I'm new to linuxmce, and im confused a bit by certian installation how to's? Any Help would be apreciated!
Welcome to LinuxMCE :-)
1. I'm buying an array of tv capture because i want to watch tv (freeview+sat) and record, my plan is to have a core in the spare room and a MD in the living room. so i presume that the capture card goes in the core and all the tv from this gets transmitted through the network cat6e/5e to the MD, and the MD video's out to the tv, right?
Yes alls the TV cards/Capture cards are best located centrally in the Core. Other external devices like your Sky box or maybe a Bluray player can be located either alongside your Core or near an MD so that they can be externally controlled.
2. i have a sky box with rs232 connector + a free to view sat box with rs232 so two usb to rs232 cables will connect that up to the core, but how do you take video signal from say the sky box and add it to the core?
You Sky box is not controllable via its rs232 connector (thats for repair/service only)...this is also very likely to be true of the Freesat box too. In the case of Sky you can control it via the RF2 socket on the back using a special interface or by using IR blasters and with the Freesat box you will probably have to use IR Blasters. The video output of either of these could be captured using video capture cards and then that video could be either recorded or streamed to your Core or MD. However the quality of the video will suffer degradation in the capture process and in general we find people are unhappy with the results.
We tend to favour controlling the Sky box and then sending the video output to other TV's over additional CAT5 cables. We then use an MD to switch the input on the TV to watch the Sky box. Picture quality is retained this way and you can see the Sky boxes UI on screen when you are watching it - the downside is the additional cables needed.
Many thanks and sorry if these questions sound dumb, but im partially blind and have trouble reading the forums sometimes.
No problem. Ask more questions if you need to.
All the best