[mythtv-users] More Transcode questions

Ryan Steffes rbsteffes at gmail.com
Tue Sep 7 13:35:12 EDT 2004

On Tue, 07 Sep 2004 13:03:26 -0400, James Pifer <jep at obrien-pifer.com> wrote:
> I'm running Mythtv 0.15.1 on Redhat 9 with a PVR350 and a 250. It's
> running on an Athlon XP 1400+ with a gig of RAM. I have a bunch of shows
> taped that I don't want to delete, but they're using a lot of space.
> (whole point of transcoding I assume....) I'm having trouble getting
> this working or at least seeing the result.
> I have a Transcoding profile. It's NOT set to do it automatically.
> When I start watching a recording I can hit X or bring up the menu and
> start transcoding. Once I do that if I bring up the menu it then has
> stop transcoding, so it's apparently working.
> Questions:
> How do I know it's working?
>         should I see transcode or mythtranscode in processes?
>         should I see something in mythbackend.log?
>         where would I see errors if it isn't working correctly?
> How long does it "typically" take?
> In my "Recordings" directory, will it be the same file name and a
> smaller file size? (MPEG2 -> MPEG4)
> Thanks,
> James

Well, manual checks:

1) Yes, you'll see transcode in background
2) Yes, you'll see beginning transcode and ending transcode in the log.
3) Trickier, if it fails different things can happen.  Check in your
transcoding table in your db for the status code.  If you have a bunch
of .nuv.tmp files sitting around it'll be a clue too.
4) Varies greatly based on compression and CPU
5) Yes, assuming you have it set to not keep the old files, it'll
build a .nuv.tmp then copy it over the old .nuv when it is done. 
It'll look the same, just smaller.

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