[mythtv-users] Automatic Commercial Detection - how to get it towork for all shows?

John Goerzen jgoerzen at complete.org
Thu Sep 16 14:00:53 EDT 2004

On Wednesday 15 September 2004 04:34 pm, Phil Bridges wrote:

> Just out of curiosity, are you having more problems with it not
> detecting commercials, or detecting commercials that aren't there? 
> I've come to realize that some of the shows I record (the Law &
> Orders, for example), often skip what it thinks are commercials but
> aren't.  I have to turn off commercial skip when I watch these.  I'm
> pretty sure I use blank frame detection.

I've seen that happen only rarely, but most often when the video image 
is fairly dark.

My biggest annoyance, though, is that it leaves off the last few seconds 
of video before skipping and starts a few seconds late at the new place 
almost every time on almost every channel.  It often cuts off important 
"last words" before commercials and stuff.  So I usually don't enable 
the detection at playback time.

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John Goerzen
Author, Foundations of Python Network Programming

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