Tutorial: How to extract movies from an LG DVR/PVR HDD

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Extracting the videos

Option 1: Connect the TV HDD on Linux (Live-CD, VM, HDD etc.)

  1. Open the folder "00000001REC".
  2. The videos are the files ending with the suffix "STR". It's you decision to copy all files or just the "STR" files. Depending of the amount of files, it is more worthwhile to copy all. You need root access to copy the files.

Option 2: Using Nucleus Kernel JFS on Windows

  1. Select the "Storage Device" at left menu.
  2. Check "Use Partition Table" option and click "Next" button (Sometimes NKJFS don't find the partitions, just reinstall NKJFS and try again).
  3. Select "JFS - 0" at left menu and click "Next" button.
  4. A window will open, check "Normal Search" option and click "Ok" button (wait about 5 seconds).
  5. Select the folder "00000001REC" on the left menu.
  6. The videos are the files ending with the suffix "STR". It's you decision to copy all files or just the "STR" files. Depending of the amount of files, it is more worthwhile to recover all.


Fixing the videos using TS Doctor

  1. Open TS Doctor, go to "File" menu and open the "STR" file without change the extension.
  2. Wait TS Doctor cheks the file, TS Doctor must find 2 tracks: H264 Video and AAC Audio English.
  3. If TS Doctor detects more than one audio track (E-AC3 German for example), click on Tools icon of the invalid track and uncheck "Stream Enabled". If you wish, change the language of the correct AAC track.
  4. Click "Save new File" button and choose a new name for the file.
  5. A file with "fixed" sufix and "ts" extension will be created.


Joining the fixed video files

  1. Open the Windows prompt.
  2. Use the "copy" command to join the video files:
copy /B fixed1.ts + fixed2.ts + ... + fixedN.ts output_file.ts


Playing the videos

Option 1: Use VLC Player or TotalMedia

If you don't uncheck the invalid audio track on TS Doctor: On videos with more than one audio track, Totalmedia detects automatically the correct track, on VLC player the track must be selected manually. Anyway you can select the track order on TS Doctor by changing the AAC track to first position.

Option 2: Using other players (Need VLC Player and Haali Media Splitter)

  • Generating the audio track
  1. Open VLC Player.
  2. Go to "Media" / "Convert/Save...".
  3. Add the joined/fixed "ts" file(s) created with TS Doctor.
  4. Click on "Convert / Save" button.
  5. Choose the name for the destination file (MP3).
  6. Change the profile to "Audio - MP3".
  7. Click on "Start" button.
  • Joining video and audio track in a mkv file
  1. Open Haali GDS Mux.
  2. Add the joined/fixed ts file(s) created with TS Doctor.
  3. Add the mp3 file created with VLC.
  4. Choose a output mkv file name.
  5. Click on "Start" button.