Quote: Originally Posted by tackle
I'm a recent convert from Sage TV. I'm still trying to work my way through the world of Windows Media Center / Media Browser. I have few questions on how WMC manages recorded TV. It would be great if one of the WMC experts take a few minutes and help me understand how WMC handles recorded TV.
I'm a convert from BeyondTV with WinXP, now using WMC on Windows 7 with both my Ceton card and ATI TV Wonder 650 PCI card.
You may find the answers to your questions on this Microsoft FAQ page
1. On SageTV, there is a way to mark a recording as "Watched". Is there a similar option with WMC? Does WMC even keep track of "Watched" shows? I ask this because I'm curious to know how WMC decides if it is OK to delete a recording to make room for newer recordings.
There is no such concept as "watched" in WMC. However if you do begin watching a recorded program and then stop it, there is a "bookmark" kept so that if you play it again subsequently you will be offered to either "play, from beginning" or "resume, from where you left off".
If there is no available hard disk space, Windows Media Center will look for recorded programs that have the setting Until space needed, and delete them to make room for new recordings. You can adjust this setting in advance for individual recordings (when you set the recording) or for series or for individual recordings within a series recording (before the recording has been made).
If no recording is set to be deleted, the new scheduled show will not be recorded.
To prevent this from happening, try adjusting the settings under Recording Defaults, such as the amount of time you want to keep a recorded program, the length of recording time before and after a scheduled broadcast, or the default quality for future recordings. Also, you can store recorded TV programs on an external hard drive if you need more space.
2. Can I control the "Record new episodes only"/"Record new and repeat episodes" setting per TV-Series? Or is this setting applied to all recordings?
There may be a WMC default per your setup of WMC, but each individual recording (one-off or series or individual recording within series) can be manually changed as you desire.
I'd like to record only new episodes for "Series A" where as record new and repeat episodes for "Series B". Is this possible in WMC? I have a feeling this is not an option with WMC. Am I right?
You're wrong... you can set a WMC default, but each one-off or series recording has its own option that's initially set from the WMC default but which you can manually change if you want (before the recording is made).
3. I tried to integrate WMC recordings in Media Browser. I was able to accomplish this by using the "WTV Meta Renamer" powerscript which basically moves recordings from "WMC recordings folder" to a folder that is formatted in a way that is supported by Media Browser. But then I started noticing that WMC was recording shows that were moved to a different folder the next time it aired. So, I just assumed that this is because WMC figured that the recording was removed before it was "watched" and so went ahead and recorded it again. Is my assumption correct? Is there any way around this?
I know nothing about this subject. I only have one "Recorded TV" folder on a 1TB drive and never have filled it up. I also don't have video libraries set up, nor do I use Media Browser or any related tools. Sorry.
But there is only one "Recorded TV" folder for new recordings. You cannot define a "recordings pool of folders" (as, for example, I could with BeyondTV).