Recording Parameters

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Another of the prices we pay for the power and flexibility of the non-appliance solution is the necessity of doing some of the configuration ourselves.

The most important part of that configuration is probably choosing good parameters for recording and transcoding programs. What parameters work well depends on many things, personal taste not least among them.

In this section, users can post the parameters they're using and pleased with, so you have something to try out. If you'd like to add a line here, copy the header line to the bottom, and replace the text items.

You can use a put in your username (by typing ~~~) or your email address.

Note: For MPEG2 cards, AvgKBPS is MinKBPS.

Card Profile Width Height Aspect AvgKBPS MaxKBPS Audio Samp Layer AudioBPS MB/hr Email/Wiki Name Comments
MythTV Default Default 480 480 4:3 4500 6000 32000 2 384 2200 Bay Link S-VHS quality
? LiveTV 704 480 4:3 3500 4000 32000 2 128 ? Bay Link Perfectly watchable, and I'm picky
? High 704 480 4:3 4500 8000 48000 2 192 ? Bay Link We're not actually using this yet
? Low 352 480 4:3 2200 3000 32000 2 128 2200 Bay Link Same size??
? Default 704 480 4:3 4000 6500 58000 2 224 2700 JDonavan Does well with channels that have static
PVR-x50 Default 720 480 4:3 2200 9800 48000 2 256 1200 Michael Dean Full D1 resolution; compliant with DVD spec without re-encoding.
PvR350 Default 480 480 4:3 2200 6000 32000 2 384 1200 grante@visi.com I didn't notice any degradation when I switched from the 4500 AvgKBPS (2.2GB/hr) setting.
PVR-150 DVD Special 2 720 576 4:3 6400 8000 48000 2 384 3100 Bitrate Explained Is DVD spec; no re-encoding required; MS MCE uses DVD Special 2