EyeTV 2.5.3 and DivX

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  1. macrumors regular

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    Hi,

    I use EyeTV version 2.5.3 on an old MacBook Pro 10.6.8. Occasionally I want to export some clips, and have previously done this using DivX. I currently have installed version 6.7, but would like to upgrade. I have tried 9.1, but it is not compatible. Does anyone know what the latest compatible version is, and where I can safely download it from?

    I would like to upgrade the version on the chance it improves the quality of the compressed files (the original mpeg2 recordings are much sharper than anything I seem to export...)

    Thanks
     
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  3. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the suggestion but I don't really want to upgrade to eyetv3 given that eyetv2 does everything I need, and the original recordings are in a good format. It's just how to compress it without significant quality loss I need support with!
     
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    tkermit

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    I still use 2.5.3 (on 10.6 and 10.8) as well. Any particular reason why you don't export your files to H.264?
     
  5. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Is H.264 good quality resolution on export? I have stuck to 'avi' due to general compatibility across the range of devices I have which I generally use for playback (iPhone, blackberry playbook, SageTV)
     
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    phoenixsan

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    Just for.....

    compatibility and no taxing the computer resources, I use AVI. H.264 and MPEG compression sometimes give problems to computer/video users....

    Just saying from my experience....



    :):apple:
     
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    tkermit

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    I generally use the Apple TV preset which creates a H.264 encoded file at a resolution of 720x576 that (to my eyes) seems very similar to the MPEG2 original. You could alternatively choose the H.264 (quicktime format) preset which would allow you to explicitly set the resolution, data rate and other parameters.
     
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    Here is a link to archive.org's copy of v6.7 which is the same codec as 6.7.2.

    http://web.archive.org/web/20070630050143/http://download.divx.com/divx/mac/DivXInstaller.dmg

    It's the version I use with EyeTV 2.5.3 on 10.4.11 and 10.6.8.

    Divx v7.x.x v8.x.x & 9.0.x for Mac all use codec version 6.8.3.5

    DivX v6.7.x uses codec v6.6.0.0

    One reason I stick to EyeTV v3.2.1 (Build 5721) is that it deals with reception breaks in the MPEG stream nicely. I had difficulty with audio being dropped or stuttering video after reception breaks due to electrical interference in the broadcast. I installed various versions of EyeTV and tested with two sample streams, deleting Elgato's Mpeg2 codec each time.

    However, one thing I cannot get away from on 10.6.8 is very bad artifacts when encoding to DivX compared to 10.4.11. I've tried updating EyeTV, DivX, re-installs, and even disabling the Nvidia hardware encoding kexts (on a MacMini with Nvidia Geforce 320M). After many days trying to resolve it, I've given up for the moment.

    As a result, I'm considering going to h264 and also investing in a USB h264 hardware encoder.
     

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