[mythtv-users] Recording/live-tv video quality (aka do PVR150 encoders suck?)

Sam Logen starz909 at yahoo.com
Mon Jan 28 04:13:29 UTC 2008

--- Brad DerManouelian <myth at dermanouelian.com> wrote:

> On Jan 27, 2008, at 7:24 PM, Scott Traurig wrote:
> > I finally took the plunge into some equipment that
> has allowed me to  
> > really see what is going on with respect to mythtv
> video quality and  
> > this has begged a few questions.
> >
> > Previously I had a nice but old Sony tube and used
> composite NTSC  
> > video output of the Nvidia 6xxx motherboard. It
> was tough to tell  
> > what was going on, of course. Now I have this
> beautiful Philips LCD  
> > 1080p panel that I got on sale at Costco and a DVI
> connection.Ubuntu  
> > is set to run the standard 1080p resolution
> through the Nvidia GPU.  
> > Results are as follows:
> >
> > PC stuff looks fabulous.
> > Commercial DVD playback looks fabulous whether
> itís 4:3, 16:9 or  
> > widescreen and whether itís coming off the DVD or
> from an ISO file.
> > Live and recorded TV using NTSC composite from my
> set top box into  
> > the PVR150 capture card looks terrible compared to
> the same signal  
> > out of the STB right into the Philips panel. Iíve
> got all profiles  
> > set to run 6Mbps/9Mbps (DVD quality) and going
> higher doesnít help  
> > any.
> > Live and recorded TV using the PVR150 tuner looks
> worse still.
> >
> > I can understand #4 but not necessarily #3.
> Clearly the decoders and  
> > the Nvidia hardware do a fabulous job based on the
> DVD output.  
> > However it appears that the PVR150 encoders pretty
> much suck. Is  
> > this essentially the deal? Is there a better
> solution for tuning/ 
> > encoding?
> Try using s-video on the PVR if you can.
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Also it depends on your set top box and cable
provider.  Your subscription might be for all digital
channels, including your basic channels.  These would
doubtlessly look much better than analog channels you
can get from a tuner on a capture card.

As for connecting your STB to the pvr150, I briefly
tried something like that, and I got pretty poor
results.  I'm thinking you have to match resolution
and bitrates in the recording profile with the
bitrates and resolution that the STB outputs.


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