I’m always on the lookout for a better method of converting DVB (.ts) video streams to more useable formats.
This seems to do a decent job: Free Video Converter
— just beware of the installation questions; if you accept the defaults, it’ll install an unwanted toolbar, a doubtful driver optimiser, and an unneeded (in my case) plug-in for Firefox and Chrome.
Anybody got other suggestions, including for OSX?
Our homebrew PVR is built around creating MKVs using the MKV Toolkit from http://www.bunkus.org/videotools/mkvtoolnix/win32/ – that’s combined with http://sourceforge.net/projects/project-x/ and some shell scripts so that subtitles are preserved (necessary in a noisy home, and sometimes for figuring out exactly what it is they just said). The whole process is pretty fast because there’s no transcoding – the MPG2 stream from the DVB-T broadcast is just repackaged; with a TB of storage, there’s no need to save space on the PVR. Deals with the multiple audio streams the ABC is now broadcasting on certain ABC1 programs. Details/source code on request.