[mythtv-users] S-Video capture card choices?
Michael T. Dean
mtdean at thirdcontact.com
Wed Aug 31 07:16:02 UTC 2005
> On Tue, 30 Aug 2005 23:26:09 -0700, Michael T. Dean
> <mtdean at thirdcontact.com> wrote:
>> No remote (it's the MCE version), but $63 and no rebates and free
> Ooh. But buy it on a new buy.com VISA and get $30 off...that's nice.<s>
Yeah, but then you've got that new credit card showing as "potential"
credit liability on your credit report for 3 years (assuming you never
use it). Still might be worth it depending on how many cards you have...
>> IMHO, being forced to use an IR-based RC5 remote is too much
>> of a hassle, anyway. I have two PVR-x50 remotes I'm not using (one from
>> my PVR-350 and one from the PVR-250). So, really, the tuner is not the
>> only part of the card I paid for but am not using.
> What do you use for for remote control?
I've got an ATI Remote Wonder. I like the RF, but am still working on
improving range/sensititivy (especially through walls).
> I'm going to need an IR Blaster anyway (this guy sells 'em for $12+$3
> S&H http://www.irblaster.info/), which says to me that if I do it
> right, I can replace my cable box with some sort of MythTV remote.
> All the better if whatever it is controls the TV--though, come to
> think of it, I guess I won't need to control the TV much beyond the
> volume if I'm watching everything (DVD, Cable, etc.) through the
> MythTV Box.
Volume can be controlled by Myth. You set up your TV with the
appropriate volume and then have Myth increase/decrease volume using
your sound card's mixer. Or, if you're using an external A/V receiver,
Myth should output line-level audio and you can control the A/V
receiver's volume with the IR blaster.
>> If you really want the remote, $85, no rebates, and free shipping. But,
>> you can build the serial IR receiver ( http://lirc.org/receivers.html )
>> for a lot less than $22.
> I have too many remotes as it is. I hadn't considered it until you
> mentioned this, but if my MythTV box allows me to replace the three
> remotes I need currently that makes it worth the cost of entry itself.<s>
Yep. That's what I do. Believe me, it was liberating to finally remove
the batteries from my 5 remote controls!
I now have one remote--the ATI RW--which sends signals to the computer.
The computer then sends signals to the components (using an "improved IR
transmitter" - http://lirc.org/improved_transmitter.html ). And I don't
have to worry about "modes" (i.e. accidentally hit the "TV" button on
the remote and now the "Play" button doesn't work). Basically, I have
one remote mode, but Myth/LIRC/etc. provide the smarts to ensure it
knows what to do for each keystroke depending on where I'm at (recording
playback, MythMusic, xine for MythDVD or MythVideo, etc.).
The only thing I can't control with the remote is the TV. I have my
Myth box in a different room (the ultimate in silent PC) with a hole
through the wall for video and speaker cables. Since I'm using an A/V
receiver for audio, I control volume through it. So, I simply hit the
power button on the TV before sitting down for some Myth. Thought about
trying to mod the transmitter circuit to allow for another IR LED on a
cable without over-driving the serial port, but I'd have the IR LED
drawing power and the cable's resistance, so I decided it was easier to
just hit the power button. (Can't even do a separate simple transmitter
because I only have one serial port.)
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