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#1 2006-04-09 13:48:53

rayjgu3
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buying a tv tuner for arch

ok i did some home work
im looking for something to record tv/vhs/camcorder/anything else that will hold movie media into arch for to burn onto dvd
i looked here
http://linuxtv.org/v4lwiki/index.php/Li … in_use_now
my question is does anybody here have any experience with
http://www.plextor.be/products/px-tv402 … 0PX-TV402U
it does look like it is what im looking for with the support
http://hardware.newsforge.com/hardware/ … 3218.shtml
any linux user/junkie would like/need
i just thought id ask before spending the $ on this piece of hardware
im thinking i should add my end goal is to remove tv , vhs & stereo from my home while using a pc with arch as my sole source of media entertainment
which after i purchase my tv tuner i need a giant lcd monitor like 102" or projector
i do believe my wife will say im insane!  lol

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#2 2006-04-09 22:07:10

syamajala
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Re: buying a tv tuner for arch

i have an ati tv wonder ve and it seems to be supported by the kernel. I use the bttv module. I have never actually watched tv on the system though ;-p I can't seem to compile mythtv on amd64 until the nvidia drivers work. So when that day comes mythtv will be the first thing i compile.

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#3 2006-04-11 21:01:34

jakep_82
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Re: buying a tv tuner for arch

I would highly recommend you check out the knoppmyth website.  The forum has a section devoted just to what hardware works well in linux and more specifically in MythTV. 

I'm not familiar with the Plextor tuners, but pretty much anyone will tell you make sure you get a hardware encoding card.  The inexpensive tuners will require the CPU to encode the video, while the better tuners will encode the video themselves.  Take a look at the Hauppauge PVR-150.  It's reasonably priced, has great linux support and does hardware encoding.  That's extremely important if you plan to have multiple tuners in a dedicated HTPC.

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#4 2006-04-11 21:40:20

rayjgu3
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From: Chicago IL usa
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Posts: 692

Re: buying a tv tuner for arch

jakep_82 wrote

I'm not familiar with the Plextor tuners, but pretty much anyone will tell you make sure you get a hardware encoding card. The inexpensive tuners will require the CPU to encode the video, while the better tuners will encode the video themselves. Take a look at the Hauppauge PVR-150. It's reasonably priced, has great linux support and does hardware encoding. That's extremely important if you plan to have multiple tuners in a dedicated HTPC

yeah i know bout a good hardware piece which is why i looking at the plextor it is external
plugs in through usb & it aint a cheapo if you know the name plextor than you know they are pretty much top of the burner cd/dvd with liteon right behind usually at less expensive price the card your recommending looks to be a bit cheaper than the one im looking at by about $150 u.s.  but plextor is offering
but they are offering support this was supposed to be my 3rd link on original post
http://www.plextor.com/english/news/pre … r%5Fpr.htm
so far im still leaning to the plextor PX-TV402U as it does mpeg1 -mpeg4

i will go check knoppmyth website though
thankyou

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#5 2006-04-12 05:38:33

jakep_82
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Re: buying a tv tuner for arch

After reading those articles it looks like the plextor is a nice unit.  MPEG4 is very nice for space savings.  The only warning I have is that if you do plan to burn your recordings to DVD, it must be MPEG2 if you want to watch it on a standard DVD player.  You can transcode MP4 to MP2, but at the cost of time and quality.

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