[mythtv-users] How to properly set up transcode for Android frontend streaming?

Bill Meek keemllib at gmail.com
Sun Mar 9 22:22:28 UTC 2014

On 03/09/2014 04:19 PM, steve wrote:
> On 3/9/2014 1:42 PM, Bill Meek wrote:
>> On 03/09/2014 03:02 PM, steve wrote:
> I see.  Well count that as a feature request for somwhere, MAF or 0.28. Right now, it takes as long to hls-transcode the file as to watch it,
> maybe longer.  Playing direct doesn't give good results with h.234 files generated with my HD-PVR (audio and video get way out of sync).  Maybe
> there is some lossless transcoding I should apply to those files even for viewing on my HD device that would improve the direct stream
> performance without degrading the HD quality?

No need to create a new enhancement issue. https://github.com/MythTV-Clients/MythTV-Android-Frontend/issues/123
is what you're asking for. As I mentioned earlier, 0.28-pre may change the need for this. In any
case, #123 will remain open.

> If I tried the manual transcode route you suggest, and I put them in a separate folder or something, how can I tell MAF know where to find them?

You can't. I was just being open about the ability of the Services API and mythtranscode to
do what you're asking. And, perhaps others have done this is their apps. MAF doesn't support
what you want. That's what #123 is about.

> Also can I initiate stream transcoding of more than one file at a time from MAF?  Currently the only way I know to do it is to select an epsode
> then hit that "eye" icon.


Click the Add (circled +) icon. You should have received a warning about doing multiple
transcodes. MAF has no idea how powerful your backend is (and transcoding sucks up
a lot of CPU,) so be careful. You mentioned above: "it takes as long to hls-transcode
the file as to watch it" which suggests that your backend doesn't have a lot of
grunt. Try looking at the transcode log for details or use top or htop to see what
the processor(s) are doing.


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