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Using the SageTV Menu Interface Edit

The SageTV User Interface can be navigated using a keyboard, mouse, or remote control device. The basic use of each device is as follows.

Keyboard Edit

For basic SageTV usage, you will simply use the Left, Right, Up, and Down arrows on the keyboard to navigate the menus. If there is no selectable item to the right of the currently highlighted item, using the Right arrow will select the highlighted item. You may also use the Select command (Enter key) to select the highlighted item. If there is no item to the left of the currently highlighted item, using the Left arrow will take you back to the previous or parent menu. As shortcuts, use the Info command (Ctrl+I) to jump to the detailed information for an item or browse into a group of items, or use the Play command (Ctrl+D) to start playback without first opening the options menu for a playable item or group.

SageTV is initially configured with keystrokes assigned to the most often used commands. Those and all other commands available for controlling SageTV may be customized by assigning your preferred keystrokes to them. Please see the SageTV Commands customization section for full details of all the available commands, their default keys, and how to customize their assignments. Some default commands are listed below. Note that you can customize these commands to use the keystrokes you prefer, so the keys listed here are the ones SageTV uses when initially installed.

Command

Keystroke

Function

Left

Left arrow

Moves the menu focus to the item towards the left of the currently highlighted item. If there is no such item, it will return you to the previous menu.

Right

Right arrow

Moves the menu focus to the item towards the right of the currently highlighted item. If there is no such item, it will select the item and proceed to the next screen.

Up

Up arrow

Moves the menu focus to the item above the currently highlighted item. Many menus will wrap from top to bottom if there is no item above the current one.

Down

Down arrow

Moves the menu focus to the item below the currently highlighted item. Many menus will wrap from bottom to top if there is no item below the current one.

Command

Keystroke

Function

Select

Enter

Selects the currently highlighted item and proceeds to the next screen.

Info

Ctrl+I

Views the detailed information for the highlighted show or browse into a group of items.

Play

Ctrl+D

If the currently highlighted item or group of items is playable, start playback of that item or group.

Options

Escape, Ctrl-O

Toggles the display of the Options pop-up menu for the current menu.

Back

Alt+Left

Moves Back to the previous menu.

Forward

Alt+Right

Moves Forward to the next menu, after having used the Back command.

Page Right

Ctrl+F, F8

Moves one page to the right while in the Program Guide.

Page Left

Ctrl+A, F7

Moves one page to the left while in the Program Guide.

Page Up

Page Up, F5

Moves one page up in the menus or in the Program Guide.

Page Down

Page Down, F6

Moves one page down in the menus or in the Program Guide.

Home

Home

Moves directly to the Main Menu.

TV

Ctrl+V

Toggles between the Playback view and the current menu. If there is no media currently playing, live TV playback will begin.

Guide

Ctrl+X

Moves directly to the Program Guide.

Power

Ctrl+Z

Puts SageTV to sleep.

Watched

Ctrl+W

Toggles whether the highlighted show is marked as Watched.

Favorite

Ctrl+K

Toggles whether the highlighted show is a Favorite. If it is already a favorite, you will be asked to confirm removing it as a Favorite.

Don’t Like

Ctrl+J

Toggles the Don’t Like setting for the currently highlighted show or recording. SageTV will not record shows that you mark as Don’t Like, unless it is a manual recording. If Intelligent Recording in enabled, shows marked as Don’t Like are not considered for recording and will influence which other shows may not be recorded.

Record

Ctrl+Y

Toggles whether the highlighted show should be scheduled as a Manual Recording.

Command     Keystroke        Function

Full Screen                              Ctrl+Shift+F   Toggles whether SageTV should make its Window full screen or not.

Num 0 – 9      0 – 9                  Used to enter channel changes.

Delete                                      Delete Asks for confirmation to delete the currently highlighted recording, or all the recordings in the highlighted group.

Mouse Edit

Using the mouse in SageTV consists simply of moving the cursor to point to the menu item to be selected and clicking on it, as is usual when using the mouse in Windows programs. Since not all commands can be accessed via mouse buttons, such as page left, page right, page up, or page down on the Program Guide screen for example, many menus have mouse icons to assist in navigation. However, in order to make use of those icons, they must first be enabled. From the Main Menu of SageTV, select Setup, then select Detailed Setup, choose the General tab, and

Enable” the option to Show Mouse Icons. (See Detailed Setup: General Settings.)

Besides left-clicking on menu items, SageTV also supports other mouse buttons. 

Mouse button

Function

Left Button

Select the currently highlighted item and proceed to the next screen.

Right Button

Toggles the display of the Options pop-up menu for the current menu.

Middle Button

During playback: Uses the Play/Pause command to toggle between paused & playing. If playing, playback will pause. If paused, playback will resume.

Scroll Wheel

Rolling the mouse wheel up or down performs Page Up or Page Down, respectively. *

Back Button

On a 5-button mouse, moves Back to the previous menu. *

Forward Button

On a 5-button mouse, moves Forward to the next menu, after having used the Back command. *

* Note: Certain mouse buttons may function differently if you have configured your mouse differently in your operating system.

Remote Control Edit

SageTV can be controlled with a remote control either indirectly by using an external program that interacts with the remote control device and then sends commands to the SageTV program or directly by using an IR receiver that SageTV supports.

Indirect control

Indirect remote control involves using the remote’s receiver with another program, which receives codes from the remote and then sends the appropriate command to SageTV. Examples of this style of remote control include using the Hauppauge remote and software, the Streamzap remote and software, or just about any remote and receiver with a third-party control program such as Girder (www.promixis.com).

SageTV is preconfigured to use the SageTV remote with the SageTV HD extenders, or the Hauppauge and Streamzap remotes with their original software. For details on how they are configured, see the layouts of those remotes in the appendix, where there is also information regarding customizing those remotes. For basic usage, they function similarly to using the keyboard: use the arrow buttons to navigate, and the OK button to select the currently highlighted menu item. In Appendix E: Remote Controls, see:

SageTV STP-HD300 Remote Control Layout

SageTV STX-HD100 and STP-HD200 Remote Control Layout

SageTV Preconfigured 34 button Hauppauge Remote Control Commands

SageTV Preconfigured 45 button Hauppauge Remote Control Commands

SageTV Preconfigured Streamzap Remote Control Commands

Direct Control

Direct remote control involves using an IR receiver that SageTV supports so that SageTV can receive the remote codes directly and act on them without having to use another program to send the commands to SageTV. SageTV can use the USB-UIRT (www.usbuirt.com) or Evation’s IRMan (www.evation.com) to directly receive codes from an infrared remote control device. This will require that you configure how you want SageTV to react to every button you wish to use on the remote. For details on that procedure, please see the Link Infrared/Keystroke to SageTV Command option in Detailed Setup.

The SageTV Media Extenders all come with a remote that can be used to control SageTV while using an extender. See Appendix M: SageTV Media Extenders.

Entering Text via Remote Control Edit

The number pad on a remote can be used to enter text. For details, see Numeric Text Input.

Global Menu Features Edit

All menus consist of a header at the top of the screen, a footer at the bottom, with the menu choices displayed on the rest of the screen between the header and footer. Some portions of the menu areas may only be selected by left-clicking on them with the mouse – such hot-spots are mouse shortcuts that are also accessible through regular commands via keyboard or remote input. The rest of the menu options may be selected by using the mouse, keyboard, or remote buttons.

The Menu Header and Footer Edit

The icon in the header is used to move back to the previous The header may show menu by left-clicking on it with the mouse. For the Main status indicator icons, Menu, this icon is only visible when there is media currently depending on SageTV’s playing; clicking on the icon will return you to the current status. See below. appropriate media playback display.

The rest of the header consists of the menu title and the current day and time. The Main Menu also displays the weather if a weather location is configured.

The footer contains status information on the left

and a tip on the right. In the image above, the tip Clicking on the logo icon indicates that the Options command can be used takes you back to the Main Menu to configure options on the menu. from any submenu.

Status Indicator Icons Edit

The Menu Header is used to display various status indicator icons:

– Shown during text entry to indicate the next numeric text input mode. Click on one of these icons, or use the Pause command, to switch to the next input mode: switch to Upper Case input mode.  - switch to Lower Case input mode. - turn numeric text input Off. See Numeric Text Input.

– Shown when SageTV is currently recording. Click on the icon to jump to the Recording Schedule.

– Shown when SageTV is currently scanning the Media Center Import Directories for imported media.

– Shown when important status and information messages are available. The color of the icon indicates the severity of the most important message, where blue = information; yellow = warning; and red = error. The messages may be viewed on the System Messages menu; click on the icon to jump to that menu.

– Shown when there are any unresolved recording schedule conflicts. Click on the icon to go to the Recording Conflicts menu, where all conflicts are shown.

– Shown when recording schedule conflicts still exist, but they have all been resolved. (The and icons will never be displayed together.) Resolved conflicts may exist after manually resolving a conflict or if you have previously instructed SageTV how to always resolve a specific conflict type. Example: if you previously chose to always have a specific favorite override another specific favorite, new conflicts for that situation will automatically be resolved during the scheduling process, but SageTV will still list the resolved conflict in case you wish to override the standard resolution for a particular recording. As with the unresolved conflict icon, click on the icon to go to the Recording Conflicts menu.

– Shown only when mouse icons are enabled (see Detailed Setup: General Settings) and SageTV is in Windowed mode; click on this icon to expand the SageTV window to use Full Screen mode. (Same as the Full Screen command.)

– Shown only when mouse icons are enabled and SageTV is in Full Screen mode; click on this icon to reduce the SageTV window to use Windowed mode. (Same as the Full Screen command.)

– Shown only when mouse icons are enabled; click on this icon to put SageTV to sleep. (Same as the Power command or the Standby option on the Main Menu.)

The Default Pop-up Menu: Video Menu Options Edit

On nearly every menu, you may use the Options command to view configuration choices for that menu. Some menus have options menus specific for their possible settings, but most use the default general purpose Video Menu Options choices.

For details regarding this pop-up menu and samples of how video playback appears in a window or as the menu background, see Video Menu Options, in Detailed Setup.

SageTV Recording Types Indicators Edit

Throughout SageTV, wherever recordings or airings are listed, certain markings or icons are used to provide information about those shows.

Font Styles Edit

Manual Recordings and Favorites use bold text for their titles.

If a show’s entry in a list is displayed in a normal font style, that show has not been completely watched. If a show has been watched, its list entry will be shown in italics.

Marker Icons Edit

Icon markers may be displayed on a show’s entry in a list or near its detailed information display to indicate the following:

–  A recording is live TV, or an Intelligent Recording.

–  A recording is a Manual Recording.

–  A recording is a Favorite.

–  The airing is currently recording.

–  A show is a High Definition TV airing or recording.

–  A show is a First Run.

–  A show is an Archived Recording.

–  A show has been Watched.

–  A show has been marked as Don’t Like.

Notes: The red Recordings icons are also displayed on the Program Guide grid to indicate which shows are in the Recording Schedule and will be recorded.

For show entries in lists, various marker icons will be shown on each show’s list entry. The round recording type icons will always be shown when needed, but the other indicators can be turned off, if desired, in Detailed Setup: Customize Settings. See Show recording status marker icons in lists.

The SageTV Menus Edit

The Main Menu is the first screen you will see when SageTV starts and is the access point for all of SageTV’s features. Since that is the case, let’s begin with that menu on the next page. Following that are descriptions of all the other menus, except for the ones having to do with configuration. For configuration menus and details, see Chapter 5: Configuring SageTV.

Main Menu Edit

The Main Menu is the gateway to all the features of SageTV. From this starting point, you access all the submenus and features of SageTV. The Main Menu consists of a top level menu, shown on the left side of the screen, and up to two sublevels opened to the right of the top level.

Navigation Edit

Using the keyboard or a remote, the Main Menu is navigated using the Left, Right, Up, and Down arrows and the Select command. Use the Right arrow to open a sublevel menu; use the Left arrow to close a sublevel menu. Use the Select command to open a sublevel menu or activate an item (see below). The Home command will close all sublevels and return focus to the top level menu.

Using a mouse, simply move the mouse cursor to the desired item and select it, or move the cursor over an arrow icon to open the sublevel menu for an item. Move the mouse cursor over a higher level submenu to close the sublevel.

An item without a submenu have no icon next to the menu item title; use the Right arrow or Select the item to activate it. An item with a submenu will have one of these arrow icons next to it:

– An arrow without an asterisk indicates that the item has a submenu and no default action. Use the Right arrow or Select the item to open the sublevel menu.

– An arrow with an asterisk indicates that the item has a submenu and has a default action. Use the Right arrow to open the sublevel menu, or Select the item to activate the item’s default action and jump to another menu.

Menu Choices Edit

The top menu level and their submenus consist of the following choices:

 TV – Contains choices related to TV airings and recordings. Default action: jump to the SageTV Recordings menu, at the last-used view. The TV sublevel menu contains:

o   Recordings – Contains choices for all available views of the existing recordings. Default action: jump to the SageTV Recordings menu, at the last-used view.

o   Watch Live TV – Go to the Video Playback display and start watching live TV. Playback of a currently recording show or the current show on the last viewed channel will be started.

o   Program Guide – Go to the Program Guide, where you can see the grid layout for the TV schedule for the channels you can receive. The guide shows the schedule of upcoming shows for approximately the next two weeks. From the guide, you may choose shows to record or to watch now.

o   Recording Schedule – Contains choices for all available recording schedule views. Default action: jump to the Recording Schedule, which displays a list of all TV shows that are scheduled to be recorded, at the last-used view.

o   Schedule Recordings – Contains choices for items related to adding recordings to the schedule. Default action: none. Its sublevel choices are: 

Manage Favorites – Go to the Favorites Manager, where you can add new Favorites or select an existing Favorite whose settings can be viewed or changed.

Create Timed Recording – Go to the Create Timed Recording screen, where you can schedule a one-time or recurring recording for a defined time period on a specific channel.

Browse by Category – Go to the Browse By Category menu, where you can view a listing of upcoming shows, sorted by the shows’ categories.

Resolve Conflicts – Go to the Recording Conflicts menu to see the list of recording conflicts and choose how to handle those conflicts and similar ones in the future.

o   TV Show Editorials – Go to the TV Show Editorials menu, where you can view brief editorial comments about selected upcoming TV shows.

 Videos – Contains choices related to imported videos. Default action: jump to the Video Browser at the last-used view. The Videos sublevel menu contains:

o Titles – Opens the Video Browser, viewing non-DVD/BD imported videos.

o DVD/BD – Opens the Video Browser, viewing imported DVD/BD videos.

o   Category – Opens the Video Browser, viewing imported videos grouped by category.

o   Playlists – Default action: Opens the Video Browser, viewing video playlists. This item also opens a sublevel menu containing choices for all available video playlists. In the sublevel menu, choose a playlist for options to play or view the playlist.

o   Folders – Opens the Video Browser, viewing imported videos by their folder structure, as the files are found on your hard drive.

o   Play DVD – SageTV will play a DVD that is in the DVD drive on your computer. It will not able to play a DVD that is in the DVD drive of another computer on your network. If it finds a DVD, DVD Playback will begin. If no DVD is found, a notification will be displayed. Note: Not available on extenders and Placeshifter clients.

o   Video Conversions – Go the Video Conversions screen, where you can view the status of all current, upcoming, and past video conversion processes.

 Music – Contains choices related to imported music. Default action: jump to the Music Browser at the last-used view. The Music sublevel menu contains:

o Songs – Opens the Music Browser, viewing all imported songs.

o Albums – Opens the Music Browser, viewing imported music grouped by album.

o Artists – Opens the Music Browser, viewing imported music grouped by artist.

o Genres – Opens the Music Browser, viewing imported music grouped by genre.

o Years – Opens the Music Browser, viewing imported music grouped by year.

o   Playlists – Default action: Opens the Music Browser, viewing music playlists. This item also opens a sublevel menu containing choices for all available music playlists. In the sublevel menu, choose a playlist for options to play or view the playlist.

o   Folders – Opens the Music Browser, viewing imported music by their folder structure, as the files are found on your hard drive.

 Photos – Contains choices related to imported photos. Default action: jump to the Photo Browser. The Photos sublevel menu contains:

o Browse Photos – Opens the Photo Browser.

o   Start Slideshow – View a slideshow of all the imported photos, in the sort order chosen in the Photo Browser.

o   Random Slideshow – View a slideshow of all the imported photos, in random order.

 Search – Contains choices related to searching for media or browsing the file system. 

