[mythtv-users] IPad and mythtv.

Scott Kidder kidder.scott at gmail.com
Thu May 27 17:07:31 UTC 2010

On Thu, May 27, 2010 at 5:55 AM, Raymond Wagner <raymond at wagnerrp.com>wrote:

> On 5/27/2010 08:33, Phil Linttell wrote:
>> There's a whole variety of mobile devices and
>> embedded TV front-ends these days, and it's simply not practical to do
>> static transcoding of all recorded content to each potential target.
> Why not?  iPods, phones, PSPs, are all going to have similar capabilities
> in terms of their hardware decoders (and none in terms of software
> decoders).  TVs are likely able to playback anything you record directly.
>  That means its a single transcode to support most devices available.  A
> near term plan for MythTV by one of the devs is to rework the storage of
> recordings, to allow multiple files to be stored against a single recording.
>  This would significantly improve management of multiple transcodes.

 It would be wonderful if a single encoding could be used with all devices,
but I don't think it is realistically possible.  The bit-rates and
resolutions for small mobile devices (iPhone, Droid) are going to be
different from those used with tablets (iPad) or your high-def television.
On-the-fly transcoding is a very difficult feat.  I think that the best
solution for now is to have a powerful MythTV back-end with a multi-core
processor that can transcode recordings shortly after recording.

--Scott Kidder
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