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8. Recording Defaults.


Recording Defaults


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 for recordings

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.

BonusAuto 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.



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13. The Home Page (Menu)

To access the 3view Home page or Menu, press the Home button on the remote control. Every area of the 3view unit can be accessed from here. The current channel is displayed in a window on the right hand side of the Menu list.

The 3view Menu page

Recordings Icon and title

Selecting Recordings from the Home page takes you to the Recordings Screen so that you can access any of your recordings and scheduled timers.

TV Guide with Button

The TV Guide takes you to the Guide so that you can set up your recordings and/or watch a current program.

3View Button and Title

Selecting the 3view button takes you to the 3View portal where you can access BBC iPlayer, YouTube and other Websites and services.

Sky Player Button

The Sky Player will be accessed from this button when it becomes available on the 3View unit.

My Photos Title and icon

This button in the Menu list allows you to access and view your Photos on your 3view unit streamed from your PC.

My Music plus icon

The My Music button gives you access to your music files, either streamed from your PC or saved to your 3View unit.

My Videos with icon

Selecting the My Videos tab gives you access to your Videos either streamed from your PC or saved to your Media on the 3view unit.

Settings Icon

The settings tab gives you access to the Settings page where you can scan for channels and adjust other settings.

In the next pages of this User Guide we’ll work through all of these choices available from the Home page one by one.

The first Home page choice of Recordings takes you to the Recordings Screen where you can manage all of your recordings and scheduled timers and has already been covered in the previous chapters 8. Setting your Recordings 9. Managing your Recordings and 10. Deleting Recordings and Timers.  


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19. Home Page. Settings.


Settings Icon

Selecting the Settings tab from the Home page takes you to the main Settings page where you can set up or change any of the current Settings on the 3View unit. Some settings will have already been set during the setup Wizard when you first installed and connected the unit.  However, you may decide to change some settings later, change the name of the unit as seen by the Network,  register your unit with 3view or change some other setting.  To navigate and select any of the choices in the following Settings screens, use the direction arrow keys in order to access any of the choices you wish to change and then press OK.


Scan channels, Keep and Scan


Under this heading you are presented with the choices of Scan Channels where you can either choose to Keep and Scan or Erase and ScanKeep and Scan allows you to add any new channels have been recently added to the Freeview lineup without losing the channels you have already installed. Erase and Scan will as stated erase all of your currently saved channels and begin the channel scan again from the beginning.


Manage Channels


It is sometimes useful to be able exclude a channel from listings or to change its position within a list. The Manage Channels screen allows these changes to be made. To remove a channel from the list move to the relevant channel and press OK to turn the button from yellow to black. Repeat this as required. To reinstate a channel repeat the process and turn the button from black to yellow. Mark All will mark all channels to make all of them viewable and Clear All will have the opposite effect.


Changing number and name of channels

To move a channel into a different position within listings, find it within the list, move across and press OK on Edit Info, then enter the new channel number. It is possible to allocate two channels to the same number and the unit will function with that configuration. However, though it may be useful to have, for example, a high definition channel adjacent to its standard definition equivalent, it can cause some inconvenience when changing channels using the numeric keypad.  The above process is also used to change a channel”s name. Select the channel and enter the new name using the on-screen keyboard.


To undo any changes, use the Revert button to move the channel back to its original position and the on-screen keyboard to re-enter the channel name.

Favourite Channels

Mark your favourite channelsIt is sometimes useful to be able to display the Guide limited to only those channels which are most frequently viewed. The Favourite Channels screen allows those channels to be selected through the use of the arrow and OK keys. The Mark All and Clear All buttons may be of assistance in speeding up the selection process if you only intend to set a few channels as your favourites.  Once you have set up your favourite list, you can access it by pressing Guide to display the full EPG and then pressing the Info button on the remote control twice in order to display only your favourite channels.


Recording Defaults

Setting your recording defaults


The 3view is capable of considerable customisation and the setting of recording defaults is a good example of this with a total of eight different elements able to be defined and chosen. Each element has a number of choices which are accessed by either pressing OK to see the entire list  or alternatively by pressing the right arrow to move through the list an item at a time.  You can of course also alter the settings when you set up each individual recording, thereby allowing even greater customisation for your recordings or just leave them at the default setting if you wish.


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20. Settings. Recording Defaults.

