[mythtv] Parameters to modules?

Mark Hetherington redcane at dodo.com.au
Sun Jan 15 20:56:19 UTC 2006

I think I have found a partial solution with no new code required, simply 
rename the "Browse videos" option to "Movies" and set it to show only videos 
set as "browseable" by default, and rename the video list to "TV Shows". Of 
course I'll have to make all the movie files "browsable", and it will still 
all show in the video list, but it works.

On Sun, 15 Jan 2006 08:46 pm, Mark Hetherington wrote:
> I Have just recently checked out of svn ("trunk"?) and everything seems to
> be running smoothly, except I had some wierdness with opengl transitions in
> mythgallery (it may be my system), just flickered a bit and then blank
> screen.
> Interesting to see some quite noticeable changes (netflix?), unfortunately
> I have some issues with my tv card at the moment, (Missing the plug from
> the card itself to the backplane....) so I'm only able to test the other
> functions at the moment.
> Anyway, one thing that has struck me as a bit of a usability issue (at
> least on my file collection) is that is very hard to use the "video
> manager" on a large number of files, with a mix between tv series files and
> movies. It takes a long while to fish through heaps of tv show episodes to
> get just the movies, to get the covers off IMDB.
> I guess what I was thinking of was separating the browsing of movies, and
> the browsing of tv shows. for example, using the gallery to browse just
> movies (with cover images, which is very cool), and using a hierarchical
> menu to browse the tv shows. Currently I just set all the movies to
> browseable, and the TV shows to not browsable and look for movies in the
> "Browse videos" option, and use the "video list" for everything else.
> What struck me as an easy way to extend the functionality was to be able to
> pass in a "base directory" parameter to the mythvideo module, and put it in
> the menu twice, once with the "/movies/" parameter (under a menu option
> "movies", and once with "/TV Shows/", so it would only display the files
> from that directory. I figure this would be a fairly easy change, but I
> wasn't sure if it's possible to pass runtime parameters into the modules
> based on menu options.
> I'm happy to (try, probably slowly) to make a patch for this, but I didn't
> think I'd want to change to interface to all the modules, so I was hoping
> they already accept a parameter string or something. I guess also it would
> be good to know if anyone else is either interested in this sort of
> function, or if there is a better way to do it currently?
> In any case, happy mything all!
> redcane
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