[mythtv-users] Plugging a non-TV source to a capture card line input?

Krzysztof Adamski k at adamski.org
Fri Oct 24 13:33:04 UTC 2008

On Fri, 2008-24-10 at 02:11 -0400, Michael T. Dean wrote:
> On 10/24/2008 01:31 AM, Jake wrote:
> >>> Use v4l2-ctl --set-input to set the input of your device (v4l2-ctl --
> >>> list-input if you don't know which one to use), then cat /dev/videoX >
> >>> myfile.mpg is much easier than setting up a fake tuner, making sure
> >>> mythtv doesn't use it, then schedule a manual recording. Just make
> >>> sure nothing is scheduled to record while you're using that tuner. You
> >>> can always remove the input connections from mythtv-setup for that
> >>> tuner, restart the backend, then put them back when you're done so you
> >>> know it won't try to use the tune while you're recording from your VCR.
> >>>       
> >> Sure, I could totally bypass mythtv and do what you say, but I was kind of
> >> hoping to be able to see the video mostly live and be able to hit record
> >> around the right time (yes, I know about the liveTV delay, which is why I
> >> say "about").
> > you can definitely setup the tuner in myth and do a custom record but
> > if you go the cat /dev/video route you can always view the mpg in real
> > time using mplayer which is easier.  there are a lot of ways to do
> > this and using myth is always an option but you incur the "penalty" of
> > the scheduler so doing it manually is easier IMHO.
> Jake and Brad are right.  Using MythTV to digitize old tapes is like 
> using a Ferrari to haul lumber (or like using a long-bed pickup in a 
> street race--point being it's the wrong tool for the job).  Here's why: 
> http://www.gossamer-threads.com/lists/mythtv/users/232857#232857

Also (I may be wrong) if you hit record, it saves not from the point you
hit record but from the point you started to watch.

I think the main advantage of using myth for this is to be able to use
the video editor to generate the cut list. 

On this note is there a Linux video editor that is as easy to use as the
one in myth?


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