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On 05/03/2022 21:00, Paul Phillips wrote:

Where you downloading in HD or Full HD (1080) ?

See below!

On Sat, 5 Mar 2022 at 20:54, MacFH - C E Macfarlane - News
<n...@macfh.co.uk> wrote:

On 05/03/2022 19:50, Paul Phillips wrote:
Hi,

I am having difficulty downloading some of the Winter Olympics - it
seems to affect broadcasts that are from the red button / digital
channel. It ends up downloading small sound-only recordings - not even
sound for the whole episode

NB - My settings are set to record in FHD (full HD)

Examples programmes that won't download:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p0blc3vb/winter-olympics-mixed-doubles-curling-great-britain-v-italy?seriesId=b00qfb83-424-day-1

Downloaded fine for me in HD, duration 1:44:49

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p0blc4sk/winter-olympics-shorttrack-speed-skating-mixed-relay-final?seriesId=b00qfb83-424-day-1

Ditto, duration 11:08

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p0bknsqp/winter-olympics-mixed-doubles-curling-great-britain-v-australia

Ditto, duration 3:20:42, ends with pairs skating.

I haven't watched any all the way through, but skipping through allowing
short sections to play, they all seem fine, though one passage on the
last had some video corruption.

Other Winter Olympics episodes download ok,, e.g. Today at the Games,
in full HD (1080)

It seems to me, Red Button recordings on iPlayer don't work, But TV
channel ones do

I use WebPVR and my recording quality settings are: fhd,hd,sd,web,mobile,high

FWIW, I downloaded all the above using the following command ...

perl <path>\get_iplayer.pl --profile-dir=<profile path> --type tv
--tvmode hlshd,dvfhd,hvfhd,dvfsd,hvfsd,dvfxsd,hvfxsd --pid <pid>
--file-prefix "<as appropriate>" -g

... noting that at one time my mode list was giving warning messages,
though still working, but that I think this is a corrected version that
did not.

The answer to your question is in the command-line above. I wasn't aware that you might be able to download any higher than 1280*720@50p, but the '--info' command for your first download above ...

        --info --pid p0blc3vb

... gives ...

        modesizes: original:hvfhd1=14877MB,[...],dvfhd1=3986MB,[etc]

... suggesting that hvfhd might well be 1280*1080@50p, while my parameter for '--tvmode' above tries to get the old hlshd (720@25p) mode if available, then tries dvfhd (720@50p) if there's no 25p, so it would never have tried to download hvfhd, and my size for that file is the same as for dvfhd above. Perhaps I should try changing my default order for some things such as films, but I certainly won't for the Winter Olympics, which essentially are mostly throwaway items.

However, out of interest, I've just tried giving the parameter as ...

        --type tv --tvmode hvfhd

... but the result was not touted to be 14GB or so ...

INFO: Downloading tv: 'Winter Olympics: Beijing 2022 - Mixed Doubles Curling - Great Britain v Italy (p0blc3vb) [original]'
2.9% of ~4332.24 MB @  15.4 Mb/s ETA: 00:36:44 (hvfhd1/un) [audio+video]

... so it began normally enough, but didn't actually seem to be downloading at significantly better quality than I already have, so I stopped it.

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