[mythtv-users] HDTV Recommendations

Preston Crow pc-mythtv04 at crowcastle.net
Thu Sep 23 10:57:39 EDT 2004

On Wed, 2004-09-22 at 17:43, David George wrote:
> Roy Murphy wrote:
> > OK, tell me I'm crazy. I want to record OTA HD content and play it 
> > back on my HD screen. I want to be able to burn DVDs. What should I be 
> > looking for?
> You're not crazy.  However you can't burn HD DVD's until Blu-ray or 
> HDDVD is available ;-) .  You will need to transcode them before burning 
> on a low-def DVD.

My observations are that with the HDTV I've recorded, it's a little over
8G/hour.  So if you cut out the commercials, you can easily fit a
half-hour show on a DVD, and with the newer dual-layer recordable DVDs
you can fit an hour show.  Note that Myth doesn't have support for
editing a video file without transcoding, but there are tools to do just
that with MPEG-2 files (such as from ATSC broadcasts or PVR-250

Of course, this is talking about putting MPEG-2 files onto a DVD disc,
not creating something that will play on a standard DVD player.  For
that, you have to transcode to lower resolution, as current DVD players
don't do HDTV resolutions.


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