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

Brad DerManouelian myth at dermanouelian.com
Tue Jan 8 19:30:01 UTC 2008

On Jan 8, 2008, at 11:27 AM, Tom Dexter wrote:

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

I play them with the MythTV player and don't have an issue. The times  
are slightly off due to different frame-rates and sizes embedded in  
the streams, but generally they are accurate enough. Did you try on  
the mplayer or xine lists?

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