[mythtv-users] Video Quality

J. Donavan Stanley jdonavan at jdonavan.net
Thu Mar 11 20:52:48 EST 2004

Tor Hovland wrote:

>Rest assured that you are not alone. Having spent the last week setting up
>my own Myth box, I have eventually ironed out just about all problems (the
>whole thing was very unstable with the stock gentoo sources, but following
>the advice of switching to vanilla sources certainly solved it). The picture
>is very good and I'm quite happy with the system now. However, I can still
>feel (yeah, that's the term that describes it best) the difference between
>analog and Myth/PVR-250, simply because the analog video is much smoother.
>It seems to me that the capture frame rate is just a little too low, and
>when contrasting things move quickly you can actually see how they jump from
>one discrete position to the next, i.e. not the virtually continuous
>movement that we expect from live tv.
It's possible the problem lies on the output side of things and not 
really capture related at all.  My wife once said "it's like watching tv 
on the computer but it's on tv" which was her way of saying it didn't 
look natural...  Lots of tweaking later and she's one happy camper.  In 
fact during A/B comparisons she preferred Myth's output to the Tivos.

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