[mythtv] Commerial detection possibility?

Geoffrey Kruse gkruse at gmail.com
Sat Aug 19 03:21:33 UTC 2006

I'd like to propose commercial detection using a camera pointed at  
the viewer.  When the viewer becomes visibly irritated or frustrated,  
it must be time to skip.   ;)

Most commercial skipping ideas, including the volume one, have been  
suggested before and are just waiting for someone to implement them.


On Aug 18, 2006, at 8:17 PM, Zach White wrote:

> On Fri, Aug 18, 2006 at 08:22:35PM -0600, Joe Ripley wrote:
>> That's true... commercials also seem to have a higher volume than  
>> the actual
>> program as well.  This is just me judging on my own hearing.  I've  
>> never
>> actually done any analysis...    yet.
> This is actually really easy to prove. While watching a show with
> commercial skipping off, turn the volume down to where you can  
> still hear
> but you can't make out what is being said. Wait for a commercial to  
> start.
> You'll find you can understand what they're saying in the  
> commercial just
> fine.
> I don't know, however, if it's enough of a difference to measure.  
> Would
> a show that has a loud section (think action movie with lots of  
> explosions,
> a lover's quarrel in a drama, etc) trigger this detection?
> Perhaps a scoring system is in order? I would guess that between the
> current methods and the ideas being proposed in this thread that a  
> scoring
> system might achive the best matching. I don't know how feasable it  
> is,
> I'm just throwing out an idea for someone who actually has the  
> knowledge
> to implement to consider.
> -Zach
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