[mythtv] Will the wife like it?

Isaac Richards mythtv-dev@snowman.net
Fri, 20 Dec 2002 15:59:41 -0500

On Friday 20 December 2002 10:39 am, Rob Chambers wrote:
> After several days of tweaking and switching hardware around I have finally
> ended up with a solution that has very acceptable quality although it is
> not as good as the best recording level on Tivo.

The best recording level on Tivo is something like 544x480 at pver 7000kbps, 
IIRC.   If you set this stuff to 640x480 (ie, 18% more data) mpeg4 with a 
target bitrate of 6600kbps and set the qmin variable to 4 or 5, I'm fairly 
certain you'll end up with something mostly indistinguishable from the raw 
input.  It'll use slightly more CPU than with the default bitrate and minimum 
quality values, but I've still got plenty of CPU free with my XP 1800+.

If you've got fast enough disks, you can always use the huffyuv encoder for 
completely lossless compression.