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    User Rename and custom notes

    I generally record the a couple news channels each night so I can optionally watch later and skip commercials. Periodically I will go thru and just delete a few weeks worth of the recordings to clean house.

    Sometimes there might be a special story that I want to save, but when I do my periodic purge in these folders, there is no way for me to remember which night had the story I wanted to save or what it was. It would be nice in the user interface to be able to rename the file as well as to be able to edit the long description of the episode so you can make a note of the special thing about it that you wanted to highlight. Perhaps it might be to make a note in a TV show about an appearance by some actor you like.

    It would also be nice to have a 'Keep" flag that displayed in the list so you don't accidentally delete a recording that you wanted to save. This could also be useful if you were to add a way to do a 'purge' of a folder or some way to mark a bunch of files for a multi-file delete.

    The rename filename ability would also be useful to me for the custom app I use to copy new recordings to another computer that runs handbrake on them and copies them back as MP4 files. My app renames the extension and updates the database but occasionally the filename has some special character that causes some part of my process to fail either in the copy commands or perhaps passing the filename as a parameter to handbrake. When that fails, my automated process just gets stuck and I usually end up just deleting that offending recording. If I could easily rename a file to change something like an e with an accent character ti a plain e, then I could rename it and let the process restart. Of course I can always make a copy of the file with the new name and then manually use SQLLite to change the record's filename field and then delete the original file, but that is quite cumbersome.

    And a question about the multiple file deletes, is it safe to just use file explorer to do a mass delete of recording files and let NextPvr clean up the database automatically? I don't want to do that if it leaves a mess in the database.

    Steve Tyrakowski

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveTyrakowski View Post
    It would also be nice to have a 'Keep" flag that displayed in the list so you don't accidentally delete a recording that you wanted to save
    You could possibly use one of the red/green/yellow/blue flags (Alt-R/G/Y/B key) as a reminder for yourself.

    And a question about the multiple file deletes, is it safe to just use file explorer to do a mass delete of recording files and let NextPvr clean up the database automatically? I don't want to do that if it leaves a mess in the database.
    Yes, it is safe as long as you still have these default settings in the config.xml:

    <AutoRemoveMissingRecordings>true</AutoRemoveMissingRecordings>
    <CheckForRenamedRecordings>true</CheckForRenamedRecordings>

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveTyrakowski View Post
    It would also be nice to have a 'Keep" flag that displayed in the list so you don't accidentally delete a recording that you wanted to save. This could also be useful if you were to add a way to do a 'purge' of a folder or some way to mark a bunch of files for a multi-file delete.
    We use the red dot to indicate recordings that we want to keep. It doesn't prevent you from accidentally deleting the recording, but is a good visual indicator that you shouldn't delete the recording.

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    a bit off subject, but could we get recordings to save and apply color buttons from recurring recordings?
    that way i can set certain recordings to have a certain color automatically, and don't have to go color them all manually.
    i use them to categorize shows and it's a great help, but even if i pre-color a recording in pending, color gets removed by epg updates before recording.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pBS View Post
    a bit off subject, but could we get recordings to save and apply color buttons from recurring recordings?
    that way i can set certain recordings to have a certain color automatically, and don't have to go color them all manually.
    i use them to categorize shows and it's a great help, but even if i pre-color a recording in pending, color gets removed by epg updates before recording.
    Yeah, I could probably add something like this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pBS View Post
    a bit off subject, but could we get recordings to save and apply color buttons from recurring recordings?
    that way i can set certain recordings to have a certain color automatically, and don't have to go color them all manually.
    i use them to categorize shows and it's a great help, but even if i pre-color a recording in pending, color gets removed by epg updates before recording.
    It's not as easy as simply putting the colored dots on the Recurring Recording entry, but I accomplish something similar using the PostUpdateEPG.bat script which contains:
    Code:
    REM Set Red & Yellow dots for recordings set by the S01E01 rule
    "C:\Users\Public\NPVR\sqlite3.exe" "..\npvr.db3" "update scheduled_recording set red='Y', yellow='Y' where recurrence_oid=1043 and status=0 and red is null and yellow is null" >..\logs\postupdateepg.log
    I have a recurring recording for all S01E01 ("series premiers"). It's OID is 1043. This line in the PostUpdateEPG script file sets the red and yellow dots on any pending recordings scheduled from this recurring recording. (That way I know that if I like the show and want to keep recording it, I need to schedule a recurring recording for that show.)

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