[mythtv-users] transcode mp4 to mythtv playback capable file

Tom Lichti tom at redpepperracing.com
Mon Jun 20 18:33:42 UTC 2016

On Mon, Jun 20, 2016 at 1:48 PM, John Pilkington <J.Pilk at tesco.net> wrote:

> On 20/06/16 16:35, Tim Draper wrote:
>> I have a number of mp4 files screengrabbed by nvidia shadowplay on a
>> windows machine but cannot get my FE to play them.
>> Doing a search i've seen a number of half-information threads on using
>> VLC/external mythtv players, but you cant use SG's with them.Ssome have
>> wrote scripts etc to replace the SG with a fileshare path.
>> seems a bit long winded and i dont have a file share to the mythtv
>> storage folders so would mean a lot of work.
>> has anyone gone the transcode path? ffmpeg would be ideal since it's all
>> setup on my BE.
>> My other problem is i've already tried a few transcode jobs - h264&mp3
>> audio, h264&aac, mpeg2 and i keep coming back to "file cannot be played".
>> vlc codec info on the file sugests the video and audio codecs are identical
>> between these converted mp4 and some other mkv's i have that do work fine.
>> VLC also plays the converted mp4's fine too. I'm obviously missing
>> something specific to mythtv playback.
>> Any help?
> Not specifically shadowplay related, but have you tried
> mythffmpeg -i infile -vcodec copy -acodec copy outfile.mkv  ?
This is exactly what I do with MP4 files now and it works 99% of the time.
For the other 1% I haven't had much motivation or need to figure out why.

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