[mythtv-users] Convert mpg to avi

Josh Rosenberg mythtv at desh.info
Thu Sep 20 17:24:45 UTC 2012

On Thu, Sep 20, 2012 at 11:53 AM,  <mythtv-users-request at mythtv.org> wrote:
> Message: 5
> Date: Thu, 20 Sep 2012 09:52:47 -0400
> From: "Peter Bennett (cats22)" <cats22 at comcast.net>
> To: mythtv-users at mythtv.org
> Subject: Re: [mythtv-users] Convert mpg to avi
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> 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.
> Peter

I would very much like to see your x264/mkv method; thanks for the offer!

One question: Why .mkv over .mpeg?  Can .mpeg containers not support
x264, or is this a preference based on licensing, or something else?


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