[mythtv-users] Moving Recordings to a dedicated Frontend

Jason Weida jason.m.weida at gmail.com
Wed Jun 18 16:39:10 UTC 2008

This is a great idea, thanks!  I don't use iTunes currently, but it sounds
like the best way to accomplish what I want (the podcast subscription).  I
appreciate your quick reply, I'll try to implement this soon.

On Wed, Jun 18, 2008 at 11:27 AM, Brad DerManouelian <myth at dermanouelian.com>

> On Jun 18, 2008, at 5:45 AM, Jason Weida wrote:
> > My setup is a single Backend on a desktop and a single dedicated
> > Frontend on a MacBook.  Is there a facility within MythTV to select
> > several shows stored on the backend and temporarily copy them to the
> > frontend?  It would be sweet to load up a few hours of shows on the
> > MacBook to watch on the plane or something.  I think I could copy
> > the files manually over, but I would like to be able to have my wife
> > do it, so a nice Myth interface would be superb.
> Frontends by design do not hold media so there is nothing specifically
> built into myth to handle that use case, but of course there are ways
> around this. I use video2ipod.pl to transcode programs and put them
> into a video podcast which I then subscribe to via iTunes. I have it
> set to automatically update so whenever I plug in my iPhone I have a
> bunch of new programs on there I can watch whenever I want. You could
> do the same thing and even forego the transcoding part and just copy
> them if they are already in a format playable by something on your
> frontend machine (mplayer, vlc, etc.)
> You could also NFS mount your frontend drive on your backend machine
> and use mythrename.pl --link to get human-readable names for your
> programs and manually copy them to the other location. However, keep
> in mind that your frontend will not run at all if it can't connect to
> a backend so you would not be able to use it like you can from home.
> You'll have to find some other way of playing the recordings (which is
> why I use the video podcast method I mentioned above. I can play them
> with my iphone or within iTunes).
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