Default action: none. The Search sublevel menu contains:

o   TV Airings – Default action: go to the Search menu, at the last-used TV Airings search style. The TV Airings sublevel menu contains options to:

Search Titles

Search People

Search Descriptions Search All Fields

o   Videos – Default action: go to the Search menu, at the last-used Videos search style. The Videos sublevel menu contains options to:

Search Titles

Search People

Search Descriptions Search All Fields

o   Music – Default action: go to the Search menu, at the last-used Music search style. The Music sublevel menu contains options to:

Search Song Titles

Search Album Titles Search Artists

o   Photos – Go to the Search menu, at the search Photos by Title view.

o   Online Videos – Default action: go to the Google Video Search menu to search Google Video content. The Online Videos sublevel menu contains options to:

Search Google Keywords – search Google Video by keywords.

Search YouTube Keywords – search YouTube Video by keyword. Search YouTube Users – search YouTube Video by user.

o   Browse File Systems – Go to the File Browser, where you can browse the SageTV server’s files, local files, network files, import library paths, or recording paths, depending on the available file systems and media paths.

 Online – Contains choices related to online media. Default action: jump to the Online Services menu. Note: The availability of and access to the various online video choices is controlled by the Online Video Access option in Detailed Setup: Customize Settings. The Online sublevel menu contains:

o   Weather – Go to the Weather menu, where you can view the current conditions and 5-day forecast for your local area. Note: If you have not yet done so, you will first be asked to configure your weather report location; see Step G16: Weather Report Configuration. Once your location is configured, you will proceed to the Weather menu.

o   YouTube Videos – Go to the YouTube Video menu, where you can choose YouTube Videos from various categories.

o   Channels.com – Go to the Channels.com Web Shows menu, where you can view Channel.com’s categorized dynamic feeds listing a collection of the best shows on the web.

o   More Online Services – Go to the Online Services menu, where various online videos can be viewed.

o   Get Hulu Application or Launch Hulu Desktop – The option to Get or Launch the Hulu desktop application is available when using SageTV on a Windows server or client UI, depending on whether the Hulu desktop application is installed.

 Setup – Contains choices related to configuring SageTV and status information.  Default action: none. The Setup sublevel menu contains:

o   Configuration Wizard – Configure SageTV’s essential options via the Configuration Wizard.

o   Detailed Setup – Go to Detailed Setup, where you can configure all the setup options available within SageTV.

o   SageTV Plugins – Default action: none. This menu contains choices for accessing all available and installed user created plugins for SageTV. The SageTV Plugins sublevel menu contains:

All Available Plugins – Go to the Plugin Manager showing all available plugins created by SageTV users.

Server Installed Plugins – Go to the Plugin Manager showing all user created plugins installed on the SageTV server. This option is shown on SageTV Clients running on a different PC than the SageTV server, which can install plugins on the server.

Client Installed Plugins – Go to the Plugin Manager showing all user created plugins installed on the local client. This option is shown on SageTV Clients running on a different PC than the SageTV server, which can install plugins on the local client PC.

Installed Plugins – Go to the Plugin Manager showing all installed user created plugins. This option is shown on the SageTV server UI and on extender and Placeshifter clients connected to the server.

Note: Use of these plugins is at your own risk. The plugins presented are created and supported by other SageTV users. SageTV does not test or verify the operation of any of the plugins in any way and does not provide technical support for plugins. Questions about any plugin should be directed to the user who created it, using the SageTV user-to-user forum at. forums.sagetv.com/forums

o   Setup Video Sources – Configure new or existing recording sources via the Source Wizard Summary.

o   Help – Default action: none. The Help sublevel menu contains options to:

View SageTV PDF Manual – On a Windows system, asks whether to open the PDF manual in another window. 

View Menu Header Information – Displays a dialog describing the various sections of the header and footer bars at the top and bottom of every menu screen. The currently described area is outlined at the top or bottom of the screen.

View TV Indicators and Markers – Displays a dialog that describes all the various ways that TV airings and recordings are marked to indicate their status.

View TV Category Colors – Displays a dialog that shows the background colors used for various TV airing categories. The existing categories and their colors may be edited, or additional categories may be added. This option is also available as the TV Category Background Colors option in Detailed Setup: Customize Settings.

o   Toggle Full Screen – Toggle whether SageTV is displayed in a window or whether it is displayed full screen.

o   Parental Controls – Go to Parental Controls, where you can control the types of TV shows requiring a password for viewing. If you have set and enabled a password for parental controls, you will be asked to enter the password after selecting this menu item. If the wrong password is entered, access to Parental Controls will be denied.

o   Scan Imported Media – Tells SageTV to check all the Media Center Import Directories, as defined in Detailed Setup: General Settings, to refresh its list of imported media files.

o   System Information – View the current status of the SageTV system on the System Information screen.

o System Messages – View the current messages on the System Messages menu.

 Exit – Contains choices related to exiting SageTV.  Default action: none. The Exit sublevel menu contains:

o   Standby – Put SageTV to sleep. See Sleeping SageTV.

o   Exit SageTV – Exits the SageTV application or powers off an extender. See Exiting SageTV.

Tips: 1) Begin typing numbers or letters to start an Instant Search. 2) Use the Info command to jump directly to the System Information display.


Instant Search Edit

While on most navigation menus, such as the Main Menu, a search for any media type may be started simply by entering any alphanumeric characters via keyboard or remote. The Instant Search mode on Navigation Menus option in Detailed Setup: Customize Settings controls whether the Instant Search feature is enabled and how it works while on navigation menus.

When the feature is enabled, start entering numbers or letters while on a navigation menu. If the search should begin immediately, you will jump to the Search menu right after the first character is entered. Otherwise, a text entry dialog will open, allowing more text to be entered before starting the search. When done entering text, choose Search Now to jump to the Search menu and start the search, or choose Cancel to cancel the search and close the text entry dialog.

The initial search results shown on the Search menu will be for the search style in use the last time the Search menu was used.

If Instant Search is used while on the YouTube Video or Google Video menus, the online video search results will be shown after choosing Search Now in the text entry dialog.


SageTV Recordings Edit

Parent Menu: Main Menu.

The SageTV Recordings screen lists all the TV shows that SageTV has recorded, including completed recordings, currently recoding shows, and partially recorded shows if they are Manual recordings. Entries in the list may be individual recordings or groups containing multiple recordings.

Highlighting an individual recording will cause some of its recording information to be displayed to the right of the recording list. Highlighting a group will use the area to the right to display the group name, the number of the group’s recordings, and the titles of the first several items in the group.

The upper right corner of the screen is used to display video previews or thumbnails for the highlighted recording or group of recordings.

See SageTV Recording Types Indicators for a description of the show indicator markers.

Selecting an Individual Recording Edit

After highlighting an individual recording, you may use the Select command or left-click on it to view the list of possible actions to perform for that recording; see the Airing and Video Options Dialog for details. To see the full details for a recording, highlight an individual recording and then use the Right arrow or the Info command to go to the Recording Detail screen for that recording. 

The Play command may be used to initiate playback of the highlighted recording.

Selecting a Group of Recordings Edit

After highlighting a group of recordings, use the Select command or left-click on a it to view the list of possible actions to perform for the entire group of recordings; see the Grouped Airings and Videos Options Dialog for details. To browse the list of recordings in the group, highlight a group and then use the Right arrow or the Info command. Note: Use of the Select command or the Info command to open the group options dialog can be switched while the dialog is open; see the details for the dialog.

The Play command can be used to add all the recordings in the group to the Now Playing playlist and begin playback

The sorting method used while browsing a group of recordings can be set separately from the overall view of all recordings. While viewing the group, use the Options command to access the Sorting option.

SageTV Recordings Views Edit

The SageTV Recordings menu is preconfigured with four views, each with individual sorting, grouping, and filtering options. Each of these four views can be reconfigured and renamed. Up to four additional views may be added. Use the Options command to change the current view or add more views. See SageTV Recordings Options.

The four initial viewing styles are:

 All Recordings – List all recordings.

 Current Recordings – Lists only non-archived recordings.

 Archived Recordings – Lists only archived recordings.

 Recorded Movies – Lists only recordings from the “Movie” category, or those using the Alternate Movie category name.

Tips: 1) Each of the viewing styles can be customized and its customized settings will be remembered for that view. Each view can be renamed, and custom settings can be selected via the Sorting Options, Grouping Options, and Filtering Options dialogs. 2) Use the Smooth FF, Skip Fwd #2, Smooth Rew, or Skip Bkwd #2 commands to jump to the next or previous view.

SageTV Recordings Options Edit

Use the Options command to display the various options available on this menu. The options list can be exited by using the Options command again or via the Left arrow. The choices are:

 Views – The available viewing styles are listed below the Views title. The current view is highlighted. Select any view to switch to that viewing style.

 Filters – Three quick access filters are shown for Manual Recordings , Favorites , and Other  recordings. Each time the filter is selected, it changes between ignoring the filter, filtering to include recordings of that type, or filtering to exclude recordings of that type. Notes: “Other” is anything that is not a Favorite or Manual Recording, including Intelligent Recordings or Live TV that is not a Manual Recording or Favorite.

 Menu Options – Display the SageTV Recordings Menu Options dialog, below.

 Search – Go to the consolidated Search menu, with the search style starting with the last used TV search style.

 Sorting – Open the Sorting Options dialog, below.

 Grouping – Open the Grouping Options dialog, below.

 Filtering – Open the Filtering Options dialog, below.

 Recording Schedule – Go to the Recording Schedule.

 Imported Videos – Go to the Video Browser.

SageTV Recordings Menu Options Edit

The SageTV Recordings Menu Options dialog is used to configure additional options for the menu. The options are:

 Number of Columns – Set the number of columns used to display the list of recordings. 

 Number of Rows – Set the number of rows used to display the list of recordings. 

 Airing List Font Size – Set the font size used to display the list of recordings. 

 Number of Views – Set the number of viewing styles, from 4 to 8. 

 Rename the <View Name> view – Opens a dialog where a new name for the current view can be entered.

 Reset all settings for the <View Name> view – Resets the grouping, sorting, and filter options, along with the view name for the current view.

Video Menu Options – Displays the Options menu found on most screens, where you can set when and how video playback is shown on menus. See its full explanation for details.

 Close – Exit the pop-up menu.

Sorting Options Edit

The Sorting Options dialog contains a list of options for sorting the recording list. If a recording list entry is a group, the first entry in the group’s list is used when determining the group’s sort rank. Choose from the sorting options listed below:

 Oldest/Newest First – Recordings are simply sorted by their recording date.

 Title A-Z/Z-A – Sorting is performed on the recorded shows’ titles.

 Category – The name of each show’s category is used for sorting. As usual, there is a choice for reversing this sort.

 Orig. Air Date – The recorded show’s original airing date is used for sorting, in oldestto-most recent or most recent-to-oldest (reversed) order.

 Channel Name A-Z/Z-A – The name of the channel where each show was recorded is used for sorting.

 Intelligent – The list will be sorted by SageTV’s recording priority. Manual recordings are listed before Favorites, then Intelligent Recordings and live TV, followed by watched shows, with shows marked as Don’t Like listed last. Within each of those sections, the newer recordings are listed first. The Reversed form of this style simply reverses the sort order.

 ShowID – The recording’s ShowID is used for sorting, in ascending or descending (reversed) order.

 Reverse Sort Order – When checked, the recording list will be sorted in reverse order.

 Close – Close the pop-up list without changing the current setting.

Grouping Options Edit

The Grouping Options dialog displays a list of options for how the list of recordings are to be grouped:

 No Grouping – The list of recordings will not be grouped together at all. Every entry in the list will be an individual recording; there will be no group entries.

 Title – Shows with the same title will be grouped together and there will be a group entry in the list with that title.

 Channel Name – Recordings will be grouped according to the name of the channel where they were recorded.

 Category – Recordings will be grouped according to the name of their categories, as displayed in the detailed information section on the Recording Detail screen.

 Close – The standard choice to make when you wish to exit the pop-up menu without changing the current setting.

Filtering Options Edit

The Filtering Options dialog displays a list of filter options used to determine which types of recordings are to be shown in the recording list.

Select each of the following filtering options to toggle between not filtering by that criteria, only include recordings which match the criteria, or exclude recordings which match the criteria.

o   Manual Recordings o Favorites

o   Not Manual Recording or Favorite o Archived Recordings o First Runs o HDTV Recordings o Watched Recordings o Recordings marked Don’t Like

 Categories Filtered – Select this option to choose the list of categories to be filtered. When at least one category is selected, you can choose whether the categories are to be Included or Excluded.

 Clear all filters – Clear all filters so that all recordings are included.

 Close – Close the dialog.

Recording Detail Edit

The Recording Detail screen displays the full information for a recording.

Full details for the recording are shown on the left side of the screen. The data may fill more than the space on a single screen. If so, you will be able to scroll down to see the rest of the information.

The right size of the screen is used to display a combination of the recording’s thumbnail, series image, or channel logo (if there is one); however, if video is displayed in a window on menus, the video may be shown instead of an image in the upper right corner.

Use the Select command (Enter key) to display the list of possible actions to perform for the recording; see the Airing and Video Options Dialog for details.

Use the Back command or the Left arrow to return to the previous menu.

Using the Options command will display the Video Menu Options dialog, which is the regular Options menu found on most screens. See its full explanation for details. 


Airing and Video Options Dialog Edit

When the the Select command is used on an airing (such as in the Program Guide), an existing recording (the SageTV Recordings menu), or an imported video (the Video Browser), a pop-up dialog containing all of the available actions that may be performed will appear. This dialog may be used in its Basic or Advanced form. Basic mode shows a single column of options, while Advanced uses two columns, with additional options in the second column.

The actions in this dialog are dynamically added or removed, depending on what may be done at that moment. For example, “Watch Now” will appear for a show that is currently airing, an existing recording, or an imported video, but it would not appear for a show in the Program Guide if that airing has already finished airing and was not recorded, or if the airing has not yet begun.

The possible actions for an airing, recording, or imported video are listed below.

Basic Options Edit

 Watch Now – Begin watching the video file. The screen will switch to the Video Playback or DVD Playback display, depending on the type of video. When the dialog is open, the Play command is a shortcut for this action, as indicated by the Play icon on the button.

 Record Options – For TV shows, show the Record Command Options Dialog, where you can choose from the various recording options currently available. When the dialog is open, the Record command is a shortcut for this action, as indicated by the Record icon on the button. Not available for imported videos.

 

 View Recording Details – Jumps to the detailed information screen appropriate for the current video: the Recording Detail, Program Information, or Video Detail screen. When the dialog is open, the Info command is a shortcut for this action, as indicated by the Info icon on the button.

 

 View Series Information – If there is series information for an airing, this option is displayed. Select it to jump to the Series Information screen, where more information about the series will be displayed, such as a description of the series, its history, and list of cast members.

 Edit User Categories – Use this option to assign user defined categories to a recording, Favorite, or Manual Recording. The option will be available for an existing recording or for any not yet recorded airing that is a Favorite or a Manual Recording. After selecting this option, you may be asked whether to edit the User Categories for the recording, the Favorite that applies to the airing, or to the Manual Recording, if more than one of those apply. After the User Category editing dialog opens, select one or more categories to be assigned. While the dialog is open, you can add new user defined categories or resort the category list to place the selected ones at the top. Choose Done once all assignments have been made or select Cancel to close the dialog without changing the category assignments. The Delete command can be used while a category is highlighted to remove it from the list of user defined categories. If the category is still in use in the SageTV database, it will remain in the list, however. Note: The SageTV Recordings menu can be filtered to optionally include or exclude recordings based on their categories and/or user categories.

 Edit Video Information – Use this option to assign MPAA ratings and Categories for an imported video. Selecting this option opens a dialog displaying the current MPAA rating and category assignments, if any. Choose which information to edit, then choose or clear the MPAA rating, or set categories for the video. While setting the categories, you can also add a new category, choose whether to also list TV categories to choose from, or resort the category list to place the selected ones at the top. Choose Done once all assignments have been made or select Cancel to close the dialog without changing the category assignments. The Delete command can be used while a category is highlighted to remove it from the list of user added categories. If the category is still in use in the SageTV database, it will remain in the list, however.

 

 Delete this Recording – Available for existing recordings that are not currently being recorded, use this option to remove a video from SageTV and delete it from the computer’s disk drive. When the dialog is open, the Delete command is a shortcut for this action. Not available for imported videos. A pop-up menu contains the deletion choices:

o   Delete it Now – Delete the recording, leaving all Watched, Don’t Like, etc., markers intact.

o   Delete it because it is the wrong recording – Delete the recording, clearing all tracking information about the recorded airing. Use this option if the recorded show is not what was, in fact, recorded. An incorrect recording may happen because of a last-minute program scheduling change by a network, which is not reflected in the guide data SageTV uses, for example. o Delete it because I don’t like it – Delete the recording, setting the Don’t Like marker at the same time.

o   Don’t delete it – Cancels the deletion process and closes the pop-up menu without deleting the recording.

