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

David Hampton mythtv at love2code.net
Sat Feb 27 14:21:22 UTC 2021

On Sat, 2021-02-27 at 09:39 +0000, Tim Draper via mythtv-users 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.

I use the Blue Abstract theme, which puts a little banner on the upper
right corner of each file to show its watched state. Its either blue
with the word "Watched", or red with the word "New". Works well for me.

You can also combine that with the setting to automatically mark
recordings as watched (Video -> Playback -> General Playback -> Auto
mark as watched). Should make it seamless.


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