[mythtv-users] Mythtranscode dies - any alternatives?

Brian Wood beww at beww.org
Sun Nov 18 00:09:50 UTC 2007

Brian Foddy wrote:
> On Saturday 17 November 2007, Brian Wood wrote:
>> Brian Foddy wrote:
>>> I'm trying to archive "The War" episodes, and some are slightly over 2
>>> hrs, won't fit on a std DVD, so I'd like to cut them in half.  If I
>>> create a simple cut list, MythArchive starts up mythtranscode, but it seg
>>> faults before it can complete; so the archive skips the cut list and
>>> proceeds with the original recording.  Probably some minor corruption in
>>> the recording (1080i HD).
>>> The original recordings play ok, so is there any other way I can trim
>>> them down?
>> Have you considered just using dual-layer DVDs?
>> beww
> Some, I've also had some problems with those, and I'm not sure
> if its the dual layer format, my dvd player, or the recording itself.
> It wasn't very successful.

First thing I'd check is if the DL recording plays back OK in the drive
that recorded it, if it doesn't then the recording is almost certainly bad.

As you alluded, not all standalone DVD players seem to handle recorded
DL disks in the same way, and DL seems (at least to me) to be more
sensitive to media than single-layer ones.

Back to your original question, I usually take the Myth recording and
use ProjectX and the command line tools to burn it, certainly not as
elegant or as simple, but I've found I get recorded disks that work in a
lot more different players, both SL and DL.


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