Encoding of TV programmes...

Roger Burton West roger at firedrake.org
Thu Feb 28 04:15:09 EST 2013

On Thu, Feb 28, 2013 at 09:02:17AM +0000, stephen wrote:
>Here is the 'instructions' for the TV: 
>http://wstaw.org/m/2013/02/28/plasma-desktopfk3286.png  Is there a way to tell 
>get_iplayer to record TV directly to a format that my old TV can 'see' and 
>play without having to post-process? If not, could you suggest some ffmpg 
>settings (or other encoding app) which would do it reasonably quickly? I use 
>WinFF at present, but I am not sure exactly which ffmpg parameters it uses, 
>just that it takes a very loong time! I would be glad to report the settings, 
>but  can't find a log file for winFF anywhere.. I use opensuse 12.2

Well, one answer is to do

ps -fwwwwC ffmpeg

while the thing's running - that'll show you the full command line
that's been fed to ffmpeg.

That said, looking at the instruction page, I'd probably start with

  -i infile.m4a
  -acodec pcm_s16le
  -vcodec libxvid
  -b 2000k
  -vf scale='min(1920,iw):-1'

and be ready to twiddle things.

Yes, you really need to feed it those single quote marks - if you're
doing it from a shell prompt, it'll probably look something like


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