[mythtv] mythtv features i've been working on.

Gnome42 Gnome42 gnome42 at gmail.com
Fri Aug 11 19:55:45 UTC 2006

On 8/10/06, stanley kamithi <skamithi at gmail.com> wrote:

>   test it on your dev PCs and let me know what you think ?

Its fantastic! These are great features! Seems stable so far. Straight
to production here :)

> If there are some features folks like, i'll clean up the code and start
> creating tickets for the requested features.
> Features are:
> 1) embedded playbackbox and scheduled view. This works like the
> embedded program guide. Just go to the TV OSD Menu and select "Recorded
> Shows"
> or "Scheduled Recordings".

There is one small visual problem with the preview video on the
"Recorded Shows" screen. The underlying preview snapshot seems to
"flicker" through the video video. By flicker I mean its as if random
frames of the preview video have the underlying preview snapshot on
top of the video.

It would be really useful to have mute/volume control in these modes too. :)

> 2) PIP between a Recorded Show and Live TV. From the Embedded "Watch
> Recordings" window, select "Play in PIP" and the recording starts up as a
> PIP. Even works for DVDs using the internal dvd player. I like to watch a
> recording
> while playing an exercise video. I use Picture by Picture for this.

And in case its not clear this brings up LiveTV when watching a
recording using 'v'. This is very useful. Thanks!

  > 3) Picture by Picture. (PBP)
>   Add "PBPMode" = 1 to the Settings table.
>   Then when the picture is in PIP mode, hit the PIPToggle button again to
> activate PBP, then hit the PIPToggle button again
>   to go back to just one picture.

I tried and failed to implement this myself. It works here but
strangely my sempron 2800 is too slow? (I use XVideo too)

> 4) If you are watching a recorded show, then exit to the main menu, hitting
> Watch Live TV will take you back to where you left off.
> So basically no need to go fishing around in Watch Recordings to find the
> show
> you were last watching. My wife really likes this one.
> Stores last show in RAM, so if you restart Mythtv you lose the setting. I
> like it this way.

This is useful for me too but, the LiveTV jumpoint/button does not go
to live TV anymore? What if I exit watching a recorded show and want
to watch LiveTV?

> 5) Selecting "Watch TV" first checks if a tuner is free. If not, it plays
> the
> newest recording. Option available to turn off the feature.
> Both feature (1) and (5) depend on the TV::startWatchingTV function which
> replaces the startTV function. I wanted to a way
> where I can go from Live TV to a recorded show and back again, without
> deleting the TV object.

I didn't test this one yet.


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