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MythTV: Turning Linux Into a Digital Video Recorder: The Front End

Nov 01, 2009, 20:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ben Martin)

"With the 0.21-19.fc11 packages from RPM Fusion installed, watching TV should be as easy as telling the front end where the database is stored, the user name and password to use to connect to the database, and then selecting "Watch TV" from the interface. You should be able to use the up and down arrow keys to change channels and hit "r" to record the show you are currently viewing.

"As you probably noticed earlier, I wound up using a subversion build of MythTV. Although I do enjoy a good compile as much as the next man, I had a reason to go trawling the bleeding edge of MythTV. The desktop machine I was using had an NVidia graphics card in it and I'm using the binary drivers for it. One of the nice things about the binary drivers is Video Decode and Presentation API for Unix (VDPAU), which lets you use the GPU to perform decoding, deinterlacing and display of video content.

"Unfortunately, if you are using the binary drivers and the composite extension of X for pretty desktop effects, you can suffer intermittent bright red screen flashes during video playback. I was getting these flash artifacts with version x86_64-185.18.36 of the NVidia drivers. These flashes go away for me when I either disable the composite extension or use VDPAU to display video content."

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