 

 Delete this Imported File – Available for imported videos only, use this option to remove an imported video from SageTV and delete it from the computer’s disk drive. You will be asked to confirm the deletion. When the dialog is open, the Delete command is a shortcut for this action. Not available for SageTV recordings. Note: Deletion of imported videos may be disabled in the pop-up Options Menu in the Video Browser menu.

 Browse DVD Folder – This option is shown if the imported video is a DVD, and there are additional imported videos in the DVD’s folder structure.

 

 Advanced Options – Shown only when using Basic mode, select this option to switch to Advanced mode. A second column of options will be shown, showing additional choices based on the status of the video. The dialog will continue to be shown in Advanced mode every time a video is selected, until Basic mode is chosen.

 

 Basic Options – Shown only when using Advanced mode, select this option to switch to Basic mode. Only a single column of basic options will be shown, with the available choices based on the status of the video. The dialog will continue to be shown in Basic mode every time a video is selected, until Advanced mode is chosen. Note: Basic or advanced mode can also be configured via the Options menu mode for videos and recordings option in Detailed Setup: Customize Settings.

 Close – Closes the options dialog without performing any action.

Advanced Options Edit

 Future Airings – Go to the Additional Airings menu, where upcoming airings for this show will be displayed. All future airings in the EPG will be listed, usually covering approximately the next two weeks. Existing recordings and past airings will also be listed. Not available for imported videos.

 Past Airings – Go to the Airing History menu, where historical airings for this show will be displayed. All past airings for which SageTV has stored information will be listed, including the existing recordings and future airings. Not available for imported videos.

 

 Don’t Like – (If the recording is tagged as Don’t Like, a checkmark will be displayed on the button.) Select this option to tell SageTV that you Don’t Like the show, or clear that status. When the dialog is open, the Don’t Like command is a shortcut for this action, as indicated by the Don’t Like icon on the button. Not available for imported videos.

 

 Watched – (If the video is Watched, a checkmark will be displayed on the button.) Select this option to set or clear a SageTV Recording, Airing, or Imported Video as having been Watched. When the dialog is open, the Watched command is a shortcut for this action, as indicated by the Watched icon on the button.

 

 Archived – (If the recording is archived, a checkmark will be displayed on the button.) Select this option to add or remove archived recording status for a completed SageTV Recording. The location for the recording file will not be changed on the computer’s disk drive, but the recording will now be archived or not. SageTV will never automatically delete any archived recordings. Additionally, when a recording is unarchived, it will be marked as a Manual Recording in order to prevent SageTV from deleting it in the near future. Not available for imported videos. Note: The SageTV Recordings menu can be filtered to optionally include archived and/or non-archived recordings.

 Convert – Choose this option to convert a recording or imported video to another video format. Note: Only completed recordings and videos capable of being converted will include the conversion option.

 List of Recent Video Playlists – If any videos have been recently added to a video playlist, the last few selected playlists may be displayed for faster repeated selection of those playlists. Only available for imported videos.

 

 Add To Video Playlist... – Displays a list of video playlists that the current video may be added to. (Note: DVDs and BDs will not be added to playlists.)

 

 Play a Playlist... – Allows choosing which video playlist to play now, or you may choose to view all video playlists in the Video Browser.

 More by People in Show... – If there are people named in the credits for a selected airing or imported video, this option is shown. Select it to see a list of people with credits in the video. Select a name to search for additional airings or videos containing a credit for that person. The list of additional airings will be shown on the Search Results menu. In addition, the Favorite command while highlighting a name to either add a Favorite for that person’s name or edit the Favorite if it already exists. If a Person Favorite already exists for a name, there will be a Favorite icon next to the name. After using the Favorite command, SageTV will jump to the Favorite Details menu.


Grouped Airings and Videos Options Dialog Edit

Use either the Select or Info command on a group of airings or recordings, or a group of imported videos, to open a pop-up dialog containing all of the available actions that may be performed on the entire group. The use of Select or Info is controlled by an option in the dialog or via the For grouped items: Select opens options dialog, Info browses into group option in Detailed Setup: Customize Settings.

Like the options for an individual video, the actions in this dialog are dynamically added or removed, depending on what may be done at that moment. For example, “Play all Recordings Now” will appear for a group of recordings or imported videos, but it would not appear for a group of Past Airings.

The possible actions for a group of recordings or imported videos are listed below.

Right Column Edit

The right column of options is available for any group of airings, recordings, or imported videos.

 Browse Recordings, Airings, or Videos – Jump to a view of the videos in this grouping. When the dialog is open, the Info command is a shortcut for this action, as indicated by the Info icon on the button.

 Play all Recordings/Videos Now – Adds all of the recordings or imported videos in the folder and its subfolders to the Now Playing video playlist, begins playback of the playlist, and jumps to the appropriate playback screen. The Now Playing list will be cleared before adding the group. If any other media is currently playing, it will be stopped before playback of the group begins. When the dialog is open, the Play command is a shortcut for this action, as indicated by the Play icon on the button. Note: If all or none of the recordings/videos have been watched, they will all be automatically added to the playlist. If some recordings/videos have been watched, then a dialog will ask whether to play only the videos that have not yet been watched or all the videos.

 Play all Videos in this folder – Plays only the imported videos in the selected folder instead of all the videos in the folder and its subfolders.

 

 Add Favorite – If all the TV airings in the group have the same title (they might be different episodes of that title) and they do not belong to a Favorite, this option will be available. Select this option to add a Favorite for the title and jump to the Favorite Details menu. The Favorite command is a shortcut for this action when the option is available.

 Favorite Options – If all the TV airings in the group are from a single existing Favorite, this option will be available. Select this option then choose whether to Remove this Favorite or Adjust Favorite Options. The Favorite command is a shortcut for this action when the option is available.

 Delete all RecordingsUse with Caution! After using this command for a group of recordings, you will be given the option to:

o   Delete all the recordings in the group. o Delete only the Watched recordings in the group.

o   Delete only the group’s recordings that are marked Don’t Like.

o   Cancel - do not delete anything.

Because this deletion process will delete multiple recordings, you will be asked to confirm your choice. Once started, the process will pause slightly between each deletion, giving you the chance to cancel the action. Remember: any recordings deleted before you cancel the process will remain deleted! When the dialog is open, the Delete command is a shortcut for this action, as indicated by the red X icon on the button.

 Set/Clear all Watched – Sets or clears the Watched status for all airings in the group, after confirmation. When the dialog is open, the Watched command is a shortcut for this action, as indicated by the Watched icon on the button.

 Set/Clear all Don’t Like – Sets or clears the Don’t Like status for all airings in the group, after confirmation. When the dialog is open, the Don’t Like command is a shortcut for this action, as indicated by the Don’t Like icon on the button.

 

 Set/Clear all Archived – Sets or clears the archived status for all recordings in the group. Select this option to add or remove archived recording status for completed SageTV Recordings. The location for the recording file will not be changed on the computer’s disk drive, but the recording will now be archived or not. SageTV will never automatically delete any archived recordings. Additionally, when a recording is unarchived, it will be marked as a Manual Recording in order to prevent SageTV from deleting it in the near future. Not available for imported videos. Note: The SageTV Recordings menu can optionally list archived and/or non-archived recordings.

 Edit User Categories – Use this option to assign user defined categories to a group of recordings, Favorites, or Manual Recordings. The option will be available for existing recordings or for any not yet recorded airings that are Favorites or Manual Recordings. After selecting this option, you may be asked whether to edit the User Categories for the recordings, the Favorites that apply to the airings, or to the Manual Recordings, if more than one of those apply. After the User Category editing dialog opens, select one or more categories to be assigned. While the dialog is open, you can add new user defined categories or resort the category list to place the selected ones at the top. Toggle the Mode to set all items in the group to use the same set of selected categories, remove selected categories from all items in the group, or add the selected categories to the items without changing their existing category assignments. If the existing categories are mixed, you will be asked to confirm the change when assigning the same categories for an entire group. Choose Done once all assignments have been made or select Cancel to close the dialog without changing the category assignments. The Delete command can be used while a category is highlighted to remove it from the list of user defined categories. If the category is still in use in the SageTV database, it will remain in the list, however. Note: The SageTV Recordings menu can be filtered to optionally include or exclude recordings based on their categories and/or user categories.

 Edit Video Information – Use this option to assign MPAA ratings and Categories for a group of imported videos. Selecting this option opens a dialog displaying the current MPAA rating and category assignments, if any. Choose which information to edit, then choose or clear the MPAA rating, or set categories for the videos. If the MPAA ratings or category assignments are mixed, you will be asked to confirm making a change for the entire group. While setting the categories, you can also add a new category, choose whether to also list TV categories to choose from, or resort the category list to place the selected ones at the top. Toggle the Mode to set all items in the group to use the same set of selected categories, remove selected categories from all items in the group, or add the selected categories to the items without changing their existing category assignments. Choose Done once all assignments have been made or select Cancel to close the dialog without changing the category assignments. The Delete command can be used while a category is highlighted to remove it from the list of user added categories. If the category is still in use in the SageTV database, it will remain in the list, however.

 

 Select opens group options dialog, Info browses group – Selecting this option toggles whether the Select command or the Info command opens the dialog when a group is highlighted and the other is used to browse into a highlighted group. Note: This setting can also be configured via the For grouped items: Select opens options dialog, Info browses into group option in Detailed Setup: Customize Settings.

 Close – Closes the options dialog without performing any action.

Left Column Edit

The left column of options is available for a group of recordings or imported videos.

 List of Recent Video Playlists – If any videos have been recently added to a video playlist, the last few selected playlists will be displayed for faster repeated selection of those playlists.

 Add To Video Playlist... – Displays a list of video playlists that the current video may be added to. (Note: DVDs and BDs will not be added to playlists.)

 

 Play a Playlist... – Allows choosing which video playlist to play now, or you may choose to view all video playlists in the Video Browser.

 Convert all Recordings, or Videos – Choose this option to convert the entire group of recordings or imported videos to another video format. Note: Only completed recordings and videos capable of being converted will be converted as part of a group conversion.

Program Guide Edit

Parent Menu: Main Menu.

The Program Guide displays the TV programming schedule in a grid layout, covering a short time in the past and extending approximately two weeks into the future. Each page of the grid displays TV programming for the next 1 ½ hours. If channel logos are available, they will be displayed next to each channel’s number and name. See Appendix B: Adding Channel Logos.

The current time is depicted by a vertical yellow line on the time bar. Airings that are scheduled to be recorded will be marked with a red dot indicator.

Highlighting an airing will cause the airing’s description to be shown at the top of the screen, which may also contain additional markers. See SageTV Recording Types Indicators for a description of the show indicator markers. 

The upper right corner of the screen is used to display the video preview or a thumbnail for the highlighted airing.

The Left command can usually be used to return to the previous or parent menu, but on this menu, it is used to navigate the guide grid. To return to the previous menu, use the Back command. Or, use the Home command to jump to the Main Menu.

Note: If you have configured multiple sources using different Programming Guide Data providers in the Source Setup, you may see multiple entries with the same channel number, representing the fact that those multiple sources use the same channel number for different networks. Alternatively, if the same network is available on both sources, but on different channel numbers, that network may be listed only once using only one of those channel numbers. For example: CNN may be on both sources: as channel 6 on one and channel 25 on the other. In this case, CNN will be displayed as channel 6 or 25, but not both; however, CNN will actually still be available from both sources on the proper channels. SageTV will internally track which channel belongs to each source. If all sources use the same channel lineup, all channels are listed only once.

Navigation Commands Edit

Most standard SageTV commands are available while viewing the Program Guide. The commands listed below are those that are used to navigate the TV program guide.

Command               Keystroke       Function

Left Left arrow Highlights the show to the left of the current one, scrolling the grid if needed.

Right Right arrow Highlights the show to the right of the current one, scrolling the grid if needed.

Command

Keystroke

Function

Up

Up arrow

Highlights the show above the current one, scrolling the grid if needed.

Down

Down arrow

Highlights the show below the current one, scrolling the grid if needed.

Page Right

Skip Fwd

Smooth FF

Ctrl+F, F8

Scrolls the grid one page forward, to see the program listings for the next 1 ½ hour time period.

Page Left

Skip Bkwd

Smooth Rew

Ctrl+A, F7

Scrolls the grid one page backward, to see the program listings for the previous 1 ½ hour time period.

Page Up

Page Up, F5

Scrolls the grid one page up, to see the previous five channels.

Page Down

Page Down, F6

Scrolls the grid one page down, to see the next five channels.

Select

Enter

Displays the Airing and Video Options Dialog, where the list of possible actions that can be performed will be shown.

Play

Ctrl+D

If no media is currently playing, using the Play command on a show that is currently airing will cause SageTV to begin viewing the show.

Info

Ctrl+I

Displays the Program Information screen for the highlighted show.

Watched

Ctrl+W

Toggles the Watched status for the highlighted show.

Favorite

Ctrl+K

Adds the highlighted show as a Favorite if it is not one already. If it is already a Favorite, you will be asked whether to remove it from the Favorites list.

Don’t Like

Ctrl+J

Toggles the Don’t Like status for the highlighted show.

Record

Ctrl+Y

Displays the Record Command Options Dialog, where you can choose from the various recording options currently available.

Home

Home

Moves directly to the Main Menu.

Options

Escape, Ctrl-O

Toggles the display the pop-up options menu; see below for full details.

Num 0 – 9 + Select

0-9 + Enter

Enter one or more numbers followed by the Select command to jump to that channel number.

Skip Fwd #2

Ctrl+F8

Jump ahead 1 day in the guide.

Skip Bkwd #2

Ctrl+F7

Jump back 1 day in the guide.

Command

Keystroke

Function

Num 0 – 9

+ Page Right or

+ Skip Fwd or

+ Smooth FF or

+ Skip Fwd #2

0-9

+ Ctrl+F  or

+ Ctrl+F8

Enter one or more numbers followed by the Page Right, Skip Fwd, Smooth FF, or Skip Fwd #2 command to jump ahead that many days in the guide.

Num 0 – 9

+ Page Left or

+ Skip Bkwd or

+ Smooth Rew or

+ Skip Bkwd #2

0-9

+ Ctrl+A  or

+ Ctrl+F7

Enter one or more numbers followed by the Page Left, Skip Bkwd, Smooth Rew, or Skip Bkwd #2 command to jump back that many days in the guide.

Mouse Navigation Edit

Scrolling may be performed with the mouse by left-clicking on the arrow icons, , , , and , to scroll the list left, right, up, and down, by one complete page. The arrow buttons on either side of the day’s date may be used to scroll one day at a time. The larger direction icons, and , indicate that the show’s timeslot continues in that direction; they are not mouse action buttons.

Left-click on a show to display the Airing and Video Options Dialog, where the list of possible actions that can be performed will be shown.

A right-click will display this menu’s custom pop-up options menu. See below for details.

TIP: Updating the Guide Data Edit

SageTV will automatically update its programming data once every 24 hours; however, if you wish to force an update of the guide data, go to Channel Setup or the Channel Manager menu, then select any channel twice so that its enabled/disabled status is toggled back to its original setting, then exit the menu. This will not change which channels you can receive, but SageTV will then go online to refresh the programming data. The Channel Manager menu can be accessed via this menu’s options menu, below.

Program Guide Options Edit

Use the Options command to display the various options available on this menu. The options list can be exited by using the Options command again or via the Left arrow. The choices are:

Menu Options – Display the Program Guide Menu Options dialog, below.

Channel Manager – Jump to the Channel Manager menu, where channels can be enabled or disabled and the logical channel numbers (the numbers shown in the guide grid) can be remapped.

 Search – Jump to the consolidated Search menu, with the search style starting with the last used TV search style.

 SageTV Recordings – Jump to the SageTV Recordings menu, at the last-used view.

 Recording Schedule – Jump to the Recording Schedule, which displays a list of all TV shows that are scheduled to be recorded, at the last-used view.

Program Guide Menu Options Edit

The Program Guide Menu Options dialog is used to configure additional options for the menu. The options are:

 Number of Rows – Sets the number of channel rows displayed on the grid.

 Number of Columns – Sets the number of time columns displayed on the grid.

 Column duration – Sets the number of minutes each time column represents in the grid.

 Font Size – Sets the size of the font used to display the show listings in the grid. If you have increased the number of columns and/or rows, you may wish to decrease the font size.

 Channel Sorting – Select this option for a pop-up dialog where you can choose the Channel Sorting Options:

o   Channel Sorting Style – Select this option to toggle whether the channels are sorted by Number or Name.

o   List channels in reverse – Select this option to toggle the order, either ascending or descending, in which the channels are listed.

