[mythtv-users][OT] - How grab VHS tapes?

Jim Reith reith at racores.com
Wed Dec 7 09:29:13 EST 2005

At 09:05 AM 12/7/2005, you wrote:
>On 12/7/05, Alessandro Boggiano
><<mailto:boggiano at libero.it>boggiano at libero.it> wrote:
>Hi all,
>usually if I want watch a VHS,I can use the antenna cable between the
>vcr and the tv (I know,the quality is bad),put channel 36 on my tv and
>it works!
>I'd like to do the same thing with my mythtv system in order to recorder
>the vhs tape: so I unplegged the antenna from the tv and plugged the vcr
>as above.
>Should work. I've done this with my VCR, setting myth to channel 3 in my case.
>Not sure what VCR picks channel 36 - does the VCR have a switch on
>the back to
>select which channel to use? (I think mine has a 3/4 switch).

Since it's an Italy email address, it's probably all PAL

>Now the problem is that I can't find a valid channel/frequency with my
>PVR-150: I use ivtv-0.4.0 and the program ptune-ui.pl (I hacked the
>source to have a fine tune to 50) to set the channel.
>But I can'f find a valid frequency!
>I think you can use ivtvctl to manually pick an actual frequency,
>but I'm surprised that ptune
>didn't work without being hacked. Do you normally use the cable
>input on the PVR, or the
>composite/svideo? If you don't normally use the tuner, is it
>possible that you have it set to the
>wrong country frequency sets? (I am guessing that you aren't in the
>US based on the channel-36-VCR,
>since I've never heard of such a thing over here - VHF here only
>goes 2-13, and if you are cable-ready,
>chances are you don't need to use RF modulation on the antenna input)
>For a couple of secs I had a valid picture from the tape,but it disappared!
>Keep in mind that that myth has a large delay, so if you are trying
>things on the VCR, they take a long
>time to show up on the screen (same with tuning channels on the PVR
>- when you change the channel,
>it has to propogate through the card AND through the ring-buffer.

Might be better to use the component or S-video inputs if possible
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