[mythtv-users] advice needed on HD-3000 and PVR-350

Keith C mythtv at keithandjill.com
Mon Dec 12 23:40:18 EST 2005

On Dec 12, 2005, at 10:29 PM, Brian Foddy wrote:

> On Monday 12 December 2005 02:19 pm, Chris Gentle wrote:
>> Hi.  I'm considering purchasing an HD-3000 and I'd like a little
>> advice.  I currently have two Hauppauge PVR-350 cards in two
>> separate machines.  Both machines have fairly low-end hardware so I
>> use the decoder on both 350 cards.  Output is excellent, by the  
>> way.  :)
>> If I purchase one of these cards, can the captured files from the
>> HD-3000 be transcoded into a stream that can be played back through
>> the 350's decoder?  The machines are really not fast enough to play
>> back without the decoder.
>> Speaking of transcoding, does MythTV use the actual 'transcode'
>> program or does it use its own internal transcoding?
> If they can't play a standard NTSC stream, no way will they
> do a HD stream, and the pvr350 can't help you.
> To play a decent HD stream, you need some pretty good hardware.
> I've been "living" with a P3-1400 and it will barely play with XvMC,
> but I would't recommend it.  I'm about to build a much faster
> machine, AMD 64X2, but that's overkill.

I upgraded from an AMD AthlonXP 2800 to an AMD Athlon64 3800+ X2  
(dual core) just to be able to play back HD content from my HD3000  
without having to use XvMC (which I never got working right).  It  
takes some beef to watch Conan in 1080i and resize it down to my 720p  

Keith C

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