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What is Videora?

Videora is the first personal video downloading program. Utilizing BitTorrent peer to peer technology and Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feeds, Videora automatically and intelligently finds and downloads video you want to watch. With easy to use features like Watch Lists and Season Tickets you will be able to watch your favorite video, no matter where you are in the world.

What is BitTorrent?

BitTorrent is a protocol designed for transferring files. It is peer-to-peer in nature, as users connect to each other directly to send and receive portions of the file. However, there is a central server (called a tracker) which coordinates the action of all such peers. The tracker only manages connections, it does not have any knowledge of the contents of the files being distributed, and therefore a large number of users can be supported with relatively limited tracker bandwidth. The key philosophy of BitTorrent is that users should upload (transmit outbound) at the same time they are downloading (receiving inbound.) In this manner, network bandwidth is utilized as efficiently as possible. BitTorrent is designed to work better as the number of people interested in a certain file increases, in contrast to other file transfer protocols.

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What is RSS?

RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. It is a format that web sites and blogs use to send article headlines, summaries and links back to full-text articles on the web. Syndication means you don't have to visit each site individually to see what's new -- you simply scan headlines or brief article summaries and click to read the full text. That's the "really simple" part.

Because RSS is a relatively new format, not all sites currently syndicate their content in this way. However, many notable sites already do offer RSS, and every day the RSS offering grows. For example, news sites such as the Christian Science Monitor, the BBC, and CNet's News.com use RSS to syndicate news headlines and summaries. Other sites use RSS to alert customers of new products or upcoming events.

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Videora FAQ
What is a Section?

The word section is used to describe the six different sections of the Videora software program: Search, Watch Lists, Season Tickets, RSS Feeds, Downloads and Settings.

What does the Search Function do?

The search function of Videora allows you to find video in two ways. the first is by searching all the RSS Feeds you are currently subscribed to, for the video you are looking for. Videora does this by automatically generating a Watch List Item based on your search query.

The other way is by searching existing websites which index links to videos. This is done with Videora's built-in web browser using the list of web sites found in the Search Site List (in the Settings Section). You can download any video you find by simply clicking the links in Videora, as you would in a regular browser. Depending on your machine you may have to click "Open" or "Ok" to start the download for security purposes.

What is a Watch List?

A Watch List is a list of user-specified keywords which Videora uses to make manually downloading your favourite video easier. Videora automatically searches your subscribed RSS Feeds periodically for these keywords and if it find a match, it make the file easily accessible in your Watch List. You can then download the file from within the Watch List section by simply double-clicking the file. These keywords can be anything (a simple word, a show title, etc) and you can even further control what files are displayed through the Watch List Item options for each keyword.

What are Season Tickets?

Season Tickets are a list of user-specified keywords which Videora uses to automatically download your favourite video. Videora automatically searches your subscribed RSS Feeds periodically for these keywords and if it find a match, it will automatically download the file to your computer. These keywords can be anything (a simple word, a show title, etc) and you can even further control what files are displayed through the Watch List Item options for each keyword.

What is an Option Box?

Option Boxes allow you to quickly refine what you are looking for in your Watch List Items or Season Tickets. They are totally customizable, you can fill them enter up with whatever text you want in the Customize section: Cat, Red, AonE, HDTV, etc. In the Watch List and Season Ticket section. You can also change the name of these boxes throughout the program from the settings section to whatever you want: Animals, Colors, Groups, Quality, etc.

These option boxes are accessible whenever you select a Watch List Item or Season Ticket in either section. By selecting one of these option boxes and applying the changes, its like creating and Item with that keyword included in your search words. For example, if you created a Watch List Item called Tsunami and thenselected the word Blue your Watch List Item now effectively looks for video that is related to Tsunami and Blue, rather than just Tsunami.

What are Feeds? What are RSS Feeds?

An RSS Feed (or Feed for short) refers to the actual file which contains content in the RSS format. This content can be in the form of anything: text, pictures, audio or sound. While Videora was designed for the consumption of video content, it can also download anytime of multimedia content offered by these RSS feeds. See the What is RSS? question for more information on RSS.

What are Downloads?

Videora uses two methods to download files to your computer. The first is downloading using the HTTP protocol which is exactly the same as downloading a file from your typical web browser. Videora performs these downloads in its internal download manager found in the Download section of Videora. HTTP is a Client-Server protocol meaning that you download a single file from a single source.

The second method is download through the BitTorrent protocol. BitTorrent is a Peer-to-Peer (P2P) protocol which allows you to download a single file from multiple source (while also uploading to multiple sources) possibly giving you a faster download. Videora relies on external BitTorrent clients to perform these downloads to give users maximum flexibility in choosing which client to use.

What are Download Locations?

By default, Videora downloads all its files to a single default download directory and your BitTorrent client will download its files usually to another directory. Download Locations let you specify where you'd like your downloaded files to end up on your hard drive instead of just in the default directory. Once downloads are complete, Videora will automatically move files to the directories you want based on your Download Location Items. Note that to move your BitTorrent downloaded files, there is some additional setup required in the settings section of Videora. See the user guide for more details.

What are Filters?

To find the video you are looking Videora uses filters to search through your subscribed RSS feeds. Everytime you create a new Watch List Item or Season Ticket a corresponding filter is created and is associated with the new item that was created. These filters use regular expressions to match what you are looking for with the feed content on the web. You can, at anytime, edit existing filters or create your own custom filters. Since regular expressions is itself a complex computer language, we only recommend its use for advanced users.

Why am I downloading multiple copies of the same video?

By default, the 'Feed' setting for each title is set to 'All'. What this means is that Videora will search every RSS feed for this video title and downloads any file that matches the video title name. If the same file is present on two different feeds with the exact same file, Videora is smart enough not to download the file again. However, if they are not the exact same file, but have the same contents (this happens more often than you think) Videora will download both files and you will now have multiple copies of the same video. All is not lost though, as this problem is preventable.

To stop this from occurring, you should make sure the 'Feed' option in your season tickets is set to a specific feed rather than the default setting of 'All'. If you don't know what feed to set this option to, simply access the Settings pane and click on the RSS Feeds tab. From here you can view all the different RSS feeds Videora downloads and their contents. Once you find the feed which contains the titles you want, go back to the Season Tickets pane and select the corresponding feed for each title

Why am I downloading video that I didn't even specify to download?

Videora determines what files to download by scanning RSS feeds for the video titles you specify. It is possible that Videora will generate false positives and download video files you never wanted to get. To reduce the possibility of this happening, you should make sure the 'Feed' option in your season tickets is set to a specific feed rather than the default setting of 'All'. This way Videora will only perform its scanning on that specific feed when looking for a video title thereby reducing the chances of false positives greatly.

If you don't know what feed to set this option to, simply click on the settings pane and click on the RSS Feeds tab. From here you can view all the different RSS feeds Videora downloads and their contents. Once you find the feed which contains the titles you want, go back to the Season Tickets pane and select the corresponding feed for each title.

Unfortunately there is no way to completely prevent this from occurring however by picking specific video titles and setting your options properly you can greatly reduces the chances of this happening.