[mythtv-users] Transcoding recordings and moving them to mythvideo

Mark Greenwood fatgerman at ntlworld.com
Sat Nov 7 15:38:04 UTC 2009

On Saturday 07 Nov 2009 14:35:47 Gordon McCrae wrote:
> 2009/11/7 Mark Greenwood <fatgerman at ntlworld.com>
> > Hi,
> > myth.find_orphans.pl
> > I've googled this subject but I can't seem to find an answer.
> >
> > I've got a bunch of films I've recorded from TV which I would like to
> > (a) move from recordings into mythvideo, so I don't lose them and so that I
> > get the mythvideo metadata and
> > (b) transcode them to xvid in the process, so as to save disc space.
> >
> > What I do currently is download them to my laptop using mythweb, transcode
> > them with AVIDemux, and then copy them back to my myth box. This is becoming
> > slightly more tedious every day :) Is there a script or something that
> > integrates nicely into the mythtv GUI that would let me do this? I've
> > googled mythtranscode but I can't see how I can use it to do what I want.
> >
> > Thanks,
> >
> > Mark
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> Personally I always run my conversions on another system to reduce the load
> on the MythTV server.

Yes that's one good reason for it, but seeing as my mythbox is idle for 90% of the time I thought it would be ideal if I could queue some kind of job to run, say, when I'm at work. I wonder if it would be possible to make a user job to do this? A copy of your script would be a great help, thanks.

> I run mythrename with the link option to create human friendly symbolic
> links to the recording file, then run my mkxvid script to convert the XVID
> format and put them straight into the appropriate folder. I then remove the
> MPG files from the MythTV storage directory for those programmes I've
> converted and lastly run myth.find_orphans.pl to get the database back into
> sync with the changes made at the filesystem level.
> After that, all you need to do is go into "Video Manager" within
> MythFrontend to get it to update the "VIDEOS".
> Unfortunately I'm away from my home systems until the end of the week, so
> cannot send you the mkxvid script until then.
> Cheers
> Gordon

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