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30 July 12 - 19:48Mythbuntu packages with many patches from LVR

I have been using LVRs patches for a few weeks. They provide some nice features I have been missing, here two examples:

  1. Get preview in files without a seektable: I use my own copy of mythnettv that imports shows from sites like youtube. The preview I used to get was a black first frame, now it works perfectly.
  2. OSD that shows audio levels: check out the screenshot

Many more are also useful, especially for UK users on Freesat.

Today I started posting the Mythbuntu development packages to my PPA with these patches. Check them out here. Be aware that I don't usually have the time to realy test these packages, so make backups of your database before you use them!

Update: No need to keep the packages as all relevant patches are now in mainline MythTV

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07 June 12 - 12:20mythnettv with YouTube RSS feed support

I have released a small update to the mythnettv code I maintain for myself. Besides some other changes I have made in the last few months the latest addition might be of interest to those who want to import YouTube videos into the MythTV Recodings screen. You can get my copy of mythnettv here and make sure to read the README file as many new exotic dependencies have been added differing from the original code made by Michael.

To sum it up, you can now take a link like "http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdU-UtEJEIA" and download it into MythTV. Or you can take a RSS feed like "http://www.youtube.com/rss/user/AtheistFoundation/videos.rss" and subscribe to it.

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09 May 12 - 13:33Neue deutsche HD Sender und MythTV

Bei MythTV Talk wurde die Frage gestellt wie man am besten die neuen HD-Sender in MythTV übernimmt ohne die Sendernummerierung zu verlieren. Hier nochmal zusammengefasst:

  1. Mit "/usr/share/mythtv/mythconverg_backup.pl --verbose" sollte man sich auf alle Fälle erst ein Backup machen
  2. dann diese Datei (channel_numbers_update_de.sql) auf den Server runterladen
  3. über z.B. mythweb sich die jetzige Sendernummerierung in die runter geladene Datei übernehmen oder die dort vorgeschlagene belassen. "channum=1" steht für die Sendernummer.
  4. danach mit "sudo mythtv-setup" einen neuen Senderdrurchlauf starten und "alle Transponder" und "neue Transpoder suchen" auswählen.
  5. jetzt sollten die neuen Sender existieren, aber die Nummern mit keiner Ordnung vorliegen.
  6. der Befehl "mysql --database=mythconverg --user=mythtv --password=meinpword < channel_numbers_update_de.sql" ändert dann die Sendernummern. Alles OK.

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13 February 12 - 22:25Vodafone K3565 Ubuntu error

I tried to get a Vodafone K3565, which is Huawei hardware. I got the below errors while trying to make it work with Ubuntu 11.10:

