[mythtv-users] Does anyone have this video card?

Nick knowledgejunkie at gmail.com
Thu Sep 21 17:28:36 UTC 2006

On 21/09/06, James Oltman <cnlibmyth at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > I've had a MythTV set-up for a month now and the PVR-350 sounded like it
> > would be ideal when I started out. However, due to all 8 reasons listed
> > above, I installed an FX5200 yesterday afternoon and now consider it the
> > best €40 I've spent on the whole system.
> >
> > > When I was using the PVR-350 decoder in this way, the quality of the
> > > output easily surpassed that of my ATI Radeon card's TV-Out via
> > > S-Video.
> >
> > Yes, I have to agree that the actual picture quality from the PVR-350 is
> > very good.
> >
> > Ian
> Yeah, I've read that the 350 TV out support is soon to be a thing of the

I fully accept the PVR-350 comments made by Ian and apologise for not
presenting a more balanced opinion on the current state of support (my
experiences are from last year using the 0.18 release.

Does this waning support affect running a proper X session on the
350's  driver and not just  running a regular X session on your video
card and then just using the PVR-350's decoder for LiveTV and

> past.  I really need a card with video out that looks extremely close to
> LIVE TV.  I can do the following with the TV I'll be using,
> Coax
> Composite
> S-Vid
> Component (Analog Only)
> Was my idea of a card with component out at 480i a bad idea?  Thanks.

To get the best possible output video from your system, you need to
highest quality input video (the GIGO principle). How are you getting
you video into your PVR cards? Are you using a suitably high bitrate
for your MPEG2 recordings?

Component is I think possible with NVidia cards for SDTV (see
http://mythtv.org/wiki/index.php/ComponentOut for pointers) but I
can't say how much difference you can expect to see when compored to
S-Video output.


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