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[http://mythtv.org MythTV] is an open source software digital video recorder (DVR) that is an alternative to Tivo or Windows Media Center. It allows you to pause and rewind live TV shows, skip commercials, schedule TV show recordings, and control a settop box using an infrared remote or firewire. In order to use MythTV, you will need a video capture card. Hardware requirements are described on the [http://www.mythtv.org/wiki/Hardware_Requirements MythTV Wiki].
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'''NOTE:''' in PC-BSD, '''webcamd''' is used to provide the drivers for video capture cards. This is enabled by default, meaning any devices supported by [http://linuxtv.org/wiki/index.php/Main_Page Video for Linux] should “just work”.
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During the installation of PC-BSD the installer provided an option to install MythTV. If you wish to install MythTV afterwards, use Control Panel ➜ System Manager ➜  [[System Manager#Install.2FUninstall Desktops and System Components|System Packages]] ➜ Misc. Once MythTV is installed, an entry should be added to the Multimedia section of the application menu of your desktop. You can also run MythTV from the command line by typing '''/usr/local/share/pcbsd/scripts/mythtv.sh'''.
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[[File:myth1.png|thumb|393px|'''Figure 9.4a: MythTV Configuration GUI''']]
  
=== Running MythTV for the First Time ===
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{{citelink|url=http://mythtv.org|txt=MythTV}} is an open source software digital video recorder (DVR) that is an alternative to Tivo or Windows Media Center. It allows you to pause and rewind live TV shows, skip commercials, schedule TV show recordings, and control a {{citelink|wp|url=Set-top_box|txt=set-top box}} using an infrared remote or firewire. In order to use MythTV, you will need a video capture card. Hardware requirements are described on the {{citelink|url=http://www.mythtv.org/wiki/Hardware_Requirements|txt=MythTV Wiki}}.
  
The PC-BSD version of MythTV provides an initialization script to properly setup the database backend used by MythTV. The first time you run MythTV, you will be prompted for the superuser password in order to configure MythTV. After inputting the superuser password, a console will temporarily open indicating that the MySQL service is starting and the MySQL database is being created. Once that is complete, you will see the configuration GUI shown in Figure 8.3a:
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'''Figure 8.3a: MythTV Configuration GUI'''
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During the installation of PC-BSD® the installer provided an option to install MythTV. If you wish to install MythTV afterwards, use ''[[Control Panel]]'' ➜ [[Package Manager]] ➜ ''Misc''. Once MythTV is installed, an entry should be added to the "Multimedia" section of the application menu of your desktop. You can also run MythTV from the command line by typing '''/usr/local/share/pcbsd/scripts/mythtv.sh'''.
  
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== Running MythTV for the First Time == <!--T:6-->
  
'''NOTE:''' your mouse will not work in this GUI. This is by design as MythTV was meant for use with a remote control or a keyboard. Use your arrow and tab keys to highlight the desired options and press enter to select.
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[[File:myth3a.png|thumb|393px|'''Figure 9.4b: MythTV Configuration Screen''']]
  
The initial screen will prompt you to select your Country and Language. Once the desired options are highlighted, navigate to Save and press enter. The next screen, shown in Figure 8.3b indicates that MythTV will update your database schema. Navigate to Upgrade and press enter.  
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The PC-BSD® version of MythTV provides an initialization script to properly setup the database backend used by MythTV. The first time you run MythTV, you will be prompted for your password in order to configure MythTV. After inputting your password, a console will temporarily open indicating that the MySQL service is starting and that the MySQL database is being created. Once that is complete, you will see the configuration GUI shown in Figure 9.4a.
  
'''Figure 8.3b: Upgrading the Database Schema'''
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The initial screen will prompt you to select your "Country" and "Language". Once the desired options are highlighted, click the "Save" button. You should see the MythTV front-end screen shown in Figure 9.4b.
  
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Navigate to the configuration screen you wish to access, then press enter. To leave a screen, press ESC. To exit the front-end completely, press ESC from the main configuration menu.
  
Once you press enter, you should receive a message indicating the location of the backup file that will be created should the upgrade fail. Navigate to Upgrade again and press enter to perform the upgrade. After a few seconds, you should see the MythTV front-end screen shown in Figure 8.3c:
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Chapter 5 of the {{citelink|url=http://www.mythtv.org/docs/mythtv-HOWTO.html#toc10|txt=MythTV Howto}} demonstrates the possible configurations and how to schedule recordings.<br>
  
'''Figure 8.3c: MythTV Configuration Screen'''
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* {{citelink|url=http://www.mythtv.org/docs/|txt=MythTV Documentation}}
  
Use your arrow keys to navigate to the configuration screen you wish to access, then press enter. To leave a screen, press ESC. To exit the front-end completely, press ESC, arrow to "Yes please" and press enter.
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* {{citelink|fbsd|url=WebcamCompat|txt=FreeBSD Webcam and DVB Compatibility List}}
  
Chapters 10-12 of the [http://www.mythtv.org/docs/mythtv-HOWTO.html#toc10 MythTV Howto] demonstrate the possible configurations and how to schedule recordings.
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[http://www.mythtv.org/docs/ MythTV Documentation]
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[http://wiki.freebsd.org/WebcamCompat FreeBSD Webcam and DVB Compatibility List]
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Revision as of 13:57, 26 September 2013

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Contents

Figure 9.4a: MythTV Configuration GUI

MythTV[1] is an open source software digital video recorder (DVR) that is an alternative to Tivo or Windows Media Center. It allows you to pause and rewind live TV shows, skip commercials, schedule TV show recordings, and control a set-top box[2] using an infrared remote or firewire. In order to use MythTV, you will need a video capture card. Hardware requirements are described on the MythTV Wiki[3].

NOTE: In PC-BSD®, webcamd is used to provide the drivers for video capture cards. This is enabled by default, meaning any devices supported by Video for Linux[4] should “just work”.

During the installation of PC-BSD® the installer provided an option to install MythTV. If you wish to install MythTV afterwards, use Control PanelPackage ManagerMisc. Once MythTV is installed, an entry should be added to the "Multimedia" section of the application menu of your desktop. You can also run MythTV from the command line by typing /usr/local/share/pcbsd/scripts/mythtv.sh.

Running MythTV for the First Time

Figure 9.4b: MythTV Configuration Screen

The PC-BSD® version of MythTV provides an initialization script to properly setup the database backend used by MythTV. The first time you run MythTV, you will be prompted for your password in order to configure MythTV. After inputting your password, a console will temporarily open indicating that the MySQL service is starting and that the MySQL database is being created. Once that is complete, you will see the configuration GUI shown in Figure 9.4a.

The initial screen will prompt you to select your "Country" and "Language". Once the desired options are highlighted, click the "Save" button. You should see the MythTV front-end screen shown in Figure 9.4b.

Navigate to the configuration screen you wish to access, then press enter. To leave a screen, press ESC. To exit the front-end completely, press ESC from the main configuration menu.

Chapter 5 of the MythTV Howto[5] demonstrates the possible configurations and how to schedule recordings.

Additional Resources


References


  1. http://mythtv.org
  2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Set-top_box
  3. http://www.mythtv.org/wiki/Hardware_Requirements
  4. http://linuxtv.org/wiki/index.php/Main_Page
  5. http://www.mythtv.org/docs/mythtv-HOWTO.html#toc10
  6. http://www.mythtv.org/docs/
  7. http://wiki.freebsd.org/WebcamCompat
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