Yup, I see your reasoning behind it. Only one thing though...
Transcoding is not going to give you improved quality regarding of
what encoder and settings you use. Size can be reduced which is a plus
but there's degradation with every trip a stream makes through an
encoder. Encoding always has and always will be a one-way street in
terms of quality.

On Wed, Jun 15, 2016 at 11:52 AM, Richard F <li...@keynet-technology.com> wrote:
> For my specific situation logic goes like this, FWIW:
> - The script started when I was working on the other side of the world a 
> couple of years ago, and was downloading TV regularly. I started by using 
> what others had done and improved/modified for my circumstances.  Reducing 
> the recorded size by ~60% into MKV's made this possible. It seemed a 
> relatively short stretch to modify it to save local space, with improved 
> quality as an option as well. It became a seamless reality, and then under 
> real-world testing, a few non-fatal issues came up.
> - 4TB disks are USD 150 - the ones I'd buy where I am at least.
> - Having lost at least 2 new enterprise class disks in quick succession a few 
> years ago with some valuable data and recordings not backed-up, I wouldn't 
> consider not using a RAID or other reliable storage technique.  Hence a RAID 
> upgrade would be USD 450 equivalent.
> - I'm at 93% on my 4TB RAID and by reducing this to maybe 60-70% I can see 
> out the disks' lives, perhaps another 2 yrs by which time, based on current 
> trends I expect rotating disks will no longer be required because TCO 
> (considering the need to RAID them + power use over lifetime which is not 
> insignificant) means SSD's will probably be cost effective.  So the USD 450 
> on a new RAID right now would be largely wasted, I plan to wait and go direct 
> to low power non-RAID SSD, which is the holy grail (financially and 
> environmentally).
> Make a bit more sense now?
> Richard
> ----- On 14 Jun, 2016, at 15:20, VDR User user....@gmail.com wrote:
>> Curious why you're bothering to do this now when 4tb harddrives are
>> always on sale in the $90 range. 6+ years ago it made more sense but
>> now it seems like too little too late. Just wondering....
>> On Tue, Jun 14, 2016 at 6:21 AM, Richard F <li...@keynet-technology.com> 
>> wrote:
>>> I will do.
>>> Now I'm testing it on a range of recordings, I'm seeing a few issues
>>> with ffmpeg/libraries, which I'm addressing with workarounds or reports
>>> to the ffmpeg devs.
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