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DVB Dream - DVB Viewer application

Posted: Sat Jun 17, 2006 6:57 am
by Dreamer
DVB Dream

DVB Dream Homepage
DVB Dream Forum
Frequently Asked Questions
How To Report Bugs
German Support Homepage

DVB Dream is DVB player with many nice and unique features (more below), it supports standards DVB-S, DVB-C, DVB-T, ATSC, ISDB (more below).


- Multi PIP (19+1)
- Multi recording (MPG, TS)
- Timeshift
- LAN Streaming
- Unique channel list system
- Favorite channels
- Quick Favorites
- Child lock
- Embedded aspect ratio modes
- Cropping / Zoom
- Sleep timer
- Record timer
- HDTV and H264 support (some codecs only)
- Auto-zap
- Scheduler
- Teletext (plugin)
- Render-less mode
- Internal graph building
- Multi monitor support
- Command line support
- Network Scan
- Raw Diseqc commands support
- Plugins support
- Preffered languages
- Uncommitted switches support
- Positioner support (including GotoX.X / USALS, more below)
- Snapshot feature (more below)
- Keyboard shortcuts
- Custom keyboard shortcuts (only workaround for now, more below)
- Global keyboard shortcuts (only workaround for now, more below)
- Remote control support (more below)
- Themes
- Upgrade reminder
- 22 languages support

- DVBEPG by Momotte (module)
- CHLTools by X05 (module)
- Signal Display (module)
- Level log (module)

- FFDShow support, it means more features...


- PIP support, including independent ffdshow options
- Keys & remote - keyboard shortcuts...
- 4:2:2 support
- Deinterlacing
- Crop & zoom
- Logoaway - to hide ugly/moving logos/icons
- Picture properties - to change contrast, brightness, gamma...
- Blur & noise reduction
- Sharpen
- Noise
- Perspective correction
- Bitmap overlay - to add images
- Grab - to make snapshots


- Normalize
- Equalizer
- Noise reduction
- Resample
- Delay
- Swap channels
- Mixer
- Noise shaping
- FIR filter
- Convolver
- Freeverb
- Crystality

Screenshots (click to enlarge):

DVB Dream (OSD, PIP, Multi PIP...)

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DVB Dream (Embedded AR modes, LAN Streaming, Quick Favorites, Timeshift)

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Satellite List Toolkit (Channel list, Statistics, Beam Maps...)

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FFDShow (Bitmap overlay, Flip, OSD, Logoaway, Noise, Zoom...)

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Supported Devices:

- BDA Devices (TBS Q-Box, Compro VideoMate S350, KNC1, Twinhan and many others...)
- B2C2 (Skystar2, Airstar2, Cablestar2)
- Twinhan (All PCI models should work *)
- Pinnacle PCTV 300i
- Pinnacle PCTV Sat/400i/Lite
- Genpix 8PSK to USB device
- Broadlogic (BL2030)
- DVBWorld (Nextorm/SatStar2/Acorp TV878DS USB/PCI)
- Tongshi DVB-S
- Coship/SmartVision CdvbAny2030s



- Some codecs do not support PIP (e.g. old Cyberlink versions)! Best codecs for DD: Sonic or Nvidia
- Please do not try to use old modules (DDRemote, DVBEPG etc) with new DD. Old modules are incompatible with new DD
- SkyStar 2 users must use Mibi's patched drivers to be able to use positioner feature

Custom keyboard shortcuts and Global keyboard shortcuts:

Not implemented yet, but you can use HotkeyP (freeware) as workaround. Read HotkeyP Help and guide here for more information.

Remote control support:

- Installation for SkyStar2, AirStar & Cable Star
- Please download WinLIRC setup package first (from DVB Dream Homepage)
- When installation is completed, double click on the WinLIRC icon at tray
- Click on "Reconfigure" button to see Configuration dialog
- Click on "Browse button" to specify B2C2 remote configuration file
- Select b2c2.def (c:\dvbdream\winlirc\ and click on OK
- Start Dvb Dream and open Remote options
- (Main Menu->Options->Remote->Options)
- Then select "WinLIRC" as remote type and close the window
- Now you are ready to use your B2C2 remote in DD !

Posted: Sat Sep 02, 2006 5:27 pm
by Dreamer
DVB Dream 1.2 has been released.

