Features at a glance
Key features include automatic client arbitration, multi-threaded and multi-process architecture, support for recording TV shows simultaneously using multiple video capture cards, support for transcoding multiple video files using user-defined profiles, automatic load balancing, password protected login (optional), transcoding queue management, as well as an efficient command language to schedule and manipulate recordings.
Among other highlights, we can mention easy-to-use support for recurring recordings, which can be set daily, weekly or monthly, complete support for UTF-8 character encodings, support for large files over 2GB, self contained XML based recording database, an efficient TCP/IP port command-line interface that has a small footprint, and support for waking up or power off the server using BIOS Real Time Clock.
In addition, the software offers comprehensive statistics, logging and detailed information about recordings, allows the user to configure it as slave or master for distributed transcoding, a built-in minimalistic web server that provides easy browser access, support for recording TV broadcasts from all available input sources, skinnable web-based interface that can be accessed from mobile devices, e-mail notification and a power daemon to manage the power on and power off functions.
Supported GNU/Linux distributions and availability
tvpvrd is a simple script written in the C programming language and designed to work on almost any GNU/Linux distribution. Besides the universal source archive, which can be used to install the application on any distro, the developer offers pre-built packages for several Ubuntu and openSUSE distributions. Both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures are supported at this time.
Reviewed by Marius Nestor on September 10th, 2014
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- All warnings given by static code analyzing through Coverity was fixed. Most warnings where harmless, but there were 6 potential resource leaks on error conditions, 2 potential serious crashes, 1 endless-loop and 6 potential off-by-one mem overwrite errors in corner cases. All in all a very good and humbling exercise to run the code base through coverity.
Application descriptiontvpvrd (TV Personal Video Recorder Daemon) is a UNIX/Linux daemon that allows you to make scheduled recordings of TV b...