Joseph A. Caputo
jcaputo1 at comcast.net
Fri Apr 9 11:31:08 EDT 2004
Gary Franczyk wrote:
> Hello.. I have a suggestion that I thought of after reading today's article
> on slashdot. They are talking about a DVD player that automatically edits
> out "bad" parts of DVDs. It apparently has a database of 500 movies and it
> knows which parts to skip.
> It would be cool to automatically edit out the naughty bits of DVDs and tv
> shows for kids. Could MythTV use a sort of CDDB-style database of movies,
> to know where the bad parts are and cut them out of movies? Maybe even
> drop the audio on bad words? Of course, this same database could be used in
> the opposite direction so that you can watch only the bad parts. >;-)
> That way, if the child-protect is in, Myth tv can detect the DVD MPAA
> rating, plus, if a "edit" flag is set, then allow the movie to be played,
> but the bad parts are cut out.
> What do you think?
This is easier to do in a standalone DVD player, since it's geared
toward commercial DVDs, which are a known constant. It's easy enough to
build a list of frames to skip corresponding to 'bad' content. With
Myth it's more difficult, because things could come from different
sources. Frame skips and time codes are out the window because things
could be cut, transcoded or otherwise edited.
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