What's new:

Major changes:
- New device support: Tongshi
- New device support: Broadlogic
- New device support: DVBWorld
- Positioner Support Added (including GotoX.X / USALS)
- Remote Control support (WinLirc and Twinhan RCs)
- New Scheduler (uses Windows Task Scheduler)
- Renewed EPG , better handling of high data rate
- Snapshot feature
- B2C2 devices can work with old drivers too now (i.e. possible to use 4.2.x)
- Intervideo and DVD Express codecs work fine now on DD
- PAT & PMT generation for TS files. (produces more compatible TS files)
- Cryrilic charset problem fixed (EPG)
* SS2 users must use Mibi's patched drivers to be able to use positioner feature.
* Snapshot might not work with Overlay, you must use VMR.

Minor Details:
- NEW: New cmd-line switches /startpiprec, /stoppiprec, /startrecordall, /stoprecordall
- FIX: removed unnecessarry delay on manual stopping the scan
- NEW: ch-change timeout
- NEW: Channels can be deleted using DEL key now
- FIX: C Band IF calculation problem
- FIX: Unnecessary "another instance is working..." message
- NEW: Doesnt display the satellite tabs that dont have any channel
- NEW: New column info option: language
- NEW: New column info option: Signal Level
- NEW: Channel properties displays first scan and last update dates
- NEW: now it is possible to edit or add ac3 pids on
- NEW: now it is possible to disable "Tune to last channel at startup"
- CHG: remote-list needs double click to switch channels (this was necessary to prevent drag&drop list-rearrange problems)


- B2C2/SS2 Diseqc fix
- B2C2/SS2 vertical pol. scan issue fix
- B2C2/CableStar tuning bug fix
- Now possible to change EPG font
- Several Eurekalog bug fixes reported by users


- Alternative SDK devices for Twinhan & B2C2
- File device (for raw transponder TS files)
- Update details on scan results window
- Several bug fixes (reported by Eurekalog)
* Alternative devices have been written using manufacturer's documentation
* If you don't have problems with "Direct" devices, normally it is not
recommended to use SDK devices. SDK devices have been added just to
guarantee the compatibility. "Direct" devices will work faster since
they use the card driver directly.


- B2C2/Airstar fix (B2C2 Direct device)
- Status bar charset bug fixed
- Bug fixes


- Record timer (as context menu of record button)
- Auto re-sends ch-change event to plugin when ch turns scrambled
- Some fixes in Diseqc management
- Manual scan "Add to TP list" button fixed
- Several bug fixes
* If you see problems with HT CPUs,
please toggle the option "Prevent usage of more than one CPU"
(options->preferences->general tab)


- New device support: Coship/SmartVision CdvbAny2030s (by Nexus)
- "Reset device" fix for Pinnacle and DVBWorld
- Bug fixes

Posted: Sun Nov 12, 2006 4:11 pm
by Dreamer
DVB Dream 1.3 has been released.

- BDA support (Limited DISEQC support* because of BDA restrictions!)
- Timeshift (ram + disk cache)
- Network Scan (No need to update INI files anymore! New tp lists are gathered from the stream)
- New quick favourites system (works on chlist general tab, faster access to favourites)
- MDAPI plugin interface is now more compatible. (now it can detect Provider IDs, no need to use "Auto PMT" option on plugins and OnExit() bug fixed)
- LAN streaming added (Options->Preferences->LAN Streaming)
- Changes in record manager to prevent excessive cpu usage on slow disks (No high CPU usage during MPG record anymore !)
- Aspect Ratio options improved (supports embedded AR modes)
- Cropping (Vertical/Horizontal zoom) added
- "Return to default options" menu item added (in main menu->File)
- TS-record improved. Now possible to record ECM, EMM, Teletext and all audio pids.
- Now DD can load the plugins from \plugins root folder and possible to use subfolders inside \pipxx (e.g. \plugins\pip00\mdttx\mdteletext.dll)
- Some interface customizations for DVB-T and C
- Performs better during channel changes using keyboard and RC.
- Snapshots are now saved in JPG format instead of BMP.
- Sleep timer added (Main menu->File->Sleep Timer)
- Displays chroma format in status bar (4:2:0/4:2:2/4:4:0)
- New option to report channel frequencies in short format (just press CTRL + ALT + C keys on any channel) e.g. "13.0°E 11766,V,27500 RAI1 (RAI) 4:2:0"
- Module: Momette's DVBEPG module update for latest DD included !
- Module: X05's New module, CHLTools, capable to assign SID numbers as Ch.Numbers in remote list and capable to auto assign EPG/LCN channel numbers to remote list (this might be quite handy if you are following the schedules published by provider!) and CHL optimization features.
- Module: Signal Display included (to adjust your dish, signal levels are indicated by voice!)
- Module: Level log included (stores signal levels in a file with periodic samples)

