Seeing as lots of people have helped me over the last few months then I thought I’d put down a few thoughts and learnings on the HDR and HD to help new users. I’m not going to repost instructions to do things, but if you can’t find what you’re looking for then I’m sure someone will point you in the right direction. This is also written from a limited techy point of view and is only my comments on how/why I have got things to work. I hope things are factually correct. They may not be the ‘best’ way of doing things so if there are alternatives and they are easily explainable and, more importantly, implementable then please shout. HDR You could, of course, just use the HDR with the standard firmware, but if you like to tweak or get the most out of your kit then you’ll want to install the custom firmware (CF). As the CW doesn’t have access to the Humax API it doesn’t change the way the std Humax menus work (as it might on the Topfield for example). That means it is more limited in what can be achieved but there are lots of things to play with, especially if you’re technically minded. A lot of the CW functionality is controlled in a browser from your PC/laptop using the Web-If package. You’ll need to connect the HDR to your network (e.g. router) by means of a wifi dongle or AV homeplugs for example. This is needed as a minimum to get the Humax Portal working on the standard FW. Initial packages There are a number of CF packages you may want to install to make the HDR work better. Some include ‘Disable OTA’, ‘Disable DSO’, Auto-Update and Auto-Unprotect. If you want to have a recycle bin for deleted recordings then use the Undelete package. If you want the HDR to start on a certain and with a certain volume then use the Poweron-Channel package. Flatten The first thing I looked at was how you view the files in the Media List. The standard is to save series recordings in their own folder. One-off recordings are saved in the top folder. If this is the way you prefer your view then you could use SeriesFiler to customise this more, although it can’t be used with Undelete at the same time. Coming from a Topfield background I prefer all recordings in one folder so what follows in this section as all to do with that. There is a package called Flatten which does just this, moving a finished recording from the series folder to the top folder and then deleting the empty folder. You can decide which folders you want Flatten to apply to. Jobs a good un, well not quite! In the Media List you see programs by program name. If you press I you will see more info including the synopsis (which could be classed a the episode name). So if you use Flatten and you record QI, for example, you will see lots of ‘QI’ programs in the Media List (assuming no deletion). This is more obvious if you record lots of Octonauts for the kids! So my requirement for the first change was to show the program AND episode info of a program in the Media List. I installed the Dedup package and started to customise it for my own usage. The Dedup package works well with the series folder format, as it renames files to their episode name and removes duplicates. However, if you use Flatten and then run Dedup in the top folder you’ll lose the program name in the recording which isn’t good. I have created my own Dedupforflatten script which renames the filename to ‘program: episode’. I can share this if people want. There is a small problem with Dedup/Dedupforlatten in that if the episode name is always the same for all occurrences of a program then it will create duplicates even when they are not. Also, where a film is recorded in 2 parts, split by the News for example, it will think the second part is a duplicate. If you’re using Undelete then it is easy to get re-instate those programs. Series recording Naturally the HDR does series link recordings, recording all episodes in the same series (using info set by the channels). Sometimes this doesn’t work correctly because the data is incorrect but this is not Humax specific. Also, you may want to record all occurrences of a program regardless of what the series info is, e.g. all Octonauts. A way of doing this is to use the Remote Scheduler functionality. Amongst other things it allows you to set recordings for all occurrences of a program using certain key words. This, in combination with Dedup, means that you should be left with all occurrences of a program with no duplicates. AR/Padding The standard FW only allows one or the other for all recordings. The CF allows you to select either on a channel or program basis through Web-If. I’m still playing with this as there have been a number of recordings fail for some reason, usually when there is one AR recording and one padding recording at the same time.