[vdr] Best practices for running vdr-xine
phelin at googlemail.com
Wed Apr 29 22:17:22 CEST 2009
Lars Olsson wrote:
> I am a happy VDR user since a couple of years ago. Before VDR, I used
> Mythtv but switched due to its hardware requirements and bugs.
> My VDR is an (very) old Duron 700 MHz with 1 Technotrend FF card and 1
> PVR 350 card.
> It has been no problem recording two channels (SD) at a time and watch a
> different recording trough FF card tv-out. FANTASTIC!
> The VDR box is soon going to be replaced by a faster machine, but will
> keep the current tv cards.
> The problem is now to find out how to setup VDR on my new computer.
> Should I use
> - FF-TVout?
> - vdr-xine
> - xine-liboutput?
> By just reading this thread, I can see that people has different favourites.
> My personal fealing is that VDR is lacking recommendations / good
> documentation on how to setup/configure "TV-out" in the best way, or at
> least describe pros/cons for each alternative. Is this a point where
> Mythtv beats VDR? I hope that I am wrong.
> Or have I missed anything?
That depends solely on your display device. If you use an "old style"
CRT or something similar with an interlaced input, your FF-card will
give you the best output. But if you have a progressive display with
preferably a digital input you might want to use a software output
device like vdr-xine or xineliboutput. Even with a reasonably slow
system you can take advantage of vdpau with an nvidia card and have a
perfect progressive output. There are graphic cards with both PCI and
PCI-Express bus connection that you can acquire with a modest expense.
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