Whilst you are in the Settings screen and before setting up any recordings , its a good idea to familiarize yourself with the default settings for recordings. These defaults are applied to all recordings but the 3view unit gives you the choice of also changing any individual settings for each recording as well as these overall defaults when you set them up in the Guide or in the Info Bar. In the settings screen and below the Favourite Channels, move down to the Recording Defaults choice in the left hand list.
All of these settings might appear rather complicated at first, so here is a simple work through of what each setting means. To change any of the default settings, use the right arrow key to move to the list of choices, and then press OK on the remote control to access a list of different settings for each choice. Navigate down the drop down list and then press OK on your choice.
Priority. How much importance do you want to give to each recording? The default setting is 2-High.
Keep Time. How long do you want the 3View unit to keep your recordings? The default is set at ‘As long as possible’
Bonus Before. How much padding do you want the unit to apply to the beginning of all of your recordings? The default is set at 2 minutes.
Bonus After. How much padding do you want applied to the end of your recordings? Again, default is 2 minutes.
Auto Extend Bonus Auto Extend Bonus applies to certain types of live program that have an unreliable end time, such as sporting events or the Academy Awards for example, and if the Guide data properly identifies these events, the software will automatically record a larger bonus time at the end of the scheduled recording. Default is half an hour. .
Which Episodes. Which episodes do you want recorded? First run only or first run and repeats? Default is First run only.
Auto Record. Do you want the unit to auto record your choice of episodes? Default is Yes.
Most users will probably find the default settings to be fine. If you are not sure about any of the default settings, then simply leave them as they are. You can always return to this screen and adjust the settings as you become more familiar with using the 3view unit.
Setting a recording using Search.
The other method of setting up a recording without navigating through either the Info Bar or the Guide is to use the 3View search feature. In order to access Search, click on the PVR button on your remote control. You will then have access to the Recordings screen.
Search is already highlighted and is the first choice available in the list select Search. You will now see the built in keyboard where you can input your letters to begin your search. Click on the Shift key in order to cycle to lower case, numbers and back to Capital letters. As you input another each letter, the choice of programs shown in the list on the right hand side will update.
As soon as you see the program that you are searching for to record, select the OK button and then using the right direction button, move across and down or up the list in order to highlight your choice of program. Press OK on the remote and you will see the familiar choices in a list for you to set up your recording. Just choose the one that you wish to set up for this particular program, either a single episode or a Series.
Whilst you are accessing the Search screen and keyboard you will notice the Create Wishlist which is featured below the Search title and Keywords area of the Enter Search Restrictions box. This feature allows you to set up future recordings based on your selection of Keywords. Let’s say that there is a program which is currently not being broadcast at the moment but will be shown some time in the future. You can set up a Wishlist containing the title of that program so that as soon as it is broadcast again, it will automatically be recorded. .
To set up your Wishlist, instead of filling in the letters in the Title box, move down to the Keywords box and input the letters, either a single word or the whole of the title that you wish the unit to record some time in the future. Once you have completed entering your keyword or title, click on Create Wishlist. You will now be able to set up your recording of that program as you wish using the drop down list. The 3view unit will then record all instances of any program broadcast in the future if it contains your keyword/s until such time as you choose to cancel it.
Watch a recording.
In order to access and play back any of your recordings click on the PVR button to access the Recordings screen. The list on the left hand side of this screen contains a list of recordings already made and also all of your scheduled single and series timers that you have set. The list on the right hand side contains all the recordings linked to each timer shown in the left hand column as you highlight it whether they have already taken place or have yet to record.
Using the direction keys on the remote control, move down the left hand list of recordings until you highlight a recording that you wish to watch. Press Play to watch that particular recording. If it is part of a series (two green ticks) you will watch the first available episode.
Alternatively you can press OK followed by pressing OK again on Play First Available. If you have already watched some of the recording previously it will begin automatically from where you left the recording last time. If you prefer to watch the recording from the beginning again, highlight ‘Play from Beginning’ and press OK.
If you wish to watch a different episode belonging to a series, highlight that particular recording in the left hand list and then using the right direction button move to the right hand list of episodes that have been recorded from that series. Move down or up to select which episode you wish to watch.
Press OK and then press Play. As before, if you watched part of the recording previously it will begin from where you left off. If you wish to watch from the beginning then press OK on Play from Beginning. A program which has already been recorded and is still visible in the Guide can also be played back by pressing Play on the highlighted entry.
PVR Event Viewer
The PVR Event Viewer which is also accessed from the Recordings screen is a collection of reports about your recordings, both those that have taken place and those still to be recorded in the future . It allows access to four separate screens associated with your recordings and which are cycled through by pressing the INFO button on the remote control.
Recordings lists all current recorded programs along with those set to record in the future.
Deletions lists all the recordings that you have either placed in the Waste Basket or deleted along with any timers that you have cancelled.
Unexpected Events provides you with information about why some programs weren’t recorded or might not be recorded in the future.
All recordings appears at the top of the left hand list under Search and PVR Event Viewer and when highlighted shows a complete listing of all of your recorded programs on the right hand side of the screen. Pressing OK on any entry in the list on the right shows you a number of options:
Play Play that particular recording, either from the beginning or from wherever you last watched it if you began to watch it previously.
Record Series. If this recording is part of a series and was originally set as a single recording, this choice allows you to now set it up as a Series.
Save Until. This choice allows you to alter how long the 3View unit keeps that recording before auto deleting it. You can choose to keep it forever,
Put in Waste Basket. This choice allows you to place the recording in a Waste Basket and is useful for if you decide that you might wish to watch it again or change your mind later.
Delete Permanently. This choice will fully delete the recording from the hard drive. You will be unable to restore it later if you change your mind so please use with caution!