FreeBSD PVR -- any suggestions would be helpful

Steve O'Hara-Smith steve at
Mon Oct 18 00:59:07 PDT 2004

On Sun, 17 Oct 2004 13:35:37 -0500
"Mark Beaver" <beaverm at> wrote:

> I'd like to build a FreeBSD based PVR station with at least Svideo output
> and ideally digital coax sound (maybe not dolby digital) 
> Currently I have:
> P3 350

	You had better look at a PVR250 or PVR350 card with on board mpeg
encoder or get more CPU, my AMD XP2000 can do real time full resolution
mpeg (1, 2, 4 whatever) encoding but nothing signaficantly slower will.

	You might manage full resolution realtime to Nuppelvideo format
with that CPU and then recode to a more compact format at leisure.

> 448 Megs of ram


> 160Gigs of storage

	Probably plenty.

> If anyone thinks I'd need more hardware, please by all means let me know
> what you've had work for you, (working on a budget so nothing extra
> ordinary) I more or less just want a system that will record reasonably
> well, and possibly play back simultaneously if possible (given budget)

	Simultaneous playback is pushing it.

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