Ever wish you could queue up a number of videos into a playlist and feed that playlist to MythTV (or more accurately MythVideo, as I do not yet know of a way to make a MythTV playlist for the Myth recordings)?
The best way that I've found to accomplish this is with an mplayer playlist (a *.pls file). An mplayer playlist is nothing more than an ASCII text file listing each video file consecutively on a new line.
NOTE: Mplayer will not recognize playlist files unless you add the -playlist option to your mplayer command line in the MythVideo file type screen under MythTV Setup.
Follow these steps to create an mplayer playlist file:
If you happen to have a dir full of shows that are already in numerical order (like a full season of a show numbered in the traditional “Fictional_Show_S01E01.avi” fashion), you can generate an mplayer playlist automatically. Navigate to the dir and issue the following command:
$ dir -1 > mplayer-playlist.pls
This command will generate the playlist file with all the videos in proper episode order, assuming all the video files were numbered correctly to begin with.
Depending on your paths and where you are when you issue the command, you may end up with an entry in the mplayer playlist for the playlist file itself (i.e. mplayer-playlist.pls). You will want to remove this line before playing.
Ideally, there would be someway to generate a MythTV playlist without having to first create an mplayer playlist. Something using the remote and MythTV interface would obviously be best. Until that time, the mplayer playlist file technique isn't too much of a PITA. I've used these techniques numerous times on my Slackware MythTV setup and it's always worked perfectly.