Latest Version: 126.96.36.199 - Click here to go to the post of the latest non-beta version - (posted 2017/08/06, at 10:55PM CDT).
BETA version 16.9.1 was released for Beta Testing (click HERE)
BETA version 16.9.1 was released for Beta Testing (click HERE)
DVR+ Lister is a Windows based utility, for owners of the Channel Master DVR+, who wish to move recordings from the DVR+ USB HDD to a computer. For more information about DVR+ Lister, and for previous versions, scroll down past the image shown below.
Note: This thread is for the DVR+ Lister program, a Windows based utility for use with the Channel Master DVR+. Please limit the discussions to DVR+ Lister, and directly related topics, such as how to use it, tips and tricks, bugs, how to make it better, etc. For discussions about the DVR+ itself, see the Channel Master DVR+ Owners Thread, which is where DVR+ Lister was originally posted (under several names, through version 15.3.29). Since that thread is the main thread for the DVR+, links to this thread will be posted on it when a new version is released. Where appropriate, please discuss the DVR+ Lister on this thread, rather than on the Channel Master DVR+ Owners Thread.
DVR+ Lister is a freeware program, which runs in Windows XP SP3 through 8.1 (desktop) & Windows 10 (after v15.7.3). It aids owners of a Channel Master DVR+ (with a detachable USB HDD) in copying recordings from a DVR+ USB HDD to a Windows computer, because, sadly, the DVR+ does not provide a file copying mechanism. While the recordings can be copied from the USB HDD using normal Windows file copying techniques, the DVR+ filenames are quite cryptic (for example, Strm0001.ts, Strm00EA.ts, etc.), providing no hint of the Show Titles, and the Date Stamps of the recordings are not even close to the actual recorded dates, so they can't be used to identify a Show. This program is useful because it extracts the actual Show Titles, Descriptions, Recorded Dates, and other data, hidden in the DVR+ binary data files, and displays that information. The desired recordings can be selected and copied to a Windows computer (from the USB HDD) with one button push, giving the copies useful Filenames and Date Stamps. In addition to copying recordings to a Windows computer, the data appearing in the List can be output to a Text File, or to MS Excel, for whatever usage you may envision.
Note: DVR+ Lister requires the disk from the DVR+ to be connected to a computer in some fashion (directly, on a network, etc.). DVR+ Lister does NOT communicate with the DVR+ over WiFi or Ethernet. As such, a USB EHD is usually the only practical solution. While DVR+ Lister can be used with a DVR+ Internal HDD, that requires opening the DVR+ case to physically disconnect and remove the disk in order to attach the HDD to a computer. This will void the DVR+ warranty, demands certain skills for personal and equipment safety, and should not be performed otherwise, and definitely NOT without assuming full responsibility.
In the case of the DVR+ with an internal HDD, shows can be recorded to an external USB EHD instead of to the internal HDD, and is the recommended method for use with DVR+ Lister. Keep in mind that the DVR+ can record to only one storage device at a time, and does NOT provide a mechanism to move or copy recordings from one storage device to another, so careful planning is required when the internal HDD is your preferred storage device. With the internal HDD model, the recommended method is to use a USB EHD for the normal storage device, and the internal HDD only when the USB EHD is not connected.
Note: In order for Windows computers to assign drive letters to the DVR+ USB HDD (a Linux format), the program Ext2Fsd, or similar, must be separately installed in Windows. I continue to recommend version 0.64 (because I've had issues with the later versions up to 0.69). To locate the 0.64 download, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the "« Older Entries" hyperlink, then scroll again to find 0.64. Another location are the Ext2Fsd "Archive" pages, on which you still have to find the "« Older Entries" hyperlink.
While DVR+ Lister is Windows based, it has been reported to function seamlessly on a Linux based NAS (Network-Attached Storage) with an attached computer running Windows, without the need for Ext2Fsd, and with direct access to other Linux disks on that NAS. Other possibilities may exist with other Operating Systems.
With the aid of freeware video conversion programs, such as ffmpeg or HandBrake, the TS recordings can be converted to other formats directly from the USB HDD, with useful Filenames and Date Stamps.
