The MP3VCR does not come with its own scheduling program. However, the MP3VCR supports a command line interface. This makes it easy to schedule recording of your favorite radio stations!
Here's how to do this, simply:
Pretty easy, isn't it? Let's demonstrate with a sample radio station, and Windows XP's built in scheduler program: Scheduled tasks. For this example, we're going to record SomaFM's Groove Salad every Monday, for 1 hour, at 12 noon. Here's how:
The default recording time is 60 minutes -- that's what we want. Leave that setting alone.
Let's check "exit when timed recording is finished". This way, the program cleanly exits when we finish. All recording will happen silently in the background, with no user intervention, with these two options!
You may want to play around with these options. Particularly, the dated archive option is great if say you want to record a program every week. See the file options for a complete explanation of the dated archive functionality. A complete description of all of the setup options can be found here.
This feature will open up the following window:
How is this helpful? In two ways: you can either copy the pre-generated command line to run in a DOS window or use in schedulers; or you can create a batch file which you can execute directly. Batch files are probably the most convenient way to do things. In fact, to use the Windows scheduled tasks, such an option is probably the best method to do things. Let's click Write Batch File now.
By default, the MP3 VCR will save all batch files in the Scheduler sub-folder of the program (typically c:\Program Files\MP3VCR\Scheduler\). Click Save now.
You have finished setting up the MP3 VCR.
Now that you have set up the MP3 VCR, you are ready to set up recording in the Task
(The below example can be applied to many other task scheduling programs as well. Once you have set up the batch file, simply follow the instructions for the scheduling program that you have installed.)
When you get to the stage where the wizard asks you to click the program you want Windows to run, click Browse.
Browse over to where you saved the batch file above. Most likely, you saved the file in c:\Program Files\MP3VCR\Scheduler\
Next, select how often the task is going to occur. In this case, we are going to perform this task weekly, so click this option. (As you can see, the Windows Task Scheduler has a lot of options to choose from!)
Next, select the start time (12:00PM for our tutorial example), and the day of the week (Monday for our example.)
If prompted, make sure that this task is running under your local account with the correct password. Click finish and the new task should appear in the task scheduler!
When the Windows Task Scheduler launches the program, two things will happen. You will see a DOS window pop up (and most likely immediately disappear). You will also see a music note icon in your system tray.
Holding your mouse over the icon will show the recording time, and how long is left. Double clicking the icon will bring up the standard MP3 VCR playback window ; right clicking the icon will bring up the system tray commands. It's that easy!