[mythtv-users] Pvr-500 or Plextor ConvertX, reliability.
abre.chase at gmail.com
Thu Dec 29 09:41:30 EST 2005
I haven't tried transcoding the PVR-150's MPEG2 to MPEG4 yet. But the
MPEG2 looks very nice. I'm playing it through the xbox xbmcmythtv
frontend on a 43" Samsung DLP. Of course it all depends on the
quality of the source. I'm capturing from s-video from a digital
cable box. The digital and HD channels look great, the analog
channels are not so great.
The quality of the Plextor MPEG4 was also very good. I had the myth
box hooked directly into the 43" TV when I was setting it up. It did
have some playback issues, but they were probably related to the
machine being low end.
Since I couldn't get the MPEG4 to playback on the xbox, I decided to
just move to the PVR-150 / MPEG2. Around the same time, a friend gave
me a better motherboard, proc and ram. The new setup is much better,
but it makes comparing it to the old system tough since it is really
an entirely new machine.
On 12/28/05, Cymen Vig <cymenvig at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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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