PVR manager - Prevent conversion to MP4

Shevek shevek at shevek.co.uk
Thu Jul 5 14:03:40 EDT 2012

On 5 July 2012 18:57, Lorenzo Martinelli * <lnzlists at googlemail.com> wrote:
> On 05/07/2012 18:36, Shevek wrote:
>> On 5 July 2012 17:39, Lorenzo Martinelli * <lnzlists at googlemail.com>
>> wrote:
>>> Hi folks,
>>> Using Windows' PVR manager, is there a way to prevent get_iplayer from
>>> converting the downloaded stream?
>>> I would much prefer download all that I want to download and then use
>>> something else to convert it to the format I prefer, without going
>>> through
>>> the conversion to MP4 stage with (I suppose) ffmpeg.
>> What is your preferred container? get_iplayer has the option to output MKV
> I'd be happy if it would stop after downloading the "partial.mp4.flv" file
> and move on to download the next file in the list.
> I can convert it to mp4 much more efficiently from another machine.
> If get_iplayer does it, it takes up to 45 minutes to convert a 1h program
> (there are reasons, including the network connection, the ancientness of the
> laptop, etc.)
> If I do it from my work computer, the same conversion takes about 10
> minutes.
> Since get_iplayer downloads, converts, moves on to the next download,
> converts it, etc. the exercise takes a long time (and the laptop running
> get_iplayer is what you get by crossing a coffee grinder with a vacuum
> cleaner).
> Instead, if it could download the PVR list, then stop without converting, I
> could convert it all manually, quietly and quickly.

Also, it doesn't actually convert the video - get_iplayer simply calls
ffmpeg to re-mux it from an FLV container to an MP4 container. If it
was converting, it would take considerably longer!

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