[mythtv] Discussion: make playback available in all UI screens
Eric A. Litman
elitman at yahoo.com
Thu Mar 25 12:02:22 EST 2004
Has this generated any discussion off-list? I'm a bit surprised not to have
seen more chatter on this topic.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Joseph A. Caputo" <jcaputo1 at comcast.net>
To: "Development of mythtv" <mythtv-dev at mythtv.org>
Sent: Monday, March 22, 2004 3:11 PM
Subject: [mythtv] Discussion: make playback available in all UI screens
> I thought I'd start a thread to discuss ways in which the following
> might be implemented: when any media playback is initiated (using a
> Myth internally-supported playback mechanism; i.e., not mplayer), the
> playback process will be a daemon, and the output should be available
> no matter where in the UI you are.
> Now, before everybody jumps on me, I do know about the new mfd stuff
> Thor's been working on, and that's a step in the right direction.
> However, I'm thinking more along the lines of LiveTV or
> WatchingRecording... what if the video playback in Myth was also part
> of mfd (or some other daemon process)? Then the playback could
> continue even if you switch to a different menu. Kind of like the EPG
> is now in LiveTV. Any theme that wanted to could contain a "black
> hole" UI element that would contain any currently-playing video. If
> there was no video currently playing, then the "black hole" would not
> be displayed. A jump point or global keybinding could take us back to
> full-screen mode. For any screen that did not have a black hole, the
> playback would continue, but the video would be redirected to a null
> device, or behind the window, or whatever. You'd still get audio.
> Basically, the idea is that once a media playback event is initiated in
> Myth, it should only be stopped by:
> - user explicit action to stop it
> - reached end of playback
> - Myth requires the resource (i.e., LiveTV & Myth needs tuner for
> scheduled recording)
> This seems relatively easy for audio media w/ the new mfd client module;
> it can obviously keep the audio output device open regardless of what
> you're doing in the UI; it's just the video/black hole stuff that
> requires thought.
> So, anybody else have thoughts on this?
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