[mythtv-users] Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-USB2?

Scott Alfter mythtv at salfter.dyndns.org
Thu Dec 7 19:15:36 UTC 2006

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Dennis Lou top-posted (grr):
> Matt Hannan top-posted (grr):
>> I had not planned on using this thing for TV, but if it is the only
>> thing I can find to hook the VCR up to MythTV, then so be it.
>> Really, I just would like a vanilla analog USB capture device sans TV,
>> but that seems to be a really rough thing to find!
> This is not your only option.  There's also the Plextor ConvertX.

I've used both of them, and the Hauppauge is (for my purposes, anyway) superior
to the Plextor.  The Plextor supports MPEG-4, which can be more
space-efficient, but (with the last driver I tried, anyway) it won't properly
capture interlaced video (which is 100% of analog TV).  It insists on
deinterlacing everything before encoding, and I believe it does so with
something naive like blending fields.  If it detected 3:2 pulldown and removed
that properly, that would actually be pretty cool...but it doesn't.  Hauppauge
MPEG-2 compressors (whether PCI or USB) do proper interlaced encoding.  If you
want to archive a recording, you can choose the appropriate deinterlacing
method when you edit and reencode the video.

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