Originally Posted by CavitySam
Steve, I've had a chance to play around with my setup some more and I'm having a few problems. First, let me describe my setup: As I said before, the HD-PVR is connected to my DISH VIP722 DVR and I'm running HDPVRCapture on a G4 1.2 GHz ibook with 10.4. Also, I'm capturing directly to an external 2.5" USB-powered hard drive.
1) I have tried twice to capture a 2.5-hour movie and it aborted recording both times. The first time it stopped about an hour into recording, the second time at about 1hr55m. The PS3 will not play the aborted recordings, claiming the files are corrupt. VLC WILL play them, though.
The encoder is sensitive to busy systems. If the encoder isn't being 'emptied' fast enough by HDPVRCapture then it stalls. The encoder hangs and the HDPVRCapture app cannot recover it. It could just be that a G4 writing to an external drive is an issue. I can try to repro this on a MBP.
First, does these stalls happen when you capture on your G5 to HD?
2) I still cannot get the .m2ts files converted to mp4 using the conversion pane. When I tried on the iBook, I got the "running" status but there was no evidence that anything else was happening. I waited quite a while and gave up. I tried the same file on my G5 and everything seemed to be going fine but then the process aborted - I believe when it began the muxing phase.
HDPVRCapture creates a log file in the same folder that the movie is in. If you're muxing on an external USB drive that's going to take a VERY long time.
3) The conversion pane, in general, doesn't behave properly for me. Every time I try to drag a file into it, it stalls for a moment then kicks the file back out.
That sounds wrong. It scans the file and looks for the audio and video formats, which takes < 1 second on my system, possibly longer on older systems if the file is on the USB2 drive.
Then, if I click the "+", the file shows up along with the next file to be recorded. The next file has the default process applied to it but the recorded file has none.
The assumption here is that you want to chose the filename manually (not using drag and drop). Right click on the file and choose (Choose File).
Just wanted to let you know how things were going. I'm attempting a shorter movie right now. Hopefully everything will go smoothly. Thanks.
Try two things.
1. Try this on your G5 writing to a normal internal drive.
2. Try this on a G5 writing to your external USB drive that you've been using with the G4.
3. Try the G4 recording to the internal drive.
Something is causing the encoder to stall and typically this could be one or two things: 1) either the fact that the host computer becomes very busy and isn't collecting the encoder buffers fast enough. or 2) In the past we've seen the encoder stall if the input video signal breaks, disconnects momentarily, because the STB decides to do strange things with it's HDMI connector (and resets it's output video bus - impacts the component).
Let's try to figure this out.
Good feedback, thanks.
Update: It occurred to me (while I was digging out my G3 350Mhz tower to test with)... Does the G4 ibook have USB2 ports or USB1.1 ports? A quick google says yes. This would also cause long term running issues, if the encoder is unable to deliver high bitrate (>> 1mbps) buffers fast enough.