Recording dvb-t sound on a Raspberry Pi 4

I have just got my hands on a Raspberry Pi 4 and I have been having problems in recording dvb-t sound wth video using an RTL2832 and the dvbjet utility to set up timed recordings . The Pt TVHat with Stretch on a Raspberry Pi 3 would not play recorded sound via VLC but would play recorded sound and v...
by johndavies
Mon Nov 11, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: Media centres
Topic: Arduino RTL2832 as a TV tuner
Replies: 1
Views: 151

Arduino RTL2832 as a TV tuner

I always wanted to use my RaspberryPi 3 to tune in TV signals but, in the days before the TVHat appeared, the choice of dvb stick or other hardware was rather bewildering and I was afraid of making the wrong one so I decided to look at SDR radio. I bought an Arduino RTL2832. I was a little disappoin...
by johndavies
Sun Oct 27, 2019 7:40 am
Forum: Media centres
Topic: Adding HD channels to a channels.conf file to make vlc playlist
Replies: 0
Views: 571

Adding HD channels to a channels.conf file to make vlc playlist

There is a rather convoluted method which converts a dvb_Channel.conf file into an up to date channels.conf file which can then be used with a short program to create an .m3u playlist. Channel data for your favourite channels can then be saved under a different filename e.g. play.m3u to make a short...
by johndavies
Thu Oct 10, 2019 6:18 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Raspberry Pi 4 not performing initial boot
Replies: 1
Views: 127

Raspberry Pi 4 not performing initial boot

I made the mistake of constructing a case around the board before I made the initial boot. The power-in and the hdmi-out leads did not fit in the sockets as well as they should have done. The result was that I could not carry out the usual initialisation process because of intermittent power and scr...
by johndavies
Mon Sep 30, 2019 4:05 pm
Forum: Media centres
Topic: dvbjet,mpegts,mplayer and the Pi TVHat
Replies: 0
Views: 1228

dvbjet,mpegts,mplayer and the Pi TVHat

Recently I started a thread called no tvheadend in which I mentioned a very useful program called dvbjet which could make timed recordings of HD channels. This was down loaded together with a program called mpegts and I explained that I could not get it to work. My technical skills are very limited ...
by johndavies
Wed Sep 25, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: Media centres
Topic: How to get work DVB T2 Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-935HD
Replies: 8
Views: 6202

Re: How to get work DVB T2 Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-935HD

I'll begin by admitting that i know nothing about your device for tuning in TV signals. I assume that you need to download from your local transmitter. The ones that are stored on the Pi date back to about 2013 and do not include HD channels. You need to find a more modern version. Look at https://g...
by johndavies
Thu Aug 15, 2019 2:50 pm
Forum: Media centres
Topic: rpi as a media player WITHOUT kodi
Replies: 9
Views: 3297

Re: rpi as a media player WITHOUT kodi

The Minimal Kiosk Browser (Google it to find the download site) might be the answer to your request. It has a very useful, well-documented and highly adaptable browser. I use my version for showing sites where I can find radio station urls and play vintage radio programmes. The Minimal Kiosk Browser...
by johndavies
Thu Aug 08, 2019 8:31 am
Forum: HATs and other add-ons
Topic: No tvheadend
Replies: 6
Views: 900

Re: No tvheadend

Adding HD channel details can be done by using the dvb_channel.conf channels file produced by dvbv5-scan to create a revised channels.conf file as this does not seem to pick up HD channels. dvbv5-scan is one of a number of utilities produced by loading dvb-apps. The dvb_channel.conf file is produced...
by johndavies
Sun Aug 04, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: HATs and other add-ons
Topic: No tvheadend
Replies: 6
Views: 900

Re: No tvheadend

Thank you very much phpbg for suggesting that I look at Watch TV Since it is a work in progress e.g. no recording of programmes at present, there should be further improvements. It downloaded successfully on my Raspberry Pi 3. The TV stations were played successfully by VLC using the Pi TVHat. I had...
by johndavies
Thu Jul 18, 2019 2:51 pm
Forum: HATs and other add-ons
Topic: No tvheadend
Replies: 6
Views: 900

Re: No tvheadend

So far I have only seen one dvb tool which provides reliable timed saving for dvb programme streams. This is dvbjet. If you enter three lines into a terminal, a directory called DVBdirect is created and this contains a number of utilities including dvbjet. git clone --recursive https://github.com/li...
by johndavies
Sat Jul 13, 2019 9:11 pm
Forum: HATs and other add-ons
Topic: No tvheadend
Replies: 6
Views: 900

Re: No tvheadend

There is an ArchiWiki post which might interest those who want to devlop their knowledge of dvb. It is at "https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/DVB-T" I could not get the vlc suggestions to work at first. I had to make some changes. First I had to add ":bandwidth=8" directly after the frequency figu...
by johndavies
Tue Jul 09, 2019 9:07 am
Forum: HATs and other add-ons
Topic: No tvheadend
Replies: 6
Views: 900

