Quote Originally Posted by two4two View Post
OK, I'm going to close this thread as resolved. And I'd ask the moderator to either move it to the correct forum or to delete it if there is no such forum or he (or she) doesn't have the authority or the time or the interest. I think it'd be a valuable thread in the correct forum.

Here's my resolution: I am not using MythTV for this purpose (per several replies here.) However I WILL use MythTV once I get my satellite FTA DVB-S2 system. I have taken the advice of replies here and am using ffmpeg command line to record. It works great and the HD-PVR works great too! mplayer has the capability to do it, and supposedly so does MLT (but I haven't verified it).

Thanks all and I do hope the moderator finds a good home for this thread.

My commands:
# Audio IN 0=RCABack 1=RCAFront 2=SPDIF

# Video Input IN 0=component, 1=s-vid1(front) 2=composite1(front)

# video bitrate mode 0=VBR, 1-CBR

# audio_encoding [3=AAC - 4=AC3]
v4l2-ctl --verbose -d /dev/video1 -c audio_encoding=4

v4l2-ctl --verbose -d /dev/video1 --set-audio-input=1

v4l2-ctl --verbose -d /dev/video1 --set-input=1

v4l2-ctl --verbose -d /dev/video1 -c video_bitrate_mode=1

v4l2-ctl --verbose -d /dev/video1 -c video_bitrate=13500000

v4l2-ctl --verbose -d /dev/video1 -c video_peak_bitrate=20200000

v4l2-ctl --verbose -d /dev/video1 --set-ctrl brightness=125 --set-ctrl contrast=60 --set-ctrl hue=15 --set-ctrl saturation=85 --set-ctrl sharpness=130

# to capture:
ffmpeg -i /dev/video1 -vcodec copy -acodec ac3 -ab 448k ~/capture.mp4
Out of curiosity did the previously documented method
cat /dev/video1 >file.mpg
ever work?

By the way the thread can probably stay here - google will find it for people having the same question