[mythtv-users] Using Artigo A1000 as Myth Frontend

Nick Rout nick.rout at gmail.com
Fri Jun 5 02:23:38 UTC 2009

On Fri, Jun 5, 2009 at 2:21 PM, Tim Ashman <tim at ashmans.net> wrote:
> On Thursday 04 June 2009 07:16:28 pm Nick Rout wrote:
>> On Fri, Jun 5, 2009 at 2:11 PM, Tim Ashman <tim at ashmans.net> wrote:
>> > Ok, so I'm new to myth but loving it so far.  I've got a separate backend
>> > with to pchdtv5500 cards and the recording is going great.  I've got
>> > another PC running the a mythfrontend and it works great.  It is like a
>> > 3g, loads of memory, etc.
>> >
>> > Now my problem,  I purchased an artigo a1000 mini itx kit.  This thing
>> > has a via something or other cpu and 1g of memory.  Now I installed
>> > minimyth on a usb stick and successfully can boot the machine, browse the
>> > recorded shows, etc.
>> >
>> > However when I try and either watch TV or a recorded show it is too
>> > jerky.  It isn't a frame dropping kinda jerky, it is like 1 second of
>> > perfect video and audio, then a hard freeze for about 1/2 second, then
>> > 1sec good, 1/2 sec freeze, etc.
>> >
>> > What I am wondering is what would cause this problem?  the minimyth loads
>> > entirely in ram, the board is suppose to have hardware support for
>> > decoding and when it works for the 1 second it looks very good.
>> >
>> > Any ideas on how to configure this board, or is it just not fast enough.
>> >
>> > thanks
>> >
>> > tim
>> Is it SD or HD material?
> Well, I'm not really sure to tell you the truth.  The cards are digital cards,
> I'm recording off of the over the air signal, some of the channels do HD but
> some of the shows I'm recording are old ones that are 4x3 when I watch them,
> others are 16x9,  I tried both of them and the same thing happens with both.
> I believe my default recording is the highest possible so I thought that I
> might have to set the transcoding or initial recording to a lower resolution
> but being new to myth I'm not quite sure how to do that.
> If you can tell me how to setup a recording to a really low res, I'll record
> something and test it to see if that makes a difference.
> thanks again for all your help.
> tim

get into the command lime and take a look at the output from

ffmpeg -i filename

where filename is one of the mythtv recorded files.

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