[mythtv-users] Transcoding to mp4 to reduce file size

Chris Isip cmisipster at gmail.com
Sat Nov 10 14:37:07 UTC 2007

On Nov 9, 2007 7:16 PM, Dan Wilson <dwilson at dslextreme.com> wrote:

> On 11/9/2007 at 6:31 PM Chris Isip wrote:
> > I'm hitting the limits of my file storage.  I was wondering if there is
> > a
> > way that I can transcode the mpeg2 programs to mpeg4 and still let the
> > videos be viewable in mythtv "Watch Recordings".
> >
> > Thanks
> > Chris
> >
> I use the internal transcoding available in myth to convert mpeg2 into
> mpeg4.  I get about 50% reduction in size, bringing an hour of SD tv down to
> about 1 GB.
> HTH,
> Dan.
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I was looking more towards a reduction  in size from 1.43  GB to 200 MB for
a 1 hour SD show.  I found a ffmpeg formula for transoding to ipod touch and
it did just that.  The quality was acceptable for playback fullscreen on my
TV as well , but mythtv will not play it ( I tried renaming the transcoded
file to the original filename).

Has anybody used ffmpeg or mencoder to achieve this.  I'm not really sure
what myth thinks the video should be before it can play it.  Theres probably
going to be some database edits as well.

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