[mythtv-users] Transcoding recordings to play on a Creative ZEN Plus?

B. Rosenstock barry253 at gmail.com
Tue Aug 28 15:19:24 UTC 2007

On 8/26/07, William Munson <william_munson at bellsouth.net> wrote:
> I recently picked up a ZEN Plus 4GB and would like to be able to put a
> recording or two on it. Has anyone been able to transcode to the correct
> .avi format for the ZEN? What settings did you use?

I modified the myth2ipod script for my Zen Vision 30gb - not sure if the Zen
Plus has the same settings, but it's worth a shot.  The audio is great,
video is a little pixelated, need to play around with better settings when I
get a chance but for now it works.

1) Nuvexport:
nuvexport --chanid=$chanid --start=$start $nuvoptions
--filename=$chanid\_$start.$portable --path=$feedpath";

$nuvoptions ="--mode=XviD --nice=19 --cutlist --nodenoise --nodeinterlace
--nomultipass --h_resol=320 --v_resol=240 --v_bitr=440";

2) Mythtranscode (cut commercials):
mythtranscode --honorcutlist --mpeg2 --showprogress --chanid $chanid
--starttime $start -o $feedpath$chanid\_$start.$portable.mpg.temp";

3) ffmpeg to xvid:
ffmpeg -b 800 -y -i $feedpath$filename2.$portable.mpg.temp -f avi -vcodec
mpeg4 -vtag XVID -s 320x240 -acodec mp3 -ab 128 -vol 400

I'm sure there's a cleaner way to do this, but every time I try to combine
two of the steps, the video no longer plays on the Zen.  If anyone has any
suggestions or tweaks, please advise.

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