Hi, I have been capturing live tv on my pc and I have trouble getting exactly what I want. So I came here for advice/help
What I want to do is end up with a file that will be as close to the scene releases that are made (from well known release groups).
I am using the following capture card: AverTV HD DVR (C027) and using AverMediaCenter to record the stream (connected via HDMI and using a hacked versionthat removed the HDCP protection).
My cable box is configured to output 720p video and I'm capturing from and HD channel
My first concern is what are the best format (and settings) to record the stream in AverMediaCenter?
Should I capture in MPEG-2 or H.264?
What Settings should I use for the capture (for the better format)? (resolution, bitrate, audio setting etc...)
After that I usually need to cut the video file (ie to remove commercials and get the good starting and ending position) I currently use Boilsoft Video cutter.
Should I cut the file before converting it or should I do the conversion first and then cut the file?
right now I was using Boilsoft Video cutter to re-encode the video, but I also used handbrake (if I remember correctly) in the past to convert it to the desired format.
The final format I would want to achieve is to have a MP4 file that is close the the scene standards (not a HD release, I want something like what the group LOL is releasing for The Simpsons).
What should I use to convert and what settings should I use?
I'm asking for a lot of information, but any help would be appreciated. I'm lost in all those settings and options.
If you need more information on my setup/needs I will gladly provide them.
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Capture in 720p with highest possible bitrate. Try h264.
Cut with boilsoft if you can save the video lossless.
Shrink with megui. Use the one click converter and try different presets that matches scene releases.
But I guess many scene releases are made from sources that are digital recorded directly instead of captured.
thanks, I will try that, this helps me a lotThe_Dogg
MeGUI, I noticed that the resulting file has 21fps and this is what I suspect the problem is (Audio seems out of sync) I can't find any settings to specify the fps. any idea?The_Dogg
Post the details from your captured video.
GeneralComplete name : C:\Users\The_Dogg\Videos\20140109123830.mp4 Format : MPEG-4 Format profile : Base Media / Version 2 Codec ID : mp42 File size : 976 MiB Duration : 13mn 24s Overall bit rate mode : Variable Overall bit rate : 10.2 Mbps Encoded date : UTC 2014-01-09 17:38:33 Tagged date : UTC 2014-01-09 17:38:33 Video ID : 2 Format : AVC Format/Info : Advanced Video Codec Format profile : Main@L3.1 Format settings, CABAC : Yes Format settings, ReFrames : 2 frames Format settings, GOP : M=1, N=30 Codec ID : avc1 Codec ID/Info : Advanced Video Coding Duration : 13mn 24s Source duration : 13mn 24s Bit rate mode : Variable Bit rate : 9 854 Kbps Maximum bit rate : 12.0 Mbps Width : 1 280 pixels Height : 720 pixels Display aspect ratio : 16:9 Frame rate mode : Variable Frame rate : 52.795 fps Original frame rate : 30.000 fps Minimum frame rate : 7.059 fps Maximum frame rate : 60.000 fps Color space : YUV Chroma subsampling : 4:2:0 Bit depth : 8 bits Scan type : Progressive Bits/(Pixel*Frame) : 0.203 Stream size : 945 MiB (97%) Source stream size : 945 MiB (97%) Language : English Encoded date : UTC 2014-01-09 17:38:33 Tagged date : UTC 2014-01-09 17:38:33 mdhd_Duration : 804563 Audio ID : 1 Format : AAC Format/Info : Advanced Audio Codec Format profile : LC Codec ID : 40 Duration : 13mn 24s Source duration : 13mn 24s Bit rate mode : Constant Bit rate : 320 Kbps Nominal bit rate : 128 Kbps Channel(s) : 2 channels Channel positions : Front: L R Sampling rate : 48.0 KHz Compression mode : Lossy Stream size : 30.7 MiB (3%) Source stream size : 30.7 MiB (3%) Language : English Encoded date : UTC 2014-01-09 17:38:33 Tagged date : UTC 2014-01-09 17:38:33 mdhd_Duration : 804820
Last edited by The_Dogg; 9th Jan 2014 at 15:30.The_Dogg
Well, don't record at variable frame rate. Record at the frame rate that matches the source.
Your recording says:
Frame rate mode : Variable Frame rate : 52.795 fps Original frame rate : 30.000 fps Minimum frame rate : 7.059 fps Maximum frame rate : 60.000 fps
Instead of AverMediaCenter, try an alternative software. Perhaps AmarecTV ?
My goal is not to have my files on a disc, I'm just trying to have files similar to what the release groups are doing.
I did a capture test with avermediacenter, I captured in MPEG-2 and it gave me a constant frame rate of 60 fps.
but now when I re-encode with MeGUI the resulting file is also 60 fps, is there any way to specify it in MeGUI?
I will also try handbrake to re-encode and see if I can achieve my desired resultThe_Dogg
I also want to make use of the scheduling in AverMediaCenter, but I cannot get it to work at all, the new entry that I create never appears in the list.
So if I were to use another program I would want that it has a way to schedule recording. If you know any please let me know.The_Dogg
Again, look at the standard specs: http://www.videohelp.com/hd#tech
Last edited by sanlyn; 19th Mar 2014 at 09:38.