 Display channel logos if available? – Selecting this option toggles whether channel logos will be displayed, when they are available. See Appendix B: Adding Channel Logos.

 Display channel number and name on – Selecting this option toggles whether the channel number and name will be displayed on 1 or 2 lines. For single line display, the number and name are displayed side by side; for two line display, they are displayed with the number above the name.

 Use vertical wrap-around scrolling in the Program Guide grid – Choose whether the Program Guide grid should wrap vertically from the last channel to the first channel when scrolling up or down. This option is also available in Detailed Setup: Customize Settings.

Video Menu Options – Displays the Options menu found on most screens, where you can set when and how video playback is shown on menus. See its full explanation for details.

 Close – Exit the pop-up menu.


Program Information Edit

The Program Information screen displays the full information for airings in the Program Guide.

Full details for the airing are shown on the left side of the screen. The data may fill more than the space on a single screen. If so, you will be able to scroll down to see the rest of the information.

The right size of the screen is used to display a combination of the airing’s thumbnail, series image, or channel logo (if there is one); however, if video is displayed in a window on menus, the video may be shown instead of an image in the upper right corner.

Use the Select command (Enter key) to display the list of possible actions to perform for the airing; see the Airing and Video Options Dialog for details.

Use the Back command or the Left arrow to return to the previous menu.

Using the Options command will display the Video Menu Options dialog, which is the regular Options menu found on most screens. See its full explanation for details.


Series Information Edit

The Series Information screen displays the extended information for a series, when it is available. Not all series have information available.

The series information is shown on the left side of the screen. Some of the information that may be displayed includes a description of the series, its history, and list of cast members. The data may fill more than the space on a single screen. If so, you will be able to scroll down to see the rest of the information.

The lower right part of the screen is used to display the series image (if there is one).

The upper right corner is used to display the video preview, if video is displayed in a window on menus and a video is playing.

Use the Back command or the Left arrow to return to the previous menu.

Using the Options command will display the Video Menu Options dialog, which is the regular Options menu found on most screens. See its full explanation for details.


Additional Airings Edit

The Additional Airings screen lists all the future airings for a show.

Highlighting a show will cause some of its detailed information to be displayed on the right side of the screen. Use the Select command or left-click on an airing to see options for it; see the Airing and Video Options Dialog for details.

See SageTV Recording Types Indicators for a description of the show indicator markers.

The first two entries in the list allow accessing the Past Airings and the Current Recordings for the show, if any such airings or recordings were found. Select a group to display the Grouped Airings and Videos Options Dialog.

The layout and use of this menu is similar to the Search Results menu. See that menu’s details regarding its configuration options.


Airing History Edit

The Airing History screen lists all the past airings for a show that are still in the SageTV database. Not all data for previous airings will be saved. If SageTV has no reason to store the details of a show, such as the show was never watched, not marked as Don’t Like, is not a Favorite, etc., then its data will be removed from the database at some point after it is no longer listed in the current EPG listings.

Highlighting a show will cause some of its detailed information to be displayed on the right side of the screen. Use the Select command or left-click on an airing to see options for it; see the Airing and Video Options Dialog for details.

See SageTV Recording Types Indicators for a description of the show indicator markers.

The first two entries in the list allow accessing the Current Recordings and the Future Airings for the show, if any such recordings or airings were found. Select a group to display the Grouped Airings and Videos Options Dialog.

The layout and use of this menu is similar to the Search Results menu. See that menu’s details regarding its configuration options.


Recording Schedule Edit

Parent Menu: Main Menu.

The Recording Schedule displays a list of all the TV shows scheduled to be recorded. You may scroll through the list, using the directional arrows, along with the Page Up and Page Down commands.

SageTV will automatically determine the upcoming recording schedule for up to the next 14 days. Manual recordings can be scheduled as far into the future as there is guide data in the Program Guide, usually about 12-14 days. In addition, if the scheduler is set to cover fewer days than the EPG data covers, the automatic scheduler can schedule a show to be recorded beyond the initial number of days if it conflicts with other shows during that time period and if it will be aired again during the extended time that the guide covers. See Number of Days to Schedule Recordings in Detailed Setup: Customize Settings.

Highlighting an individual airing will cause some of its information to be displayed above the list. Select or left-click on an airing to view the list of possible actions to perform for that airing; see the Airing and Video Options Dialog for details. Use the Info or Right arrow commands to view the Program Information for a highlighted show.

The upper right corner of the screen is used to display video previews or thumbnails for the highlighted airing.

See SageTV Recording Types Indicators for a description of the show indicator markers.

Recording Schedule Views Edit

The Recording Schedule menu is configured with three views. Use the Options command to change the current view. See Recording Schedule Options. The three viewing styles are:

 Interleaved – Scheduled recordings are simply presented in a list, without any blank space for time periods where no recordings are scheduled.

 Group by Day – Airings are grouped by day, then a 2-column list of each day and the highlighted day’s scheduled recordings is shown.

 Parallel – A column for each installed capture device is used to display shows in the time slot where they will be recorded for each device.

Tip: Use the Smooth FF, Skip Fwd #2, Smooth Rew, or Skip Bkwd #2 commands to jump to the next or previous view.

Recording Schedule Options Edit

Use the Options command to display the various options available on this menu. The options list can be exited by using the Options command again or via the Left arrow. The choices are:

 Views – The available viewing styles are listed below the Views title. The current view is highlighted. Select any view to switch to that viewing style.

 Filters – Three quick access filters are shown for Manual Recordings , Favorites , and Other  recordings. Each time the filter is selected, it changes between ignoring the filter, filtering to include recordings of that type, or filtering to exclude recordings of that type. Notes: “Other” is anything that is not a Favorite or Manual Recording, including Intelligent Recordings or Live TV that is not a Manual Recording or Favorite.

 Recording Conflicts – Go to the Recording Conflicts menu. This option is displayed only when there are unresolved or resolved recording schedule conflicts. If there are no conflicts, this option will not be visible.

 Menu Options – Display the Recording Schedule Menu Options dialog, below.

 Search – Go to the consolidated Search menu, with the search style starting with the last used TV search style.

 SageTV Recordings – Go to the SageTV Recordings menu.

 Imported Videos – Go to the Video Browser.

Recording Schedule Menu Options Edit

The Recording Schedule Menu Options dialog is used to configure additional options for the menu. The options are:

 Max Number of Tuner Columns – This option is only available while using the Parallel viewing style; use it to set the maximum number of tuner columns shown on the screen at once.

 Number of Rows – Set the number of rows used for the list of scheduled recordings.

 Grid or Airing List Font Size – Set the font size used to display the list of scheduled recordings.

Video Menu Options – Displays the Options menu found on most screens, where you can set when and how video playback is shown on menus. See its full explanation for details.

 Close – Exit the pop-up menu.

Notes about Scheduled Recordings Edit

Recording a show only once

SageTV will use a show’s ShowID to determine whether that show was recorded or watched previously. If each episode of a series has a unique ShowID, then SageTV will be able to track the data for each individual show. However, some series only provide a single ShowID for every episode in the series, which means that SageTV will not be able to tell one show from another.

If SageTV is able to track each individual show, those shows will not be recorded again if they are already recorded or marked as Watched. The Watched status markers are remembered even after a recording is deleted, so as long as the show has a unique ShowID, SageTV will know not to record it again. Note: Using the Record command will override this and force SageTV to record a show again regardless of its current status.

ShowID Prefixes

There are at least four types of ShowIDs that are seen in SageTV:

 MV – Move ID. Each movie has its own ID. Note: Keep an eye on multi-part movies or miniseries. Sometimes, the EPG data provider does not assign unique IDs to each part of the overall movie; if this happens, SageTV may not know that Part 1 is not the same as Part 2 and may only record one of the parts.

 EP – Episode ID. Most series have a unique ID assigned to each episode of that series. When this is the case, SageTV will be able to know that an episode has already been recorded.

 SH – Series ID. A series will have its own base ID, usually with the last four digits set to 0000. Some series have no unique ID for each episode. When this is the case, every episode of the series will be assigned the same ID, forcing SageTV to record every airing due to its inability to tell them apart.

 SP – Sports ID. Each Sports show should have its own ID.

 

Scheduling up to 14 Days in Advance

As mentioned above, by default, SageTV will automatically schedule shows to be recorded for up to the next 14 days. If the scheduling lookahead time is less than the time covered by the EPG data and a conflict prevents a show from being recorded during that scheduling time period, the scheduler will look as far into the future as it has EPG data to try to find another airing of that same show. If another airing is found beyond the scheduling time, that airing may be added to the schedule to resolve a conflict. Note: The scheduler time limit applies only to the shows that SageTV automatically schedules to record, via Favorites or Intelligent Recordings. You may use the Record command to tell SageTV to record any show that is currently in the EPG data, which covers approximately the next two weeks. See Number of Days to Schedule Recordings in Detailed Setup: Customize Settings.

Why A Favorite May not be Scheduled to Record

Sometimes, an airing that you believe should be scheduled to record because it is one of your Favorites is not added to the recording schedule. There could be a variety of reasons why this is the case; among those reasons:

Is the airing title shown in Bold font? If not, then it doesn't fit any of your Favorites’ settings and will not be recorded as a Favorite.

If it is already recorded & sitting in the list of SageTV Recordings, it won't be recorded again.

If the episode is marked as 'Watched' or the airing is marked 'Don't Like', SageTV won't record it again. (Watched shows are displayed in italics.)

Is it a ReRun & your Favorite is set for First Runs only, or vice-versa?

Is the Favorite set for a specific channel, but the show is aired on a different channel?

Was a specific timeslot set for the Favorite, but the airing is outside that timeslot?

Is a value set for the Favorite's Keep At Most option and that limit has been reached? (New recordings will cease if this is the case and AutoDelete is set to No.) It may be scheduled to record during another airing. Check future airings.

There is a conflict and that favorite was deemed to be a lower priority than another favorite or manual recording, so it was skipped. (Check the Recording Conflicts menu for conflicts.)


Search Edit

The Search menu consolidates all types of media searches into a single menu. From this menu, you can search for TV airings, Videos (recordings or imported videos), Music, Photos, and Online Videos. 

Above the text entry field and the search results are two category bars: use the top bar to choose the media type to be searched, then use the lower bar to choose how to search that media type. Tip: Use the Smooth FF, Skip Fwd #2, Smooth Rew, or Skip Bkwd #2 commands to jump to the next or previous search style.

The lower left portion of the screen contains the characters you can Select to enter as search text. You can also simply type using the keyboard, then arrow over to the results list. Text may be entered from a remote’s number pad via Numeric Text Input. Use Back to return to the previous menu, Erase to clear the last character entered (or use Backspace on the keyboard, or the Stop command on a remote), and Clear to clear the entire entry field.

The list of search results on the right side of the screen is updated a short time after input stops. Select one of the results to see the Search Results for an airing, to open a pop-up options dialog for a media item, or to view a photo. At the top of most search results lists will be an item offering to view all items found.

The following search types are available:

TV – Search TV airings, including recordings and past or future airings. Search by:

o   title o people o description o all fields

Videos – Search videos, including recordings and imported videos. Search by:

o   title o people o description o all fields

Music – Search the music collection by:

o   song title o album title o artist

Photos – Search photos by:

o   title

Online Videos – Select this search type to search Google Video content.

Search Results Edit

The Search Results screen lists the results of a TV search from the Search menu. All future airings that match the search criteria will be displayed. Highlighting a show will cause some of its detailed information to be displayed on the right side of the screen. Use the Select command or left-click on an airing to see options for it; see the Airing and Video Options Dialog for details.

See SageTV Recording Types Indicators for a description of the show indicator markers.

The first two entries in the list allow accessing the Past Airings and the Current Recordings for the show, if any such airings or recordings were found. Select a group to display the Grouped Airings and Videos Options Dialog.

The upper right corner of the screen is used to display the video preview or a thumbnail for the highlighted airing.

Search Results Options Edit

Use the Options command to display the various options available on this menu. The options list can be exited by using the Options command again or via the Left arrow. The choices are:

 Clear All filters – Clear all filters so that all search result items are included.

 Filters – Two rows of filter icons are displayed:

o   The Watched , Don’t Like , First Run , HDTV      , and Archived

filters are initially turned off. Select an item once to filter so that only items matching that criteria are included. Select the item a second time to filter out any airings matching that status. Select it a third time to disable the filter.

o   Three filters are shown for Manual Recordings , Favorites           , and Other

recordings. Each time the filter is selected, it changes between ignoring the filter, filtering to include recordings of that type, or filtering to exclude recordings of that type. Notes: “Other” is anything that is not a Favorite or Manual Recording, including Intelligent Recordings or Live TV that is not a Manual Recording or Favorite.

 Menu Options – Display the Search Results Menu Options dialog, below.

 Search – Go to the consolidated Search menu, with the search style starting with the last used TV search style.

 Sorting – Open the Sorting Options dialog, below.

 SageTV Recordings – Jump to the SageTV Recordings menu, at the last-used view

 Imported Videos – Go to the Video Browser.

Search Results Menu Options Edit

The Search Results Menu Options dialog is used to configure additional options for the menu. The options are:

 Number of Rows – Set the number of rows used to display the list of airings. 

 Airing List Font Size – Set the font size used to display the list of airings. 

Video Menu Options – Displays the Options menu found on most screens, where you can set when and how video playback is shown on menus. See its full explanation for details.

 Close – Exit the pop-up menu.

Sorting Options Edit

The Sorting Options dialog contains a list of options for sorting the search results list. The Past Airings and Current Recordings groups are always shown as the first two items in the list. Choose from the sorting options listed below:

 Oldest/Newest First – Airings are simply sorted by their airing date.

 Title or Episode A-Z/Z-A – Sorting is performed on the shows’ titles or episode names. If all items in the search results have the same title, then they will be sorted by episode name.

 Title A-Z/Z-A + Oldest/Newest First – Airings are sorted by their titles, with items having the same title sorted by airing date.

 Category – The name of each show’s category is used for sorting. As usual, there is a choice for reversing this sort.

 Orig. Air Date – Each airing’s original airing date is used for sorting, either in oldest-tomost recent or most recent-to-oldest (reversed) order.

 Channel Name A-Z/Z-A – The name of the channel where each show airs is used for sorting.

 Intelligent – The list will be sorted by SageTV’s recording priority. Manual recordings are listed before Favorites, then Intelligent Recordings and live TV, followed by watched shows, with shows marked as Don’t Like listed last. Within each of those sections, the newer airings are listed first. The Reversed form of this style simply reverses the sort order.

 ShowID – The airing’s ShowID is used for sorting, in ascending or descending (reversed) order.

 Reverse Sort Order – When checked, the search result list will be sorted in reverse order.

 Close – Close the pop-up list without changing the current setting.


Browse By Category Edit

The Browse By Category screen lists all the future airings for shows, sorted by their categories. If shows belong to more than one category, they will be listed in multiple categories.

Note: If any of the channels in your EPG air HDTV content, there will be an HDTV category listed on this menu, which will contain all future HDTV airings. While this is not a true category, it has been added to enable browsing all HDTV airings.

The left-hand pane displays a scrollable list of all the categories for upcoming shows currently listed in the EPG. Highlight a category name to see a list of upcoming shows for that category. Select a category name to display the Grouped Airings and Videos Options Dialog for the group of airings in that category. Tip: While an item in the left column is highlighted, enter a letter or number to jump to the next category that starts with that letter. Numeric input will jump to the next letter based on the Numeric Text Input settings.

When a category name is highlighted, the upcoming airings for that category are listed in the right-hand pane, sorted by airing time. Highlighting an airing in the right side list will cause some of its detailed information to be shown at the top of the screen. Use the Select command or left-click on an airing to see options for it; see the Airing and Video Options Dialog for details.

The upper right corner of the screen is used to display the video preview or a thumbnail for the highlighted airing.

Favorites Manager Edit

The Favorites Manager lists all the current favorites and has options for adding new ones, sorting the list, and assigning User Categories to Favorites.

The right side of the screen contains the current list of favorites, sorted by the selected Sort option (see below). Select a favorite from the list to go to the Favorite Details menu for that favorite. Use the Right arrow or click on the  icon to enable changing the favorite’s priority. See Adjusting a Favorite’s Priority, below.

The left side contains some actions that can be performed:

 New by Title – Adds a new favorite by searching for and choosing the title of the show to be added. Simply type in part of the title you wish to add as a favorite, then select it from the list shown on the right side of the screen.

 New by Actor – Adds a new favorite by searching for and choosing the name of the actor to be added. Simply type in part of the name you wish to add as a favorite, then select it from the list shown on the right side of the screen.

