[mythtv-users] New to Myth, comments/questions (Mac FE, distributed setup w/ servers and FE machines)
fancypantalons at gmail.com
Thu Jan 4 22:18:07 UTC 2007
> Also, the video quality seems to be a fair bit worse then the tivo.
> Right now I'm not doing an apples to apples comparison (since the Tivo
> source is a satellite box and the myth input is the pc3000). But is
> that expected? What kind of video quality should I expect with a mac
> mini doing output via s-video? Will output via DVI be much better
> (for NTSC video)?
How are you capturing? I pull in S-Video from my DSTB into a PVR-150,
capturing at 720x480 with an average bitrage of 4500 and a peak of 6000, and
it loooks as good as going straight into the TV (IMHO).
When I start to watch a show (ie select it from the recorded shows) I
> get about 10-15 sec of a black screen before the playback starts. Is
> that normal?
On pre-recorded?? Wow, that seems very slow. I see *maybe* 3-5 seconds.
I'd bet there's something wrong with your setup... maybe there's something
telling in the frontend or backend logs?
In general, does my plan (big server w/ 3 tuners, mac minis as FE
> machines, etc) seem like a realistic plan to get a nice easy to use
> home AV system?
Seems perfectly reasonable to me. As you note, if you want HD, you'll
likely need more horsepower on the frontend, but since I'm only running SD,
I can't really help you there. :)
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