[Gllug] usb, hardware based h264 encoding

Minty mintywalker at gmail.com
Wed May 30 12:26:09 UTC 2007

I'm after a hardware based, usb H264 video encoder.  There is the ADS
Instant Video To Go [1] which is Windows only, and Elgato Turbo.264
[2] which is Mac only.  I cannot find any references to linux

Any suggestions?

Background: I have a Mythtv (front and backends) running on Ubuntu on
a Mac Mini with a couple of Freecom DVB-T (Freeview) USB tuner sticks

99% of the day to day operations controlled via the Apple 6 button
remote, so very non-geek friendly.  Non geek compatible was a key
requirement.  Aka no ssh / keyboard / command prompt rubbish required.

Boots ratpoison as the WM and "while (1) mythfrontend".  Frontend can
be restarted via the remote, taking care of the occassional

Re-encoding to h264 isn't essential, but it sounds like a nice add on,
and it would make an "export for ipod/psp" feature a lot more do-able
if I had hardware encoding.

[1] http://www.everythingusb.com/ads_instant_video_to-go_12252.html
[2] http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2007/05/24/review_elgato_turbo264/
[3] http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=freecom+usb+dvb-t
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