xfmedia and dvb

Brian J. Tarricone bjt23 at cornell.edu
Tue Oct 11 17:15:54 CEST 2005

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Les Gray wrote:
> Hi all,
> I've been using xfce4.2 for about two months now and I love it. Before, 
> I ran Ubuntu with Gnome and my 2.1 GHz athlon XP/768 MB RAM system was 
> certainly responsive. But with Debian Testing (built up from a base 
> install), a lean, custom 2.6.12 kernel and, most importantly, xfce4, it 
> positively flies! :D
> But I'm having a couple issues with xfmedia, though. I can use it to 
> watch digi TV through my KWorld Xpert VStream PCI DVB-T card. I was 
> impressed that it did a channel scan automatically (unlike gxine, which 
> I also use), but it has the annoying habit of doing this each time I 
> load the DVB playlist, and I don't know how to stop it. I already had a 
> channels.conf file in my ~/.xine directory, so I thought xfmedia 
> wouldn't have to bother with this step.
> I've looked at all the config options, the documentation,  and done some 
> Googling, but I can't  find anything which relates specifically to this 
> problem. Does anyone else have this trouble?
> The other thing is that there is no option to de-interlace the video, 
> which takes the sheen off the viewing experience a bit. Is there a plan 
> to include this in later versions of xfmedia?

Yes and no.  Xfmedia is intended to be a music player, with the
(coincidental) ability to play video.  I've added basic support for
video-related things, and I'll probably add more (like deinterlacer
settings), but I think DVB-specific stuff is a bit farther than I want
to go.

FYI, I'm not doing *anything* DVB-related right now.  I'm not really
sure how this channel scan thing works, and I have no idea why Xfmedia
does it automatically but gxine doesn't (perhaps gxine disables that
behavior because that way it does it all the time, which is, as you say,
annoying).  If you want the automatic channel scan disabled, I'm afraid
you're going to have to send me a patch.  And even then, it'll only go
in if it's simple.


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