[mythtv-users] Exporting recordings

Larry Kennedy lunchtimelarry at gmail.com
Sat Mar 28 20:45:14 UTC 2020

On Thu, Jan 30, 2020 at 7:11 AM Michael T. Dean <mtdean at thirdcontact.com>

> On 01/30/2020 12:28 AM, DryHeat122 . wrote:
> > Hi. I was wondering what is the best way to export a recording, other
> > than hunting through /video for the most plausible filename and
> > verifying and copying that.
> Since the recordings should be (unless you're using an analog capture
> card and NUV format encodes) in standard formats, all you need is to
> find the file, which is exactly what mythlink.pl is for:
> https://www.mythtv.org/wiki/Mythlink.pl
> Mike

I've used mythlink with success to make mythtv recordings visible to Plex,
provided the Myth database has good metadata, to include Season and
Episode.  Unless I've overlooked something, the script seems to presume
that recordings are always TV shows and not movies.  For example, mythlink
creates poor filenames for recorded movies since it looks for season and
episode information in the database, but for a movie it really needs the
year of release.  Movies (at least in Plex) need filenames such as Batman
Begins (2005).   However, for a TV show, I need to create a file like
this:  Blacklist-S08E10

Is there a way for mythlink to understand which recordings are movies vs TV
shows, and create the correct filenames?  If not, is there another script
that does this?  I'm not sure the myth database has a way to capture the
year of release for a recorded movie, so maybe this is a non-starter.

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