Going OT: mpegging shows (was: TV tuner cards...

From: Roger Merchberger <zmerch_at_30below.com>
Date: Tue Jan 29 14:32:08 2002

Rumor has it that Lawrence LeMay may have mentioned these words:

>1) The file size is HUGE. My card saves the video as AVI, which is good,
>but I use Windows 98se, which has a 2Gig file size limit. And yes, that
>2Gig limit per file is a big problem. Once the file is compressed, its
>near that big, but still it can be difficult to record a 2 hour movie
>since i hit the limit right about then. And when I hit the limit, poof,
>the file is worthless (gotta love windows, eh?).

Eeewww... :-(

>2) The video capture resolution is very low (320x240). So its only capturing
>every other scan line, and its capturing only half the horizontal resolution
>in order to compensate. In other words, only about 1/4th of the video
>image data is being captured.

Eeewww... :-(


>All in all, it is kinda fun to capture an hour of Enterprise, edit out
>the commercials and compress the remaining 45 minutes of video, then burn
>about 3 shows onto a CDrom... The data compressing part is where you wish you
>had a raid, and a very fast AMD processor.

Now, if you're looking to archive TV shows to VCD/SVCD, the best way (for a
hardware hacking standpoint, anyway) is to get youself a standalone TiVo
unit (not Sony - go for Philips), preferably an older one with a small hard
drive so you can upgrade it yourself, get a TivoNet setup so you can
install your own network card, and let the Tivo do the recording & just
download it onto your nice fast dual Athlon machine [remember that dual
athlon machine I caught hell for recently? This is what I use it for...],
transcode the video to fit on an SVCD, and enjoy 2200kbps 480x480
resolution shows trimmed of commercials on your SVCD-capable DVD player.

Wanna know how I do it? Go here:

it's long -- it's ugly -- but I've had a lot of folks use it to get TV
shows onto SVCD.

'Nuff said,
Roger "Merch" Merchberger
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Received on Tue Jan 29 2002 - 14:32:08 GMT

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