 

 New by Category – Adds a new favorite by choosing a category to be added. Simply scroll through the list of categories presented and select the one you wish to add as a favorite

 

 New by Keyword – Adds a new favorite by entering a keyword phrase. After selecting the Add Favorite button when adding a new Keyword Favorite, a pop-up menu will ask what parts of a show’s description will be searched for the specified keyword. Select from:

o   All Fields – All the major show description fields are searched for the keyword: title, episode, description, year, people (actor, producer, etc.), category, subcategory, miscellaneous info (i.e. Stereo, Series Premiere, Season Premiere, etc.), expanded ratings (i.e., adult language, violence, etc.), language and channel name.

o Title Only – Only the title of a show will be searched for the keyword.

o   Cancel – Close the pop-up menu and return to editing the keyword. (The Options command will also close the menu without making a selection.)

When entering keywords, keep in mind that Keyword Favorites follow these rules:

o   The keyword is tested against the chosen fields for each show’s description. (See below for further details on types of keyword favorites.)

o   Keywords are not case sensitive: BOB is the same as bob.

o   If multiple keywords are entered, all words in the keyword phrase must be found in a show’s description for it to be included; however, order does not matter: star trek = trek star.

o   The quote character () can be used to delineate exact phrases to match: “star trek” will find all the various Star Trek series and movies, but “trek star” will not.

o   The asterisk (*) is used to match any extra characters in a word or none: Len* can also match Len.

o   The Question mark (?) is used to match any single character: Len? will match Leno, but not Len.

o   Keywords must match a whole word: Len will not find Leno, but Len? or Len* will.

 Sort by: Priority – Toggles whether the list of Favorites is sorted by Priority (default) or Title. Note: when sorted by title, the priority cannot be adjusted. See Adjusting a Favorite’s Priority, below.

 Assign User Categories – Use this option to assign the same User Categories to multiple Favorites at once. A dialog listing all Favorites will be shown. Select each Favorite to be assigned a specific set of User Categories, then select Edit User Categories. After the User Category editing dialog opens, select one or more categories to be assigned. While the dialog is open, you can add new user defined categories or resort the category list to place the selected ones at the top. Toggle the Mode to set all items in the group to use the same set of selected categories, remove selected categories from all items in the group, or add the selected categories to the items without changing their existing category assignments. If the existing categories are mixed, you will be asked to confirm the change when assigning the same categories for an entire group. Choose Done once all assignments have been made or select Cancel to close the dialog without changing the category assignments. The Delete command can be used while a category is highlighted to remove it from the list of user defined categories. If the category is still in use in the SageTV database, it will remain in the list, however. Note: The SageTV Recordings menu can be filtered to optionally include or exclude recordings based on their categories and/or user categories.

 Back – Return to the previous menu.

Adjusting a Favorite’s Priority Edit

In cases of scheduling conflicts, favorites are prioritized according to their position in the list of favorites: those with a lower number have priority over the higher numbered ones. Thus, favorite #1 has priority over favorite #2 if a scheduling conflict arises where not all Favorites can be recorded. While viewing the Favorites list sorted by Priority, you can enter a mode to change the priority of a favorite by using the Right arrow while it is highlighted, or by clicking on the icon with the mouse. The highlighted favorite will change its display to include additional icons. While in priority change mode, you may do the following:

Use the Left arrow, or click on the  icon, to exit priority change mode.

Use the Up arrow, or click on the  icon, to move the favorite up in the list, to a lower numbered position so that it has higher priority. This option will not be available if the favorite is in the #1 position.

Use the Down arrow, or click on the  icon, to move the favorite down in the list, to a higher numbered position so that it has lower priority. This option will not be available if the favorite is in the last position.

Notes:

 

To help determine why a Favorite airing may not be scheduled to record, see Notes about Scheduled Recordings.

When the Favorites list is sorted by Title, their relative priorities cannot be adjusted.


Favorite Details Edit

The Favorite Details menu lists all the current settings for the favorite listed near the top of the screen. Select any of the settings buttons to be presented with a pop-up dialog containing options for changing the setting. If you wish to cancel a pop-up without making any changes, use the Options command (keys: Escape or Ctrl+O; mouse: right-click) to dismiss the dialog. The selectable options on this menu are:

IMPORTANT: If a setting fails to ‘stick’ when selected, it could mean that another Favorite already exists using the same limitation criteria.

First/ReRuns – Every favorite can be set to record only the first runs of each airing, only the reruns, or both first runs and reruns. The button displays the current setting. Note: Setting the favorite to record reruns means that it will record unwatched older airings of a show that are aired again; it will not automatically record airings that are already marked as Watched. 

Channel – A favorite can be set to record on any channel or only on one or more selected channels.

When there is no channel limitation set, all channels that air the Favorite show will be displayed near the top of the list, along with information about whether the airings on that channel only occurred in the past or whether there are future airings listed in the current EPG data. Once a channel limit has been set, airings of the Favorite can only be checked for the channel(s) the Favorite is limited to, so in order to see whether other channels also air the Favorite, choose Any to clear the selection and update the list of channels. The Refresh Channel List option can be used to update the channel list by determining which channels have airings and moving all selected channels to the top of the list.

AutoDelete – The Automatic setting allows SageTV to automatically delete recordings of this favorite as needed. The Manual setting tells SageTV to never delete any recordings of this favorite, in which case you will have to delete the recordings with the Delete command when you no longer want to keep them.

Keep At Most – This option instructs SageTV to keep no more than the specified number of recordings for this favorite, if AutoDelete is set to Automatic. When AutoDelete is set to Manual, SageTV will stop recording new shows when the specified number of recordings is reached (up to 63); however, if another recording is already in progress, it will also be recorded. It is possible to have extra recordings created until the recording schedule is fully updated. Manually delete one of the recordings to allow SageTV to record another show. To keep all recordings of a favorite, set this value to 0.

Start Time and Stop Time – You may choose to add padding to the beginning or end of each recording of a favorite in order to make sure that the entire show is recorded. At times, a station’s clock differs from SageTV’s clock and a show may start slightly before a recording begins, or finish slightly after the recording ends. Adding padding time will enable the start and end of the show to be recorded.

Note: Adding extra time to the beginning or end of recordings may cause the recording to conflict with other shows which might need to record during the padded time period. Especially when using only single tuner, be careful that your padding time is not interfering with the scheduling of other recordings. Be sure to check the Recording Conflicts screen for conflict information. If a conflict occurs, you will be notified with the conflict icon  on the menu header. You can click on the icon to go directly to the Recording Conflicts screen.

When adjusting the start or stop padding time, pop-up dialogs are displayed. Use the Left

and Right arrow commands, or left-click on the and icons, to adjust the time by a single minute at a time. Use the Page Left (Ctrl+A) and Page Right (Ctrl+F) commands, or left-click on the and  icons, to adjust the time by 15 minutes at a time. When done, use the Select command (Enter), or left-click on the time, to accept the changes and close the dialog. To cancel the changes, use the Options command (Escape or Ctrl+O), or right click anywhere.

Recording Quality – Allows setting the recording quality to be used for every recording of the favorite. A pop-up menu of recording quality choices will be shown. Note: SageTV supports the use of multiple capture devices using multiple recording formats, such as MPEG2 and MPEG4/DivX. If the recording quality is set to one that is not available to all capture devices, a Favorite may be limited to recording only on those devices that can use the specified recording quality, depending on how the Enforce recording quality in schedule option is set in Detailed Setup: Customize Settings.

Automatic Conversion – Use this option to configure a favorite  to automatically convert new recordings when the recordings are completed. In the Automatic Conversions dialog, choose the Format, Quality, whether to delete the original recording when the conversion is done, and the folder where the converted recordings should be stored. After making your selections, choose Use Settings Below to configure the favorite’s automatic conversion settings. Choose Don’t Convert to stop automatically converting the recordings for the favorite. Or, choose Cancel Changes to close the dialog without making any changes to this setting.

Keyword – Select this option to edit the keyword for an existing Keyword Favorite or add a keyword to any other type of favorite. The keyword for non-Keyword Favorites can be removed by editing the keyword and clearing it. See the Favorites Manager for keyword details.

User-Defined Categories – Use this option to assign user defined categories to a Favorite. After the User Category editing dialog opens, select one or more categories to be assigned to the favorite. While the dialog is open, you can add new user defined categories or resort the category list to place the selected ones at the top. Choose Done once all assignments have been made or select Cancel to close the dialog without changing the category assignments. The Delete command can be used while a category is highlighted to remove it from the list of user defined categories. If the category is still in use in the SageTV database, it will remain in the list, however. Note: The SageTV Recordings menu can be filtered to optionally include or exclude recordings based on their categories and/or user categories.

Advanced Options – Select this button for a pop-up dialog of additional options:

 Limit to Parental Rating – If set, this forces the Favorite to only include airings that have the specified Parental Rating, such as TVY, TVG, TVPG, etc.

 Limit to shows Rated – If set, this forces the Favorite to only include airings that have the specified Rating, such as G, PG, R, etc.

 Limit to Day – If set, the Favorite will only be recorded when it airs on the specified day.

 Limit to Hour – If set, the Favorite will only be recorded when its airing falls within the specified hour. Note: The airing does not have to be completely contained with the specified hour; only some part of the airing must be within that hour.

 Clear or Set Watched Status – Choose this option to be able to Set or Clear the Watched status for all episodes of the Favorite. You will then be asked to confirm the action before SageTV will proceed. While all the episodes are being processed, a progress dialog will be shown and you will be able to stop the action. Notes: 1) This option is only available for Favorites that have a show Title; it will not be available for Actor, Category, or Keyword Favorites. 2) Only episodes that qualify under the current Favorite’s settings will be affected. So, if the Favorite is limited to a specific airing Day, then only shows that air on that day will have their Watched status set or cleared.

Additional Airings – Go to the Additional Airings menu, where upcoming airings for this favorite will be displayed. All future airings in the EPG that meet the criteria of the favorite’s settings will be listed, usually covering approximately the next two weeks. Note: If a favorite is limited to a specific channel, only those airings of the show on that channel will be displayed.

Remove Favorite – If you wish to remove a favorite, perhaps because the show no longer airs, select this option. A confirmation dialog will be shown, asking whether it really ought to be deleted.

Back – Issues the Back command to return to the screen where you previously were.

Create Timed Recording Edit

Timed recordings will record during the time period you specify, regardless of what the EPG says is airing at that time. You will need to specify a channel, start time, and stop time for the recording.

Channel Selection Edit

To select the channel for the recording, use the Up, Down, Page Up, and Page Down commands to scroll through the list. After highlighting the desired channel, use the Right arrow to select the channel and proceed to selecting the start time. Mouse: Click on the and icons to scroll with the mouse. Left-click on the desired channel.

Start and Stop Time Edit

After choosing the channel, choose the recording’s start and stop times. Use the Up and Down commands to adjust the date, hour, minute, and AM/PM settings. After setting each option, continue to the next field by using the Right arrow. After setting all fields, use the Right arrow to continue to the next screen, where you will select the Recurrence option. Mouse: Point to each field and adjusting the values by clicking on the and icons, which will appear. When done, click on the far right  icon to continue to the Recurrence menu:

Recurrence Edit

Choose how often this timed recording should be scheduled:

Once – The recording will be scheduled one time only.

Daily – The recording will be scheduled to occur at the same time every day.

Weekly (Specify Days) – A pop-up menu will appear, where you can choose which days of the week to schedule the timed recording. Select each day when the recording should occur, then select Done.

Weekly – The recording will be scheduled on the same day and at the same time every week.

Canceling a Timed Recording Edit

To cancel a timed recording, go to the Recording Schedule and select one of the entries for the timed recording (or the only one, if it doesn’t recur). On the Program Information screen, select Record Options. In the resultant pop-up, select Cancel Recording. Note: All occurrences of the selected timed recording will be deleted, not just the individual schedule entry that was chosen.

Recording Conflicts Edit

On the Recording Conflicts screen, the number of resolved and unresolved recording conflicts is shown, along with the list of recording conflicts. The recording conflict list displays airings that cannot be recorded due to conflicts with other airings. Select a conflict to view the Conflict Resolution Options screen for that conflict.

During the scheduling process, SageTV makes an attempt to record all the shows that it is asked to record, including deciding which of multiple airings of a show is the best one to record so that it causes the fewest conflicts with other shows that are to be recorded; however, there are times where no amount of shuffling of the recording schedule will allow every single requested recording to be included in the schedule. In these cases, SageTV creates a conflict notification, indicates the conflict on all the menu headers with the or icon, and adds the conflict information to the Recording Conflicts menu with the same icon next to the list item.

For a conflict that still exists, but for which you have chosen what action to take, the  icon will be shown next to its list entry. This could also apply for new automatically resolved conflicts, such as when a choice was previously made to always have a specific favorite override another specific favorite. If all conflicts have been handled, but conflicts still exist, the  icon will be shown on the menu header.

If there are no conflicts at all, then no conflict icon will be shown on the menu header.

Conflict Resolution Options Edit

Once a conflict is selected from the list of recording conflicts, a grid showing the other airings in conflict with the one selected is shown at the bottom of the screen, and various conflict resolution options are shown in the upper portion of the screen. The resolution options vary, depending on the circumstances that caused the conflict, but selecting any option will resolve the conflict: the conflict will still be listed, but it will not have the icon indicating that attention is needed.

While viewing the Conflict Resolution Options screen, you may select any airing shown in the grid to view the Airing and Video Options Dialog for that airing.

After you have chosen an option for dealing with the conflicts, the  notification icon will be visible.

Note: It is not necessary to select any option for a conflict. SageTV will continue to record the rest of the shows that are in the recording schedule, only skipping those shows that are listed as conflicts.

Music Browser Edit

The Music Browser is where all imported music is presented for browsing and playback. Its parent menu is the Main Menu.

To play music in SageTV, add the base directory where your music files are stored as one of the Media Center Import Directories, as defined in Detailed Setup: General Settings. SageTV will then search it and all of its subdirectories for music files and will add them to SageTV’s list of music. 

Note: SageTV can import and play several different music file formats and codec types. See Chapter 4’s list of Supported Media Types.

Music Browser Layout Edit

The Music Browser presents your music according to the View currently chosen. The current view is included in the menu title.

On the left side of the screen is a list of all the music choices, grouped according to the current view. Select a list entry for all available functions that can be performed on that group, or to browse that group. See the Music Browser Song Options dialog. the right side of the screen contains information about the currently highlighted music item.

At the bottom of the screen is an area where information on the currently playing media is displayed. While music is playing, you may use the standard transport control commands to play, pause, FF, REW, etc., or use the mouse to click on the transport icons. When no media is playing, the browser area expands to fill this space.

Music Browser Usage Edit

When using the music browser, it may help to think of it in the sense that you are always working with a set of songs. The initial browser screen contains the entire collection of songs in your music import directories. The collection of songs may be viewed as a simple list of song titles, or grouped by various criteria, such as by Album or by Artist. (See the Music Browser Options, below for a complete list of choices.) Simply Select an entry in a list to see a pop-up menu of options for that song or group of songs, including a choice to browse that group. Tips: 1) Use the Info command to quickly browse down into a highlighted group of songs. 2) To quickly jump to an item in a list, enter the letter or number that it starts with.

When you browse a group of songs, you are now working with only the sub-collection of songs in that group, and the Music Browser Options will then contain choices to view the songs by the currently available groupings. Example: if you browse a year, all the songs in the group will be from a single year, so when you browse that group, the ‘Years’ option will not be available.

As you browse deeper into your song collection, the status line above the list of music items will contain the history of how the song list has been narrowed down to its current collection.

To return to a previous collection of songs, use the Back command.

At any point, when you Select a song or group of songs, the pop-up options menu will contain various options to play the songs, add them to a playlist, and so on. See the Music Browser Song Options dialog.

In addition to browsing your music collection, the main music browser screen also contains Views that allow you to see all the music playlists or browse the music files by folder.

Music Browser Views Edit

The Music Browser menu is configured with seven views. Use the Options command to change the current view. See Music Browser Options, below. The viewing styles are:

 Songs – Lists all the individual song titles.

 Albums – Lists all the songs, grouped by the albums they belong to.

 Artists – Lists all the songs, grouped by their Artist(s). Tip: Use the Options command to select the Artists to list. You can choose Artist, Album Artist, and/or Composer. If nothing is selected, Artist will be used. See the Music Browser Menu Options.

 Genres – Lists all the songs, grouped by their genre.

 Years – Lists all the songs, grouped by the albums they belong to.

 Playlists – Lists and manages all the music playlists. (Only on the main music browser screen.)

 Folders – Browse your music files by the music import folders where the files can be found on your hard drive. (Only on the main music browser screen.)

