[mythtv-users] Apple Trailer Downloader

Nick Rout nick.rout at gmail.com
Thu Jun 26 11:23:56 UTC 2008

On Thu, Jun 26, 2008 at 11:02 PM, Ma Begaj <derliebegott at gmail.com> wrote:
> 2008/6/26 Nick Rout <nick.rout at gmail.com>:
>> On Thu, Jun 26, 2008 at 9:23 PM, Ma Begaj <derliebegott at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> but it would be maybe even much better if you could put the $trailer
>>> in DB for "filename" instead of $localTrailer, and let mplayer stream
>>> all *.mov files instead of downloading all before someone even knows
>>> whether s/he wants to watch it.
>>> mplayer or a shell script with mplayer command could cache trailers
>>> and save them for the further watching. but this is more complicated
>>> than your script and I even do not know whether "filename" can contain
>>> absolute paths. this would probably be a "misuse" of this field.
>> You could have the scraping script write the network address of the
>> file to the database and a custom playing script to the database. The
>> custom playing script would stream the file and write it to the hard
>> drive at the same time, and then remove the custom viewing script from
>> the database (so that subsequent plays use the "default"  player.
> That could also be done if someone only uses "default" player. Nice idea.
> But I do not use it for MythVideo because of some problems with subtitles and
> because mplayer is much more configurable (position of subtitles,
> using of core-avc-for-linux, less cpu...)

If playcommand is set to NULL in the database then the system default
player is used, that depends on what you have set it to be, not
necessarily "Internal" - mine is set to mplayer.

what I am saying though is you could easily set up a logic for:

1. not downloading the video file unless someone wants to watch it;

2. after someone has watched (and downloaded) it once, it doesn't need
to be downloaded next time.

this can be done by manipulating the filename and playcommand fields
in the database.

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