[mythtv-users] Slightly OT? MPEG-2 Encoding Quality

Greg Kettmann greg at kettmann.com
Fri Mar 9 16:10:17 UTC 2007

I'm still pondering the many choices for building a MythTV system.  My 
first choice for capture card was a PVR-150 but they're no longer in any 
local stores and seem to be being phased out.  The PVR-350 seems like 
another good choice and it's got the added advantage of having a Video 
(S-Video and Composite) out capability.  This leads to a slightly 
different question.

Is there any difference in the quality of the MPEG-2 encoders? 

One of the side functions of the MythTV box will be to take my old tapes 
(family / camcorder stuff) and convert them to DVD.  There was a thread, 
a week or so ago, discussing software codecs for better quality.  As a 
general rule, are there differences in the MPEG-2 encoders in the cards 
(IE a more premium card gives better output = the 350 over the 150 or 
250)?  Are there noticeable differences?  How about using a software 
codec versus hardware? 

I don't know if it matters but input will be either composite, through a 
VCR (for a few) or S-Video from a Sony DV camcorder (both Hi-8 and DV). 

Thank you, GGK

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