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Which graph are you trying to build?

I followed the instructions literally. It currently says 'untitled'. There was nothing said (or I missed it) about opening a graph using File/Open.


Was I suppose to open filedump.ax??


The statement "get a copy of that file just regsvr32 filedump.ax" was not clear. I didn't, but can do the regsvr32, but "get a copy" means what?


How can regsvr32 find filedump.ax?
 

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I followed the instructions literally. It currently says 'untitled'. There was nothing said (or I missed it) about opening a graph using File/Open.


Was I suppose to open filedump.ax??


The statement "get a copy of that file just regsvr32 filedump.ax" was not clear. I didn't, but can do the regsvr32, but "get a copy" means what?


How can regsvr32 find filedump.ax?

I've not used arogan's program yet, but I did build some of his graphs and captured a test file and built a preview graph just to check it out. Sorry, I'm no help at this point as far as using arogan's program. I will agree that the regsvr32 part is a little bit fuzzy on the details.
 

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MILESTONE!!!!


I've managed to stream HD content over Ethernet! I used the HD-PVR to bring in Apple TV - at 720p. I used Elecards G4 SDK to send the TS into Elecards NWRenderer Multicast broadcast filter.


Specifically on the source side - The graph in graphedit looked like:


Crossbar -> Capture Device -> Encoder -> Elecard NWRenderer.


On the viewer side - Elecard RTSP source(I fed it the .sdp created by the nwrenderer) -> Elecard Push Demultiplexer - which nicely created the pins automatically - and Elecards AVC and Elecards AAC decoders.


This works 100%!!!


Interestingly creating the rtsp source wiped out the VOIP phones in my office - but I bet thats from the weird multicast.


Uses perhaps 1% of a gigabit network - about the same as what comes over USB - 10 mbits or so. I would think you could get 10 HD-PVRs going on a gigabit before you started to see some interactivity delays.
 

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Simple:



Open a command prompt.


type regsvr32 (the name of the .ax you need to register).


Of course you'll have to use DOS commands like cd and dir to get there. Unfortunately this isn't a classroom so to speak.


regsvr32 is an executable that registers modules into Windows 2000/XP/Vista. The .ax is that module.


Start, Run, type in CMD then hit OK to get the command prompt. Use your dos commands to get the the directory containing proppage.dll (or the .ax your registering) - type regsvr32 proppage.dll and press enter.




I'm guessing your registering proppage.dll right?
 

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Originally Posted by AllenDB /forum/post/14446074


I followed the instructions literally. It currently says 'untitled'. There was nothing said (or I missed it) about opening a graph using File/Open.


Was I suppose to open filedump.ax??


The statement "get a copy of that file just regsvr32 filedump.ax" was not clear. I didn't, but can do the regsvr32, but "get a copy" means what?


How can regsvr32 find filedump.ax?


ok a little background. filedump.ax is well a file dump filter provided by the arcsoft installation. When you install arcsoft, filedump.ax is already on your pc (and also effectively registered with regsvr32). So if you've installed the included arcsoft software you don't have to do any of that. That part of the instructions is for people who do NOT want to install the entire arcsoft package (because some people like me don't want or need a heavy install like that mucking up their machine with a 100 unwanted filters). Regsvr32 registers a COM object into your registry. Directshow filter files (.ax) are really just com objects.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Component_Object_Model

Ok but you really don't need to know any of that.


Start with a blank graph (just fire up graphedit). You are creating a new graph from scratch! Then you want to insert filters (ctrl F, or pick it from the menu). When you go to insert your filters you'll see a list of all filters installed in your computer divided into categories which you can expand that show the individual filters. That list of filers is pretty much all those .ax files that are registered on your computer. As you can see there are a lot included by default in windows. So when I say "DirectShow Filters: File Dump" I mean find the Directshow filters category, expand it, find the File Dump filter and insert it. If you didn't install arcsoft earlier (or copied the critical file dump file from the arcsoft install and reg it) then it won't show up in the list.


Once you've got all the filters inserted (all those boxes) you need to connect the pins. Just drag and drop from the little square boxes on the edges and connect them up. You kind of paint those arrows you see in the screenshot.


