[mythtv-users] Via M10000

Pane, Chris cpane at vanteon.com
Mon Jun 20 17:20:48 UTC 2005

In my setup - I am planning on using the M10000 as a front end only. My back
end will be where I am going to have a PVR250 doing all my encoding. I am
even going to do download the kernel over the network (Remote boot). 

Any thoughts on how it will perform doing the following?  

Playback of encoded MPEG2 files living on a back end server
Playback of encoded MPEG4 files living on a back end server
Playback of MP3/OGG files on back end server
Possibly play some MAME games
Other basic myth function 



Christopher Pane
Principal Engineer
2851 Clover Street
Pittsford NY
Phone: (585)248-0510 ext 232
Email: cpane at vanteon.com

-----Original Message-----
From: George Nassas [mailto:gnassas at mac.com] 
Sent: Monday, June 20, 2005 10:59 AM
To: Discussion about mythtv; Craig Hagerman
Subject: Re: [mythtv-users] Via M10000

On 20-Jun-05, at 4:03 AM, Craig Hagerman wrote:

> What I am wondering is how the Epia performs at transcoding. I know
> this can take up a lot of CPU power. How long does it take to (remove
> commercials and)transcode an hour of video down to something smaller?
> Can anyone recommend any other small form factor, relatively cool CPU
> / motherboard for my project?

My M10000 performs terribly at transcoding, at least 4:1. In other 
words, a 1 hour recording will take 4 hours to transcode. There were 
some posts recently about how the choice of mpeg decoder (ffmpeg vs 
libav) can make a huge difference in transcoding but I haven't rejigged 
my setup to compare.

There are a few boards around with similar setups to the epia but don't 
have the cpu built in so you have the option of more horsepower there. 
The asus a7v400mx is one although I don't think it has built-in tv-out 
and I think gigabyte has one but I don't remember the model.

- George

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