Feb 13 20:16:20 HP-Laptop modem-manager[891]: <info> (Huawei): GSM modem /sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:12.2/usb1/1-1 claimed port ttyUSB2
Feb 13 20:16:28 HP-Laptop modem-manager[891]: <info> (ttyUSB1) closing serial port...
Feb 13 20:16:28 HP-Laptop modem-manager[891]: <info> (ttyUSB1) serial port closed
Feb 13 20:16:28 HP-Laptop modem-manager[891]: <info> (ttyUSB1) opening serial port...
Feb 13 20:16:31 HP-Laptop modem-manager[891]: <info> (ttyUSB1) closing serial port...
Feb 13 20:16:31 HP-Laptop modem-manager[891]: <info> (ttyUSB1) serial port closed
Feb 13 20:16:31 HP-Laptop modem-manager[891]: <info> (Huawei): GSM modem /sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:12.2/usb1/1-1 claimed port ttyUSB1
Feb 13 20:16:31 HP-Laptop NetworkManager[899]: <warn> (ttyUSB0): failed to look up interface index
Feb 13 20:16:31 HP-Laptop NetworkManager[899]: <info> WWAN now disabled by management service
Feb 13 20:16:31 HP-Laptop NetworkManager[899]: <info> (ttyUSB0): new GSM/UMTS device (driver: 'option1' ifindex: 0)
Feb 13 20:16:31 HP-Laptop NetworkManager[899]: <info> (ttyUSB0): exported as /org/freedesktop/NetworkManager/Devices/2
Feb 13 20:16:31 HP-Laptop NetworkManager[899]: <info> (ttyUSB0): now managed
Feb 13 20:16:31 HP-Laptop NetworkManager[899]: <info> (ttyUSB0): device state change: unmanaged -> unavailable (reason 'managed') [10 20 2]
Feb 13 20:16:31 HP-Laptop NetworkManager[899]: <info> (ttyUSB0): deactivating device (reason 'managed') [2]
Feb 13 20:16:31 HP-Laptop NetworkManager[899]: nm_system_iface_flush_routes: assertion `ifindex > 0' failed
Feb 13 20:16:31 HP-Laptop NetworkManager[899]: nm_system_iface_flush_addresses: assertion `ifindex > 0' failed
Feb 13 20:16:31 HP-Laptop NetworkManager[899]: <info> (ttyUSB0): device state change: unavailable -> disconnected (reason 'none') [20 30 0]
Feb 13 20:16:37 HP-Laptop modem-manager[891]: <info> (ttyUSB0) opening serial port...
Feb 13 20:16:37 HP-Laptop modem-manager[891]: <info> Modem /org/freedesktop/ModemManager/Modems/0: state changed (disabled -> enabling)
Feb 13 20:16:37 HP-Laptop modem-manager[891]: <info> (ttyUSB2) opening serial port...
Feb 13 20:16:37 HP-Laptop modem-manager[891]: Invalid error code: 500
Feb 13 20:16:37 HP-Laptop modem-manager[891]: Invalid error code: 303
Feb 13 20:16:39 HP-Laptop modem-manager[891]: <info> Modem /org/freedesktop/ModemManager/Modems/0: state changed (enabling -> enabled)
Feb 13 20:16:39 HP-Laptop NetworkManager[899]: <info> WWAN now enabled by management service
Feb 13 20:16:39 HP-Laptop modem-manager[891]: <info> Modem /org/freedesktop/ModemManager/Modems/0: state changed (enabled -> searching)
Feb 13 20:16:41 HP-Laptop NetworkManager[899]: <info> Activation (ttyUSB0) starting connection 'Vodafone'
Feb 13 20:16:41 HP-Laptop NetworkManager[899]: <info> (ttyUSB0): device state change: disconnected -> prepare (reason 'none') [30 40 0]
Feb 13 20:16:41 HP-Laptop NetworkManager[899]: <info> Activation (ttyUSB0) Stage 1 of 5 (Device Prepare) scheduled...
Feb 13 20:16:41 HP-Laptop NetworkManager[899]: <info> Activation (ttyUSB0) Stage 1 of 5 (Device Prepare) started...
Feb 13 20:16:41 HP-Laptop NetworkManager[899]: <info> (ttyUSB0): device state change: prepare -> need-auth (reason 'none') [40 60 0]
Feb 13 20:16:41 HP-Laptop NetworkManager[899]: <info> Activation (ttyUSB0) Stage 1 of 5 (Device Prepare) complete.
Feb 13 20:16:45 HP-Laptop NetworkManager[899]: <info> Activation (ttyUSB0) Stage 1 of 5 (Device Prepare) scheduled...
Feb 13 20:16:45 HP-Laptop NetworkManager[899]: <info> Activation (ttyUSB0) Stage 1 of 5 (Device Prepare) started...
Feb 13 20:16:45 HP-Laptop NetworkManager[899]: <info> (ttyUSB0): device state change: need-auth -> prepare (reason 'none') [60 40 0]
Feb 13 20:16:45 HP-Laptop NetworkManager[899]: <info> Activation (ttyUSB0) Stage 1 of 5 (Device Prepare) complete.

