[mythtv-users] Importing Old TV files

Michael T. Dean mtdean at thirdcontact.com
Fri Jul 6 13:27:40 UTC 2012

On 07/06/2012 05:43 AM, Alan Chandler wrote:
> I recently did a completely fresh install of Mythtv Backend.  This 
> included making a new database.
> I have come across some files of some recorded TV programs from my old 
> installation which I have copied to the video directory of the new 
> installation.
> Mythtv sees the files and can play them back, but when I try and skip 
> forward a few minutes by pressing the right arrow cursor key (like I 
> do with the recorded TV programs), it comes up "Searching ..." and 
> eventually runs off the end of the recording.
> Is there a better way to get at these recordings, and is there anyway 
> to just tell mythtv to skip forward a few minutes

Adding old video (including old recordings) to Video Library is the 
supported approach--it's the library of videos you have that weren't 
recorded by "this" MythTV installation.

As far as the seeking, it's possible that the videos may need a seek 
table.  You can create one with mythcommflag using the --rebuild and 
--video arguments.

That said, my system, using the Internal player, seems to seek well in 
MPEG-2 without seek tables in Video Library (and since NUV has built-in 
seek information, it shouldn't need seek tables), so you may also want 
to just try updating to current 0.25-fixes.


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