[mythtv-users] Transcoding basics

Alen Edwards allen.edwards at oldpaloalto.com
Mon Jun 30 17:29:19 UTC 2008

I am trying to get started with transcoding.  I have read all the wikis 
I can find and looked back at all the postings this year.  I have also 
Googled the subject.  The instructions were helpful in that they allowed 
me to actually have a job run. 

I want to reduce file size of some of my recordings that I will be 
watching on the Tv and not the projector.  I am using Mythbuntu 8.04 on 
a AMD 5400+ machine with 2G fast ram and 6200 video.

I ran a transcoding job on one of the programs that I have recorded.  
The job completed and reported this:  3.1GB => 5GB or something close to 
that in the status page.  That didn't look encouraging.

I thought I would check the file size myself.  I cannot find where the 
job went.  I looked in the recordings folder and there is nothing there 
recorded today.  I looked on my Desktop, nothing there.

Bottom line: I clearly don't know what I am doing.  I would like someone 
to point me to a nice tutorial on the subject.

I would like to have this done by selecting a transcoding option when I 
schedule the show for recording.  As much as possible, I would like to 
stick to built in functions.  I am not going to record this to DVD or 
put it on an iPod.  Just want to save a months worth of Jepordy and not 
fill up the disk with them.


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