[mythtv-users] Transcoding all recordings to h.265

Ryan Patterson ryan.goat at gmail.com
Fri Jun 4 13:55:21 UTC 2021

On Mon, May 24, 2021 at 10:29 AM Fred Hamilton <fred at yonkitime.com> wrote:

> I've been using MythTV for 13 years, but never looked into transcoding,
> partly because I didn't want any quality loss, but also because most people
> seemed to be using it to create smaller files with the commercials cut out,
> and from normal watching I found commercial detection to be amazing but not
> reliable that I would trust it not to delete actual content.  (Although it
> looks like it might be much better nowadays - I watched SNL [usually a real
> challenge] last night and it did a flawless job.)
> But what I'd like to do now is transpose all of my multi-terabyte
> recording collection from .ts to h.265 mp4 (or similar), hopefully keeping
> the commercials in but keeping the commercial cutlist (although maybe it
> wouldn't be a bad idea to re-detect all the commercials with the latest
> algorithm).
> Is that doable from within MythTV?

In the past people have presented arguments that it was actually more
expensive to pay for the electricity to transcode recordings smaller, and
cheaper to spend the same amount to buy larger hard drives.  I'm not sure
what the math says is the optimal solution these days.
Ryan Patterson
May the wings of liberty never lose a feather.
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