[mythtv-users] New to building computers and MythTV

jedi at mishnet.org jedi at mishnet.org
Wed Mar 21 18:47:49 UTC 2007

> On Wednesday 21 March 2007 12:29, Jon Sustar wrote:
>> > What types of broadcasts do you want to record, HiDef or Standard TV.
>> Standard TV
> If you use tuners that do MPEG-2 (or MPEG-4, but that's rarer) encoding in
> hardware, the CPU and disk space requirements for this will be low
> compared
> to what you'd need for HD content. You could probably get by with a
> ~600MHz

   True. However if you want to transcode this into something smaller
then any CPU horsepower you throw into the whole system will go to good
use. Also keep in mind that any Linux box on the home network can be a
transcoding slave (much like SETI @ home).

   If you can tolerate the divx compression artifacts you can get a 4:1
increase in your effective storage. So, even an Athlon 64 X2 might pay
for itself in terms of effective disk capacity.


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