[mythtv-users] First Impressions and Transcode Questions
tim_milstead at yahoo.co.uk
Fri Dec 2 09:11:43 EST 2005
I recently installed mythtv on Ubuntu using the default supplied apt-get
I must say a huge thank you to Isaac for his hard work in producing such
a fantastic piece of software.
Here are my initial thoughts and impressions followed by a (sigh)
transcode (and other) question.
DVB-T Avermedia 771
AMD Sempron 64bit 2600
1. My wife is impressed, believe me this is praise in deed (she once
described my commercially used special effects software with the words
"Oooo speccy graphics". That's speccy as in Sinclair ZX Spectrum!
2. I was going to buy a freeview PVR but MythTV's extras like MP3 and
photos won me over.
3. Program choosing is great - I love picking Movies off the list.
4. Watching a recording while making another works without a glitch.
Some suggestions (much easier making them then coding them), problems
1. It took a very long time to setup - not exactly plug and play
although I'll be much quicker next time.
2. I had to hand edit the MySQL channels table (in phpmyadmin) to get
the xmltv and channels to match up. I had to add the XML tv id's by hand
a delete a load of null (serviceid) channels.
3. It would not automatically tune in all the channels without some
numbers obtained from dvb tune.
4. EPG data using MHEG-5 from the DVB-T would be really really nice.
5. I don't seem to be able to slideshow photos from more than one
directory - if I'm not doing something wrong it would be nice to have
6. Given the low resolution of my TV and the high resolution of my
photos it would be nice to have an Apple screen saver style transform
that slowly zooms in or out of a point in the photo while it's being shown.
7. I shoot panoramic photots - it would be nice to be able to pause and
pan through these are just slowly scroll them.
8. Question: I sometimes miss the beginning and end of programs. I know
I can fix this by adding time either side but this stops me correctly
recording back to back programs on different channels since the extra
causes and overlap clash. Can myth use the program guide to be more
accurate. Is there an equivalent of PDC? I guess this relies on the TV
companies being accurate which I doubt happens all the time. Yes, I use NTP.
9. Question: There appears to be no transcode always option in the
settings. Am I missing something? Is the fact that I am using DVB-T mean
that it is not available? Does transcode still leave it as nuppel video
file (.nuv) but only change the internal codec? If I create my own job
using nuvexport to transcode files will Mythtv still be able to find and
play the transcoded file?
10. It would be nice to ditch mySQL and have a single all-in one xml
config file for the backend (and one more for the front end). I know
this would require loads and loads of work so I guess it is just a dream.
Thanks in advance for any help.
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