Tip: Use the Smooth FF, Skip Fwd #2, Smooth Rew, or Skip Bkwd #2 commands to jump to the next or previous view.

Music Browser Options Edit

Use the Options command to display the various options available on this menu. The options list can be exited by using the Options command again or via the Left arrow. The choices are:

 Views – The available viewing styles are listed below the Views title. The current view is highlighted. Select any view to switch to that viewing style.

 Menu Options – Display the Music Browser Menu Options dialog.

 Search – Go to the consolidated Search menu, with the search style starting with the last used Music search style.

 Mode: <Playback Style> – Indicates the current playback mode style. Select to toggle between the four playback modes:

o   Normal Playback – Play all songs in order a single time. o Repeat – Play all songs in order; repeat when all songs have been played. o Repeat + Shuffle – Play all songs in random order; repeat when all songs have been played.

o   Shuffle – Play all songs in random order a single time.

 Imported Videos – Go to the Video Browser.

 Imported Photos – Go to the Photo Browser.

 Previous Song – Jump to the previous song in the playlist. Note: Only available when music is playing.

 Next Song – Jump to the next song in the playlist. Note: Only available when music is playing.

 Visualizations – Go to the music visualization on the Music Playback screen. Note: Only available when music is playing.

Music Browser Menu Options Edit

The Music Browser Menu Options dialog is used to configure additional options for the menu. The options are:

Customize the music browser by adjusting the number of rows and columns displayed, the size of the font used, or the number of albums thumbnails shown on each row when the display uses only a single column. Note: Note all views can display multiple columns.

In the Artists view, you can configure which people to list as artists: the people credited in the music files as Artist, Album Artist, and/or Composer.

For the Folder view, choose whether to list each music import folder separately, or combine all music import folders into a single folder tree.

Enable or disable Shuffle Playback.

Enable or disable Repeat Playback.

Open the Advanced Options dialog, which has options for:

o   Configure Media Center Import Directories – Jumps to the Configuration Wizard step for editing the Media Center Import Directories.

o   Refresh Imported Media – Causes SageTV to check all import directories to refresh its list of imported media files.

Set the Video Menu Options.

 Close the dialog.

Note about the “Now Playing” Playlist for Music Edit

Special Note: All music, except for other playlists and the Play All Songs playlist option, is played using the temporary Now Playing playlist. While the content of most playlists is shared with all SageTV clients that connect to your SageTV server, the content of this special playlist is limited to each individual client and will be reset as needed or when SageTV restarts. Any time a song or group of songs is played, it will be playing from this playlist, rather than as an individual song. At any time, you may add additional songs to the list, or play some other music ‘now’ instead of adding it to this list.

Other playlists may be played individually or as part of the Now Playing playlist, but the Now Playing playlist may not be added to other playlists.

Music Browser Song Options Edit

When the the Select command is used on a song or group of songs, a pop-up dialog containing all of the available actions that may be performed will appear. Note: If a group contains a very large number of songs, it may automatically browse into that group rather than show the options dialog.

The actions in this dialog are dynamically added or removed, depending on what may be done at that moment. The possible actions are listed below.

 Browse <song grouping> – Browse into a group of songs, viewing only the songs which belong to that group.

 View Song Detail – View the Song Detail screen for a single song.

 Add to Now Playing Queue – Add the song group to the Now Playing playlist. This option is available when that playlist is currently playing.

 Add to Current Playlist – Add the song group to the currently playing playlist. This option is available when a playlist other than the Now Playing playlist is currently playing.

 Play Now – Play the song group now. If the Now Playing playlist is already in use, it will be cleared before playback of these songs is started.

 View Visualizations – Go to the music visualization on the Music Playback screen. Note: Only available when music is playing.

 

 List of Recent Music Playlists – If any music has been recently added to a music playlist, the last few selected playlists may be displayed for faster repeated selection of those playlists.

 

 Add To Playlist... – Displays a list of music playlists that the songs may be added to.

 Select opens group options dialog, Info browses group – Selecting this option for a group of songs toggles whether the Select command or the Info command opens the dialog when a group is highlighted and the other is used to browse into a highlighted group. Note: This setting can also be configured via the For grouped items: Select opens options dialog, Info browses into group option in Detailed Setup: Customize Settings.

 Close – Closes the options dialog without performing any action.

Music Playlist Options Edit

The first playlist list entry is Add New Playlist. Select this item to jump to the Create Playlist screen.

The second playlist list entry is Play All Songs. Select this item to play all the songs in the entire music collection. A dialog will open with options for how to play the entire collection. The default option depends on the current shuffle and repeat playback settings. Use the Play command as a shortcut to play all songs with the current default option:

 Randomly play all songs – Plays all songs in random order. This is the default option when shuffled playback is enabled. 

 Play in order: start from the first song – Plays all songs starting with the first song in the collection and continuing in order. This is the default option when shuffle playback is disabled and repeat playback is disabled.

 Play in order: start from a random album – Plays all songs starting with a random album in the collection and continuing in order. This is the default option when shuffle playback is disabled and repeat playback is enabled.

When the Select command is used on any other playlist entry, a pop-up dialog containing all of the available actions that may be performed will appear. As with other such dialogs, the actions in this dialog are dynamically added or removed, depending on what may be done at that moment.

The possible actions for each music playlist are listed below.

 Add to Now Playing Queue – Add the playlist to the Now Playing playlist, when it is currently playing. Note: Not available for the Now Playing playlist.

 Play Now – Play the playlist without adding it to the Now Playing playlist.

 Rename this Playlist – Rename the current playlist, using the Create Playlist screen. The Now Playing playlist will have an option to Copy to a New Playlist instead, since it cannot be renamed.

 Clear this Playlist – Allows for the deletion of the playlist, or for removing all of its segments. Notes: The Now Playing playlist may not be deleted, nor may a playlist be deleted or cleared while it is playing.

 View Visualizations – Go to the music visualization on the Music Playback screen. Note: Only available when music is playing.

 List of Recent Music Playlists – If any music has been recently added to a music playlist, the last few selected playlists may be displayed for faster repeated selection of those playlists. Not available for the Now Playing playlist.

 

 Add To Playlist... – Displays a list of music playlists that the playlist may be added to. Not available for the Now Playing playlist.

 Close – Closes the options dialog without performing any action.

Music Playlist Segment Options Edit

When highlighting a playlist, the playlist’s segments will be displayed on the right side of the screen. While highlighting a segment, you may use the Right arrow to change the order of the segments in the playlist, or use the Select command to see a list of actions that may be performed.

Change the segment order

While a segment is highlighted, use the Right arrow, or click on the  icon, to change the segment’s position in the playlist. When the segment reorder mode is entered, the highlighted segment will change its display to include additional icons. While in reorder mode, you may do the following:

Use the Left arrow, or click on the  icon, to exit reorder mode.

Use the Up arrow, or click on the  icon, to move the segment up in the list, to a lower numbered position. This option may not be available if the segment is in the #1 position, or if the segment before it is currently playing.

Use the Down arrow, or click on the  icon, to move the segment down in the list, to a higher numbered position. This option may not be available if the segment is in the last position.

Note: Re-order mode may not be available for the currently playing segment or those before it in the list.

Segment Options

When the Select command is used on a playlist segment, a pop-up dialog containing all of the available actions that may be performed will appear:

 Convert Segment – Allows converting a multi-song segment into its individual components. Example: An album segment could be converted so that all of its individual songs are playlists segments instead of the whole album being one segment.

 View Segment Detail – Allows viewing or browsing the detailed information for the current segment.

 Delete this segment – Removes the current segment from the playlist.

 Play this Segment Now – If the playlist is already playing, this choice allows jumping playback to the current segment. 

 Play this playlist here – If the playlist is not currently playing, starts playback of the playlist at the current segment.  

 Cancel – Closes the options dialog without performing any action.

Album Thumbnails Edit

SageTV can load thumbnail images to represent albums. For each album, SageTV will look for its accompanying thumbnail image by checking for album art associated with the songs on the album. The thumbnails are considered to be album art, not song art, so the first song on the album that is found to have art will have its art used for every song on the album. The images may be associated with the album in one of three ways; they may be: 1) embedded in the MP3 files; 2) stored as a separate file with the same song file name, but with an extension of .gif, .png, .jpg, .jpeg, or .jpe.; or 3) stored as a separate file in the same location as the music file, named folder.jpg (or .gif, .png, .jpeg, or .jpe).

Remember that thumbnail image files are also imported into the Photo Browser, if a parent directory of the file’s location is also configured to import pictures. To prevent this, you could set the Import Library Directory to only import Music files (see Media Center Import Directories, in Detailed Setup: General Settings), or you could set each image file’s “Hidden” attribute. (Right click on the image file in Windows Explorer, select Properties, then check the box next to Hidden.)


Song Detail Edit

The Song Detail screen displays the full information for an imported music file. 

Details for the imported song are shown on the left side of the screen. The data may fill more than the space on a single screen. If so, you will be able to scroll down to see the rest of the information.

A thumbnail may be displayed in the lower right corner, if there is one. If video is displayed in a window on menus, the video may be shown in the upper right corner.

Use the Select command (Enter key) to display the list of possible actions to perform for the song; see the Music Browser Song Options dialog for details.

Use the Back command or the Left arrow to return to the previous menu.

Using the Options command will display the Video Menu Options dialog, which is the regular Options menu found on most screens. See its full explanation for details.


Create Playlist Edit

On the Create Playlist menu, enter the name of a new playlist, then Select Done to when you are finished. 

Use the characters or number in the middle of the screen to enter text. You can also simply type using the keyboard, or text may be entered from a remote’s number pad via Numeric Text Input. Use Back to return to the previous menu, Erase to clear the last character entered (or use Backspace on the keyboard, or the Stop command on a remote), and Clear to clear the entire entry field.


Photo Browser Edit

The Photo Browser lists all imported pictures that SageTV finds in the Media Center Import Directories, as defined in Detailed Setup: General Settings. Pictures found in subdirectories under the import directories are listed in subfolders in the Photo Browser. Its parent menu is the Main Menu.

Note: SageTV can import and display JPEG, GIF, PNG, and TIFF files.

Photo Browser Layout Edit

The layout of the Photo Browser is very similar to the Music Browser, except that photos are browsed using only the Folder View. Across the top of the screen, the current folder is displayed. 

Photo Browser Usage Edit

When first entering the browser, the root picture import folders are displayed. From there, you may use Select, Info, or Right to browse into a folder. Once in a subfolder, use Left or Back to return to the subfolder’s parent folder. If you leave the Photo Browser, it will remember the last folder viewed when you return.

While a picture is highlighted:

Use Select, Right, or Play to view the individual picture on the Picture Viewing screen. Tip: While viewing a single image, if there are other images in the same folder, you may scroll through them without having to return to the browser in between, or use Play while viewing the image to start slideshow viewing mode.

Use Info to view some detailed information about the picture.

Tip: To quickly jump to an item in a list, enter the letter or number that it starts with.

Photo Browser Options Edit

Use the Options command to display the various options available on this menu. The options list can be exited by using the Options command again or via the Left arrow. The choices are:

 Slideshow – View a slideshow of all the imported photos, just the photos in the current folder, or all photos in the current folder and its subfolders. The option to play the slideshow in random order may be changed before starting the slideshow. The images will be shown on the Picture Viewing screen.

 Slideshow Options – Display the pop-up Photo Browser Slideshow Options dialog, where the various options for slideshows can be set.

 Menu Options – Display the pop-up Photo Browser Menu Options dialog.

 Sort: <Sort Style>) – Indicates the current sort mode style. Select to switch to the next sorting style.

o   Up/Down by Filename – Sort the photos by their filenames, in either ascending or descending order. 

o   Up/Down by Date – Sort the photos by their file dates, in either ascending or descending order.

 Search – Go to the consolidated Search menu, with the search style starting with the photo search style.

 SageTV Recordings – Jump to the SageTV Recordings menu, at the last-used view.

 Imported Videos – Go to the Video Browser.

 Imported Music – Go to the Music Browser.

Photo Browser Menu Options Edit

The Photo Browser Menu Options dialog is used to configure additional options for the menu. The options are:

Customize the photo browser by adjusting the number of rows and columns displayed, the size of the font used, or the number of picture thumbnails shown on each row when the display uses only a single column.

Choose whether to list each photo import folder separately, or combine all photo import folders into a single folder tree.

Choose whether to autorotate JPEG images when they are displayed.

 Generate Photo Thumbnails – Forces SageTV to create thumbnails for all imported images. SageTV will automatically create the thumbnails as they are needed; however, by using this option to tell SageTV to create all the thumbnails, they won’t need to be created as you browse through your images. Creating the thumbnails now will take some time, but the benefit will be fewer delays as you browse your pictures later.


Open the Advanced Options dialog, which has options for:

o   Configure Media Center Import Directories – Jumps to the Configuration Wizard step for editing the Media Center Import Directories.

o   Refresh Imported Media – Causes SageTV to check all import directories to refresh its list of imported media files.

Set the Video Menu Options.  Close the dialog.

Photo Browser Slideshow Options Edit

Selecting the Slideshow Options item from Photo Browser Options displays a pop-up menu of all the configurable slideshow options:

 Enlarge Pictures to Fill the Screen – Choose whether SageTV should enlarge pictures that are smaller than the display area so that they fill the screen. Enlarged pictures will still retain their original shape, so they will not look stretched more in one direction than another.

 Automatically Advance Slideshow – This is a toggle option between Yes and No, determining whether the slideshow will advance to the next image on its own or if input is needed. See Picture Viewing for commands to manually advance the slideshow. Note: When the slideshow is active as the screen saver, the slideshow will automatically advance regardless of this setting.

 Slide Duration – The number of seconds SageTV will pause before automatically continuing to the next image, if the above option is set to Yes. Enter a time value and press Enter. Use the Options command (Ctrl+O, Escape, right-click) to cancel this dialog without changing the current time setting.

 When Slideshow is Finshed – Tells SageTV what to do when the slideshow is done.

Another pop-up menu will appear with the possible choises: Go to Picture Library, or Restart Slideshow. Choose Do Nothing or use the Options command to keep your current setting. Note: When the slideshow is active as the screen saver, the slideshow will restart after displaying the last image.

 Slideshow Transitions – Toggles between None, Fade, and Pan/Zoom/Fade.

 Slideshow Transition Duration – Sets the transition duration time. Enter the number of seconds to use for the duration.

Done – Close the slideshow options dialog.

Video Browser Edit

The Video Browser lists all imported videos that SageTV finds in the Media Center Import Directories, as defined in Detailed Setup: General Settings. Its parent menu is the Main Menu.

Note: SageTV can import and play several different video file formats and codec types. See Chapter 4’s list of Supported Media Types.

Video Browser Layout and Usage Edit

The layout of the Video Browser is very similar to the Music Browser, presenting your imported videos according to the View currently chosen.

On the left side of the screen is a list of all the video choices. Use the arrow keys to highlight an item in a list, then Select a list entry for all available functions that can be performed on that video or group of videos. See the Airing and Video Options Dialog and Grouped Airings and Videos Options Dialog for details. See Video Playlist Options for options available in the Playlist view.

Tips: 1) Use the Info command to view Video Detail for a video or to browse a group of videos. 2) To quickly jump to an item in a list, enter the letter or number that it starts with.

When an item on the left is highlighted, information about that video or the group of videos will be displayed on the right.

In addition to browsing your imported videos, the video browser screen also contains Views that allow you to see all the video playlists and browse the video files by folder or by category 

Video Browser Views Edit

The Video Browser menu is configured with five views. Use the Options command to change the current view. See Video Browser Options, below. The viewing styles are:

 Titles – Lists all the imported videos that are not DVD or BD, sorted by title.

 DVDs/BDs – Lists all the imported DVDs and BDs, sorted by title. For information regarding importing DVDs and BDs stored on your hard drive, see Appendix I: Playing DVDs and BDs from the Hard Drive.

 Categories – Lists all the imported videos, grouped by category. A video will be listed in each of its assigned categories, so if it has more than one category assigned to it, it will be listed in multiple categories.

 Playlists – Lists and manages all the video playlists.

 Folders – Browse your video files by the video import folders where the files can be found on your hard drive.

Tip: Use the Smooth FF, Skip Fwd #2, Smooth Rew, or Skip Bkwd #2 commands to jump to the next or previous view.

Video Browser Options Edit

Use the Options command to display the various options available on this menu. The options list can be exited by using the Options command again or via the Left arrow. The choices are:

 Views – The available viewing styles are listed below the Views title. The current view is highlighted. Select any view to switch to that viewing style.

 Menu Options – Display the Video Browser Menu Options dialog.

