[mythtv-users] transcoding widescreen recordings

Peter VanDerWal peter at vanderwal.us
Wed Jul 9 11:02:05 UTC 2008

> From: Peter VanDerWal on July 9, 2008 5:33 AM
>>From: Shawn Flynn on July 9, 2008
>>> Like you, in the meantime, I've created a workaround that suits me
>>> well enough for now. I run a userjob on the letterboxed 4:3 shows
>>> which crops the top and bottom 60 lines off the recording and resets
>>> the aspect ratio to
>>> 16:9 leaving all the other video codec parameters the same as the
>>> original file. What I end up with is a 720x360 16:9 mpg2 recording
>>> that looks almost identical to the original (sans black bars). I then
>>> insert the transcoded file in place of the original, run a commflag
>>> --rebuild, and mythtranscode
>>> --mpeg2 for good measure, and set the 'widescreen' flag in the
>>> database in place of the 'hdtv' flag (just to satisfy my OCD). The
>>> script can be found at
>>> http://shawnflynn.com/2008/07/06/removing-letterboxing-in-mythtv/ if
>>> anybody is interested in using/improving it.
>> Wow!  I just hit W a couple times.
>> But then again, I'm not interested in keeping any TV shows after I've
> watched them.
> LOL. I suppose that is an option, but it wouldn't satisfy my aformentioned
> OCD ;)
> I'm not interested in keeping shows after I watch them either. This is
> just
> so that the fill ratio is correct when I sit down to watch a show without
> me
> needing to fiddle with the fill menu (no room for a 'w' key on my remote
> of
> choice). The userjob automatically runs after the show has been recorded
> and
> by the time I sit down to watch it everything looks right with no
> intervention from me.

How does Myth know if the show is in letterbox or not?

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