This “top post” will be updated when a new version is released, and a link will be provided to go directly to the post in this thread for the latest version.
Most of the program is larger than is permitted for hosting on the AVS Forum, and I cannot guarantee how long the download will survive wherever it is hosted (outside of AVS Forum), so download it as soon as possible. However, if you don't mind downloading multiple files, and renaming some file extensions after downloading, the entire program is attached to the posting of the version as spanned ZIP files. Both download methods contain the same files (including the Source Code files).
Note: Anti-Virus programs are notorious for throwing false positives on programs written in the AutoIt scripting language, and many others, or programs without costly digital signatures. One day an AV may block a program, and after it’s next daily update, the issue magically, and quietly, goes away. If you obtain the program from pachinko, and the AV complains, then the AV is wrong, and you should ask the AV provider to prove the program is infected. You can also ask other users if they are having any issues. Or you can examine the source files and compile the program for yourself. That’s not an easy task, but at least it’s available for scrutiny. Another alternative is to add DVR+ Lister to the AV’s “exclusion list”, which is what I do.
Google provides the free service VirusTool, which will examine Programs, and Web Sites for you. See what it says about DVR+ Lister, or about download hosts like TinyUpload (where DVR+ Lister may be hosted). On September 3, 2015, it reported no issues with TinyUpload.com, even though some folks have reported that their antivirus flagged that site as containing potentially dangerous content. For DVR+ Lister, 10 flag it with various types of infections, but 45 give it a clean bill of health. Go figure, or blame it on “heuristics”!
Instructional Video on YouTube
While this YouTube video is for outdated version 188.8.131.52, it may still be useful to newcomers. The first 2 minutes 17 seconds are an introduction to DVR+ Lister. The remainder of the 7 minute video is a Step by Step guide copying recordings to a Windows computer.
Sample Logs and TS files for testing DVR+ Lister without USB HDD
If you would like to try DVR+ Lister without having to attach the USB HDD from the DVR+ to a Windows computer, download the sample files. The ZIP contains 2 folders (of sample files) which are used to mimic the two partitions on the USB HDD. Extract the ZIP into a folder of your liking, then use those folders in DVR+ Lister.
Click here to download the DVR+ Sample Logs and TS files
Note: Sometime in September 2016, TinyUpload delete the original upload after 39 downloads, stating the file had not been downloaded in 100 days (which is NOT true).
Note: Hopefully the links posted for the outdated versions will work for all “post per page” settings. If not, use the post number, date and time to locate the post. Post numbers have a tendency to change from time to time, so don’t rely totally on the post number. On the other hand, the date and time are reliable (just convert to your time zone).
DVR+ Lister v15.7.3 (posted on 2015/07/03 at 9:312PM central)
DVR+ Lister v15.6.19 (post 2 on 2015/06/20, at 05:50 PM central)
All of the following links will open a post in the Channel Master DVR+ Owners Thread, which is where DVR+ Lister was posted through version 15.3.29:
DVR+ Lister v15.3.29 (post 8029 on 2015/04/02, at 04:54 PM central)
DVR+ Lister v184.108.40.206 (post 7556 on 2015/02/15, at 05:48 PM central)
DVR+ Lister v220.127.116.11 (post 7461 on 2015/02/04, at 11:58 AM central)
DVR+ Log Lister v18.104.22.168 (post 7044 on 2015/01/10 at 11:23PM central)
(this is the last issue with the program name of 'DVR+ Log Lister')
DVR+ Log Lister v22.214.171.124 (post 6815 on 2015/01/05 at 9:32 AM central)
DVR+ Log Lister v126.96.36.199 (post 6767 on 2015/01/03 at 06:33 PM central)
DVR+ Log Lister v188.8.131.52 (post 6700 on 12-31-2014, 09:43 AM central)
Get_Data_from_DVR+_Log_Files, v2014.12.29 (posts post 6651 on 12-29-2014, 03:58 PM central)
(The first “Lister”, and the only issue with the program name of ‘Get_Data_from_DVR+_Log_Files')