 Mode: <Playback Style> – Indicates the current playback mode style for a video playlist. Select to toggle between the four playback modes for video playlists:

o   Normal Playback – Play all videos in order a single time. o Repeat – Play all videos in order; repeat when all videos have been played.

o   Repeat + Shuffle – Play all videos in random order; repeat when all videos have been played.

o   Shuffle – Play all videos in random order a single time.

 Search – Go to the consolidated Search menu, with the search style starting with the last used video search style.

 SageTV Recordings – Go to the SageTV Recordings menu.

 Imported Music – Go to the Music Browser.

 Imported Photos – Go to the Photo Browser.

Video Browser Menu Options Edit

The Video Browser Menu Options dialog is used to configure additional options for the menu. The options are:

Customize the video browser by adjusting the number of rows and columns displayed, the size of the font used, or the number of video thumbnails shown on each row when the display uses only a single column. Note: Not all views can display multiple columns.

For the Folder view, choose whether to list each video import folder separately, or combine all video import folders into a single folder tree.

Enable or disable Shuffle Playback for video playlist playback.

Enable or disable Repeat Playback for video playlist playback.

Open the Advanced Options dialog, which has options for:

o   Configure Media Center Import Directories – Jumps to the Configuration Wizard step for editing the Media Center Import Directories.

o   Refresh Imported Media – Causes SageTV to check all import directories to refresh its list of imported media files.

o   Choose whether recorded files found by SageTV in video import directories should be considered to be recordings or imported videos. Imported video will be displayed on this menu, while recordings will be listed on the SageTV Recordings menu. o Choose whether to Allow Video Deletion while using the video browser. You may want to disable the file deletion option in order to prevent accidentally deleting imported videos.

Set the Video Menu Options.

 Close the dialog.

Note about the “Now Playing” Playlist for Videos Edit

Special Note: Videos may optionally be played using the temporary Now Playing playlist. While the content of most playlists is shared with all SageTV clients that connect to your SageTV server, the content of this special playlist is limited to each individual client and will be reset as needed or when SageTV restarts.

Other playlists may be played individually or as part of the Now Playing playlist, but the Now Playing playlist may not be added to other playlists.

Video Browser Video Options Edit

When the the Select command is used on an imported video, a pop-up dialog containing all of the available actions that may be performed will appear. See the Airing and Video Options Dialog for details.

Video Browser Folder Options Edit

While using the Folder view and the Select command is used on a subfolder that contains videos, not just more subfolders, a pop-up dialog containing all of the available actions that may be performed will appear if the options dialog for a single video is set to Advanced mode. See the Grouped Airings and Videos Options Dialog for details.

If the folder contains no videos or 1 video, the Select command will automatically browse into that folder. To return to the subfolder’s parent, use the Back command, or Left arrow.

You may organize your imported videos into any folder layout you wish, but if you wish to more effectively browse by folder, a useful style might be something like this:

<SageTV Media Center Import Directory root>

Z[[\<Genre 1>\

]                 Z[[\<Movie Title 1>\

]               ]               Z[[\<Movie Filename>

]               ]                ^[[\<thumbnail image> -- “folder.jpg” or “Movie Filename.jpg”

]               ]

]                 ^[[\<Movie Title 2>\

]                                Z[[\<Movie Filename>

]                                ^[[\<thumbnail image>

^[[\<Genre 2>\

^[[\<Movie Title>\       Z[[\<Movie Filename>

^[[\<thumbnail image>

Video Playlist Options Edit

The first playlist list entry is Add New Playlist. Select this item to jump to the Create Playlist screen.

When the Select command is used on any other playlist entry, a pop-up dialog containing all of the available actions that may be performed will appear. As with other such dialogs, the actions in this dialog are dynamically added or removed, depending on what may be done at that moment.

The possible actions for each video playlist are listed below.

 Play Now – Play the playlist and proceed to the Video Playback or DVD Playback display, depending on the type of video.

Rename this Playlist – Rename the current playlist, using the Create Playlist screen. The Now Playing playlist will have an option to Copy to a New Playlist instead, since it cannot be renamed.

 Clear this Playlist – Allows for the deletion of the playlist, or for removing all of its segments. Notes: The Now Playing playlist may not be deleted, nor may a playlist be deleted or cleared while it is playing.

 List of Recent Video Playlists – If any video has been recently added to a video playlist, the last few selected playlists may be displayed for faster repeated selection of those playlists. Not available for the Now Playing playlist.

 

 Add To Playlist... – Displays a list of video playlists that the playlist may be added to. Not available for the Now Playing playlist.

 Close – Closes the options dialog without performing any action.

Video Playlist Segment Options Edit

When highlighting a playlist, the playlist’s segments will be displayed on the right side of the screen. While highlighting a segment, you may use the Right arrow to change the order of the segments in the playlist, or use the Select command to see a list of actions that may be performed.

Change the segment order

While a segment is highlighted, use the Right arrow, or click on the  icon, to change the segment’s position in the playlist. When the segment reorder mode is entered, the highlighted segment will change its display to include additional icons. While in reorder mode, you may do the following:

Use the Left arrow, or click on the  icon, to exit reorder mode.

Use the Up arrow, or click on the  icon, to move the segment up in the list, to a lower numbered position. This option may not be available if the segment is in the #1 position, or if the segment before it is currently playing.

Use the Down arrow, or click on the  icon, to move the segment down in the list, to a higher numbered position. This option may not be available if the segment is in the last position.

Note: Re-order mode may not be available for the currently playing segment or those before it in the list.

Segment Options

When the Select command is used on a playlist segment, a pop-up dialog containing all of the available actions that may be performed will appear:


 Convert Segment – Allows converting a multi-video segment into its individual components. Example: A video playlist segment could be converted so that all of its individual videos are playlists segments instead of the whole playlist being one segment.

 View Segment Detail – Allows viewing or browsing the detailed information for the current segment.

 Delete this segment – Removes the current segment from the playlist.

 Play this Segment Now – If the playlist is already playing, this choice allows jumping playback to the current segment. 

 Play this playlist here – If the playlist is not currently playing, starts playback of the playlist at the current segment.  

 Cancel – Closes the options dialog without performing any action.

Video Thumbnails Edit

SageTV can load a thumbnail image to represent each imported video. For each imported video, SageTV will look for its accompanying thumbnail image by checking for a file with the same name, but with an extension of .gif, .png, .jpg, .jpeg, or .jpe. If there is no such matching image file, SageTV will check the video file’s location for an image file named folder.jpg (or .gif, .png, .jpeg, or .jpe) to use as its thumbnail. A few things to keep in mind:

If multiple videos in the same directory have no matching thumbnail file (same filename with different extension), the folder.jpg thumbnail (if one is found) will be used for each video.

Only videos use thumbnails. In the above folder layout, “Genre 1” will be displayed in the Video Library as a folder icon containing “2 items”. (This is also visible in the screen captures previously shown.) Thus, thumbnails found in a directory containing no videos are not used in the Video Library.

Thumbnails for DVDs stored on the hard drive can be placed in same location as the VIDEO_TS directory, inside the VIDEO_TS directory, or named the same as the DVD title + picture extension in the same location as the DVD’s title-named directory. (see: Appendix I: Playing DVDs and BDs from the Hard Drive)

Thumbnails for BDs stored on the hard drive can be placed in the same location as the BDMV directory, inside the BDMV directory, named the same as the BD title + picture extension in the same location as the BD’s title-named directory, or may be automatically determined from the BD’s metadata if its optional BDMV\META directory contains a thumbnail as part of its metadata. (see: Appendix I: Playing DVDs and BDs from the Hard Drive)

Thumbnail images are also imported into the Photo Browser, if a parent directory of the file’s location is also configured to import pictures. To prevent this, you could set the Import Library Directory to only import Video files (see Media Center Import Directories, in Detailed Setup: General Settings), or you could set each image file’s “Hidden” attribute. (Right click on the image file in Windows Explorer, select Properties, then check the box next to Hidden.)

If no thumbnail file is found for an imported video, SageTV will attempt to create a thumbnail from the video’s content, if possible.


Video Detail Edit

The Video Detail screen displays the full information for an imported video. 

Details for the imported video are shown on the left side of the screen. The data may fill more than the space on a single screen. If so, you will be able to scroll down to see the rest of the information.

A thumbnail may be displayed in the lower right corner, if there is one. If video is displayed in a window on menus, the video may be shown in the upper right corner.

Use the Select command (Enter key) to display the list of possible actions to perform for the song; see the Airing and Video Options Dialog for details.

Use the Back command or the Left arrow to return to the previous menu.

Using the Options command will display the Video Menu Options dialog, which is the regular Options menu found on most screens. See its full explanation for details.


File Browser Edit

The File Browser lists all browsable file systems and media paths that SageTV has access to. Its parent menu is the Main Menu.

File Browser Layout and Usage Edit

The layout of the File Browser presents the browsable file system choices or currently-browsed file system. At the bottom of the screen is text showing brief help for the currently highlighted item on the screen.

Also at the bottom of the screen is an area where information on the currently playing media is displayed. While music is playing, you may use the standard transport control commands to play, pause, FF, REW, etc., or use the mouse to click on the transport icons. When no media is playing, the browser area expands to fill this space.

When first entering the File Browser, a list of browsable file systems or media paths is displayed. Select the files to browse by using the Right arrow or Select command. The display will then change to show the files and folders for the selected file system type. Continue using Right or Select to browse further into folders or to select files for available options to perform on those files. See File Browser File Options.

Some folders also have actions that can be performed on them – use the Info command to open the options dialog for folders. See File Browser Folder Options.

To browse up the folder level, use the Left arrow or the Back command.

Tip: Use the Skip Fwd #2 and Smooth FF, or the Skip Bkwd #2 and Smooth Rew commands, to switch to the next/prev file system type without returning to the list of available file systems.

File Browser Options Edit

Use the Options command to display the various options available on this menu. The options list can be exited by using the Options command again or via the Left arrow. The choices are:

 Menu Options – Display the pop-up File Browser Menu Options dialog.

 Choose File System – Return to the list of available file systems to browse. This  option is available only when browsing a file system.

 Refresh Folders – Refresh the currently displayed file system or folder information.

 Sort by: <Sort Style> – Rotate through the available file sorting styles of by file name, size, date, or type. This  option is available only when browsing a file system.

 Sort Direction – Toggle between sorting in ascending or descending order. This  option is available only when browsing a file system.

 Hidden Files: <Setting> – Toggles whether hidden files are shown. Files marked as hidden by an operating system are normally not visible in a file browser. This  option is available only when browsing a file system.

 Enter Network Path – Allows entering a specific path to browse. This  option is available only when browsing a network file system.

 SageTV Recordings – Go to the SageTV Recordings menu.

 Imported Videos – Go to the Video Browser.

 Imported Music – Go to the Music Browser.

 Imported Photos – Go to the Photo Browser.

 Search – Go to the consolidated Search menu, with the search style starting with the last used search style.

File Browser Menu Options Edit

The File Menu Options dialog is used to configure additional options for the menu. The options are:

 Number of Rows – Configure the number of rows of files and folders that are displayed.

 Font Size – Configure the maximum font size used for the file and folder display.

 Clients Can Browse All File Types – (SageTV server only) Configures whether clients will be allowed to browse all file types or only media files.

 File Types Shown in Browser – Toggles between displaying all file types or only media files, if the client is allowed to choose.

 Allow File Deletion – Toggles whether files can be deleted while using the file browser.  

 Video Menu Options – Accesses the standard Video Menu Options dialog.

 Close – Close the options dialog. 

File Browser File Options Edit

When the the Select command is used on a file, a pop-up dialog containing all of the available actions that may be performed will appear.

The actions in this dialog are dynamically added or removed, depending on what may be done at that moment. The possible actions are listed below. Note: If the only available option for a file is playing it, selecting the file will cause SageTV to try to play it.

 Copy this file – Allows copying the file to various destinations.

 Play this file – Play the file, if possible. Use the Play command as a shortcut for this option.

 View more options – For imported media files or recorded TV shows, this option allows access to the full pop-up dialog with additional actions to perform on the media file. Use the Info command as a shortcut for this option.

 Delete this file – Delete the file, if possible. Use the Delete command as a shortcut for this option. Note: File deletion may be turned off in the File Browser Menu Options dialog.

 Close – Close the options dialog. 

File Browser Folder Options Edit

When the the Info command is used on a folder, a pop-up dialog containing the following options will be shown, when any of the options are available for the highlighted folder:

 Copy this folder – Allows copying all the files in the folder to various destinations.

 Modify/Remove this Import Directory – If the highlighted directory is a root import path, the types of files imported from that path can be modified or the import path can be removed. These options are only available for root import paths, not folders that happen to be subfolders of an import path.

 Add as a new Import Directory – If the folder is not already an import path, but it could be, this option to add it as an import directory will be available.

 Modify/Remove this Recording Directory – If the highlighted directory is a recording path, the options for the recording path can be modified or the recording path can be removed.

 Add as a new Recording Directory – If the folder is not already a recording path, but it could be, this option to add it as a recording directory will be available.

 Close – Close the options dialog. 

Video Conversions Edit

The Video Conversions screen displays the status of all recent video conversion jobs. Its parent menu is the Main Menu.

The video currently being converted is shown first in the list, along with its percent complete status. The videos waiting to be converted are listed next, in the order they will be converted. Finally, all the previously converted videos are listed.

Highlight a video, then use the Right arrow to view its Recording Detail.

Select a video in the list for a pop-up dialog containing a list of actions that may be performed, depending on the status of the video and its conversion process. Those options may be:

 Play Original Video or Recording – Start playback of the original imported video or SageTV recording. Available if the original video still exists.

 Play Converted Video – Start playback of the converted video. Available if the conversion has completed and the converted video still exists.

 Cancel this conversion – If the conversion process has not yet completed, this option will cancel the conversion process.

 Clear this completed conversion – If the conversion process has completed, this option will clear this item from the list.

 Clear all completed conversions – Clear all completed conversions from the list.

 Close – Closes the options dialog without performing any action.

Using the Options command will display the Video Menu Options, which is the regular Options menu found on most screens. See its full explanation for details.

New Drive Detected Edit

When SageTV detects a new drive, such as when a Compact Flash card is inserted into a card reader, an options menu will appear, asking what should be done:

 Copy Media from <drive> – For this 2-step process: 1) A file browser will be shown. Either select an individual file to be copied or choose Copy All Files in order to copy all the files in a directory. 2) Then, another file browser will be shown, where you can choose which Media Center Import Directory should be used as the file copy destination. The files will then be copied form the new drive to the selected import library location.

 Copy Media to <drive> – A file browser will be shown, where you can choose file(s) from a Media Center Import Directory, which will then be copied to the drive shown.

 Play Media from <drive> – A file browser will be shown, where you can choose a media file to be played from the drive shown.

 Close – Do nothing at this time – Closes the pop-up menu and does nothing else. The Options command could also be used to close this pop-up menu.

Note: You may choose whether to enable this pop-up dialog via the Display pop-up when a new drive detected option in Detailed Setup: Customize Settings.

Record Command Options Dialog Edit

When the Use expanded options for the Record command option is enabled in Detailed Setup: Customize Settings, use of the Record command will cause a pop-up options menu appear with various record options for the highlighted show. Depending on the state of the highlighted show, the following options may be available:

 Record this show – Available if the show is not already a scheduled Manual Recording, this choice causes the show to be added to the recording schedule as a Manual Recording. If the airing is a Favorite with padding, then a dialog will be shown, asking whether the Manual Recording should inherit the Favorite’s padding times. Note: If you schedule a manual recording, SageTV will automatically check to see if it conflicts with any other manual recordings. If it does, you will be shown a conflict notification dialog with the following options:

o Don’t do anything – Ignore the new recording choice and keep the currently scheduled manual recording instead. o Record my new selection – Cancel the other manual recording and schedule the new selection instead.

 Record one of N future airings – If additional future airings of the show are available, selecting this option will display a list of all those future airings. Choose the future airing you wish to record, or choose Cancel to record none of them. Note: The additional future airings are matches by comparing the ShowID values so that only the same episodes of a series are displayed. i.e.: the future airings listed here should all be the same show.

 Cancel this Recording – Available if the show is already a scheduled Manual Recording, this choice causes the scheduled recording to be cancelled. Note: If the show is also a Favorite, it will first be removed from the schedule when its Manual Recording status is cleared. Then, when the recording schedule is recalculated, it is possible that the airing may be re-added to the schedule as a scheduled Favorite recording.

 Adjust Recording Options – Available if the show is already a scheduled Manual Recording, this choice causes the Record Options (below) for Manual Recordings to be shown, where you can change some settings for the recording.

