Well, I've made my first recording this weekend and was only midly successful!
The recording actually went fine (AFAIK
), but playback has been a bit of an issue. Any pointers or suggestions will be appreciated....
The recording path was: SA3250->PowerBook G3 (Lombard) w/FireWire CardBus card->SMB Shared drive (NTFS) over 100Mbit Ethernet.
I then tried to playback the file from the Windows machine it was actually recorded to. I used VLC 0.7.2 under Windows 2000.
The problems are that the m2t file doesn't play back audio except for the occasional stutter, and that movement seems to show tearing/interlacing artifacts. I'm guessing I have one (or more) of the following problems:
1) Writing the m2t file over a network connection to an SMB share didn't work well.
2) The stream is actually corrupt.
3) My playback machine isn't powerful enough to deal with the stream
4) My VLC settings are all screwed up.
I don't think the network is a problem. A test recording made by writing the m2t file directly to my local PowerBook drive exhibits the same problems when subsequently copied to the Windows playback machine and played.
I don't know how to check if the stream is actually corrupt, so any pointers there would be welcome. Also, I don't know what kind of hardware requirements I would need on a PC to playback one of these files. Lastly, VLC has a bazillion options when running on a PC, and I'm sure I can do some optimization there....