Can't Play DVR-MS files or Timeshift (1 Viewer)

Robert Simandl

Portal Member
July 30, 2005
Area: Media Portal Program
MediaPortal Version: RC2 (2005-12-16)
MediaPortal Skin: BlueTwo
Windows Version: Windows XP (SP2)
.NET CLR Version: 2.0.50727
DirectX Version: (9.0c)
Audio Codec: ffdshow Audio Decoder
Video Codec: Zulu HDTV Video Decoder(BDA)
CPU Type: AMD Athlon 64 3400+
Memory: 1 GB
Motherboard: FN85 (Shuttle Inc)
TV Card Model: Dvico FusionHDTV III Gold ATSC
TV Card Type: -
TV Card Driver: -
Video Card Model: Radeon 9800 Pro (128 MB)
Video Card Driver: -
Video Card Resolution: 1776x1000
Video Render Type: VMR9
Audio Card Model: NVIDIA(R) nForce(TM) Audio
Audio Card Driver: -

Just got live TV working New Years Day, but the dvr-ms files recorded by MP will not play.... whether it's in MP, WMP9, or whatever... get nothing but a black screen with no audio.

This is also the case when I try to timeshift. I'm watching TV, turn timeshifting on, screen goes black. I turn timeshifting back off, TV comes back.

I already have DirectX9.0c and WMP9 installed on XPSP2. Would updating to WMP10 help? Other suggestions?



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    Afaik ATSC is still a work in progress, so its quite possible that timeshifting doesnt work. If TS doesnt work then neither will recordings so that might be your answer right there. Grab a dvr-ms file off the net and give it a try.

    Robert Simandl

    Portal Member
    July 30, 2005
    Haven't grabbed a dvr-ms file off the net yet, but I did copy one of MP's dvr-ms files over to another PC through the network.

    The dvr-ms file opened up and played in WMP9 in the other PC, albeit out of sync. Editing the file in VideoRedo left it even more out of sync.

    I have still another PC in still another room that can record dvr-ms files. Maybe I'll see if MP can play that file through the network.....

    Edit: MP can't play dvr-ms files recorded with the other PC (also with FusionHDTV3 but recorded with WatchHDTV), either.

    Guess I'll install WMP10 and see what happens.....


    Portal Pro
    April 15, 2005
    Home Country
    Sweden Sweden
    Area: My TV/My movies
    MP Version: 0.2 RC2
    Skin: MCE 1280x720
    Windows Version: WinXP Pro SP2
    CPU Type: Intel P4 2.8E HT
    Memory: 2x512 MB
    Motherboard Chipset: Asus P800-E
    Video Card: GForce FX5200
    Video Card Driver: 61.76
    Video Card Resolution: 960x600
    Video Render Type: VMR9
    Video Codec Type & Version: Intervideo, Mpeg2Dec, DScaler
    Audio Codec Type & Version: AC3Filter, DScaler
    TV Card: PCI Hauppauge PVR 150-MCE
    TV Card Type: hardware
    TV Card Driver:
    Optional Log: MediaPortal.log - I enter My Movies, it loads my thumbnails and after that the log looks like this:
    2006-01-04 00:09:39 key:13 0xD (2)
    2006-01-04 00:09:41 key:13 0xD (2)
    2006-01-04 00:09:41 GUIVideoFiles::OnPlayBackStopped idFile=332 timeMovieStopped=0 resumeData=
    2006-01-04 00:09:41 PlaylistPlayer.Play(E:\Film\American Pie\ZTV_American
    2006-01-04 00:09:41 player: file is not live tv, so stop timeshifting:E:\Film\American Pie\ZTV_American
    2006-01-04 00:09:41 g_Player.Play(E:\Film\American Pie\ZTV_American
    2006-01-04 00:09:41 StreamBufferPlayer:play E:\Film\American Pie\ZTV_American
    2006-01-04 00:09:41 playingFalse radio:False
    2006-01-04 00:09:41 goto fullscreen:True
    2006-01-04 00:09:41 app:Switch to fullscreen mode False
    2006-01-04 00:09:41 app:Switched to fullscreen mode
    2006-01-04 00:09:41 VMR9: now active
    2006-01-04 00:09:41 add filter:DScaler Mpeg2 Video Decoder to graph
    2006-01-04 00:09:41 added filter:DScaler Mpeg2 Video Decoder to graph
    2006-01-04 00:09:41 add filter:DScaler Audio Decoder to graph
    2006-01-04 00:09:41 added filter:DScaler Audio Decoder to graph
    2006-01-04 00:09:41 add filter:ffdshow raw video filter to graph
    2006-01-04 00:09:41 added filter:ffdshow raw video filter to graph
    2006-01-04 00:09:41 got pins
    2006-01-04 00:09:41   got pin#0:DVR Out - 1
    2006-01-04 00:09:42   render ok
    2006-01-04 00:09:42   got pin#1:DVR Out - 2
    2006-01-04 00:09:42   render ok
    2006-01-04 00:09:42 g_Player.OnStarted() E:\Film\American Pie\ZTV_American media:Recording
    2006-01-04 00:09:42 window:MediaPortal.GUI.Video.GUIVideoFiles deinit
    2006-01-04 00:09:42 texturemanager:CleanupThumbs()

    It then deletes my thumbnails from memory and continues to play:
    2006-01-04 00:09:42 Total Memory allocated:4,35 MB
    2006-01-04 00:09:42 TexturePacker: Loaded skin\mce1280x720\packedgfx21.png texture:2048x2048 miplevels:1
    2006-01-04 00:09:42 TexturePacker: fontengine add texure:196
    2006-01-04 00:09:42 window:MediaPortal.GUI.Video.GUIVideoFullscreen init
    2006-01-04 00:09:42 VMR9Helper: playing->repaint
    2006-01-04 00:09:42 PlaneScene: video WxH  : 769x576
    2006-01-04 00:09:42 PlaneScene: video AR   : 769:576
    2006-01-04 00:09:42 PlaneScene: screen WxH : 883x597
    2006-01-04 00:09:42 PlaneScene: AR type    : Normal
    2006-01-04 00:09:42 PlaneScene: PixelRatio : 1,12
    2006-01-04 00:09:42 PlaneScene: src        : (0,0)-(769,576)
    2006-01-04 00:09:42 PlaneScene: dst        : (120,0)-(832,597)
    2006-01-04 00:09:42 VMR9Helper: repaint->playing 51
    2006-01-04 00:09:44 VMR9Helper: playing->repaint

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    Synopsis: I've got this problem as well, only it flashes a "Mediaportal has encountered a problem and needs to close" window, then goes to fullscreen and freezes on the first frame of the recording. This completely locks up my system so I can't control anything. The error dialog is still active in the background though, so when I press enter it shuts MP down and I get the control back. The same files play fine in Windows Media Player 10 on the same computer and on my other computer over the network. I never had this problem with, but once I upgraded to 0.2 it arrived.

    Edit: I can watch tv with timeshifting, it's only when I start to navigate in the recording that I get the error -- if I pause or rewind or something like that. However, when I watch tv with timeshifting activated, audio and video is horribly out of sync. TV with timeshifting turned off works fine.


    Portal Pro
    April 15, 2005
    Home Country
    Sweden Sweden
    Today I uninstalled MP and deleted the entire MediaPortal folder. After a complete reinstall the problem is gone, I can now play dvr-ms files. I only had the time to try the default settings (I think it's the Mpeg2Dec codec?) on one recorded file but that works fine. Unfortunatly I have to redo all my settings now, though.

    I'll post back if the problem returns, then maybe we can pinpoint more exactly what causes it.

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