Updates on the 6200c
Fri May 18, 2007 · 525 words

A while back I reported about my experiences with the ProCaster 6200c DVBc PVR device. I've now done a bit more research into free playback, transcoding and editing solutions and here are some results:

It seems AVR is much more than a simple MPEG2 container I thought it to be before. It's more like a VOB, containing anything from video and subtitles to alternate audio tracks. Another interesting discovery I made while playing with ProjectX was that DVB actually supports text-to-speech. Here's a sample of the audio track of this clip. Notice how it's overlaid on top of the original audio.


./mencoder -oac mp3lame -ovc xvid -xvidencopts bitrate=1000 ~/test.AVR -o test.avi

This turned out to be a pretty interesting little experiment. It makes me think there's really no tool out there specifically for the Mac that does what I need. ProjectX was a really nice surprise, but since the biggest motivator for me in all of this is archival (the HD on the PVR is just filling up), then it's not quite what I need. Ideally we'd have a tool into which you through a batch of AVR's straight off the box, select the subtitle track and have it cut out the ads and encode a typical ~1mbit/s 720i high-quality XviD out of it. Even an easy-to-use AVR -> XviD/AVI batch-encoder would be a step in the right direction.

Maybe I'll just have to try and make one…

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