[mythtv-users] Recording a tape to DVD

myth joe mythjoe at gmail.com
Tue Dec 7 00:34:39 UTC 2004

What I have done is create bogus channels for each of my video cards
and mapped these to the aux inputs on the cards.  These inputs then go
to my receiver that, in theory, can switch my VCR so that it talks to
my Mythbox.  Beyond simple tests, I haven't put it into practice.  For
more info, you can search the archives for "mythjoe."  I posted some
details a while back about how to set up Myth to do this.

A one-button "record from aux input" option would be a nice feature, however

On Mon, 6 Dec 2004 09:13:05 -0500 (EST), Cory Papenfuss
<papenfuss at juneau.me.vt.edu> wrote:
> >>     The biggest problem that I've had with doing this is recording
> >> profiles.  I suspect I'm still a bit ignorant on how they work, but adding
> >> another set of recording profiles certainly didn't do what I was
> >> expecting.  Also, I haven't found how to choose a recording profile in
> >> Manual scheduling, so I have to temporarily make the 'Default' profile
> >> with the settings I want (704x480 @ 4500/6000 right now).
> >>
> >
> > I do exactly the same as you to record VHS.  If you want to change the
> > parameters of the recording (e.g. change the profile), you can first set up
> > the manual record, then go into "recording priorities" or "fix conflicts" and
> > edit the options there.
> >
>         Yes, I figured that out, but it does have a big problem.  You
> can't let it start recording until you've set the parameters like that.
> Basically, it requires you to set a manual recording to start for some
> number of minutes in the future (depending on how many "prerecord" seconds
> you've got set it setup).  Then you'll have to quickly exit and change the
> recording parameters before it starts recording.  Finally, you'll want to
> fire up the tape in a few minutes when it finally does start recording.
> Not exactly graceful or accurate.
>         I think what would be good would be the ability to mimic the
> 'Record' button of a VCR.  I don't think it would be too tough with
> facilities already present in MythTV.  I'm thinking of something like
> pulling up the pseudo-channel in the EPG, and it'll have 'Unknown' (since
> there's no listing for your VCR).  If you hit 'R' from there, it'll
> immediately start recording and pull up a 'Manual Recording Options' to
> allow setting the stop time.  Simple, crude, and completely reasonable for
> manual, unscheduled recordings.
>         One other question someone might be able to answer along these
> lines.  This bogus channel I've added ("Channel 99 is a 'CoryAUX' lineup)
> is mapped to the Composite4 on my PVR-250.  It shows up in the EPG, but I
> cannot change channels to it.  It would be nice to be able to WatchTV on
> the bogus channel as a monitor while queuing up the tape (even though it's
> a few seconds' time-shifted).  Any thoughts on why it won't let me change
> to this channel?
> -Cory
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> * Cory Papenfuss                                                        *
> * Electrical Engineering candidate Ph.D. graduate student               *
> * Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University                   *
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