[mythtv-users] How well does commercial detection work?

James Armstrong james at thearmstrongs.org
Tue Mar 29 17:13:44 UTC 2005

Ian Campbell wrote:
> On Mon, 2005-03-28 at 10:34 -0800, Brad Templeton wrote:
>>I suspect a better behaviour when you hit End (Skip to next commercial mark)
>>if there is no next mark (or the next mark is end of program) to not seek
>>at all, giving a message like the not-flagged message.   The user can
>>choose to quit watching or hit "D" at that point easily enough.
> It's also a little annoying when the commercials are incorrectly marked
> and pressing forward skips some random large value, there is no easy way
> to go back because where you jumped from wasn't a marked point. So you
> have to just manually skip back to the correct place
> Would it be possible to remember a temporary "last jumped from" position
> so rewinding would jump back there?
> Or perhaps the interface could refuse to skip breaks longer than X mins?
> Commercials here are rarely as long as 5 minutes for example. Or put up
> a prompt "Commercial break is Y (longer than X) mins" and have you press
> fwd again to really skip that far.
> Ian.

One thing that might make a usefull feature is to show the commercial 
detection marks on the progress bar on the osd when watching previously 
recorded shows. If it looked just like it does when the commercial list 
is loaded in the cutlist editor you would get a visual feedback and can 
usually tell which commercials are bad based on the position and size.

- James

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