[mythtv-users] Partly OT: Converting HD content in MPEG2-TS to DVD compliant MPEG2

Steven Adeff adeffs.mythtv at gmail.com
Fri Mar 10 04:21:08 UTC 2006

On 3/9/06, N Dugas <normdugas at yahoo.ca> wrote:
> Steven Adeff wrote:
> > On 3/9/06, N Dugas <normdugas at yahoo.ca> wrote:
> >
> >>I'm looking to see how other people convert their HD content to DVD
> >>compliant mpeg2.  I've tried using nuvexport with both transcode and
> >>ffmpeg but both do not seem to work.  I get rolling colors.  The
> >>mencoder option with nuvexport does not even list a DVD option.  I can
> >>however export to DVD regular SD content.  I have some Austin City
> >>Limits shows in HD I'd like to put on DVD.
> >>
> >>avidemux2 will not open MPEG2-TS files.
> >
> >
> > yes it will. I do it often.
> >
> >
> >>Captures are done over firewire from a Motorola DCT-6412.
> >>
> >>Any help/pointers are appreciated.
> >
> >
> > I use mencoder, its more of a hassle but since its time based and not
> > frame based (like avidemux, or I might have this backwards, I
> > forget...) it works much better. You have to manually setup the
> > filtering etc. depending on your source, though for the most part
> > 1080i is all the same and 720p is all the same, so that makes it easy,
> > I've created scripts for the encodes I do (many "hr.hdtv" and some
> > 1080p or 720p encodes).
> >
> > The mencoder online manual talks about encoding to DVD so start there.
> > http://www.mplayerhq.hu
> >
> > --
> > Steve
> Did you have to do anything special to open MPEG2-TS files with
> avidemux2?  I try to open the .nuv file and get some errors (any .nuv,
> regardless if it's HD or SD).  I'll post the errors when I get home but
> basically it says that it can't open the file.

it's the nuv container, get a non-processed mpeg2 file out of MythTV
(ie don't transcode it, though you can use the mpeg2 lossless cutting

> I've triend mencoder using the example DVD command but I end up with a
> lot of skipped frames (1 to 2 every second) and the resulting video
> seems jerky.  I haven't spent a lot of time yet boning up on the
> gazillion (is that a number?) suboptions.  I was overwhelmed by the volume.

it all depends on the filter your using. Each frame progression format
will have a different filter combination to make it work properly. As
well, many HD stations are using really strange frame ordering that no
current filter can properly process to 24fps video to which you would
have to encode each frame in conversions.

> Thanks again Steve.  You are a wealth of information.  Thanks to you, I
> was able to get my DCT6412 working at almost 100% (I have to screw
> around with my setup for a while if the PC or the DCT get powered off).
>   Just out of curiosity, which distro do you run Myth on?

I install with Kanotix and use the regular Debian repositories for updates.

> Next step, which I hope will be this weekend, is going to .19.  I
> haven't done so yet due to time constraints.

backup your database, the transition isn't always smooth.


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