Originally Posted by JHBrandt
This is from memory, but IIRC the VRX and VRX2 use a standard MPEG-2 transport stream (extension .ts) that should play fine on a PC. Typical file sizes range from about 2GB/hr for SD up to 8GB/hr for HD. But those figures can vary depending on how your local stations divide up their bandwidth.
Good question! The VRX and VRX2 firmware has been notoriously buggy but does seem to be slowly improving. Would love to see an updated list of known bugs. (This is shorter than the "issues list" that includes usability issues along with true bugs.)
Non-technical description of some of the bugs we still have with the VRX2:
-We try to not ask it to do multiple things at once. For example, if we are recording on both tuners, we don't ask it to erase a recording that we have just finished watching (we erase when it is not recording at all).
-When exiting a recording that we are watching, we push the "go back" button and it is supposed to go back to the recordings list. Then, if we want to totally exit we push the "go back" button again and it is supposed to leave the recordings section and go to whichever tuner you are using. Sometimes, after the first push of the "go back" button, it will go to a blank page of the recordings list, and the spot where you finished watching the recording will be lost. If you want to continue watching that recording from where you left off, the "resume from previous position" option is not available and it will start from the beginning.
-Since we recently installed a back-up power supply to prevent the glitches from all the power hiccups we have, we seem to be having fewer recording timer issues. However, the backup has not been in place long so time will tell. These recording timer issues are BY FAR the most frustrating bugs we have. When it goes to start a timed recording (typically one tuner is already recording and it is when the second recording is about to start) it will bring up the warning "no signal available" (when there IS signal available) and the recording will fail. If you go into the recording schedule and change the failed recording to start the next day (it won't work if you re-do it to start today) it will sometimes then start to record, and sometimes it will not. If it will not you have to go into the details of the failed recording and re-enter all the details (start and end times, etc.). It will typically then start to record. Sometimes it will not let you change the failed schedule because it says "the program is currently recording, stop the recording first if you want to make changes". When that happens, sometimes it will let you "stop" it (even though it is already not recording) and sometimes you have to mess with it (switch from one tuner to the other and then back, etc.) before it will let you "stop it". Of course, if you don't happen to be staring at it at the moment it fails, you have no idea that it is not working (other than the display will not show the tuner is recording). Instead of doing all the "re-doing" of the failed schedule, if you do a "manual recording" for the current time, it will record the "current manual recording", but the failed schedule will still not work in the upcoming days until you "fix" it.