[mythtv-users] Plextor ConvertX Mpeg-2?

Byron Poland wpoland at gmail.com
Sun Feb 5 04:40:44 UTC 2006

On 2/4/06, Jesse Guardiani <jesse at wingnet.net> wrote:
> Hello,
> I bought a ConvertX recently because I wanted to try out
> Mpeg-4 compression. I've decided that I don't like Mpeg-4 very
> much. The compression is decent (700MB/hr vs 2.1Gb/hr in mpeg-2),
> but the quality is noticeably worse. Pixelation and screen
> artifacts are common. It's not as polished as Mpeg-2. And burning
> Mpeg-4 to DVD via MythBurn isn't possible currently, so the
> cons outweigh the pros.
> Anyway, the redeeming quality of the ConvertX is that it's
> USB, which is a definite benefit as I'm out of PCI slots at
> the moment. So I'm thinking about keeping it around in case
> I ever have a need for multiple tuners.
> But I still don't like mpeg-4. I know the ConvertX is capable
> of recording mpeg-2, but I can't figure out how to make MythTV
> 0.18.1 request that format from the ConvertX. It doesn't seem
> to be an option in the Plextor Mpeg-4 recording profile.
> Am I missing something? Is there a way to do this in 0.18.1?
> Alternatively, is this a new option in 0.19? Or am I out of
> luck?
> Thanks!
> --
> Jesse Guardiani
> Programmer/Sys Admin
> jesse at wingnet.net
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Mythtv only support mpeg-4 from the convertX.  I'm not sure if the
developers are adding support for the other formats.  I've found if I
crank the bit rate up pretty hi, mpeg-4 looks okay.  I'm so used to
HDTV now though, that anything else pal's in comparison.

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