[mythtv-users] using WinTV PVR-350 to play AM/FM radio? (slightly OT)

Brad DerManouelian myth at dermanouelian.com
Tue Apr 4 17:36:54 UTC 2006

On Apr 4, 2006, at 12:25 PM, Steven Adeff wrote:

> On 4/4/06, Jeff Simpson <jeffsimpson at alum.wpi.edu> wrote:
>>>> That makes more sense to me. Don't add a new tuner since it's the
>>>> same tuner. You just need to flag each channel in the DB so when it
>>>> comes to that channel, it sends an alternate change channel script.
>>>> Then you also need to handle the video differently, too... like not
>>>> at all. instead of displaying video when you hit a radio  
>>>> channel, we
>>>> probably need to display some OSD with info about the station.
>> So you'd need to add an extra channel-change script option to the  
>> tuner and
>> an extra flag to indicate if a channel is video or radio. Seems  
>> like some
>> pretty minor database edits, should work well. May as well leave  
>> that extra
>> flag as either extendable to other types, or extend one of the  
>> existing
>> flags. However, I'm starting to think that it might be easier to  
>> make it a
>> separate tuner and just have one of the options in the radio tuner  
>> be "which
>> video tuner are you attached to" and use that to handle recording  
>> conflicts.
>>> one of the MythMusic style visualizations with station info  
>>> overlayed
>>> would be cool...
>> Well, I think what we really want instead is for the station info  
>> to be
>> saved into the MP3 ID3 tag, and NO video to be stored at all. (you  
>> wouldn't
>> want a radio recording to be made up of mostly video, would you?)  
>> You would
>> then add the mp3 to your playlist in mythmusic or whatever your  
>> favorite
>> media player is and play it that way (easier than having to re- 
>> write myth to
>> handle mp3 playback when mp3s are already easily handled). I  
>> believe if you
>> pipe the output of the card into lame and directly into a file,  
>> you should
>> be able to listen to that file live as it's recording. The times  
>> will be a
>> little strange, so you may need to hack an mp3 player to be more  
>> kind about
>> the total time being transient (xmms, for example, just shows  
>> whatever the
>> total time was when you started playing the file, but the file  
>> will keep
>> playing past the end, even though the time display will be wrong).
> I'd prefer to have the radio recordings listed with the tv recordings
> or perhaps a seperate "Listen to FM Recordings" rather than have to
> use MythMusic (mostly because I hate the MythMusic gui, etc). I'm not
> saying save the video with the recorded audio (mp4 please, mp3s suck),
> just for playback...
> --
> Steve

I agree it would be easier for users to keep them with the TV  
Listings under an FM Recordings group. It also eases in deleting/auto- 
expiring radio programs. Just need to tell MythTV "Hey, this is a  
radio program, not a TV program so play the audio and instead of  
video, put up this OSD with the station/time it was recorded." or as  
someone else suggested, grab a visualization from MythMusic and  
display that instead.

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