Like some of you, I'm running Windows 7 Media Center. It's fantastic for recording Freeview TV, but at about 2 to 6GB per hour, the Recorded TV folder fills up pretty quick. Normally you'd be able to export the recorded files to DVD using Media Center, however it can't be done for Freeview recordings because they're in h264 format (within the *.wtv container than W7MC uses).
However, I have found that I can use Windows Live Movie Maker to compress the *.wtv h264 files to something smaller.
Windows Live Movie Maker (Beta)
File to extend the beta to the end of 2009
It's the only thing I've found that works, however it's a crappy solution because:
- Live movie maker is beta software, due to expire at the end of 2009
- it is hamstrung and only outputs to 640x480 30fps or320x240 30fps
- it letterboxes widescreen videos
I really don't know why Microsoft deliberately makes everything so awkward.
The old movie maker 2.6 did allow you to add extra output profiles using windows media encoder, however I haven't yet figured out if that is possible with WLMM. I was hoping some bright spark around here might be able to help...