I purchased a Dvico Fusion HDTV5 RT Gold tuner card in December. I have it connected to TW cable in Akron Ohio using the QAM signal for HD recording. I recorded the Ohio State BCS game (should have deleted the file but haven't yet). I recorded 5 hours for the pre game and game which took approxmiately 33.5GB. Here is what I am able to do with this .TP file.
I like to play all of my multi-media files with Media Player Classic. To find out what codec's and framerates are used when playing a file in MPC, go to FILE, PROPERTIES and DETAILS. I also use a program called GSPOT to find the codec's and framerates used in a file.
Using VideoReDo Plus I was able to automatically remove ALL commericals. The .TP file was converted to a .TS file of approximately 22.5GB for this 5 hour recording.
I could have used Avi.NET or AUTO GORDIAN KNOT to convert the .TS file to a .AVI file. Both are EXCELLENT FREE programs. A word of caution when using these programs. Uninstall any old versions of Xvid before installing this software. You may have video/audio sync problems otherwise. I also STRONGLY recommend that you read the FAQ and Tutorials on their web sites before using the software.
Avi.NET requires you to download two support packages (with multiple software installs in each package) and install them. So it is not a simple one button install like Auto Gordian Knot is.
The next conversion I did was to create an .MPG file and the DVD folder structure (VIDEO_TS) files on my HD using the FREE software HDTV2DVD. Using the 22GB .TP file as input, this software created an 11GB .MPG file and the DVD folder structure (Video_TS) which included 11 .VOB files of 1GB size. I realize that an 11GB DVD is not possible but it plays great from a hard drive!
Then I could have used the FREE software ImgTool to make an image (.ISO file) of a DVD Folder(VIDEO_TS) and also burn it. I could have used the FREE software VOB2MPG to join my 11 .VOB files together creating a single .VOB file.
I hope this gives you some ideas what you can do with the programs that you record using your Fusion card.
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However I like to use projectx. I use it to convert to mpa to cut out commercials with mpg2cut2. Then I use projextx again to demux the commercial free mpa into m2v and ac3. From there I go to tmpgenc and create a dvd compliant mpg file and remux the downconverted video with the original ac3. Then I take the new merged, commercial free mpg with ac3 and load into Tmpeng Dvd Author. Works great. I haven't done it in awhile but I used that approach. I believe soopafresh posted that information awhile back. Works beautifully.Donatello - The Shredder? Michelangelo - Maybe all that hardware is for making coleslaw?
I think mpg2cut2 is a GOP level editor, isn't it? -- which means you can't always (read "can seldom") do a clean edit. Key frames don't conveniently coincide with the best in and out points.
Although it has the downside of being a proprietary app, VideoReDo is a fantastically useful _frame-accurate_ MPEG2 editor, and very simple to use. It doesn't do L- and J-cuts, so you sometimes need to compromise between the sound and vision tracks, but on the whole I can usually reckon to do completely invisible excising of ads with VideoReDo.
If anyone knows of an open source app with this kind of capability, I'd love to hear about it.