Hauppauge WinTV PVR-250 rev 981 (PCI, Analog TV)

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Hauppauge WinTV PVR-250 rev 981 (PCI, Analog TV)
Linux compatibility:
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Updated: 11/03/2016 07:59

Review of Linux Compatibility

The Hauppauge WinTV PVR-250 is a PCI card and perfect for usage under Linux. The card is automatically recognized
by the kernel:

00:0a.0 Multimedia video controller: Internext Compression Inc iTVC16 (CX23416) Video Decoder (rev 01)

and needed drivers are loaded automatically:


 ivtv: Start initialization, version 1.4.3
 ivtv0: Initializing card 0
 ivtv0: Autodetected Hauppauge card (cx23416 based)
 ivtv0: Unreasonably low latency timer, setting to 64 (was 32)
 ivtv0: Autodetected Hauppauge WinTV PVR-250
 saa7115 1-0021: saa7115 found @ 0x42 (ivtv i2c driver #0)
 msp3400 1-0040: MSP3415G-B8 found @ 0x80 (ivtv i2c driver #0)
 ivtv0: Registered device video0 for encoder MPG (4096 kB)
 ivtv0: Registered device video32 for encoder YUV (2048 kB)
 ivtv0: Registered device vbi0 for encoder VBI (1024 kB)
 ivtv0: Registered device video24 for encoder PCM (320 kB)
 ivtv0: Initialized card: Hauppauge WinTV PVR-250
 ivtv: End initialization
 ivtv-alsa: module loading...
 ivtv0: Loaded v4l-cx2341x-enc.fw firmware (376836 bytes)
 ivtv0: Encoder revision: 0x02060039

The card is very good for capturing vhs and easy to use: simply put a cable rca-jack (see example) on audio line-in of the WinTV PVR-250 card and a video cable on composite video-in of the card.

The card has a MPEG2 hardware decoder chipset on board (software encoding uses about 30% of CPU and can cause audio/video sync problems). If the onboard hardware encoder is used the audio is in perfect sync and CPU usage is down to 2% with ffmpeg).

The WinTV PVR-250 is automatically supported by latest linux kernel. Only the firmware file

v4l-cx2341x-enc.fw

has to be placed in

/lib/firmware

After reloading of the modules or a system reboot, the TV card is fully available.

Video capture

Video capturing can be carried out by the following command. First change input to composite:

v4l2-ctl -i 5

The video stream can than be recorded to an mpeg2 file via

ffmpeg -i /dev/video0  -c:v copy -c:a copy output.mpg

The following kernel modules are used by the WinTV PVR-250:

ivtv and ivtv_alsa
ivtv_alsa
ivtv
tveeprom
cx2341x
v4l2_common
cx2341x
tuner
saa7115
msp3400
videodev

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