[mythtv-users] Plextor M402U. Supported or not?

Jim Minihane min02jsm at minihane.tzo.com
Thu Mar 16 20:37:34 UTC 2006

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From: Jesse Guardiani <jesse at wingnet.net>
To: Discussion about mythtv <mythtv-users at mythtv.org>
Date: Thu, 16 Mar 2006 15:13:30 -0500
Subject: Re: [mythtv-users] Plextor M402U. Supported or not?

> Jim Minihane wrote:
> >> Two issues that I've had:
> >> - you can only select mpeg-4, even in 0.19.  I'm not super picky
> about
> >> video quality so it's no big deal, but...
> >>     
> >
> > What do you mean "super picky"? Is MPEG2 visibly better than MPEG4?
> >   
> Yes. You can get them pretty close if you up the bit rate in mpeg-4 to 
> about 6000, but it's still
> not as good as mpeg-2 from a PVR x50. Maybe people don't care, but it 
> bothers the heck out
> of me. (I own a plextor convertx and a PVR 350)
> I'm still hoping to add support for mpeg-2 via plextor soon. I've just 
> been too busy lately to
> get started. sigh.
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> Jesse Guardiani
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Oh, well. I just ordered 2 Plextors. I plan on attaching several to a
couple of backends that lack the room for enough PVR-500s and a serial
card. 2 M402U refurbs is cheaper than 1 PVR-500 with the requirement for
additional PCI slots.
As far as MPEG4 in the Plextors go I'll be running the bitrate as high as
it will go. But how about getting right on that MPEG2 issue. I mean,
c'mon! How can I expect great video if no one else does all the hard work?

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