[mythtv-users] How can I watch mpg files / "import" mpg-files into database?

Holger myth at finch.de
Mon Jan 7 19:05:54 UTC 2008

Hi everybody,

I'm rather new to "Linux on the desktop" and one of the biggest 
stumbling blocks is my "PVR"...
My hardware includes a PVR-350 and a PVR-500, so I think / hope that 
MythTV is a good way to go :-)
(motherboard: Asus M2NPV-VM)

I have used Windows in the past and will continue to dual-boot for quite 
a while...

Therefore, my question is: can I watch my existing recordings (mpg as 
generated by the Hauppauge cards) in MythTV?

Some details to the question:
Part 1: Can I open "some MPG file" (from disk) and watch it?
Part 2: Can I tell MythTV about my files so they show up in 
"recordings"? I am a software developer, so adding "a few" database 
entries would not be a major problem. I would of course prefer an easy 
solution, but well... filling the db would be ok if all else fails...
Part 3: Any chance MythTV can flag commercials on "my old recordings"?

Slightly off-topic:
Can you guys recommend other "easy ways" to watch my recordings on my TV 
while I'm working on my desktop? This is NOT an HTPC... I want to use my 
desktop as usual (Ubuntu 7.10), but at the same time watch a movie on 
either the PVR-350's TV-out or my mainboard's TV-out (NVidia GeForce 
6150 on board). Most of the postings "using the PVR-350's TV-out" show 
how to display X on the PVR. That's NOT what I want... I want the movie 
on the TV, but everything else on my monitor)

Thanks for any hints, this "issue" is currently preventing me from using 
Linux for more than a couple of hours in a row...


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