But no matter how much I tried I could not get it running. After a while I found out that this dongle is SIMlocked and I wanted to use it with a non Vodafone SIM. To unlock it you need to install minicom (apt-get install minicom) and configure it to use ttyUSB2 by running it "minicom -s". Then you can run minicom and type in AT^CARDLOCK? after which you should get something like ^CARDLOCK: 2,10,0 now all you need to do is type in the IMEI from your stick (printed on it) into this homepage and save the code you get there. With this code you can then run minicom again and do AT^CARDLOCK="YOURCODEHERE" replacing the text with your actual unlock code. You should get an OK from minicom. After that the Vodafone dongle should work perfectly.

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19 August 11 - 21:21exiftool to sort files into directories

This is a nice commandline that uses the exiftool to sort all pictures in "oldplace" to subdirectories defined by the original time and date that the picture was taken. It is also a nice way of removing duplicates.

exiftool -r -d newplace/%Y/%m/%d/%H-%M-%S.%%e "-filename<datetimeoriginal" oldplace

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28 July 11 - 23:43Nice way to record your VCR shows using Linux

Today I spend a few hours trying out how to best record a few things I had on a VCR tape. The recordings where made in NTSC but the playback would be on a PAL VCR player. The following command uses a Video4Linux2 capture card to record and uses the normal audio card to record the audio. Change the "input=2" to the composite or s-video input in your configuration. The avi that is created is uncompressed and will grow really big.

mencoder tv:// -tv input=2:driver=v4l2:device=/dev/video0:normid=12:input=2:alsa:adevice=hw.0:audiorate=48000:amode=1 -ovc copa -oac copy -o output.avi

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23 February 11 - 19:10Longwinded custom SQL statement to add Metadata to MythVideo

The following SQL statement allows me to select and format  the entires into the MythVideo Metadata table for recordings made with my Panasonic camera. Posted here just for future reference.

SELECT substr(`filename`,32,10), 
CONCAT_WS(':',substr(`filename`,43,2),concat(substr(`filename`,45,2),' Uhr'))
FROM `videometadata`
WHERE `filename` LIKE '%MTS%'
AND `filename` REGEXP '[0-9]{4}[-][0-9]{2}[-][0-9]{2}[-]' 
AND NOT(`filename` REGEXP '[0-9]{8}') 
AND NOT(`filename` LIKE '%720%') 
AND NOT(`filename` LIKE '%Unsere Videos%') 
LIMIT 0 , 100 

then I only need to convert it to an Update statement like

UPDATE mythconverg.videometadata 
SET 

to comit it to the database.

Similarly, to add the Season and Episode numbers (S##E##) to the syndicatedepisodenumber field using this command:

UPDATE mythconverg.recordedprogram
SET `syndicatedepisodenumber` = concat(concat(concat(convert(substr(`subtitle`,2,2),SIGNED),'.'),convert(substr(`subtitle`,5,2),SIGNED)),'.0/0')
WHERE `subtitle` REGEXP '^[S][0-9]{2}[E][0-9]{2}'

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22 February 11 - 19:09Some improvements to mythnettv

It seems that the original development of mythnettv has stopped. I have been maintaining a branch of my own, just to scratch some itches I had, as I use it to download such shows as TED-Talks and SLOW TV. The following is a list of changes I have done to the code since release 7 (January 2009) by Michael Still, that might interest you:

  • the command "mythnettv statistics" is now much shorter. I have commented out most of the "what has been downloaded" part and only left "what will be downloaded".
  • downloads which are stored in a folder are handled a bit better, but some more work needs to be done. Only single file video files in a folder are currently supported. 
  • no transcoding is done for most modern, linux friendly file formats, as they are well supported by the internal player within MythTV 0.24.
  • neither commercial detection nor seek table creation are done anymore, as MythTV 0.24 then screws up playback of some web content.
  • some basic detection of subtitles, audio (mono, stereo etc) and video (widescreen, 720p etc) properties is done while importing. This metadata is inserted into the database to be displayed as if the file had be recorded with valid EPG data.
  • a new command line "myhtnettv updatemeta filename" allows you to update the database retrospectively with the above data. This also works for "normal" recordings made by MythTV, if your EPG data was not accurate for these values.

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