[mythtv-users] MythDVD rip & transcode

Trey Thompson treythompson at gmail.com
Wed Feb 7 15:59:51 UTC 2007

> Hi,
>    I just decided to try using the MythDVD.  I ripped a couple 16:9
> anamorphic movies with DVD rip.  I selected the Excellent option for
> the rip, and I have the option to use xvid enabled.  I'm using
> 0.20-fixes on Fedora Core 4.
>    The resultant file has black bars added to the top and bottom.
> When I play it on mythvideo on my HDTV it does not fill the screen but
> rather has a black border on all four sides.  The width is larger than
> the 4:3 area of my TV though, so I'm not quite sure what ratio the
> file is in.
> Here is the log from mtd regarding transcode.
> 17:35:35: launching job: job dvd 1 1 2 1 -1 /var/storage/shows/DEVIL_PRADA_WS
> 17:35:35: transcode command will be: transcode -i
> /var/lib/mythdvd/temp/DEVIL_PRADA_WS/vob/ -g 720x480 -f 0,1 -M 2 -V -y
> xvid,null -A -N 0x2000 -o /dev/null --print_status 20 --
> color 0 -R 1,twopass.log
> 17:35:35: job thread beginning to rip dvd title
> 17:41:20: a client socket has been closed
> 17:45:25: a client socket has been opened
> 17:51:09: job thread finished ripping dvd title
> 18:04:36: a client socket has been closed
> 18:05:07: DVD removed
> 18:59:46: transcode command will be: transcode -i
> /var/lib/mythdvd/temp/DEVIL_PRADA_WS/vob/ -g 720x480 -f 0,1 -M 2 -V -y
> xvid -A -N 0x2000 -o /var/storage/shows/DEVIL_PRADA_WS.a
> vi --print_status 20 --color 0 -R 2,twopass.log
> The resulting file looks pretty good, sounds good from the little bit
> I watched, it just seems that the aspect ratio of the resulting file
> isn't quite right.
> I did find this on the Wiki at
> http://www.mythtv.org/wiki/index.php/User_Manual:Daily_Use
> Options available are dependant on the DVD inserted
>    * Perfect : Available for all Discs. Makes an exact copy of the MPEG file
>    * Excellent : 4:3 and 16:9 non-letterboxed Only. Transcode the
> MPEG file at a high bitrate. Resultant files size is approx 2GB
>    * Good : All Other . Transcode the MPEG file at average bitrate.
> Resultant file size is approx 800MB
> I'm pretty sure that non-letterboxed is the "enhanced for widescreen
> tv" or "anamorphic" style of movie, but I may have that backwards.
> I'll try good on a movie and see how it turns out.
> Thanks in advance.
>  Billy

I'm REALLY not good enough yet to know, but, I did notice that the
command is this:

"transcode -i /var/lib/mythdvd/temp/DEVIL_PRADA_WS/vob/ -g 720x480 -f
0,1 -M -V -y xvid,null -A -N 0x2000 -o /dev/null --print_status 20
--color 0 -R 1,twopass.log"

So, it's forcing it to 720x480.  Not sure if that's it or not.

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