[mythtv-users] Convert mpg to avi

Peter Bennett (cats22) cats22 at comcast.net
Thu Sep 20 13:52:47 UTC 2012

On 09/18/2012 03:29 PM, reubencrane at gmail.com wrote:
> Hello,
> I am running mythtv on freebsd. Works great but I am having trouble
> doing video conversion. I successfully used mythtranscode (had to add
> season, episode, and another column to the recorder table) to cut
> commericials and am now trying to use mencoder to convert the
> resulting mpg to avi(mpeg4 and mp3) I can do a single pass but I
> wasn't to happy with video quality during scenes with motion. So now I
> am trying 2 and 3 passes but this always fails on second or third
> pass. Most of the information I have googled seems dated. So could
> someone share their preferred method to convert mythtv mpg to
> reasonable quality file?
> Thanks,
> Reuben
I have been doing a lot of this and I am happy to help. However, I
recommend using x264 and mkv. This gives better quality, better
compression and no audio / video sync issues. The only reason for using
avi and xvid is in case you plan to create SD (720x480 or less) and burn
them onto DVD disks to watch on a standalone DVD player.
Let me know if you want the method for xvid/avi or x264/mkv. I have them
both figured out and get good results.


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