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vdrTUBE is a tool to convert VDR-recordings to flash videos (flv). vdrTUBE also creates the required (static) HTML pages along with a index of all converted recordings.

In newer versions it is also possible to play the converted recordings via mobile devices like PDA, PSP, WII, iPod Video and several mobile phones. If needed it can also create MP4 recordings for such devices and a video podcast for your convenience.

Installation and usage are kept simple with the inexperienced user in mind.

Hardware requirements

  • The (included) ffmpeg binary is statically linked and therefore runs only on x86 architekture. It is still possible to use your own ffmpeg binary and this functionality has successfully been tested on Linux on PowerPC.

Software requirements

The following software is used by this project, but since everything is included you don't need to install anything but the vdrTUBE package itself.

  • ffmpeg
  • JW FLV PLAYER 3.11
  • vdrconvert.pl


Just untar vdrtube-<VERSION>.tar.gz in a directory you like, change to this directory an start it with something like ./vdrtube.pl /path/to/recording/datedirectory.rec. After that you will find a set of statical HTML pages including the player and .flv video(s).

There is an example that show how to directly trigger conversion from inside vdr at helpers/reccmds/.

Known problems


Die folgende Software findet im Projekt Verwendung, liegt jedoch bei, so dass nichts einzeln installiert werden muss.

  • ffmpeg
  • JW FLV PLAYER 3.11
  • vdrconvert.pl


Einfach vdrtube-<VERSION>.tar.gz in einem beliebigem Verzeichnis entpacken, ins Verzeichnis wechseln und mit ./vdrtube.pl /pfad/zu/aufnahme/datumsverzeichnis.rec starten. Anschliessend findet sich im Verzeichnis "webtree" eine Reihe statischer HTML-Seiten samt Player und .flv Video.

Bei Bedarf liegt dem Paket in helpers/reccmds/ ein Beispiel bei das zeigt wie man bequem aus dem VDR heraus Aufnahmen konvertieren kann.

Bekannte Probleme

VDR is very acceptive about incorrectable streams and data files, ffmpeg not always. In some cases this leads to recordings which cannot be converted. Often it helps if you run ProjectX (-tovdr) against the recording to cleanup possible problems in the MPEG-stream. Sometimes the reason for unconvertible recordings is a defect audio-track, so you could try a different one. Sometimes it's simply a quoting problem, so you better use parentheses around the recording name.


  1. VDR-Portal thread (german)
  2. Project homepage
  3. FAQ at the project homepage