At that point your are mostly done. You can now tweak things like bitrate, vbr/cbr if you want by right clicking on the Hauppauge hd pvr encoder box and selecting properties. This part only works if you properly regsvr32 the appropriate proppage.dll when setting up graphedit. While you are in there I also recommend changing the GOP settings if you use coreavc.


Let me know if any of this makes sense. If it does I'll go back and update the post. Hey I'm a programmer not a tech writer! :)
 

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Simple:

Open a command prompt.

type regsvr32 (the name of the .ax you need to register).

Of course you'll have to use DOS commands like cd and dir to get there. Unfortunately this isn't a classroom so to speak.

regsvr32 is an executable that registers modules into Windows 2000/XP/Vista. The .ax is that module.

Start, Run, type in CMD then hit OK to get the command prompt. Use your dos commands to get the the directory containing proppage.dll (or the .ax your registering) - type regsvr32 proppage.dll and press enter.

I'm guessing your registering proppage.dll right?

I know this is not a classroom and I know how to use regsvr32. I already registered proppage.dll but I did so after moving it to the Windows\\System folder. The instructions say to register filedump.ax too. I was wunderin' if that file must also be moved to a Windows system folder. If not how does regsvr32 find it. Does it search the entire drive?


rebkell, I'm nowheres near using arogan's program. I'm still in GraphEdit trying to understand if I'm creating a graph or modifying a graph. And if I'm modifying a graph, which one. Do I File/Open filedump.ax?
 

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Main reason I'm recording on the old dell 710m laptop is because the HD PVR gets pretty loud. I've got the PVR setup in another room with the laptop, an esata cardbus card, and an external esata enclosure + hdd.

Is the noise coming from a fan inside the HD PVR? because I don't see a vent for anything.. Has anyone modified their box? I'd like to open mine up eventually and come up with a solution for fanless operation, or replace it with a quieter one.. anyone try this yet??

It is the way the fan is positioned in the case that makes it noisy. I posted my findings with the unit in the owners thread. Here's a link to it.
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...0#post14440410


In the original location, the fan isn't really moving any air. So you could just unplug it and it would be the same. The heatsink is the most important part. If you would cut some vent holes in the case to let some passive air exchange, it would be even better.


My plan is to keep the fan running, but relocate it closer to the heatsink. The fan is quite a bit quieter when it is running in open air.


Michael
 

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are u using TME to make the disks? make sure you've only added the file one time to the program. i made that mistake when i 1st started making disks.

Thanks for your reply. Yes, I am just using the bundled TME software. As I said, I have not edited the video but the filesize required is huge. I have only added the video once as far as I am aware.


Does this seem normal? What sort of file size would you expect when you burn a 7.7GB video file?


Thanks again for any help.
 

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The instructions say to register filedump.ax too. I was wunderin' if that file must also be moved to a Windows system folder

You don't have to copy it to the windows system folder. Changing directories to where the filedump.ax file is located, then running regsvr32 filedump.ax ought to do it. I think (not certain) that it copies it there itself. It doesn't search the whole drive, but your windows "path" statement. Look in system properties to find the "path". Basically any directory listed in the path statement plus your current working directory are searched for the command to be run.


The "file dump" filter may also be named simply "Dump" under the "directshow" filter section. Have a look, I believe it should already be there!



Starting with a blank slate - (File/New) - Click "graph" / "Insert Filter" - scroll to the bottom till you see the "WDM" devices - there are quite a few.


Your interested in 3 of them:


Hauppauge HD PVR Crossbar

Hauppauge HD PVR Encoder

Hauppauge HD PVR Capture Device


It matters not which exact one or under which heading you find them (and they may well have different exact names - I'm not looking at my own filters - the device is at work and I'm at home so I cant read you the exact names. Add those three.


Starting with the Crossbar


Connect the right side "Video" pin (I think its "Analog video") - to the left side "video" pin of the "Capture device". They should turn an orangeish red. Now do the same for the audio pins.


Next connect from "Capture Device" *right* side video pin to "Encoder" left side video pin. Do the same for audio.


Now - You should have a string of 3 of these with the right side last pin from encoder showing "H264". Thats the h.264 output (its actually an MPEG-2 h.264 encoded Transport Stream) that comes into your computer over USB. You can do with it what you like.


