[mythtv] Test (crude) patch for commercial skipping
rkulagowski at thrupoint.net
Mon Feb 17 08:51:02 EST 2003
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> Attached is a crude patch to help skip commercials. It uses
> a little of Robert Kulagowski's code in
> NuppelVideoPlayer::FindCommercial() in NuppelVideoPlayer.cpp and
> adds functionality.
Hi, Chris. Thanks for working on the code. When I originally made
the commit, I thought I'd have a lot more time to work on stuff like
this, but a 2 month old baby radically changes how much time you
think you're going to have.
Erik, commercials here in the United States on free to air channels
usually follow a particular pattern. The broadcasters fade to
black/no sound for a few seconds after each segment before starting
the commercials. Each commercial will fade to black as well, so that
gives a gap between advertisements. The length of gap varies.
My other ideas for the code was:
o Run the detector as a background task, and write a cutlist file.
This way, you can use the "jump" function to jump from commercial to
commercial. If it guesses wrong, no harm - just jump to the next
point. Manually REW during viewing if needed.
o See whether the audio amplitude during a fade to black is lower
than the amplitude of a dark scene within the program. Classic
example is on The Simpsons when all you see is floating eyeballs
during a night or bedroom scene.
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