Does SD make a tuner with transcoder?

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stevemac00
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Does SD make a tuner with transcoder?

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I currently have HDHomeRun HDHR5-2US and it works perfect (using channels server) but I'd like to record in a more compressed format like H.264 instead of MPEG-2.

Does SD have a tuner with hardware streaming transcoder? If not, are there other suggestions? (I can easily transcode after recording but I'd like to transcode a streaming format real time.)

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Re: Does SD make a tuner with transcoder?

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At the moment we do not have a product with built-in transcoding.

If you are not using our DVR service, Plex, Emby, and Jellyfin are options that can be set up on a mini PC or certain NAS models that will transcode on-the-fly. The Nvidia Shield Pro can also transcode-record on-the-fly with a USB hard drive, and also double as a viewing device.

If you are using our DVR service, the easiest option at the moment would probably be MCEBuddy. It costs $30, but is very awesome and works with a ton of different formats and services. It post-processes the recordings using a Windows PC to do various things, including transcoding to smaller file sizes, detecting/removing commercials, renaming/organizing files, and more. It will also preserve the HDHomeRun DVR metadata, so the converted files can still be read by the HDHomeRun app.

A free option would be to use something like HandBrake ( handbrake.fr ) to individually concert files to a number of options (Windows, Mac, Linux). It's very easy to use, but I don't believe it will preserve the metadata, so converted files would need additional handling to be read by the HDHomeRun app (such as https://github.com/garybuhrmaster/HDHRUtil ). One option to keep things free and easy might be to use the HDHomeRun app for most live TV/recording activities, deleting shows you don't want to keep long-term, but then use something like HandBrake for anything you want to save long-term, and then just use a different media app to view the long-term library of media (Kodi, or free versions of Plex/Emby, etc).

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Re: Does SD make a tuner with transcoder?

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Thanks for the informative reply with options.

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