No tvheadend

Since I am long retired and an early riser I have too much free time in the mornings. I have a Pi TVHat and naturally installed tvheadend. I began to look at other methods of showing TV stations. "channels.conf" is a file that is made from the TV transmitter details and tvheadend and other providers...
by johndavies
Sat Jun 22, 2019 6:52 am
Forum: HATs and other add-ons
Topic: I try to run TV HAT
Replies: 5
Views: 854

Re: I try to run TV HAT

Thank you very much Dougie Lawson for the information about adding dtoverlay=rpi-tv to the /boot/config.txt file. I assume that this is required by the latest Raspbian download. Why have I not seen it mentioned before? I was able to run the PI TVHat using tvheadend and rtranscode4 using the previous...
by johndavies
Mon Jun 17, 2019 4:49 pm
Forum: Graphics, sound and multimedia
Topic: Recording TV with Raspberry Pi
Replies: 4
Views: 902

Re: Recording TV with Raspberry Pi

You do not give any information on where you are based. If you are a UK TV Licence payer, there is a huge amount of TV and radio programmes which can be legally down loaded using get-iplayer. It is quicker and easier to use this to download BBC programmes than it is to use tvheadend and the TVHat. S...
by johndavies
Tue Jun 11, 2019 6:47 am
Forum: HATs and other add-ons
Topic: TV Hat
Replies: 2
Views: 424

Re: TV Hat

There is so much that you do not mention. Where are you based? Have you selected the correct local transmitter? What instructions have you followed? The PiHut ones are very clear https://thepihut.com/blogs/raspberry-pi-tutorials/how-to-stream-digital-tv-with-the-raspberry-pi-tv-hat#Tvheadend%20insta...
by johndavies
Thu May 30, 2019 5:55 pm
Forum: Graphics, sound and multimedia
Topic: Real Time Transcoding of DVB TV Streams
Replies: 341
Views: 119773

Using a Pi TVHat, tvheadend URLs and rtranscode4

I put the following in the TVHat section and I thought i might as well post it here in case it is of use to anyone. I will accept that VLC produces a higher quality output than omxplayergui but I was curious to see if I could use tvheadend-generated URLs with the Pi TVHat and rtranscode4. My problem...
by johndavies
Thu May 30, 2019 5:41 pm
Forum: HATs and other add-ons
Topic: The Pi TVHAT, tvheadend URLs and gkreidls rtranscode4
Replies: 1
Views: 322

The Pi TVHAT, tvheadend URLs and gkreidls rtranscode4

I did report my attempts to use a different method of producing URLs outlined in a series of Youtube videos made by an Australian. i did manage to watch a few TV programmes but my efforts usually ended in failure. I can only assume that there was a clash with tvheadend. I did say I would report back...
by johndavies
Mon Apr 08, 2019 2:54 pm
Forum: HATs and other add-ons
Topic: Can the PiTVHat work without tvheadend?
Replies: 1
Views: 1342

Re: Can the PiTVHat work without tvheadend?

I cannot give a proper answer to the above question yet. I assume that it will work properly but not with tvdeadend installed. I made a .conf file of my favourite non-BBC channels and only had it running once. I believe that I have not been able to stop completely tvheadend by typing "sudo service t...
by johndavies
Sun Apr 07, 2019 4:40 pm
Forum: HATs and other add-ons
Topic: Can the PiTVHat work without tvheadend?
Replies: 1
Views: 1342

Can the PiTVHat work without tvheadend?

I wote a thread in the Media section after learning a little about Digital TV from videos put on youtube by an Australian. I probably should have put it in this section because I was using a Pi with a TVHat fitted to follow the procedures he was suggesting. I had to disable the Pi TVHat a number of ...
by johndavies
Sat Mar 30, 2019 7:04 am
Forum: Graphics, sound and multimedia
Topic: How to use OMXPlayer's 'next audio stream' playback option?
Replies: 8
Views: 914

Re: How to use OMXPlayer's 'next audio stream' playback option?

If the learning curve for omxplayergui seems too steep, you could use VLC. An enhanced and accelerated version of this is now available to Raspberry Pi users by entering "sudo apt install vlc" into a Terminal after first updating and upgrading by typing "sudo apt update" and then "sudo apt dist-upgr...
by johndavies
Thu Mar 28, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: Graphics, sound and multimedia
Topic: How to use OMXPlayer's 'next audio stream' playback option?
Replies: 8
Views: 914

Re: How to use OMXPlayer's 'next audio stream' playback option?

John did indeed forget that he had used omxplayergui to play stored llsts of radio stations. Either enter "Minimal Kiosk Browser" into a search engine or scroll down the contents of the Raspbian section until you find details of it. I would now advise any beginner to use the latest version of omxpla...
by johndavies
Thu Mar 28, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: Graphics, sound and multimedia
Topic: How to use OMXPlayer's 'next audio stream' playback option?
Replies: 8
Views: 914

Re: How to use OMXPlayer's 'next audio stream' playback option?

Since you have had no replies, I shall make a suggestion which may be useless. When I am preparing a list of radio stations to be played using omxplayer I use the following procedures: Open up a textfile Enter the radio URLs in pairs as follows: File=URL of radio station Title=Any meaningful title e...

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