[mythtv-users] S-Video capture card choices?
blake at kingdomrpg.com
Wed Aug 31 09:44:04 UTC 2005
On Wed, 31 Aug 2005 00:16:02 -0700, Michael T. Dean
<mtdean at thirdcontact.com> wrote:
> 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...
Hardly any.<s> I don't use 'em much.
> I've got an ATI Remote Wonder. I like the RF, but am still working on
> improving range/sensititivy (especially through walls).
Oh...you've got a remote that came with a card?
> 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.
For audio I've got a SB Audigy Platinum with breakout box for this
machine. Which, now that I look at it has both an IR receiver and a
firewire port. Which, right now, just confuses me.<s> I figured just to
hook up the, uh, traditional A/V cables along with the S-video for
starters. (It would be cool at some point to be able to hook up my VCR to
the box, just long enough to rip some VHSes that are rotting in the
> Yep. That's what I do. Believe me, it was liberating to finally remove
> the batteries from my 5 remote controls!
I'm salivating at the thought.
> 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.)
Is that a common problem?
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