[mythtv-users] Re: How slow can we go, cpu wise? P2-333?
Mark J. Small
msmall at eastlink.ca
Sun Feb 27 18:01:18 UTC 2005
On February 27, 2005 12:35 am, Justin Gombos wrote:
> I appreciate all the responses.
> The approach I'm taking is that I have a solution (P2s looking for a
> home) and I'm looking for the problem. The goal was to get encoders
> and decoders doing all the work, so these systems can be recycled as
> Without giving it much thought, I figured high definition would be
> feasible since the encoders and decoders are doing all the work
> anyway.. but apparently a couple GHz is needed just to move the data
> So it was starting to look like a P2-333 could be used as just a
> server box that captures standard definition TV. But Mark Small
> killed that idea when his p2-333 couldn't even capture standard
> definition realtime TV with it.
> Anyway, I'm glad I posted here before trying it. You folks saved me
> from some frustration. These boards will probably have to be tossed
> into the landfill or I'll have to find another job for them.
My problem was that I didn't have a good capture card. I was using a Matrox
Marvel which hardware encodes to mjpeg, a codec which seems to take a TON of
CPU to decode. The hardware decode never worked for me with mythtv.
With a pvr 350 you should have no problems at all.
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