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Old 07-07-2008, 11:08 AM
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Program metadata and recordings that have been compressed

After playing with comskip and StaxRip a bit I'm contemplating doing the following:

1. automatically run comskip on all recordings
2. review the comskip results and correct any mis-identified edits in VideoRedo, then save a trimmed version (still MPEG) from VideoRedo
3. run StaxRip to recompress shows I want to keep long term to a more space efficient H.264 encoding

What I would like is for the show metadata (which I think is stored in wiz.bin) to be available on the H.264 versions of the shows as well. It appears that telling Sage to import the directories where the final H.264 versions of the shows are saved might be enough to reattach the metadata.

From some forum postings it appears this is keyed on the file name? If so, does changing the extension from the original mpg to something like mkv prevent this from working?

Any suggestions?
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Old 07-14-2008, 01:04 PM
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What I would like is for the show metadata (which I think is stored in wiz.bin) to be available on the H.264 versions of the shows as well. It appears that telling Sage to import the directories where the final H.264 versions of the shows are saved might be enough to reattach the metadata.

From some forum postings it appears this is keyed on the file name? If so, does changing the extension from the original mpg to something like mkv prevent this from working?
Just answering my own question for future reference. I got this working by using the SageRecordings XML file generator (http://forums.freytechnologies.com/f...ad.php?t=16987) to create XML files containing the show metadata. I then wrote a small Python script to parse the XML and create a .properties file (http://forums.freytechnologies.com/f...ad.php?t=26374) containing most of the information from the XML file.

I then moved the .MKV and the .MKV.properties files to the archive directory (which is in a tree under an "imported" video directory). At this point I could delete the original recording and view (and FF/REW navigate) the archived MKV file and see the metadata from the .properties file.

Then a while later something unexpected happened, I went into the Sage Recordings area and noticed a couple of shows that I had moved to the archived area but had (apparently) forgotten to delete the original recording for. So I deleted them... and then I thought "I wonder if I've just deleted the MKV version". Sure enough, somehow Sage had identified the MKV version as being the same as the original Recording version and was displaying it in the Recordings area (even though the file name is not exactly the same - they are only different in the file extension though).

Is this supposed to be happening?
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