My cheap HDTV (part 2)

A quick recap (for more details see previous HDTV post)

    Five years ago, before HDTV, PVRs, Tivo or Dish (at my house)

  • TV was simple & REAL LIMITED (ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS or Fox)
  • Networks owned the schedule & image quality was low
  • recording a game meant 4 hours on a crappy VHS tape
    Three years ago Ben started college and …

  • Pride of Oklahoma Marching Band
  • We captured glimpses of him on VHS, but couldn’t share them via net
  • poor clips that only parents would love (or recognize).
  • didn’t even try getting a VHS clip to my computer or iPod to share!
    Two years ago we subscribed to DISH Network

  • $40 per month with dual-tuner DISH PVR (Personal Video Recorder)
  • improved image quality
  • expanded channels so we could see ALL the games!
  • PVR alowed us to manage the schedule
  • $90 DVD Recorder to keep content on DVR-Rs
  • used Handbrake to rip DVR-Rs to computer for sharing
  • sharing still took hours!
    • record to PVR (4 hrs for 4 hrs of game),
    • copy from PVR to DVD-R (4 MORE hrs),
    • rip DVD-R to computer (more hrs !!),
    • edit out unwanted commercials or find wanted clips (more hrs !!!)
    • extract 3 second clips and share via net finally!
    last week I found the Miglia TVMini HD via Amazon for only $107 + Shipping!

  • Now the sequence is faster and more logical for sharing, but slightly techie
    • record HDTV stream to computer via Miglia TVMini HD (4 hrs for 4 hrs of game),
    • use EyeTV (came with TVMini HD) to edit (1-2 hrs for 4 hrs of game),
    • use VisualHub to convert clips for library (720p) and sharing (iPod)
    • burn video to DVD-R only when that’s what you want (rare for me I think)
    This is much more sensible, with much higher quality

    • we manage schedule (record when it’s offered, watch when we want)
    • capture quality is loss-less (as good as the broadcast, 1920×1080 for the Super Bowl)
    • it’s easy to watch shows & clips on our iMac, PowerBook, iPods and TV (via S-Video)
    • we can skip commercials (when we wish)
    • unwanted segments are excluded before conversion for library or iPod
    • HOURS saved copying, ripping & converting only wanted clips

      also

    • an Apple Mac MIni should make a nice dedicated PVR computer
    • other iTunes & iPhoto content could be shared via a dedicated PVR computer
    Notes to consider

    • 4 hours of 1920×1080 HDTV used about 30 GB of disk space, so about 40 hours would use about 300 GB
    • I captured Super Bowl XLI in 30 minute segments, about 3.8 GB each … this worked well
    • Jack Johnson, 23 mins, 1280×720, used about 2.2 GB
    • Jack Johnson, 23 mins, 640×360, used about 450 MB
    • French in Action, 30 mins, 640×480, used about 1.5 GB
    • French in Action, 30 mins, 640×489, (EyeTV) exported to iPod (Best), 640×480, used 311 MB and took 4.5 hrs to export on my PowerBook G4 1.67 GHz
    • Ghost Rider commercial, 30 secs, 1920×1080, used 62 MB
    • Ghost Rider commercial, 30 secs, (VisualHub) converted to 0480×0270 MP4 H.264 High, used 3.7 MB and took 3 mins to export on my G5 Dual 2.0 Ghz
    • Ghost Rider commercial, 30 secs, (VisualHub) converted to 0960×0540 MP4 H.264 High, used 12.7 MB and took 3 mins to export on my G5 Dual 2.0 Ghz
    • Ghost Rider commercial, 30 secs, (VisualHub) converted to 0960×0540 MP4 H.264 High, used 12.7 MB and took 7 mins to export on my PowerBook G4 1.67 Ghz
    • without a dedicated computer this isn’t available to my family
    • my family is NOT interested in editing or converting content
    • without DISH we’re limited to (ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS or Fox) again
    • not sure what I need to have hear AC3 5.1 Audio
    • Miglia TVMini HD is HDTV only, but that’s not a big problem
    • we need some disk space for this, but 300 or 500 GB drives are low cost

With a dedicated computer and no editing just watching HDTV content MIGHT be pretty easy and enjoyable. Even without editing, you still gain the high quality of HDTV and time management value of a PVR.

dws.

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