Windows treats it as a stream - so you can redirect this stream in a couple different ways:


1. You can display it

2. You can write it directly to disk

3. You can stream it out over the network

4. You can do any combo of the above three using a splitter filter

5. Many other things I've not thought of.


1. To display it requires 3 things - 1. A "demultiplexer" compatible with the mpeg-2 stream. 2. A Video decoder compatible with the AVC/h.264 video. 3. An Audio decoder compatible with the AAC stream.


Microsoft "MPEG-2 Demultiplexer" is included with Windows XP+ and is "supposed" to work - with some editing. Elecard's "MPEG Push Demultiplexer" works out of the box and when connected to the h264 then provides separate video and audio pins. The Microsoft version requires that you make the pins yourself, define the PIDS, map them to the new pins. I've not been succesful with that myself. Elecards works better, but is not free.


CoreAVC works fine to decode, but doesn't use hardware features (DXVA). Elecard's h.264/AVC decoder also doesn't seem to use hardware, as well as having limited de-interlacing capability.


Intervideo Audio Decoder works - as well as Elecards' AAC decoder. I've yet to find a free AAC decoder that works besides the included arcsoft stuff.


Nvidia's Purevideo doesn't seem to like the output from either demultiplexer, but it does play the recorded transport streams very very well with DXVA. I'm unsure of the problem.


2. To simply record it: Insert the "Dump" or "File Dump" filter - found under the massive "Directshow filters" section. Define the file where you want to save. Connect the h264 pin to the file dump filter. Click Play at the top - and your saving to disk!


3. To stream it - Well I've spent weeks now perfecting it - but lets just say you need an appropriate Directshow filter - pretend the file dump filter is a network streaming filter and you get the jist of it. The secret is to set up the client computer with all the decoder stuff you need. It works very well.
 

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OK, I'm doing something wrong with Arogan's rcTVCap program, I've built the grapsh regsvr32'ed the two files, and built the graph, the graph works because I can play the graph and it creates a recording.


But I don't understand the the command line, I don't understand the "Dump" parameter:


I run the command from the directory that rcTVCap is in:
rcTVCap ..\

cTVCap.GRF "Dump" 180 TestCap.ts



and it responds with a big old error and terminates:
ERROR: Couldn't find dump filter in filter graph: Dump


I do not understand where the name Dump comes from, or whatever, I need some guidance and understanding on how to set it in the graph.


Edit: I got it working, I was using the Dump filter and I guess it needed to use the File Dump filter, it's capturing right now and it worked just like advertised.
 

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Originally Posted by rebkell /forum/post/14447958


OK, I'm doing something wrong with Arogan's rcTVCap program, I've built the grapsh regsvr32'ed the two files, and built the graph, the graph works because I can play the graph and it creates a recording.


But I don't understand the the command line, I don't understand the "Dump" parameter:


I run the command from the directory that rcTVCap is in:
rcTVCap ..\

cTVCap.GRF "Dump" 180 TestCap.ts



and it responds with a big old error and terminates:
ERROR: Couldn't find dump filter in filter graph: Dump


I do not understand where the name Dump comes from, or whatever, I need some guidance and understanding on how to set it in the graph.


Edit: I got it working, I was using the Dump filter and I guess it needed to use the File Dump filter, it's capturing right now and it worked just like advertised.

Dump = the name of the dump filter in the capture graph. It should be the very last filter in the chain. It needs to match the name (including case) of that filter name when you inserted it into the graph. In this case if you followed my directions just use what I used in the example: "File Dump" (remember case is important)


Update: glad you got it working :)
 

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Dump = the name of the dump filter in the capture graph. It should be the very last filter in the chain. It needs to match the name (including case) of that filter name when you inserted it into the graph. In this case if you followed my directions just use what I used in the example: "File Dump" (remember case is important)


Update: glad you got it working :)

Yeah, nice app. Now if you can just get the bling LEDs or Record Light to turn on when it records, I'll know it's recording
 

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Yeah, nice app. Now if you can just get the bling LEDs or Record Light to turn on when it records, I'll know it's recording

Hmm I've got no bling LEDs but my record light does turn on (at least on my c1) using rcTVCap.
 

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The "file dump" filter may also be named simply "Dump" under the "directshow" filter section. Have a look, I believe it should already be there!