Recording Defaults (cont)

The elements are:

Priority The priority to be given to recordings with default attributes:

1 – Essential

2 – High

3 – Medium

4 – Low

5 – Optional

How long to keep a recording


Keep Time How long a recording is to be kept:


As Long As Possible

1 Day … 6 Days

1 Week … 4 Weeks

 Bonus Before  How soon before the published start time a recording should start:


1 minute … 5 minutes

10 minutes

15 minutes

30 minutes

1 hour

Bonus at beginning and end

Bonus After How long after the published finish time a recording should stop:


1 minute … 5 minutes

10 minutes

15 minutes

30 minutes

1 hour

1.5 hours

3 hours

Auto-Extend Bonus – Where possible, over-run the recording.


1 minute … 5 minutes

10 minutes

15 minutes

30 minutes

1 hour

1.5 hours

3 hours

Bonus required

Bonus Required  How important it is that a bonus is applied:

Try, no prompt

Try, prompt


Which Episodes  Whether or not repeats of a program are to be recorded:

First Run Only

First Run and Repeats

Auto-Record  Whether a recording will occur without prompt, or a reminder to view a particular program will be displayed


NOTE! These same choices are also available for you to change on an individual basis whenever you set a single or series recording schedule from the Guide or the Info bar, thereby allowing you to set up individual elements for each recording as you schedule it. Therefore the above Recording Default settings will be applied to all recordings unless you change them on an individual basis.


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21. Settings. System.



Check or change your Network settings


The simple Network Setup Wizard is used to set the unit up on the local network. Pressing OK leads to a series of choices in which the type of network is confirmed (Wired, Wireless or None) along with the network name to be applied to the unit. There is also an option to set aspects such as the network address manually should the need arise. Once the Wizard is complete, confirmation of the unit’s network name and its successful connection are displayed in the Network Settings screen.


Video Output

Select Video Output or change itThe 3view unit is capable of automatically detecting the screen resolutions available on the TV to which it is attached. Pressing OK on Preferred Resolution displays the choice available and moving onto the list, highlighting the chosen resolution and then pressing OK will prompt the unit to make the change. If there is a problem with the display, the previous format will be restored after a wait of 15 seconds.

The Screen Shape option is used to set the shape of the screen to which the 3view is attached: standard 4:3 or widescreen 16:9. Move across and press OK to make a selection.

Digital Audio
Pressing OK on this menu entry will cycle through Bitstream (audio sent in original format), None (no digital audio output) and PCM (digital audio converted to stereo). Bitstream is the default choice for most installations, but PCM may work better if the attached audio device cannot decode the Bitstream format.

Time Zone
There are five settings to be made in this section:
Time Zone
Use the OK button to select the local time zone.
Daylight Saving Time (British Summer Time)
Decide whether or not the unit should acknowledge the change to and from Daylight Saving Time.
Setting Mode
Choose between automatic and manual clock setting. If the automatic option is chosen, date and time will be set using broadcast information.

The date only needs to be set if Setting Mode is set to manual.

The time only needs to be set if Setting Mode is set to manual.

System Info


There are two particularly useful pieces of information in System Info: Version Information and Chip Serial Number. Version Information indicates which firmware is currently installed and Chip Serial Number is the equivalent of the unit’s Serial Number, the same number as that printed on the label underneath the unit and on the box in which it was packed. The unit’s Serial Number is displayed here and so this is a convenient way to obtain it.


Software Update
Software update from the Network

New software (firmware) may become available from time-to-time either by download through the My3view link on the 3view website (registration is required) or directly over the Internet to the 3view unit. If the source is the My 3view link, the file must be transferred to the unit by USB flash drive which is plugged into one of the two USB ports at the rear of the case. USB/Removable-Media Update and Network Update allow the source to be chosen and the available releases are listed on-screen.


The central arrow keys are used to select the software to be loaded and pressing OK on Install Now will start the process which may take a little time. Once the software has been installed, the unit will restart. Settings, the program Guide (EPG), timers and recordings will all be unaffected.

System Reset
This menu offers opportunities to reset all of the system or selected areas.

Restart System will interrupt any recordings in progress and reboot the unit. The operation takes several minutes and is initiated by arrowing right and pressing OK on the Restart button.
Full Reset of unit

Clear Local Media is used to permanently delete all locally saved photos, music and video. Arrow right and press OK on the Clear button. This function should be used with care as its effects cannot be reversed.

Clear Data and Restart System Arrowing right and pressing OK on the Reset button will permanently delete all content on the device. All locally saved media, recorded TV programs, databases, settings, and preferences will be lost. The operation takes several minutes to complete, following which the device will restart and run the startup wizard.


Warning!  Using this option will delete all data and settings and return your unit to factory settings!


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