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RE: [MPlayer-users] Funny sound RFI when encoding from PCTV
[Automatic answer: RTFM (read DOCS, FAQ), also read DOCS/bugreports.html]
The insides of a PC are very noisy. That's the main reasin cases
are made out of metal.
It says the PCTV can carry sound through PCI instead of going analog.
That's why I use to wuzz out of Linux to get rid of that sound encoding
problem. When TV programs are grabbed in 'that other OS' at least I can
post-process later using mencoder. Anyway, it comes down to Linux user
habits rather than mencoder having problems (has it been any huh? :) )
In either OS I'm free of any sound disturbance when watching TV live. The 90
min grab I tried (aiming for a CD size) had to be discarded bc of a quite
disturbing rrrumble. I'm looking for a good way to pinpoint the source of
this (PCI? CPU? the wires themself?), but I must try the PCI bus in the
meantime if this hasn't been disabled in mencoder.
Even if you could make a shield that would surround the entire
card, the poor card design will always get some noise from
the inexisting insulation of ground plains from the digital
and the analog areas.
I had to discard an SAA-7134 card I've tried earlier. I cured visible
problems having an unused PCI videocard in between (I didn't try to grab
anything). Let it r.i.p.
That said, I grabbed the pricyest card at the stand. The PCTV Pro performs
very good in either OS (all channels, stereo, groovy enough sound for my
use) but I'd like my machine to run Linux as much as possible. I hope that's
Linux funker for meg!
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