Version Notes:
- BDA DVB-S devices : It needs device specific codes for Diseqc an CI support since BDA specification doesnt support diseqc and CI. Some of device specific diseqc are implemented and some might be implemented in next versions. If you have any information on how to implement Diseqc support on your BDA device , please let me know. I will try to implement necessary code in DD.
- There is a new popup menu item "Add to Quick Favorites" in channel list right-click menu.
- It is possible to change Timeshift buffer size and enable/disable it in options/prefences/timeshift.
- Now one click channel change possible on remote tab. You should enable Drag&Drop using right click menu to re-order channels.
- Channel list file format changed (no need to worry for your customized channel list, if there is already a old version CHL, DD takes a backup of old CHL and upgrades it to new format itself)
- If you see duplicated items in the plugins menu, make sure you don't have the same plugins in \plugins root and \pipXX folders.
- There will be experimental BDA changes in this version and following versions, so your device might not work with an update, in that case please report.
- Now CoreAVC H.264 can work on DD again.
- Timeshift shorcuts:
PAUSE = start timeshifting
CTRL + SHIFT + LEFT = rewind (5%)
CTRL + SHIFT + RIGHT = forward (5%)
CTRL + SHIFT + UP = goto start
CTRL + SHIFT + DOWN = goto end (live)

- Aspect Ratio / cropping shorcuts:
NUMPAD (*) = Toggle aspect ratio modes
NUMPAD (/) = Fit (Stretch and cancel zoom)
CTRL + NUMPAD (+) = Horizontal zoom in
CTRL + NUMPAD (-) = Horizontal zoom out
SHIFT + NUMPAD (+) = Vertical zoom in
SHIFT + NUMPAD (-) = Vertical zoom out

- CHLTools v1.0 (by X05):

This module has the ability to give channels a number based upon their SID. The logical channel number files should be located in the modules folder. Some LCN file for providers are already included such as:- Canal Sat France, Digital+ (Astra), DigitAlb, digitu*k, Nova, Sky Italia, Sky UK, TV Cabo. Compatible with DvbDream v1.3
Export Remote - Makes LCN file based on current satellite.

- SID -> Chid - Copy SID to Channel No

- CHid -> SID - Copy Channel No to SID

- Save CHL - Manual save
- Clear CHids - Clears all channel numbers in CHL file.
- Clear Favs - Clears all favs in CHL file
- Process - Use selected package to update CHids
- Backup CHL - Creates dated backup of CHL file.
- Delete TV/Radio - Deletes from all satellite or current satellite
- CHL statistic - Totals of TV/Radio/Data per satellite

Posted: Mon Oct 29, 2007 10:57 am
by Dreamer
DVB Dream 1.4 has been released (more information).

Posted: Sun Nov 04, 2007 1:04 pm
by rel
v1.4a (04.11.2007)

- update (1.3)
- New option to adjust direct show buffer size
- Frequencies are now displayed in KHz for DVB-T/C
- Bug fixes
* Users can see the buffer usage now on the main window. (bars - red: video blue: audio)
* SimOSD update

Posted: Tue Nov 06, 2007 12:52 pm
by rel
v1.4b (05.11.2007)
- update (v1.4) , crash bug fix
* SimOSD update (keyboard shorcuts, see SimOSD_1.21_en.txt)

Posted: Thu Nov 08, 2007 2:03 pm
by rel
v1.4c (08.11.2007)
- update (v1.5) , fix for some crash and buffer problems

Posted: Sun Nov 11, 2007 11:01 am
by rel
v1.4d (11.11.2007)
- Main window GUI elements are now collapsable
- update (v1.6)
- Filter manager fix for some scan problems (the issue on Dutch cable provider @home)
- nVidia, elecard, sonic codecs should work better now with new source filter
- Archived frame rate, jitter and dropped frames are displayed on the main window (collapsable)
- option to keep aspect ratio for VMR (Right click menu on the video->Aspect Ratio->Keep Aspect Ratio)
- option to disable/enable positioner feature
- option to drive the motor at startup

Posted: Sun Dec 02, 2007 12:08 pm
by rel
v1.4e (02.12.2007)

