- Feb 10, 2004
Just doing some research on options for recording TV (OTA or QAM) and transferring them to the AppleTV (in an automated process). EyeTV has this option, just seeing who/whatelse will do it.
1. There is TV tuners Elgato offer that have twin tuners built in. It might be possible to run two separate USB tuners, but I can't say for sure.1) Can you use multiple tuners with EyeTV (to record multiple stations at the same time)?
2) What tuners, aside from Elgatos, are compatible?
3) Other than sitting at a computer, is there any way to schedule recordings (from the ATV, from an iPod touch/iPhone, via SMS/email, etc)?
4) Any sort of estimate about the encoding time when going from OTA HD to AppleTV HD? What about OTA HA -> AppleTV SD, or OTA SD to Apple TV SD? (I have a 2.4ghz C2D iMac, but estiamtes based on any system would likely give me some sort of idea).
5) How reliable is it? Does it crash or require restarts?
6) Is there a keyword serach feature (record any program with XXX in the description, etc)?
7) Where does the programming guide come from? Is it free? Is it accurate
I however find the software merely 'OK'. Poor interface, limited functionality and an unwillingness of Elgato even to respond to suggestions.EyeTV is the best option for doing this. I have yet to find anything that is as good as EyeTV, software wise.
I can say for sure. I'm using both an ElGato HD Home run device (2 tuners) and an EyeTV Hybrid (1 tuner). All three tuners work concurrently with 3.0. Multiple tuners support was included as a "beta" in 2.x.1. There is TV tuners Elgato offer that have twin tuners built in. It might be possible to run two separate USB tuners, but I can't say for sure.
Free. It's ad supported.'73-B...out of interest, is TitanTV actually free, or is it like TVTV and is a subscription with your first year free?
TitanTV is just the American equivalent of Europe's TVTV, and remote scheduling is possible with TVTV, but it is a pay-per-year service.
Canada only just got compatibility for the EPG via DVB. As much as I like EyeTV, they really aren't fully dedicated in this area.Well, here in NZ we're still waiting for Elgato to provide any EPG service whatsoever. With a "real" satellite/terrestrial box you can open the EPG (ie. it comes from the satellite/tower) but EyeTV doesn't seem to know how to display this information, and several different posts in the EyeTV Feature Requests forum have gone unanswered
Just set up iCal to download and install the xmltv ones, I do this once per day and it works fine.Well, here in NZ we're still waiting for Elgato to provide any EPG service whatsoever. With a "real" satellite/terrestrial box you can view the EPG on your TV (ie. it comes from the satellite/tower) but EyeTV doesn't seem to know how to display this information, and several different posts in the EyeTV Feature Requests forum have gone unanswered
Interesting, and I'm definitely going to take a look at what you have done. But I've got a question first - when I export using MPEG Program Stream (define Transport Stream??) I get the original video, however it doesn't take into account overscan.I use HandBrake because it is faster and more customisable for exporting, e.g. I export with different settings for different shows which I know are not HD.
I don't export it at all, HandBrake processes the original .mpg in the .eyetv package as stored by EyeTV in its repository. I don't recommend exporting it since it will probably stuff up your timecodes, and is unnecessary anyway.Interesting, and I'm definitely going to take a look at what you have done. But I've got a question first - when I export using MPEG Program Stream (define Transport Stream??) I get the original video, however it doesn't take into account overscan.
HandBrake will automatically crop the picture - so just leave HandBrake to do it all.I could crop it in HandBrake, but I don't know what EyeTV crops and how much when you enable overscan.
The SVN version of HandBrake is a lot better at handling MPEG Streams, and that is the one I use. It isn't released software so I wouldn't recommend it for general use as yet, but if you are into tinkering, or just want to try out what is coming up give it a go.Also, how do you keep the audio and video in sync? I've had issues when using HandBrake and MPEG Streams.
Newer versions should be better at that.I've found HandBrake will give me an error saying "No Valid Source Found" on some recordings. When I export it as an MPEG Program Stream (uncompressed just giving it as it is) HandBrake reads this fine.
Cropping can be a pain - I don't worry about overscan - don't get anything there that I don't want to seeAs for HandBrake cropping the picture - it still doesn't crop it fully though. I've spent the past 10 minutes resizing the EyeTV window to the exact size of the HandBrake picture settings window to crop it all exactly as it is on EyeTV. I found EyeTV crops roughly 14x14x14x14. However, I can't get HandBrake to make the size 704x386 (source is 720x576), closest I can get is 672x384, while the "keep aspect ratio" box is ticked.
I'm still learning all this, and I'm satisfied with cropping 14x14x14x14 (although I'm going to try fine tune it to see what the exact croppings are EyeTV uses).