[vdr] [PATCH] vdr -v ... --edit ignores -v to set videodir

Marko Mäkelä marko.makela at iki.fi
Sat Dec 21 22:15:24 CET 2013

On Mon, Dec 16, 2013 at 07:11:52PM +0200, Marko Mäkelä wrote:
>With the patch, VDR successfully cut the recording. The source files 
>were in PES format, and also the new recording is in PES format.  Based 
>on a discussion from 2008, this is the expected behaviour. Is there 
>some tool for converting old PES recordings to TS format?

Sorry for the stupid question; I learned later that the conversion from 
TS to PES is losing information, which may be hard to "make up" 

My use case is to play old VDR recordings in a Samsung SmartTV. For 
that, I created a VFAT file system on a usb-storage device. (If the file 
system is ext2, it will only work for the Samsung time shifting 
feature.) New VDR recordings in MPEG TS format play just fine as is. The 
old recordings had to be converted from PES to PS with the following 

exec mencoder -vc mpeg12 -oac copy -ovc copy -of mpeg \
-mpegopts format=mpeg2 -aid 0 -o "$@"

I converted a couple directories of TV series where each episode was 
stored in its own directory, named by the episode name. To do that, I 
did the following:

cd /path/to/video/Series_name
for i in */
   j="$(echo "${i%/}"|tr '~[]:;' '-()').,"
   pes2ps "/path/to/output/Series_name/$j.mpg" "$i"/*/0*.vdr

This will unfortunately lose all metadata except the episode name. I did 
not test recordings with subtitles yet.

Best regards,


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