I actually tried the built in Dump filter when I first started playing around with graphs but I couldn't get it to work for some reason (this is under vista 32bit ultimate). But the "File Dump" filter that arcsoft installs worked fine so I stuck with that.


Btw, nice filtergraph writeup there.
 

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Hmm I've got no bling LEDs but my record light does turn on (at least on my c1) using rcTVCap.

Just checked again to be sure, no record LED for me, Vista Premium. I couldn't get Dump to work either, it was what was wrong with my original graph, I used Dump instead of File Dump, it worked by itself, but wouldn't work with rcTVCap.


Edit: It's a C2 Unit.
 

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I've just received one today. Installed drivers and then TotalMedia Extreme.


But nothing is displayed in TotalMedia Extreme. Tried both Component and Composite video and verified that there are signals in those cables. Tried on 2 computers both running Vista SP1. One of them brand new Vista intall.


Anyone here have any ideas?
 

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What is the best quality for capture.

I am using arcsoft justwondering what settings most people use.


Variable peak , variable average, or constant


And do you more the silders to the max?
 

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Found a great way to tax your CPU. Had TS Cutter exporting/cutting file at the same time i had Arcsoft creating an avchd in the 1-50% timeframe....Usage hit 47%, hadn't seen that before.


Seriously though, been using TS Cutter with good results. Works well for cutting off intro/outro extras that you don't need and cuts commercials well too. Have not had any sync problems that have seen reported from time to time. Merged 3 "Dogfights" episodes into one this morning and it worked great. Will keep combining them until i have enough episodes to fill a DL DVD. My only complaint with the TS Cutter is the "flak" (appropriate term in using "Dogfights" as example file....) that I will get immediately after the cut-in after a commercial break. Maybe 1/2 second to 1 second of mostly black with some pixelation. Not a major issue, i can live with it, but having the choice of not living with it should i know how to fix it, I would rather fix it. Any opinions?
 

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Thanks for your reply. Yes, I am just using the bundled TME software. As I said, I have not edited the video but the filesize required is huge. I have only added the video once as far as I am aware.


Does this seem normal? What sort of file size would you expect when you burn a 7.7GB video file?


Thanks again for any help.

It's not going to actually create a huge output file, there's just a stupid little bug in the Arcsoft UI such that it keeps adding the input file size to its estimated output size when you perform certain actions. So the right answer is, Just proceed. If you don't trust it to fit, "burn" to hard disk, it's easy enough to burn the output from HDD to DVD media later. If you only added 7.7GB, then the output will be about that size.


But, one of the things that can trigger the output size estimate bug is the "cutting room". Do not ever use the cutting room option. It always forces a re-encode of the entire file, commonly requiring many hours or even days (literally; 48+ hrs has been reported) and producing useless garbage from all that work. One big problem with TMS's re-encoded files is directly relevant to what you are trying to do, it makes files with video bitrates floating from a few 100Kbps to over 38Mbps, which cannot play from red laser media in a BR player, they don't spin the disc fast enough to get that data rate from the lower density media. If it (ArcSoft TotalMediaStudio) doesn't start ticking %s of progress in the first minute or so when you "burn", it is re-encoding, cancel, kill the program, try again.
 

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Found a great way to tax your CPU. Had TS Cutter exporting/cutting file at the same time i had Arcsoft creating an avchd in the 1-50% timeframe....Usage hit 47%, hadn't seen that before.


Seriously though, been using TS Cutter with good results. Works well for cutting off intro/outro extras that you don't need and cuts commercials well too. Have not had any sync problems that have seen reported from time to time. Merged 3 "Dogfights" episodes into one this morning and it worked great. Will keep combining them until i have enough episodes to fill a DL DVD. My only complaint with the TS Cutter is the "flak" (appropriate term in using "Dogfights" as example file....) that I will get immediately after the cut-in after a commercial break. Maybe 1/2 second to 1 second of mostly black with some pixelation. Not a major issue, i can live with it, but having the choice of not living with it should i know how to fix it, I would rather fix it. Any opinions?

Have you changed the encoder settings, the one's only accessible through graphedit, if not try the simple gop setting, it might help. It creates IDR frames and it's possible that where you are cutting in, that you are referencing frames before the last I-frame and that info is not what it's expecting. Did that make any sense?
 
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