- update (v1.7)
- After channel changes, a few frames from the previous channels were being displayed, fixed
- MPEG-2 HD channels were choppy, should be better now
- Network search fixed
- Minor fix for less CPU usage while recording in TS format
- New analysis option added: Simple video stream analyzer to examine things like GOP length, the arrangement of I/P/B frames, frame sizes and PES frequencies

Posted: Sun Dec 09, 2007 1:09 pm
by rel
v1.4f (09.12.2007)

- update (v1.8 )
- Fix for crashes
- Fix for "Incompatible codecs" error of video options dialog
- Fix for streaming
- New option to adjust directshow video packet size for codecs (Video options->Options->Video Packet Size)
- Toolbar is now collapsable
* New Themes: BijoBlack and hizlico99
* If you have a more powerful and new computer system, you must reduce buffer sizes and video packet size. This will help fast channel change and video-freezes. For H.264 , you might have to keep them high though. You can increase the "video packet size" for better HD performance, e.g. 8 or 16 kb. note that higher values will be problem for SD channels. (might cause low frame rate)

Posted: Sun Dec 16, 2007 11:47 am
by rel
v1.4g (16.12.2007)

- Fixes for user eurekalog reports
- Fix for the crashes when video options dialog opened
- Fix for the picture freeze caused by packet losses
- Fix for Ch-Update/selected audio pid issue

Posted: Sun Dec 30, 2007 3:07 pm
by rel
v1.4h (30.12.2007)

- Channel list file path is now adjustable (Options -> Preferences -> Channel List)
- Copy to clipboard option for scan results (New/Lost/Updated)
- Ch.List favorites folder-rename bug fixed
- Ch.List popup menu "viewable" option fixed for the problem with the channels that have same NID/TID/SID
- Fix for Reset DirectShow crash
- Certain plugin momentary key-losses are handled well now
- Auto-zap fixed
* Now possible to share a CHL file between more than one DD installations. It is also possible to assign "read-only" access.

Posted: Sun Feb 03, 2008 7:25 am
by rel
v1.4i (03.02.2008)

- Faster scan for NA satellites
- Some TS record problems fixed
- Vista AERO window movement bug fixed
- Ch. name text filtering option for general and favorites tabs
- Fix for 19.2e DVB-S2 crash problem and network search (DVB-S2 TPs)
- Now it is possible to override/correct the missing channel name or wrong crypted channel status with help of a text file. (scan_override.txt)
- BDA interface update (v2.0)
- BDA: Added support for Turbosight TBS 8920 DVB-S2, 8910 DVB-S and Compro VideoMate 500 DVB-S
- Video and audio type indicators added, next to video/audio buffer bars
- Now OSD Now/Next info should be always up-to-date
- New HotKey to change (cycle) audio pid: 'A'
- Guids.ini updated, some new h.264 entries added
- EPG parser now supports DISH and BEV 9 day epg
- Portuguese(br) language added
* For FTA sats, you should disable "NA fast scan"
* During fast scan, first TP will relatively take longer.
* It is important that NA users should enable "Customize for NA" (preferences->localization)
* You can utilize ENTER, ESC keys in channel name filter box
# Thanks for the v1.4i tests to Chuck35, LikWidChz, inhell, t3chw00di, oscarr and other people in the DD IRC channel

Additional device that works with DVB Dream

Posted: Wed Oct 14, 2009 12:29 am
by johnain
You might want to add the Compro S500 USB attached device to your list of devices. It works fine for me - but crashes on transfer to the second monitor (believe it or not, so does their own software - so it's presumable the driver).

Posted: Sat Apr 24, 2010 1:44 pm
by rel
v1.5 (24.04.2010)

- Better W7 support
- EVR support added
- Better AC3 support
- AAC support has been added
- ISDB Support added (tested with streams from Brazil)
- Added new codec definitions (codecs.ini)
- Fixed the problem with AC3Filter
- TeVii S630 & S660 support added
- DVBWorld DVB-S2 bug fixed
- DVBWorld remote controls are now supported
- PIP bug fixed
- MDAPI plugin packet size is adjustable now
- New DirectShow routines (as a DLL now, ds_mng.dll)
- AC3 codec can be selected separately
- Albanian language added
- Chinese-Traditional language added
- Tikarkiba theme added
- ZerOne theme added
* Only Mainconcept AAC codec seems to work for now.
ISDB Brazil Frequency List : 4003.ini
ISDB Japan Frequency List : 4004.ini