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Recording from TV tuner card under Linux

From: "Robert A. Kelly III" 
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I have a Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 tuner card I've not used yet and I'm
wanting to digitize some old VHS-C tapes I have, but it seems not to
be quite as simple as I thought it might be. Has anyone here done
something like this before? What setup and software did you use, or
what would you recommend?
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=============================================================== From: Ed King ------------------------------------------------------ My home surveillance (well, part of it) is a PVR-150 on Kubuntu and a CCT camera from Hazard Fraught. Never could get zoneminder to work worth a damn so I rolled my own. --- On Thu, 3/21/13, Robert A. Kelly III wrote:

=============================================================== From: "Robert A. Kelly III" ------------------------------------------------------ Tell me a little more about how that works. I read that there should be several useful device nodes like /dev/video and /dev/dvb/, but I have only /dev/video0 for my webcam. I see the saa7164 module loaded, so I think the kernel is recognizing my tuner card. It has a composite video input which I want to use for this particular project. For something this simple I wondered if I could just use webcam software like cheese, but since I don't see a video device for the tuner card I'm not sure how I would set this up. I also played with setting up mythtv, which seems like a more full-featured solution, but the setup is fairly complex and it doesn't seem to detect my tuner card. Any suggestions?

=============================================================== From: Ed King ------------------------------------------------------ Its been so long since I set it up, I don't remember the details off the to= p o' me head, but sometime this weekend I'll login to the system and run a = few commands (eg: lsmod, etc) and send you the output, maybe that will help= . And then there's some video4linux commands I had to use to set the input= channel, color, brightness, yadda yadda, I'll dig those up and send 'em to= o. For video, I use the "poor man's recording" that was posted to Chugalug abo= ut 10 years ago... cat /dev/video0 > videofile.mpg &; sleep 60; killall cat or something like that That's the bad thing about linux... once you get it set up, it "just work= s" and after 2+ years go by, you forget how you set it all up, lol --- On Fri, 3/22/13, Robert A. Kelly III wrote:

=============================================================== From: Ed King ------------------------------------------------------ oops, guess what I forgot to do this weekend? sorry. I will get the stuff= to you soon... = =

=============================================================== From: Ed King ------------------------------------------------------ I finally got a Round Tuit I don't know if this helps but here's some random info about my PVR-150 setup on Kubuntu. # lsmod Module Size Used by cx8800 34944 0 cx88xx 68132 1 cx8800 bttv 177012 0 video

=============================================================== From: DaWorm ------------------------------------------------------ I've used that card with MythTv in the past. With no analog broadcast TV left it isn't terribly useful on its own. If you have one of the DTA boxes from Comcast for use with old TVs and an IR blaster they can come in handy. My last one died a while back.

=============================================================== From: Ed King ------------------------------------------------------ I find mine to be terribly useful, so much so that I ordered a second pvr-1= 50 off of amazon a few weeks ago (so I can have two cctv cameras hooked up = simultaneously...=A0 more opportunity to catch a glimpse of that #!$*suckin= g census worker who rang my doorbell at 7:30am this morning) --- On Tue, 3/26/13, DaWorm wrote: From: DaWorm Subject: Re: [Chugalug] Recording from TV tuner card under Linux To: "Chattanooga Unix Gnu Android Linux Users Group" Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2013, 12:34 PM I've used that card with MythTv in the past.=A0 With no analog broadcast TV= left it isn't terribly useful on its own.=A0 If you have one of the DTA bo= xes from Comcast for use with old TVs and an IR blaster they can come in ha= ndy.=A0 My last one died a while back.

=============================================================== From: DaWorm ------------------------------------------------------ Yes, still good for that. Of course you don't need the TV tuner portion, just the composite video input. Jeff.