[mythtv-users] Videos - how to use it properly with large collections

Al Esch colonelguf at gmail.com
Sat Feb 27 12:24:58 UTC 2021

On Sat, Feb 27, 2021 at 6:59 AM Stephen Worthington <
stephen_agent at jsw.gen.nz> wrote:

> On Sat, 27 Feb 2021 09:39:41 +0000, you wrote:
> >I've been making more use of the Videos section over the last few months
> with moving boxsets from dvd to files. This has spured watching content
> chronologically rather than pot luck order via recording their broadcasted
> version.
> >
> >What we're finding is that it's very hard to keep track of where we're up
> to. typically we know which season, but the episode is much more difficult
> to know so ends up browsing where we think we are, starting playback to
> find if we have a bookmark and ultimately exiting and playing the next file
> till we stumble upon the correct one.
> >
> >
> >
> >I think it's a case of the streaming services having both 'resume
> watching' which will immediately resume playback from your recent media (as
> does emby and plex iirc), and they also seem to have better visibility as
> you browse content on whether they've been watched or not.
> >
> >
> >
> >are there any options i've overlooked that would make mythtv Videos more
> user/WAF friendly in this respect?
> >
> >liveTV/recordings side is much easier to see progress but feels like the
> Videos area is archaic and massive overhaul is required to bring it inline
> with other solutions.
> >
> >I can completely see how Videos would work better with films which are a
> single file  you'd typically watch in it's entirety, but for TV boxsets it
> seems much more difficult to keep track of where you are.
> There is nothing that is very friendly that I know of.  I have used
> several different strategies.  If I am not going to want to watch the
> series again, I just delete the watched files as soon as I finish
> watching them.  If I do want to watch them again, then I have tried
> just writing down on a piece of paper which episode I am up to, and
> also doing the same in the Notes app of my cellphone.  That works well
> but is annoying, and you have to remember to do it.  One other
> possible way to do it that I have not tried is to have a "watched"
> directory or subdirectory and move the watched files to that.  But
> moving files around is not an available function of the Videos code,
> so it would need to be done from a command prompt or files app.
> If you have truly lost track of what you were watching last night,
> then you can look in the mythfrontend.log file and see what you last
> played:
> grep mythplayer /var/log/mythtv/mythfrontend.log | grep OpenFile
> or for the rotated log files:
> grep mythplayer /var/log/mythtv/mythfrontend.log.* | grep OpenFile
> This will list all the recordings you played also, but it is obvious
> which is which.  You have to do it before the mythfrontend.log* files
> have been rotated and the old information deleted - how long that
> takes will depend on how much you use mythfrontend.  You can alter the
> logrotate settings (in the /etc/logrotate.d/mythfrontend file in
> Ubuntu) if you want to keep larger logs or more rotated files.  Log
> rotation normally happens at midnight.  In Ubuntu, it uses the
> logrotate.service and logrotate.timer systemd units to do this.
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What I do is filter the display to only show unwatched episodes. When I
finish an episode, I hit Menu>Mark as Watched.
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