[mythtv-users] Slow, slow, slow transcode

Jeff volckaert jvolckaert at gmail.com
Mon Dec 4 13:24:39 UTC 2006

On 12/3/06, Pete Cap <peteoutside at yahoo.com> wrote:
> I transcoded a video today using FFMPEG--took around 3 hours for a 2-hour
> video and the quality was just awful.  So I tried again using transcode and
> DivX, same properties.  I guess I should have read up on multi-pass
> transcoding before trying, but I just noticed it entered the "final pass"
> after 6 hours of processing...it has another 7 to go.
> So, I have maybe 20 shows I want to transcode so as to free up some space.
> Is there ANY way to speed up this process?  The computer is not great--is a
> 2.4ghz Celeron with 2 gigs of RAM--maybe getting a beefier processor?  More
> Or, if someone can suggest specific transcoding options that will result in
> a recording FINISHING transcoding the same day it is STARTED, that would be
> good too.
> Thanks,
> Pete
What transcode setting where you trying to achieve?  When I run
pdatranscode on an hour long show it takes about 15 minutes.  I shrink
it down to 320x240 300K bitrate which comes out to about 150M.  This
is on an AMD 1700 with 500M ram.  I'm using mencoder's lavc codec
(mpeg4) with pdatranscode.


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