[mythtv-users] Moving recordings to mythvideo

Peter Schachte schachte at csse.unimelb.edu.au
Wed Jul 16 08:36:50 UTC 2008

Nick Rout wrote:

> Having read all that i am wondering why someone would want to drop
> their recordings from recorded to mythvideo. It seems to me you lose
> all that metadata about series name, description etc, the seek table
> and probably more.

Possibly because it's a movie you recorded.  Maybe you edited out commercials 
and did a lossless transcode (so you don't need the cutlist anymore).  And as 
a movie, the metadata from mythvideo would be more appropriate (title, 
director, IMDB rating, etc vs. title, subtitle, etc).  And, of course, if you 
feel like watching a movie, you're more likely to look in Watch Videos than 
in Watch Recordings.

Another reason might be that you want to keep a recording permanently.  Ie, 
you don't want someone accidentally deleting it after watching it.  Maybe 
it's the time your child was on the news (hopefully in a good way!), or you 
just want to keep a whole season of your favourite show.  Since you can't 
delete from the Watch Video list (only through the Video Manager), storing it 
as a video might seem better.  Somehow recordings just feel more ephemeral 
than videos, even if you preserve the episode and disable autoexpire.

Conversely, if you get a new DVD, you might like to rip it but store it as a 
recording rather than a video, so it's in your queue of things to watch, and 
it's easy to delete it after you've watched it (not a problem since you've 
still got the DVD), and so it gets autoexpired after a while if you never get 
around to watching it.  But that's another matter.

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