[mythtv-users] Re: Hardware Recommendations?

Daniel Segel mythtv at archer-segel.com
Fri Jun 3 20:54:45 UTC 2005

My PVR-350 at 720x480 produces files that are about 2.4GB/hour with a 
high bit rate, or about 5GB for a 2 hour+ movie. Transcoding can reduce 
that by half again, but it loses quality so I don't bother. Disk space 
is cheap.


Todd Bowman wrote:

> I've looked at the HW MPEG2 encoders but MPEG2 seems to take up too 
> much room.  I tried using the SW MPEG2 encoding in MythTV and within 
> one day my 160GB disk was filled.  Even though I turned on automatic 
> transcoding to MPEG4, the recordings just seemed to get ahead of the 
> transcoding.  Once the disk was full, it couldn't transcode any more.  
> Do the HW encoders produce smaller video files?  I don't remember the 
> exact file size but I think a 2.5 hour program was something like 
> 26GB! (640x480)
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