SBDARecorder

Prerequisites

Step by Step

Settings for SBDARecorder

Copy all of the files from the zip file to one directory on your computer, for example c:\program files\SBDARecorder.

Start SBDARecorder.exe.

Open the settings by right clicking on the DVB icon in the task bars notification area and select Settings.

A dialog looking like the one below should become visible on the screen.

The mux part is the key part in this dialog. For Sage to be able to read the files that SBDARecorder is creating you must have a TStoPS converting filter installed on your system. The easiest way to do that is to install Cyberlink PowerDirector or PowerProducer. There is a trial version available at Cyberlink's home page so you can test without buying anything. If you have a mux/TStoPS filter that is not on the list you can add a new one by clicking on the add button. The "TS Stream" option is for possible future use and internal testing.

The file writer dialog should for the most part be left as is. You can come back here later and experiment with other filters if you want to but the default should for the most part be the best alternative.

Choose your DVB card in the capture devices list and press add device. A new tab should appear with the name of your device. Choose the new tab and a dialog similar to the one below should become visible.

The "Receiver device" setting can be left on automatic for most users. On some computers with more than one DVB card it is necessary to choose the correct device from this list. Try it at automatic first and if you have problem to scan channel you can try the different alternatives in this list.

The list of channels in your dialog is empty and that is what we are going to fix next. Choose your country in the country list and then choose your region/city. If your country and region is not in the list you have to leave the country on "Manual tuning" and instead write the frequency you want to scan in the frequency edit box and the bandwidth used by your provider. If you are setting up a DVB-C card you will instead have options for symbol rate and modulation type. Then press Scan, the time it takes to comlpete can be a couple seconds/minutes depending on how many frequencies has to be scanned. When the hourglass disappears the list on the right with channels should be filled with contents. If it is not, verify that you have chosen the right frequency and also that the DVB card is working and connected to a working antenna.

In the list of channels the ordinary black rows are the free channels that are available to you. The channels in red are encoded and will require a FireDTV with CI/CAM and a subscription to be viewed. The channels that are in italics are system channels that is not viewable in Sage.

“Use AC3 if available” makes SBDARecorder to write AC3 sound to the output file instead of 2 channel sound if it is available in the data from the air. The resulting files can be problematic to play in Sage. Experiment with this if you want to or leave it unchecked.

In the list of channels double-click a row or select it and press Edit. The dialog below will be shown on the screen.

In this list you can see information about your channel. You can also change the "Sage channel number". Make sure that all channels you want to use has a unique Sage channel number. This is what you are going to map channels to in Sage later on. Some channels also have multiple video and audio streams, here you can choose which of them to use.

You can also try to press preview to watch the selected channel, with or without number. A video window with the channel should play on the screen. This function uses the default audio and video filters on your system and it might not work, but don't worry if it does not. If you get video but not sound you can try to start Graphedit, if you have it installed and open the filter "AC3Filter". In the properties for that filter choose " Prefer other decoder" on the system tab.

Press ok on the Settings dialog to save your settings.

Settings for Sage

Completely close sage, do not just let it sleep. If you use Sage as service make sure that the service is shut down.

Download this file to you computer. Open the file in notepad locate the row beginning with "mmc/encoders/12345/encoding_host=" and change the ip address and port number if necessary. The port number should match the TCP Port from the settings dialog before. You can change the name Sage will know your card by on the row beginning with "mmc/encoders/12345/video_capture_device_name=". Also if you have more than one network encoder (or cards in SBDARecorder), make sure that the numbers 12345 get changed so that not two cards use the same. If this is you first network encoder and it is installed on the same computer as Sage you can leave all the rows as they are. Copy all the rows from this file to the clipboard.

Open the file Sage.properties from where Sage is installed. Locate the rows beginning with "mmc/encoders/". Paste the rows you copied before into this file.

Start Sage and open setup and configure your new card as you should do with any other card. Make sure to map the channels to the same numbers as in the settings dialog before. Preview during setup does not work and the mappings of channels should be done manually before you can watch a channel.

And now everything should work. If it does not work please ask your questions and make suggestions on the Sage forums.