After five years in development and 43 developer versions, version 2 of the VDR Linux video recorder has been released by its author Klaus Schmidinger. The new software offers full HDTV support. TV images are processed either by a plugin using the graphics card or by a DVB card's hardware decoder; however, only TechnoTrend's S2 6400 DVB card, which is mostly unavailable at present, currently supports rendering images in HD.
With the introduction of HDTV, Klaus Schmidinger has also changed the recording format from PES (Packetised Elementary Stream) to TS (Transport Stream), but the new VDR can still play back old recordings. VDR has also acquired new capabilities in other areas.
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