[mythtv-users] Migrating my mythtv setup to HD
emery.guevremont at gmail.com
Tue May 6 13:27:47 UTC 2008
Mary Strimel wrote:
> On 5/5/08, *Emery Guevremont* <emery.guevremont at gmail.com
> <mailto:emery.guevremont at gmail.com>> wrote:
> Kevin Kuphal wrote:
>> On Mon, May 5, 2008 at 12:51 PM, Emery Guevremont
>> <emery.guevremont at gmail.com <mailto:emery.guevremont at gmail.com>>
>> Kevin Kuphal wrote:
>>> On Mon, May 5, 2008 at 12:28 PM, Emery Guevremont
>>> <emery.guevremont at gmail.com
>>> <mailto:emery.guevremont at gmail.com>> wrote:
>>> Hello everyone,
>>> My problem:
>>> I've read through a lot of the emails in this mailing
>>> list that
>>> discusses HD and mythtv. But I'm still unsure how to
>>> migrate my current
>>> setup to be able to capture and display recording into HD.
>>> My current setup:
>>> I currently get my TV from OTA (analog and digital) and
>>> cable (analog
>>> and clear QAM only). Right now I only have 2 PVR-150
>>> cards on my Myth BE
>>> to capture the cable's and OTA analog channels. I also
>>> have an HDTV now,
>>> with dual co-ax inputs (one is used for cable and the
>>> other for OTA). I
>>> don't use a FE for watching my recordings. Instead I use
>>> a combination
>>> of mythweb for programming and I have a job for
>>> transcoding to Xvid.
>>> After I either burn to DVD and watch on a DVD player or
>>> I use my Archos
>>> 605 to view my recording.
>>> My (potentially) next purchase:
>>> Now I've been thinking on getting an HDHomerun for
>>> capturing, but I
>>> still need a way to view my HD recording on my TV.
>>> My questions:
>>> What would be the cheapest way on doing this?
>>> Theoretically could the new HD-PVR be used to playback
>>> my recordings or
>>> does it just playback its own H.264 AVCHD video format?
>>> Is there a someone that makes an appliance like the
>>> MediaMVP but for HD?
>>> How would I go about transcoding HD recordings so that a
>>> regular DVD
>>> player or my Archos 605 be able to playback the
>>> recording? How powerful
>>> of a BE would I need to do something like that?
>>> Would a WinTV HVR-1950 from hauppauge be better then
>>> Any other low cost suggestions are welcomed.
>>> What cost is low cost to you?
>> In terms of cost I'm willing to spend the $170 needed for the
>> HDHomerun and another $200 for a frontend solution. But I'd
>> be ready to only buy the HDHomerun, and temporarily transcode
>> my recordings so a DivX DVD player could play it. And in like
>> 6 months buy whatever I needed for my FE.
>>> And what are the specs on your backend because with a decent
>>> enough processor for transcoding/commflagging HD, you could
>>> just as easily add in a relatively inexpensive video card
>>> that supports XvMC and do HD playback from your backend as well.
>> CPU: AMD Athlon(tm) XP 1700+
>> RAM: 768MB SDRAM
>> VIDEO CARD: Asus V7700 AGP (nVidia Corporation NV15 [GeForce2
>> But I also have a more powerful ATI Radeon 9600 SE.
>> DISTRO: Gentoo
>> Despite the power. the Radeon won't do you any good for Linux as
>> it lacks any kind of hardware accelleration support. You *might*
>> be able to do XvMC with that processor if you were to try say an
>> Nvidia FX5200 AGP. That card has excellent XvMC support and you
>> could find a DVI version and run DVI-HDMI to your TV. I think
>> that is most inexpensive route (assuming the XvMC works well
>> enough with that processor. I think I had HD running on my
>> Athlon 1800 with a 440MX at one point so I think it will work).
>> Otherwise, if you were to build a frontend, I would strongly
>> recommend getting enough CPU to decode regardless of video card
>> (Dual core, etc) so that you won't have to worry about all this
>> stuff in the future. I can't imagine spending all the cash on an
>> HDTV and HDTV tuners only to transcode everything down to DVD to
>> watch. You're missing half the joy of MythTV.
> The transcoding would only be a temporary solution so that I can
> slowly built up to a full HD system without busting my family's
> budget. The HDTV I got from by using the points from my credit
> card's Aeroplan.
> I'll do some reading up on XvMC in the wiki before deciding on the
> Nvidia card, but it does sound like very low cost solution.
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> You may have already looked at this, but I found the following chart
> helpful in determining whether XVMC would be enough for me to watch HD:
> To my happy surprise, my 4 year old Athlon64 is playing back HDTV as
> of this week using XVMC on a FX5200 with no stuttering, no sync
> problems, and only a slightly longer prebuffering pause (like 8 secs
> or so). I've been plotting this move for years ... like you, I wanted
> to keep somewhat to a budget. OTA seems to be working far better than
> QAM for me.
I hadn't seen that chart. A lot of great "Real-world" info.
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