[mythtv-users] BBC HD h264 how to handle

Neil Dunbar neil.dunbar at pobox.com
Thu Nov 15 09:18:54 UTC 2007

On Wednesday 14 November 2007 23:57:49 Michael T. Dean wrote:
> On 11/14/2007 11:38 AM, Neil Dunbar wrote:
> > ISTR that the BBC H.264 stream has some features which are only supported
> > by the latest and greatest ffmpeg - probably later than most distros are
> > using. So it might just me a case of waiting for the upgrade cycle to
> > take care of it, or building ffmpeg from SVN and being brave.
> Myth doesn't use the system-installed ffmpeg libs.  It has its own
> customized versions.

In that case, there's even less likelihood of having PAFF and all the other 
H.264 goodness as part of 0.20.2 - which would mean that BBC HD streaming 
might have to wait a bit longer.

But I don't think that there's anything fundamentally wrong with MythTV such 
that it won't display LiveTV from BBC HD. Probably just a combination of 
slightly older ffmpeg and the fact that decoding HD H.264 is a serious bitch 
on computer load. One day, we might figure out how to use Nvidia's 
proprietary H.264 acceleration extensions in the 7/8 series chips, but I'm 
not holding my breath.



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