Have you ever noticed how the incorrect spelling or grammar is so apparent in other blogs. But you never see them in your own!
I write it; re-write it; amend it; and then proof-read it (three times). Subsequentially Jan or Bill point out all the obvious errors. I guess I’m just a “Big Picture” personality and sub-consciously can’t be bothered with the “little details”! And I had to re-write this paragraph twice.
Yesterday we took our Network Media Tank (NMT) out of storage and temporarily connected it between the aerial and the TV. The NMT has two DVB-T (terrestrial) tuners. In Australia we would use one tuner to record a program to the hard drive whilst watching another channel using the second. The UK has a much larger choice of channels which means we will occasionally want to simultaneously record two channels. Actually we could simultaneously record three channels as the TV also has the ability to record data to a usb thumbstick.
When we first purchased the NMT we were were recording and keeping raw data, but this starts to rapidly fill the hard drive. To avoid this I started using Avidemux (freeware) to convert the captured programs from the broadcasted MPEG2 format to MPEG4. By doing this the recorded data is compressed to approximately one sixth of it’s original size. The NMT still recognises and plays the compressed AV data. Avidemux also has the ability to cut out the advertisements.
Back in Australia Avidemux had no problem in converting the recorded data. However there must be something different about some of the data being transmitted in the UK as occasionally Avidemux wouldn’t compress the sound. It would just gets ignored and the end product was a silent movie! My solution has been to first separate the captured video and sound tracks using StaxRip (more freeware). Then recombine and compress the separate video and sound files using Avidemux.
The plan is to install the NMT in Waiouru. In anticipation 12v and 230v power cables have already been run as well as two coaxial cables and an HDMI cable.