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Record from VCR ?
PostPosted: Sat Jun 02, 2012 10:19 am Reply with quote
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Can someone remind me what utility to use to record from a VCR to a 5500 ?
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 09, 2012 7:37 am Reply with quote
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The easiest way is to use vlc. I originally tried to setup mythtv to record from a vcr on channel 3 but I eventually abandoned that idea in favor of vlc. Here are the steps that I used for a mythbuntu system. You'll probably need to change a few settings depending on your hardware, OS and region.

  1. install required packages

    sudo apt-get install ivtv-utils v4l-utils alsa-utils vlc

  2. list all frequency maps

    ivtv-tune -L

  3. write down the freq. map that corresponds to your region (us-bcast)

  4. list all inputs

    v4l2-ctl -n

    # Input : 0
    # Name : Television

  5. write down television input number (0 in the example above)

  6. list all audio devices

    cat /proc/asound/pcm

    # 01-00: CX88 Digital : CX88 Digital : capture 1

  7. write down the device number - remove extra zeros and replace the dash with a comma (1,0 in the example above)

  8. disable mythtv (to re-enable use "start mythtv-backend")

    sudo stop mythtv-backend

  9. choose the television input (from step 5)

    v4l2-ctl -i 0

  10. switch to the right frequency map and channel [61.250 MHz] (from step 3)

    ivtv-tune -tus-bcast -c3

  11. test the audio and video - press play on your vcr and make sure to hit the tv/vcr button (use the device number from step 7 for the input-slave)

    vlc v4l2:///dev/video0:width=640:height=480:fps=29.97 :input-slave="alsa://hw:1,0"

  12. capture and encode video as mpeg/ac3 - replace the dst path with a valid one

    vlc v4l2:///dev/video0:width=640:height=480:fps=29.97 :input-slave="alsa://hw:1,0" --sout '#transcode{vcodec=mpgv,acodec=a52,vb=3000,ab=256,venc=ffmpeg{keyint=80,hurry-up,vt=800000}}:standard{dst=/home/UserName/Desktop/test.mpg}'

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