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Topic # 64872 24-Jul-2010 12:23
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At the moment we record Freeview on our media centre computer with Windows Media centre on Win 7.

The problem is Windows Media Centre records its TV files as *.wtv which I cannot read on my Win XP computer.

When I was trying Win 7 on my computer I tried to play a *.wtv file but the play back of the Win 7 files was choppy as my CPU / graphics cannot handle HD videos.

So because of this I am looking for another program that I use to recorded Freeview and it records in *.mpg and can support dual tuners and works on Win 7 ???

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  Reply # 355770 24-Jul-2010 13:48
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You can't record Freeview in .mpg - all recordings are in .TS format from all major TV applications. .TS is simply a raw dump of the transport stream from the transmission. .TS can be played back by numerous applications, the major limitation if the lack of support for HE-AAC audio in many media players.

The two most popular options are GB-PVR and Media Portal.

If your GFX card doesn't support H.264 hardware acceleration I'd stop right now and upgrade that first. You'll simply be wasting your time installing new software because video will be unwatchable on playback.



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  Reply # 364820 7-Aug-2010 20:39
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sbiddle: You can't record Freeview in .mpg - all recordings are in .TS format from all major TV applications. .TS is simply a raw dump of the transport stream from the transmission. .TS can be played back by numerous applications, the major limitation if the lack of support for HE-AAC audio in many media players.


That’s what I was afraid of  Frown I think I will be going back to the good old VCR's, till I get the money to upgrade my computer in 2 - 5 years time (I just upgraded my computer 4 years ago!)

And as far as I am aware their is no program that can edit *.wtv / *. TS files, and converting them is hit or miss.


sbiddle: The two most popular options are GB-PVR and Media Portal.


Thanks, I will have a look at them.

sbiddle:If your GFX card doesn't support H.264 hardware acceleration I'd stop right now and upgrade that first. You'll simply be wasting your time installing new software because video will be unwatchable on playback.


I think the GFX card can handle H.264 hardware acceleration (It’s a GeForce 7600 GS), it’s more the CPU as it’s only an AMD Athlon 64, 3200+ , 2.00GHz.

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 364840 7-Aug-2010 22:01
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You could try converting the files.
Dont know how practical that is - but this thread has a few people discussing it:
http://www.sevenforums.com/media-center/2202-how-convert-wtv-files.html

Page 2 suggests that SUPER will convert it

The homepage for SUPER says that it does as well:
http://www.erightsoft.com/SUPER.html

SUPER is free.




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  Reply # 364909 8-Aug-2010 07:39
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stu28: I think the GFX card can handle H.264 hardware acceleration (It’s a GeForce 7600 GS), it’s more the CPU as it’s only an AMD Athlon 64, 3200+ , 2.00GHz.


This card does not support h.264 per freeview in NZ. (http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=83&topicid=20310).

You could spend about $100 and replace your gfx card and then your computer should be up to the task.




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  Reply # 364919 8-Aug-2010 09:05
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mentalinc:
stu28: I think the GFX card can handle H.264 hardware acceleration (It’s a GeForce 7600 GS), it’s more the CPU as it’s only an AMD Athlon 64, 3200+ , 2.00GHz.


This card does not support h.264 per freeview in NZ. (http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=83&topicid=20310).

You could spend about $100 and replace your gfx card and then your computer should be up to the task.


The only issue is that the motherboard may still be AGP in which case upgrading isn't quite so simple.

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  Reply # 365138 8-Aug-2010 22:12
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If you are recording in Windows 7 Media Centre you can use Windows Live Movie Maker to convert the .wtv file to .wmv format.

Then use Xilisoft Ultimate Video converter to convert to other less intensive CPU or graphic formats for XP use or whatever.

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