[mythtv] mythweb transcode and stream functions

Scott Traurig straurig at comcast.net
Tue Feb 12 02:30:41 UTC 2008

Top posting so you don't have to read the entire thing...

Uh...nevermind. I found that reloading the recording details page causes the
flash player to appear with varying degrees of regularity and, when it does
deign to appear, plays pretty reasonably well!



-----Original Message-----
From: Scott Traurig [mailto:straurig at comcast.net] 
Sent: Monday, 11 February, 2008 21:03
To: 'mythtv-dev at mythtv.org'; 'kormoc at gmail.com'
Subject: Re: [mythtv] mythweb transcode and stream functions

Date: Sun, 10 Feb 2008 13:58:16 -0800
From: "Rob Smith" <kormoc at gmail.com>

On Feb 10, 2008 12:54 PM, Scott Traurig <straurig at comcast.net> wrote:
> Running 0.21 build 15578 under ubuntu.
> I know I can transcode to flash, I just went through the big exercise last
> night of completely rebuilding ffmpeg with everything. It's tested and it
> works. I can run it as a user job, etc. I've picked up on the old
> mythexpire.pl script so I can kill off old flash files, etc. But it all
> falls apart when it comes to mythweb.

MythWeb's current flash player doesn't actually use pretranscoded
files, it'll transcode on the fly, so no need to setup any user jobs
or expiring. it's all cleaned up for you automagically.


> 1)       Click on the title of a recorded program in mythweb and it shows
> options for "Transcode" and "Transcode to Flash for Streaming". Where can
> set those transcoder settings?

"Transcode to Flash for Streaming" isn't implemented. I actually
wasn't aware it was even an option yet.


> 2)       When I click on the ASX stream button it launches Windows Media
> Player on my Windows laptop which then sits and says "Connecting to media"
> forever. Meanwhile network activity on the ubuntu machine max's out. Not
> sure what's going on here. It almost seems like it's trying to download
> entire mpg file to the PC first.

Depending on the media player, that could very well be what it does.
It's a well known limitation sadly.

	I switched to VLC and now, when I click the ASX stream button,
	I get a good stream. Too good, actually, 6mb/s at the recorded
	resolution of 720x480, i.e. too fast for good streaming over
	anything but a wired connection (hey, what can I say, my
	home wireless struggles with it, but I digress...)

So in short, go to mythweb's settings and enable flash video playing,
then go to the recorded programs page, click on the name to view the
recording details. Where the preview picture is, you should be able to
click on it to activate the player and then press the play button to
get it started.

	I found the settings page, thanks, which is a nice bit of work,
	and I enabled that feature. Like everyone else I have the zero
	size thumbnail problem. I can "find" the zero size thumbnail
	on the recorded programs page and either click on that or the
	name to get to the recording details page. However I can't find
	the thumbnail to click on the details page so I can't get to 
	the flash player. The ASX stream button on that page works also

	It seems I am one click away from Nirvana, Rob!



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