 Add Manual Recording status for this show – Available if the show is already fully recorded and it is not a Manual Recording, this choice will mark the show as a Manual Recording. (SageTV will not automatically delete such recordings.)

 Remove Manual Recording status for this show – Available if the show is already fully recorded and it is already a Manual Recording, this choice will tell SageTV that the show is no longer a Manual Recording.

 Add this show as a Favorite – Available if the show is not already a Favorite, this choice causes the show to be added as a new title-based Favorite. (For more information about Favorites, see Creating a Favorite.) After the Favorite has been added, you will proceed to the Favorite Details menu, where the Favorite’s options can be set.

 Remove this Favorite – Available if the show is already a Favorite, this choice causes SageTV to confirm whether you wish to remove the Favorite associated with this show.

 Adjust Favorite Options – Available if the show is already a Favorite, this choice sends you to the Favorite Details menu, where the Favorite’s options can be set.

Using the Record command again while this dialog is open will automatically select Record this show or Cancel this Recording, depending on circumstances. Similarly, using the Favorite command while the dialog is open will automatically select Add this show as a Favorite or Remove this Favorite, depending on whether the show is already a Favorite or not.

Adjust Recording Options for Manual Recordings Edit

For current or future airings that have been marked as Manual Recordings, a pop-up recording options menu is displayed.

 Close – Close the pop-up options list without making any changes.

 Cancel Recording – Clears the Manual Recording setting for this show. It may still be recorded if it is a Favorite.

 Adjust Start Time – For shows that have not yet started recording, this allows the recording’s start time to be adjusted. A pop-up menu will be shown; see details below.

 Adjust Stop Time – Allows adjusting a scheduled or current recording’s stop time. A pop-up menu will be shown; see details below.

Adjusting the Start and Stop Times:

 

When adjusting the start or stop time for a manual recording, pop-up dialogs are displayed. Use the Left and Right arrow commands, or left-click on the and icons, to adjust the time by a single minute at a time. Use the Page Left (Ctrl+A) and Page Right (Ctrl+F) commands, or left-click on the and icons, to adjust the time by 15 minutes at a time. When done, use the Select command (Enter), or left-click on the time, to accept the changes and close the dialog.

 Change Recording Quality – Allows adjusting a scheduled recording’s quality setting to be changed. A pop-up menu of recording quality choices will be shown. Note: SageTV supports the use of multiple capture devices using multiple recording formats, such as MPEG2 and MPEG4/DivX. If the recording quality is set to one that is not available to all capture devices, a Manual Recording will be limited to recording only on those devices that can use the specified recording quality.


Online Services Edit

The Online Services menu contains links to other menus providing information or services from online sources. Its parent menu is the Main Menu.

Weather – Go to the Weather menu, where you can view the current conditions and 5-day forecast for your local area. Note: If you have not yet done so, you will first be asked to configure your weather report location; see Step G16: Weather Report Configuration. Once your location is configured, you will proceed to the Weather menu.

YouTube Video – Go to the YouTube Video menu, where you can select to see lists of YouTube Videos from various categories, and play the videos within SageTV. Note: The availability of and access to the YouTube Video menu is controlled by the Online Video Access option in Detailed Setup: Customize Settings.

Google Video – Go to the Google Video menu, where you can select to see lists of Google Videos from various categories, and play the videos within SageTV. Note: The availability of and access to the Google Video menu is controlled by the Online Video Access option in Detailed Setup: Customize Settings.

Channel.com Web Shows – Go to the Channels.com Web Shows menu, where you can view Channel.com’s categorized dynamic feeds listing a collection of the best shows on the web.

Additional Online Video Categories – Various additional categories of online video content are listed. Choose a category for a list of online sources, then choose a source in order to view a list of videos from that source. Note: Some online “video” feeds provide audio-only content. The screen listing the downloadable content will place an audio symbol in the upper right corner of the audio-only items.

Back to Main Menu – Return to the Main Menu.

Tip: Fully downloaded online video and audio-only files may be saved from the Video Playback or Music Playback screen by using the Record command or the Save Downloaded File option in the pop-up options dialog during playback. The files will become imported media, available for playback from the Video Browser or Music Browser.

Note: Once per day, SageTV will check for an update for the online video definition files that are used to define the online media available on this menu. The check is performed after returning to the Main Menu. The System Information screen contains a line for the ‘Online Videos version’. See the Automatic Update Checks set of options.

Weather Edit

The Weather menu contains an overview of the current conditions at your chosen location, along with a short term forecast for the next couple days. The choices on this menu include:

Options – The same as using the Options command, this button presents a pop-up menu where you can choose Change the Weather Configuration (see Step G16: Weather Report Configuration) or Video Menu Options (see the regular Video Menu Options menu). You may also choose Close to exit the menu.

5-Day Forecast – Go to the 5-Day Forecast menu, where you can see an overview of your entire local 5-day forecast.

Back to Main Menu or Online Services – Return to the Main Menu or Online Services menu, depending on which menu was visited before viewing this menu.

Short Term Forecast Edit

The short term forecast area contains an overview of the forecast for either Today, Tonight, and the next day, or Tonight and the next two days. Around mid-afternoon, the forecast for “Today” is no longer shown.

Select one of the forecast entries to see the detailed forecast for that day, as shown below.

Forecast Details Edit

After selecting a forecast overview button, the detailed forecast for that day and night will be shown. Note: For the current day, the details for “Today” are no longer shown after midafternoon.

While viewing the forecast details, Select one of the following buttons:

 < Day – Show the forecast details for day prior to the currently displayed day.

 Day > – Show the forecast details for day after to the currently displayed day.

 Close – Close the pop-up forecast details dialog.

Tip: You may use the available buttons to change which day’s forecast details are described above. Additionally, you may simply use the Up/Down and Page Up/Down commands to change which day’s forecast is shown.

5-Day Forecast Edit

The 5-Day Forecast menu contains an overview the entire 5-day forecast for your location.

Select one of the forecast entries to see the Forecast Details for that day.

To return to the Weather menu, use the Left arrow or the Back command.


YouTube Video Edit

The YouTube Video menu allows access to online videos from YouTube, listing them for playback with SageTV. Its parent menu is the Main Menu or Online Services menu.

This menu displays selected categories of YouTube Videos. Choose an item from the menu to view a list of available videos from that category on the next screen: YouTube Video Search Results, below.

The Search item allows you to search for specific videos you may wish to view by specifying the keywords or the user for the YouTube Video search. Note: The search results initially displayed will be for the last YouTube search type selected: keyword or user.

Use the Back menu item to return to the Online Services menu.

YouTube Video Search Results Edit

The list of available videos is shown on the screen. Each video will display its description and thumbnail when available. Use the Play or Select commands to play the highlighted video. After a short delay to begin downloading the video, playback will begin on the Video Playback display. When the video ends, you will return either to the YouTube Video Search Results or to the YouTube Video menu.

The category bar above the video list contains other video categories, for easy access to some other categories without having to return to the main YouTube Video menu. Simply select a category to download and view its list of videos. Tips: Use the Smooth FF, Skip Fwd #2, Smooth Rew, or Skip Bkwd #2 commands to jump to the next or previous category. Use the Info command to view the full description of a video in a dialog.

Note: The list of videos for a category is cached after it is downloaded, so you can quickly switch between categories without having to wait for the list to download again. After several minutes, the video list will be downloaded again the next time that category is viewed.

To return to the YouTube Video menu, use the Left arrow or the Back command.

Tip: Fully downloaded online video and audio-only files may be saved from the Video Playback or Music Playback screen by using the Record command or the Save Downloaded File option in the pop-up options dialog during playback. The files will become imported media, available for playback from the Video Browser or Music Browser.

Google Video Edit

The Google Video menu allows access to online videos from Google, listing them for playback with SageTV. Its parent menu is the Online Services menu.

This menu displays selected categories of Google Videos. Choose an item from the menu to view a list of available videos from that category on the next screen: Google Video Search Results, below.

The Search item allows you to search for specific videos you may wish to view.

Use the Back menu item to return to the Online Services menu.

Google Video Search Results Edit

The list of available videos is shown on the screen. Each video will display its description and thumbnail when available. Use the Play or Select commands to play the highlighted video. After a short delay to begin downloading the video, playback will begin on the Video Playback display. When the video ends, you will return either to the Google Video Search Results or to the Google Video menu.

The end of the list may contain a More Search Results entry. Select it to view a list of more videos.

The category bar above the video list contains other video categories, for easy access to some other categories without having to return to the main Google Video menu. Simply select a category to download and view its list of videos. Tips: Use the Smooth FF, Skip Fwd #2, Smooth Rew, or Skip Bkwd #2 commands to jump to the next or previous category. Use the Info command to view the full description of a video in a dialog.

Note: The list of videos for a category is cached after it is downloaded, so you can quickly switch between categories without having to wait for the list to download again. After several minutes, the video list will be downloaded again the next time that category is viewed.

To return to the Google Video menu, use the Left arrow or the Back command.

Tip: Fully downloaded online video and audio-only files may be saved from the Video Playback or Music Playback screen by using the Record command or the Save Downloaded File option in the pop-up options dialog during playback. The files will become imported media, available for playback from the Video Browser or Music Browser.

TV Show Editorials Edit

The TV Show Editorials menu provides access to brief editorials about selected upcoming TV shows. Scroll through the list of TV shows, then use the Select or Info commands to read the full editorial on the TV Show Highlight screen.

To return to the Main Menu, use the Left arrow or the Back command.

TV Show Highlight Edit

The editorial, airing date, and other information for the TV show on the left side of the screen. The data may fill more than the space on a single screen. If so, you will be able to scroll down to see the rest of the information.

The right size of the screen is used to display a combination of the show’s thumbnail and series image (if there are images); however, if video is displayed in a window on menus, the video may be shown instead of an image in the upper right corner.

Use the Select command (Enter key) to display the list of possible actions to perform for the show:

 Record a Future Airing – Shown when future airings of the show are available, use this option to view a list of future airings that you may choose to record.

 View Airing Details – Shown when there are airings of the show available, use this option to jump to the Program Information screen to display detailed information about the airing.

 Close – Close the dialog.

Use the Back command or the Left arrow to return to the previous menu.

Using the Options command will display the Video Menu Options dialog, which is the regular Options menu found on most screens. See its full explanation for details. 

Plugin Manager Edit

The Plugin Manager menu will be titled All Available Plugins or one of the Installed Plugins styles, depending on the item chosen on the Main Menu or the viewing style chosen in this menu via the Options command. On this menu, you can choose which user created plugins to install and configure those that you have installed.

To return to the Main Menu, use the Left arrow or the Back command.

Note: Use of these plugins is at your own risk. The plugins presented are created and supported by other SageTV users. SageTV does not test or verify the operation of any of the plugins in any way and does not provide technical support for plugins. Questions about any plugin should be directed to the user who created it, using the SageTV user-to-user forum at: forums.sagetv.com/forums

Note: Plugin developers can download the plugin system documentation from: http://download.sagetv.com/DevelopingSageTVPlugins.doc

Plugin Manager Layout and Usage Edit

The Plugin Manager displays a list of plugins with a category bar across the screen above the list. The list of plugins will be All Available Plugins which are all plugins available for installation or upgrade, or one of the Installed Plugins styles, which lists the plugins installed locally or on the SageTV server. Select a plugin to see the options for that plugin (see: Plugin Options), use the Options command to access the menu’s options or change the viewing style (see: Plugin Manager Options), or choose an item from the category bar to change the category for the listed plugins (see: Plugin Manager Categories).

Plugin Manager Options Edit

Use the Options command to display the various options available on this menu. The options list can be exited by using the Options command again or via the Left arrow. The choices are:

 Other Plugin Views – The available viewing styles are listed below the Other Plugin Views title. The current view is highlighted. Select any view to switch to that viewing style:

o   All Available Plugins – Available on all clients; lists all user created plugins.

o   Server Installed Plugins – Available on SageTV Clients running on a different PC than the SageTV server, where plugins can be installed locally or on the SageTV server; lists all plugins installed on the server.

o   Client Installed Plugins – Available on SageTV Clients running on a different PC than the SageTV server, where plugins can be installed locally or on the SageTV server; lists all plugins installed locally.

o   Installed Plugins – Available on the SageTV server UI and on extender and Placeshifter clients connected to the server, where plugins are only installed on the server; lists all installed plugins.

 Beta Versions: Show/Hide – Toggles whether plugins tagged as beta by their authors are shown or hidden. Available when viewing All Available Plugins.

 Incompatible Plugins: Show/Hide – Toggles whether incompatible plugins are shown or hidden. Available when viewing All Available Plugins.

 Updated Only: Yes/No – Toggles whether the plugin list contains only the installed plugins that have been updated since they were installed.

 Sort by: <Sort Style> – Indicates the current sorting mode style for the plugin list. Select to toggle between the three sorting styles:

o   Plugin Name – Sort by the name of the plugin. o Author Name – Sort by the name of each plugin’s author. o Recently Changed – Sort by the last-changed date for each plugin, with the most recently changed plugins listed first.

 Disable All Plugins – Use this option to disable all plugins that can be disabled. Available when viewing Installed Plugins.

 Uninstall All Plugins – Use this option to uninstall all installed plugins. Available when viewing Installed Plugins.

 Menu Options – Displays the standard Video Menu Options. See its full explanation for details.

 Restart SageTV – Select this option to restart SageTV. This option is only shown after plugin changes that require a restart of SageTV in order to complete the plugin change.

Plugin Manager Categories Edit

The category bar displayed above the list of plugins is used to change the category for type of plugins to be listed. The currently listed category type is highlighted. Choose from:

General – General plugin type that usually adds additional functionality.

Full UI Package – Full UI replacement STV packages. After installed a plugin of this type, the UI could be changed to use it via the SageTV Full UI Package (.STV or .XML File) option in Detailed Setup: Advanced Settings.

 UI Modification – Plugins that modify the functionality of a full UI STV package. After installation, this type of plugin can usually be enabled or disabled.

 Theme – Plugins that contain one or more alternate themes to modify the appearance of the UI. After installing a plugin of this type, you may be asked whether to change to the newly added them. Themes can also be changed via the Select the User Interface Theme option in Detailed Setup: Advanced Settings.

 Images – Plugins that contain additional images to use with SageTV, such as channel logos.

 Library – Plugins that are usually dependencies of other plugins and which usually have no purpose if installed on their own.

 All – All plugin types combined.

Plugin Options Edit

After selecting a plugin, various options will be displayed in a dialog depending on whether the plugin can be installed or updated, is already installed, etc. The options are:

 Close – Close the dialog.

 View Plugin Details – View the plugin details on the Plugin Detail menu. The Info command can be used as a shortcut to view the plugin details.

 View screenshots – If the plugin has screenshots available, use this option to view them.

 View videos – If the plugin has videos available, use this option to view them.

 View URLs – If the plugin has webpage URLs available, use this option to view them. This option is only available on SageTV or SageTV Client UIs running on Windows. 

 Configure Plugin – If an installed plugin has configuration options, use this option to jump to the Plugin Configuration menu where the plugins settings can be configured.

 Reset Plugin Configuration – If an installed plugin is configurable, use this option to reset its configuration settings.

 Disable Plugin – If an installed plugin can be disabled, use this option to disable it.

 Enable Plugin – If an installed plugin is disabled, use this option to enable it.

 Uninstall Plugin – Use this option to uninstall an installed plugin.

 Update Plugin – If an installed plugin has been updated, use this option to install the update.

 View Updated Plugin Details – This option is available when viewing Installed Plugins and is used to view the details for an updated plugin on the Plugin Detail menu. Note: Using the View Plugin Details option would display the details for the already-installed plugin; this option shows the details for the updated plugin.

 Install Plugin – This option is available when viewing All Available Plugins; use it to install a plugin. 


Plugin Detail Edit

The Plugin Detail menu displays the full information for a plugin.

Full details for the plugin are shown on the screen. The data may fill more than the space on a single screen. If so, you will be able to scroll down to see the rest of the information.

Use the Select command (Enter key) to display the list of possible options for the plugin; see the Plugin Options dialog for details.

Use the Back command or the Left arrow to return to the previous menu.

Using the Options command will display the Video Menu Options dialog, which is the regular Options menu found on most screens. See its full explanation for details. 


Plugin Configuration Edit

The Plugin Configuration menu displays the configuration options for a plugin.

Select the current setting to the right of a configuration item to change the setting. The list of configuration options may fill more than the space on a single screen. If so, you will be able to scroll down to see the rest of the options.

Use the Back command or the Left arrow to return to the previous menu.

Using the Options command will display the Video Menu Options dialog, which is the regular Options menu found on most screens. See its full explanation for details. 

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