[mythtv-users] Record broadcast television

Ken Schutte kschutte at MIT.EDU
Mon Sep 27 21:48:10 EDT 2004

I can't help you with the tuning to broadcast vs. cable.  But, I am 
trying to do something similar - convert old home movies (on VHS) to 
DVD.  So far, I have just being tuning to cable chan 3 with ptune.pl 
(VCR is on cable chan 3), then using:
 >> cat /dev/video0 > newfile.mpg
Then Ctl-C when done.
This seems to work fine, and you don't have to worry about Myth having 
to record shows according to the listings.  But, I'm not sure if this is 
the best way as far as quality is concerned.

Adam Siegel wrote:
> I have my myth box setup and it is working perfectly.  I even have it 
> working with the MediaMVP (very cool).  Now for the entire reason I 
> purchased the PVR-350 originally.  I want to record all my old home 
> movies from my old camcorder.  The output of the camcorder is meant for 
> a coax in on the television.  This is no problem, I just hook it up to 
> the PVR-350's coax in.  But my profile is setup for cable television.  
> So the frequencies for channel 3 are different for broadcast vs. cable.
> It seems that you just can't hit record in myth and let it go.  You have 
> to associate a recording with something in the television schedule.  
> When it kicks of the recording it also sets the frequency to that of the 
> channel which you want to record (obviously).  I need someway of telling 
> myth to use the broadcast frequency for channel 3 and to just record to 
> a file without a start and stop and channel setting.
> I am able to manually override the frequency setting by using the 
> ptune.pl utility that came with the ivtv package.  But when you hit 
> record, it sets the frequecy back to the cable frequency.
> Any creative ideas are appreciated!
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