Trying to solve the HDTV dilemma

I have a basic dilemma with regards to HDTV. I can capture this amazingly high quality video (1920x1080), but cannot play it back on my system. I have a few choices here:

  1. Get a faster system (no way)
  2. Wait until all of this XvMC, nVidia driver, MythTV HDTV Patches to CVS version 0.15 stuff works itself out
  3. Upgrade to kernel 2.6 and basically start all over again.
  4. Transcode down to something more manageable.

Option four at this point seems to be to best because it also solves some disk space issues, as HDTV content usually takes up about 10 Gigabytes for each hour recorded.

I'll post more on my transcoding experience when I get a chance.

2 comments:

Geoff Scott said...
8:37 AM

John,

Wondering if you made any progress on the HDTV end of things. I'm 2/3's of the way to a HDTV system myself (DirecTV tripple LNB dish and HD receiver), just about to purchase the TV.

Thought I would try you here rather than the mailing list.

-G-

John said...
10:13 AM

Yep.

I've made quite a bit of progress. Things are so stable right now with my 2.4 kernel and the pcHDTV card that I really didn't want to upgrade to Fedora Core 2 (kernel 2.6), so I decided to record, and transcode the shows. I have had great success doing it. I really enjoy the quality after I transcode and the more I do it, the better I get at optimizing the filesize/quality/output resolution/deinterlacing/etc...

If you have any specific questions, please feel free to contact me directly john at sturgeonfamily dot com