ET is scheduled for 3 hours. I don't know how long the extended edition is, but the original was under 120 min. I think there will still be plenty of commercial breaks.
I recently recorded the movie "Frequency" with my HiDTV tuner card. The movie was shown on ABC in a 3-hour time slot. Since I wanted to save this movie in my archives, I took the time to edit out all the commercials. In order to do this, one basically needs to find the start and end time within the movie for every commercial. There were twelve 5-6 minute commercial breaks in the three hour running time! After I reassembled the commercial-free movie, the total run time is 2 hours and 2 minutes. This requires 4 DVDs with today's 4.5GB/DVD technology. When the Blu-Ray technology becomes cost effective, I will transfer my archives and get 1 HDTV movie per DVD.
What/how do you capture the transport stream? I assume using a standard capture board (like a DVStorm) in DV (3.5MB/s) would be plenty o' bandwidth, right? But perhaps not enough resolution, thus underminding it, eh?
Yes, the tuner cards such as my HiDTV card record the entire digital TV transport stream at the rate of 19.2M bits per second. This is about 8.5GB of file space per hour on the hard drive. My HTPC currently has three 80GB Seagate 4s and I just ordered a 120GB Seagate 5. (When the 120GB drive is installed, my HTPC will have more than one-third terabyte!) I am using DVD-R media for archiving and I have determined that a 4.5GB DVD will hold exactly 32 minutes and 21 seconds worth of transport stream data with about 1MB to spare.
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