[mythtv] [Philosophical Discussion] VCDX patch for MythDVD

thor mythtv at lamedomainname.com
Tue Aug 26 03:49:16 EDT 2003

On Monday 25 August 2003 05:49 pm, Mark Edwards wrote:

> 1. Should VCDX go in MythDVD or MythVideo? ( This was an easy one )
> 2. If a user has only a single DVD drive, but still wants to play VCD's,
> why do they need two buttons to push? The answer to this question is that I
> havn't quite figured out how to do an 'autodetect' of the optical media

	I haven't figured it out either, at least not yet. But it can't be that hard 
(Windows seems to be reasonably good at it). 

> MythDVD that you had intended? This would of course mean that MythDVD
> doesn't really become MythDVD anymore, but
> MythPLAY-OR-RIP-ANY-FILE-ON-REMOVBLE-MEDIA, which isn't really a viable
> descriptor, but would perhaps be slightly more accurate....

	I'm kind of inclined to think that MythDVD should try and keep dealing with 
DVD's, whereas mythVideo (which is almost a file browser already), should be 
the thing that lets you play arbitrary content. 

	In an ideal world, the mtd (which is already monitoring the dvd drive), 
should be polling removable media and (if the user configures it), should 
fire up mythDVD on DVD insertion and mythVideo on XVCD/avi files insertion 
(and MythMusic on Music CD insertion). 

	I'm going to making some alterations to the mtd over the next couple of weeks 
in any case (music cd ripping, possibly some burning stuff) so I'll try and 
come up with a coherent polling strategy.

> Additionally, looking at MythVideo and MythDVD, it would be nice (on
> ripping) to be able to pick up the IMDB details of the movie and stick it
> into the database. 

	Yes. And a directory browser in MythDVD if you want the rip to end up 
somewhere other than the top level MythVideo dir. I'm working on this.

> Havn't really trawled the code to see if this is being
> done, but it seems logical from a usability perspective. This is already a
> function of MythVideo. With the only perceivable difference between MythDVD
> and MythVideo (from a playing perspective) being the media where the video
> is actually stored, do you perhaps see a merging of MythDVD and MythVideo
> functionality anywhere on the horizon?

	Hey, as far as I'm concerned I'd like to see one playing screen (recorded 
television, music, videos, etc.). It 's all content, it has metadata, and we 
can organize it into any logical tree/view the user wants. But that's a ways 
down the road I think.  =)

- thor


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