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Old 01-05-2012, 12:55
madcow66
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I use get_iplayer to d/l BBC progs and they arrive in Flash video format. These will play fine on my netbook but I want to convert them to mpeg so I can copy them to my DLNA-enabled Netgear NAS to watch on my Sony Bravia TV.

I've tried this:
Code:
mencoder <BBC_prog_name>.flv -o <my_prog_name>.mpg -oac lavc -ovc lavc -lavcopts vcodec=mpeg2video:vbitrate=15000 -vf scale=720:576
FTR, mpeg streams that are captured on my MythTV box play fine. I've tried to replicate this format with the string above but so far no success.

Can anyone help? I could install Handbrake if I knew that would do the job.
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Old 01-05-2012, 22:04
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Did a bit of digging. MEncoder doesn't seem to offer mpeg-ts, but ffmpeg does. So, after some useful Google-fu, I came up with:

Code:
ffmpeg -i BBC_prog_name.flv -f mpegts -mbd rd -trellis 2 -cmp 2 -subcmp 2 -g 100 -b 5000k my_prog_name.mpg
Aspect ratio needs a bit of a tweak but it will do for now. This command string takes BBC iPlayer content (in Adobe Flash format) and re-encodes as an MPEG-2 transport stream as would be broadcast by DVB channels and recorded directly on a PVR (I use MythTV; other PVRs are available).

BTW, programmes are downloaded with the following command format:
Code:
get-iplayer --mode flashhigh --get <prog_id>
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