[mpeg2] Hardware Mpeg2 Encoding

sebastien Pastor spastor at center.com
Thu Jul 28 11:19:01 CEST 2005

Hello !

This is my first post to the list: so hi all !
Hoping you won t laught too loud when reading this post as i am rather 
new to video stuff in general ... :)
I ve been asked to produce some Mpeg2-TS output (this output will be 
carried out by our satellite provider). The video sources i have are DV 
files. So i thought i could use ffmpeg to transcode to MPEG2 PS then VLC 
to convert into TS but ... our satellite provider requirements are 
strict  : they want : 2500Kb/s rate in CBR.. Using ffmpeg the result is 
not sooo good (many artifacts visible) and even after fiddling around 
with the thousands of mpeg2 options i can t get a good result .... So i 
thought i ve reached the limit of software encoding ... ?
So here are my questions to you mpeg2 experts : do you think if i move 
to an mpeg2 compression card i should be able to get better results even 
@ low rates with strict CBR ? Would you recommend a card for this 
purpose ? Have heard about the hauppauge 350 card, do you reckon i 
should go for this (even it looks like it is a TV Tuner as well ...) ? 
If yes how could i proceed to make the card compress my DV files (using 
VLC ?)

Sorry if those are silly questions but any answers will help me to 
understand where i am going.



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