[mythtv-users] Confused about mythtranscode

Robert Tsai rtsai1111 at comcast.net
Tue Jun 7 15:49:22 UTC 2005

On Mon, Jun 06, 2005 at 11:33:50PM -0600, Devan Lippman wrote:
> What mythtranscode converts it to depends on your settings, for my
> they bocome mpeg4. What I really use it for is to edit the file down
> using the cutlist **cough** no commercials **cough**. I'd say the
> combination of the two about triples my recording capacity. You can
> set this all up in the transcoding profiles from the frontend

Keep in mind that this is a second task to perform on your recording
before you can watch it.

If you typically just watch something and delete it right away, then
it's probably not worth using mythtranscode; you may as well set up
your recording profile to record down to the desired bitrate and be
done with it.

I believe another "interesting" use for mythtranscode is if you are
doing software encoding at capture time and don't have the CPU to get
it down to your target bitrate in realtime, or if your capture card
doesn't do encoding (e.g., pcHDTV).

And yes, the obvious "interesting" use for mythtranscode is to remove
commercials (and possible disk space savings) for long-time archiving.
But I think lots of people prefer to use nuvexport/ffmpeg via "User
Jobs" for those kinds of applications.

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