[mythtv-users] Length/progress of mpeg transport streams in xine and mplayer

Tom Dexter digitalaudiorock at gmail.com
Tue Jan 8 19:27:35 UTC 2008

If I attempt to play one of the HD mpeg files recorded off of HD OTA
broadcasts using anything like xine and mplayer, they seem to be
clueless as to the actual length of the video and the current time

For example, I have a one hour 1080i video recorded off of PBS.  When
I play it in xine it thinks it's over two hours.  Mplayer is even
worse...it shows a total time of 13 minutes with the progress showing
as something like 23:45:56/00:13:00 or something else equally
senseless.  I know this has nothing to do with mythtv, as it's just
recording exactly what's being broadcast.

This wouldn't really be an issue except when I have a reason to want
to chop a part of a show out to a video file using mencoder.  The -ss
and -endpos options in mencoder naturally become useless under those

I have very current versions of those programs (the latest stable ones
in Gentoo).  Do others here experience the same thing?


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