[mythtv-users] Pvr-500 or Plextor ConvertX, reliability.

Cymen Vig cymenvig at gmail.com
Wed Dec 28 18:08:44 EST 2005

On 12/28/05, Abre Chase <abre.chase at gmail.com> wrote:
> I can't speak for the PVR-500.  But, I just traded out my Plextor for
> a PVR-150.  The MPEG4 format was more trouble than it was worth for
> me.  I could not get it to play on the xbmcmythtv front end - even
> with the patched mplayer.  I also had some performance problems on my
> machine because its fairly low end - just didn't have the horses to do
> MPEG4 very well.
> The Plextor had good driver support from the chipmaker (WIS) through
> the DIVX device forums, but all the devices features aren't available
> in MythTV.  You're must use MPEG4 although the device can also do
> MPEG2.  The Plextor/MythTV integration also did not support changing
> the audio/video bitrates very well.
> It seems like there are a lot more people using the PVR150/250/500.
> Because of the popularity, you get more of the card's features built
> in MythTV and better support from the community.
> That was my experience in a nutshell.

How does the Hauppauge MPEG-2 compare to the Plextor MPEG-4? How about
to transcoded Hauppauge MPEG-2 to MPEG-4? I realize quality is always
tricky to describe but what would you say?

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