FreeBSD Port: tovid-0.30_6

tigner tigner at
Wed Oct 29 16:00:36 UTC 2008

Dear Sir(s),

I would like to bring your attention to a problem in the scripts
in the tovid package.

tovid uses mplayer to identify characteristics of a video.

mplayer uses $home/.mplayer/config as its config file.

IF $home/.mplayer/config has an entry 'loop = 0' then
tovid/makexml/idvid scripts will hang forever. 

I suggest that in the idvid script, to include '-loop 1' in the
command that uses mplayer to identify a video might
just fix this problem.

Current line in idvid:

mplayer -vo null -ao null -frames 1 -channels 6 -identify \
                "$INFILE" > "$SCRATCH_FILE" 2>&1
Suggested replacement:

mplayer -vo null -ao null -frames 1 -loop 1 -channels 6 -identify \
                "$INFILE" > "$SCRATCH_FILE" 2>&1

The change might have to be in made several lines of idvid. 

Thank you for listening.

Barry A. Tigner
Electronics Shop manager
Physics and Astronomy department
Michigan State University
tigner at 

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