[mythtv-users] Where to start?

Brian Wood beww at beww.org
Tue Jan 9 17:04:58 UTC 2007

On Jan 9, 2007, at 9:46 AM, Stroller wrote:

> On 9 Jan 2007, at 12:44, Brian Wood wrote:
>>> ...
>>> I think 720x576 is that standard for PAL
>> I think I saw something on this list about the BBC experimenting with
>> MPEG-4 variants. That would take more CPU to decode and you can't get
>> any help from XvMC, which only helps with MPEG-2.
> I think that is with only one of the BBC channels, and it's only
> available by satellite. IE: it's very much at the experimental stage
> and even if it's certain that this is the transmission method the BBC
> plan to use for all their channels in the future then it's surely
> several years away from being important to the majority of people.

That's why I said "experimenting with", not "using".

But that doesn't mean he isn't in a position to receive the  
"experimental" broadcasts. Also, things tend to happen sooner than we  
expect in a lot of cases, but perhaps not when a government is  
involved :-)

Just something to be aware of.

It also means that with a slow CPU you can't transcode to MPEG-4 to  
save disk space if you need XvMC to play back your material.

I guess all I was saying was that a 1200 MHz. CPU won't last forever,  
and putting money into such a machine might not be the best thing to  
do. For example buying an AGP video card if you're going to wind up  
upgrading to a PCI-Express mobo soon would be a waste.

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