EyeTV video formats
September 11, 2006 11:29 AM Subscribe
I have an elgato EyeTV EZ with an pretty new Intel Imac. I've been recording shows and saving them to an external hard drive. The problem is, each hour-long recording is 3 GB and I am running out of room. EyeTV will convert to another video format, but I don't know which I should convert to. I'm looking for the best combination of size and quality. I'd like it to be good enough that I will look ok on a 35' TV (when I buy an EyeHome or get a video airport). Any ideas? Here are my options:
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MPEG Program Stream – The standard EyeTV format, creating a muxed MPEG
file (audio and video intermixed). Suitable for Toast.
MPEG Elementary Stream – Separate audio and video files, useful for importing
into other programs like DVD Studio Pro.
DV – Creates a DV file that can be used with iDVD, iMovie, Toast and other pro-
DV 16:9 – Creates a widescreen DV file that can be imported into iMovie HD,
Final Cut Pro or Express. Note that QuickTime 7 does not display the aspect
QuickTime Movie – Offers you full access to all possible QuickTime codecs, se-
lected from the Options... button.
MPEG-4 – Re-encodes into MPEG-4 using Apple’s MPEG-4 codec. Recom-
mended for converting to lower resolutions and for streaming applications.
H.264 – Re-encodes into MPEG-4 using Apple’s H.264 codec, offering high qual-
ity at lower bitrates.
3G – Re-encodes into MPEG-4 using Apple’s 3G codec. Recommended for play-
back on portable and handheld devices such as cell phones.
DivX AVI - This choice is available if you have downloaded the DivX plugin for
QuickTime. DivX is a popular variant of MPEG-4, with high quality and low stor-
AAC Audio - Creates an AAC audio file that can be used with iTunes and other
Apple Lossless Audio - Creates an Apple Lossless audio file that can be used
with iTunes and other programs.