[mythtv-users] Using MythTV as a non-TV recording device

David Watkins watkinshome at gmail.com
Thu Dec 22 03:52:29 EST 2005

On 22/12/05, Ryan Green <thecapitalizt at gmail.com> wrote:
> The place of my employment currently has a setup where presentations
> are shot with a camera, and then currently recorded onto a VCR, and
> then captured from that tape onto a Computer for DVD. Currently, this
> takes us too much time and effort, and we'd like to go directly from
> camera to MPEG-2, and then record that with external software (doesn't
> have to be on the mythbox). We have a Hauppage PVR-250 which has an
> mpeg-2 encoder lying around, so we're thinking of dropping that into a
> box along with mythtv. Then, the files would be accessed over the
> local network for burning with Adobe Premiere.
> I'm not going to be recording TV with this at all, just programming a
> record button onto our AMX system and hooking it up to the computers
> serial port. How should I go around this? Is mythtv even the right
> choice?

Well if that's all you want to do then mythtv is probably a bit over
the top, particularly since manual recording is a bit fiddly in

Once you've got the ivtv drivers working then the following command
works very nicely for creating mpeg files that can be converted to

dd if=/dev/video0 of=~/yourfile.mpg bs=64k

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