DXR3-plugin for VDR

On this page you can find the latest release of the DXR3-plugin for VDR, the great digital Video Disk Recorder from Klaus Schmidinger.

VDRs' main advantage is that it could be fully controlled via OnScreen Display (OSD) and remote control which gives you all to build a complete and powerful video disc recorder. Normaly this needs at least one DVB-s card with an MPEG-Decoder and TV-Out (e.g. Hauppage Nexus) which costs at least 200,- EUR (and not much cheaper at ebay).
The DXR3/Hollywood+ card is a MPEG decoder card with an execellent TV-Out and good linux support (although not by the manufacturer) which you can find on ebay for about 10 - 40 EUR.
The idea of replacing the DVB-s card by a low-buget DVB NOVA and a DXR3/Hollywood+ card (MPEG-Decoder) was born. Such a system would be cheaper and allows timeshifting by default (although the new DVB driver seems to break the limitation of non-timeshifting for one DVB-s card).


  1. Make sure your DXR3 card is running under linux. For more information look at the DXR3-homepage.
  2. Install a VDR developer version.
  3. The plugin needs the libavcodec library from ffmpeg. The plugin has been successfully tested with ffmpeg version 0.4.6.
    By default the ffmpeg package should be installed in parallel to the VDR and DVB directory (could be changed in the plugin-Makefile).


  1. Get the latest version from this side
  2. Unpack the package into "PLUGINS/SRC" directory
  3. Make a symbolic link to this dxr3-plugin (ln -s vdr_dxr3_x.x.x dxr3)
  4. Call "make plugins" in the VDR root directory
  5. Make sure your DXR3 driver modules are loaded and ready to run
  6. Start VDR with "vdr -Pdxr3"

Latest version


Changes since 0.2.1

Known Bugs and Limitations

Planned features for next releases (coming soon)

Full History


Andreas SchultzInitiator of the plugin
Kai MöllerA/V-sync engine & most other stuff
Stefan SchlünßOnScreen-Display


Please report any new problems to
OSD Stefan Schlünß (dxr3_osd@schluenss.de)
Audio/Video Kai Möller (dxr3_av@schluenss.de)

Last modified 04/01/2004