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looking for alternate software for WINTV PVR 250

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Anonymous
May 15, 2004 11:58:34 PM

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It's a good card but I would like to capture AVI files as well or even
be able to select a custom size for the MPEG2 files which the lame
software it comes with doesn't allow. Any ideas?
Anonymous
May 17, 2004 5:18:23 PM

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shiner wrote:

> It's a good card but I would like to capture AVI files as well or even
> be able to select a custom size for the MPEG2 files which the lame
> software it comes with doesn't allow. Any ideas?

Try BeyondTV from http://www.snapstream.net.

It's awesome. I use it in the living room instead of a Tivo.

But, the PVR-250's strength is hardware mpeg encoding. Go ahead and
capture in mpeg-2, since that takes no CPU cycles and gives extremely
clean, good quality, then convert to AVI Divx off-line.

BeyondTV has a feature that will automatically convert your mpeg-2 files
to AVI during off-peak times (I think the default starts at 3 AM but you
can change that).

Personally, if I'm going to convert to AVI I use VirtualDub-mpeg2 and
strip the commercials in the same pass.

Keith
Anonymous
May 17, 2004 5:19:20 PM

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shiner wrote:

> It's a good card but I would like to capture AVI files as well or even
> be able to select a custom size for the MPEG2 files which the lame
> software it comes with doesn't allow. Any ideas?

I meant http://www.snapstream.com.
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Anonymous
May 17, 2004 9:21:57 PM

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"shiner" <tvshrine@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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> It's a good card but I would like to capture AVI files as well or even
> be able to select a custom size for the MPEG2 files which the lame
> software it comes with doesn't allow. Any ideas?

I use SageRecorder with very good results. It has options for about 8
different quality levels, one of them should fill your needs.
(This is different from SageTV, which also works well if you want PVR
functionality.)

http://www.sage.tv/sagerecorder.html
Anonymous
May 18, 2004 5:42:09 PM

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In article <40A91E48.C0812010@hotmail.com>, clarkphotography@hotmail.com
says...
>
> shiner wrote:
>
> > It's a good card but I would like to capture AVI files as well or even
> > be able to select a custom size for the MPEG2 files which the lame
> > software it comes with doesn't allow. Any ideas?
>

Does the 250 come with WinTV2000 or something else? In WinTV2000 for my
350 card you can set the mpeg bit rate. Using the hardware mpeg encoder
to capture AVIs might be asking a little much.
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Anonymous
May 18, 2004 5:42:10 PM

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Chris Phillipo wrote:

> In article <40A91E48.C0812010@hotmail.com>, clarkphotography@hotmail.com
> says...
> >
> > shiner wrote:
> >
> > > It's a good card but I would like to capture AVI files as well or even
> > > be able to select a custom size for the MPEG2 files which the lame
> > > software it comes with doesn't allow. Any ideas?
> >
>
> Does the 250 come with WinTV2000 or something else? In WinTV2000 for my
> 350 card you can set the mpeg bit rate. Using the hardware mpeg encoder
> to capture AVIs might be asking a little much.
> --
>

It comes with WinTV2K

WinTV2K is worthless in my opinion...

Don't bother installing it.

If you want to capture straight to AVI off the air, then you might want to
consider a cheap WinTV-Go and ShowShifter.

I'm not a fan of ShowShifter though.
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