[mythtv-users] Anybody working on Nokia 770 front end?

Daniel Walton dwalton at cisco.com
Tue Dec 13 11:32:55 EST 2005

I'm pretty new to the MyhtTV scene but it seems like there are a lot of projects
out there to create frontends on systems where you can't easily run a full myth
frontend.  Off the top of my head are the xbmc python scripts, mythroku,
winmyth, etc.

Have there been any thoughts on trying to move some processing from the frontend
to the backend (basically dumb the frontend down some) so that it is
easier/faster to write new frontends for these various boxes?  Have the frontend
feed all of the user input to the backend and then have the backend tell the
frontend what to display on the screen (draw a box size XxY, put it at this
position on the screen, put this text in it, yada yada).

I know I'm over simplyfying here but it seems like a lot of folks are out there
re-inventing the wheel for myth frontends.


On Tue, 13 Dec 2005, Isaac Richards wrote:

> On Tuesday 13 December 2005 03:04, Kalle Pokki wrote:
> > Isaac Richards wrote:
> > >On Monday 12 December 2005 13:50, Mike Frisch wrote:
> > >>Is anybody working on a port of the MythTV front end to a Nokia 770?
> > >
> > >I'm considering it.  Well, not a frontend port, but more of a smart remote
> > >application.  The thing doesn't really have the CPU to display normally
> > >recorded video from Myth.
> >
> > Do you plan to include scheduling recordings, browsing the EPG and stuff
> > like that in the desing? Through the web browser or as a real hildon
> > application?
> Hadn't decided what all I'd want it to do, yet.  Most likely scheduling,
> playback file selection, control during playback, music control, etc.  Real
> app, not a web-browser, even though gtk is yucky. =)
> I'm not entirely sure about spending a bunch of time on something that's going
> to be tied to a single device, though.
> > I have been thinking of using the 770 as a smart remote for the mvpmc,
> > as I don't have a frontend computer near the TV. It would be great if
> > the scheduling functionality was done directly with myth itself. I think
> > I could also find some time to contribute to this.
> >
> > The 770 is actually capable to display MPEG-4 video, as it has
> > DSP-accelerated decoder for it. You just have to transcode to
> > low-resolution MPEG-4 first. The device comes with a pre-installed
> > trailer of the Ice Age, which looks pretty good. I wouldn't watch a
> > movie through the small screen, but for previews it should be ok.
> > Perhaps one could be fit a whole movie to a 512 MB memory card and watch
> > it on the road.
> Heh.  I think your definition of 'pretty good' is a lot different than mine.
> The trailer on the 770 is 352x208 at 15fps, with 8kbps mp3 audio.  Even so,
> it plays rather jerkily, and there's a lot of tearing during playback, and
> quite a few visible compression artifacts.  Also, that trailer is animated
> content from a good source.  Regular TV won't compress nearly as nicely.
> That's in the 'completely not worth it to spend any time on it' quality range,
> for me.
> Isaac
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