Ken Davis kdavis at cfl.rr.com
Sat Mar 1 18:18:51 UTC 2003

Response to similar on the dev list...

I have had success converting a 1 hour program recorded with MythTV 0.7 to
VCD recorded on a single CD-R that I can play in my Phillips DVD player
attached to my television.  I am using a combination of mencoder and tools
described on these web pages:


Specifically I use Virtual Dub(to frame serve the .avi) and TMPGEnc Plus
2.5(to re-size and encode to .mpg)

I use this command line on the mythtv box to convert the .nuv to .avi:

mencoder -oac pcm -ovc lavc file.nuv -o file.avi
(this may or may not be the optimal command line to accomplish the task,
but this has worked for me- see 'man mencoder' for details)

>From there I copy the .avi to my Win2K box and use the tools mentioned
above to create an .mpg file.(took about a half hour to copy via ftp)

Drop the .mpg onto a CDR with Nero and your done.  The whole process takes
about 4-5 hours of computer time.(my mythtv box is an Athlon XP 2100, the
Win2K box is an older Athlon 1 gig)

You can also make adjustments to the process to create an SVCD instead of
VCD.  You'll end up with better resoution, but may need 2 CD-R's for a 1
hour program.(maybe not if you are using the newer mythtv stuff that
strips out commercials)

The audio appears to be in sync to me, but comes out as basic stereo in my
setup.(no surround sound- I use my audio reciever to simulate)

I don't consider myself expert enough to write a How-To - just thought I'd
share a method that works.  There are plenty of guides on the web for
creating VCD's with freeware Window's based tools.

Good luck.
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