[mythtv-users] Am I doing this correctly ?? - trying to import mpg files, so that I can use mytharchive...

Paul Harrison mythtv at dsl.pipex.com
Sun Dec 3 23:58:00 UTC 2006

Stephen Kitchener wrote:
> Hi List.
> I am asking if this is the correct sequence and If It could be more 
> efficient....
> I and using the composite input to a Hauppauge 150 to connect the outout of a 
> video tape recorder so that I can archive some home video's onto DVD, using 
> the cutlist maker etc...
> This is working well, apart from the files being quite large, 75 mins being 
> about 3.5gb.
> I then put the resulting mpg into the same directory as the output from 
> mythtv's normal operation, (TV shows etc).
> To add the mpg into the database so that I can edit it via the cutlist, I run 
> myth.rebuilddatabase.pl (I had to fix the error about missing Time::Format by 
> making an rpm as it's missing from the basic install and atrpms. This 
> works....
> So now it's in the system and myth.rebuilddatabase.pl and the last thing that 
> myth.rebuilddatabase.pl did was make a seektabel. However, when I try to make 
> a cutlist, I get the error, "no seektable" and it fails to enter edit mode 
> (via the E key).
> This is where I'm not sure if I am doing it correctly, I then pass the file 
> into transcode to make the system create a seektable for the imported mpg 
> file, by selecting transcode from the menu whilst its playing. This works, 
> BUT creates a file that is TWICE the size of the original and it's suffix is 
> nuv (If that is important)
> Making a cutlist works, but when I try to archive the mpg, dvdauthor returns 
> an error 1, when I look at the log and see what length the file is that it's 
> trying to archive with, it's length is 0. and when I try to mplex these files 
> together I get errors reported along the lines of 
> Stream e0: data will arrive too late sent(SCR)=50949558 required(DTS)=50949419
> So, can someone please help - where am I going wrong...Am I supposed to be 
> able to do this ??
> Any help appreciated.
> Steve
I think your making this a lot harder than it should be. What I do goes 
something like this.

Set up an input to the composite input on your card and added a channel 
connected to that input. Don't select any grabber associated with the 

Then whenever you need to archive something to DVD from another source 
start live tv and go to the composite input you set up. Press R to start 
recording and press play on the playback source. When you want to stop 
recording go to the Watch Recording screen and press INFO to show the 
popup menu. On there is an option to 'Stop Recording'. There is also an 
option on 'Recording Options' to edit the title and subtitle.

You can now play, edit and archive the recording like any other. There 
is an option in MythArchive to edit the other metadata if you need to.

I've made sure my recording profiles record with DVD compliant settings 
so I don't have to do any re-encoding later when I create the DVD.  
Works great for me.

Paul H.

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