[mythtv-users] MythTv, HD-PVR & Xine

Doug Haber doug at fawnanddoug.com
Wed Jun 3 15:50:20 UTC 2009

On Wednesday 03 June 2009 08:47:05 Doug Haber wrote:
>> Hi All,
>> I've been recording shows using my HD-PVR (with Myth SVN trunk) and on a
>> relatively powerful box the playback is fine.  However, when I try to
>> playback the files on a Mac Mini I get a lot of stuttering and
>> pause messages in the logs.  However, if I play the file back on the Mac
>> Mini using Xine then the playback is pretty smooth.  Is there anything I
>> can do to get Myth to use the same playback as Xine?  If not, is there
>> way to use the regular recordings list but then have it play the file in
>> Xine instead of directly in Myth?
> Myth does more than just playback the file, which is why you need more 
> horsepower.
> You would lose things like commercial skip, the ability to play at
> speeds and other nice features of Myth if you were to use a different 
> playback program.
> I guess having smooth playback is a higher priority than skipping
> I just wanted to point out the drawbacks to using a non-Myth playback
> Have you tried different playback profiles? Some are more demanding than 
> others.
Hi Brian,
Thanks for the quick response.  I think you've hit the nail on the head.
While I love all of the great features of Myth like skipping commercials, in
this case smooth playback trumps everything.  I could write a nasty script
to read from the db, get a list of shows pick one and display it in Xine,
but I was hoping that I could reuse the frontend and just open a new media
player when it came time to play (ideally only the certain files that are
slow).  I've tried all of the playback profiles and even created a dummy one
with no de-interlacers or filters, but all to no avail.
Anything else I can do?


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