[mythtv] Automatically identifying commercials

Isaac Richards mythtv-dev@snowman.net
Thu, 31 Oct 2002 10:02:58 -0500

On Thursday 31 October 2002 01:16 am, Robert Kulagowski wrote:
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> There are a few VCRs, and last I checked, at least one PVR (the
> Replay 4000 series) that have automatic commerical skipping.  VCRs do
> it by looking for fade to black and no audio, fast forwarding 3
> minutes or so, then backing up to the last fade up and starting to
> play.  The Replay has something similar, except it maintains a
> separate index file for the MPEG2 stream that it's saving so that
> when it's time to jump forward three minutes during a time shifted
> playback it knows exactly where in the MPEG stream to jump.
> These systems work pretty good.  In the Replay, since the actual
> datastream still exists and hasn't been cut, if the commercial
> skipper guesses wrong, you can still manually get to the start of the
> program.
> Might as well have a big To-Do list to stay busy through the
> holidays, right?

And doing station logo detection'll help too...