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ComSkipper ... A Emby Plugin that skips commercials


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ComSkipper ... A Emby Plugin that skips commercials in recordings using output from comskip.

This plugin will work with EDL files generated by Comskip, ShowAnalyzer or any other application capable 
of generating them to automagically skip past commercials when playing back recordings in Emby.  
A visual localized notification will be presented on the screen when this happens.  

A PDF is included in the download that explains all of the details.  But one thing should be made clear up front.
And that is this plugin does NOT contain comskip, show analyzer, or any other program that detects the commercials
and creates the EDL files with the skipping information.  Also, the donator version of comskip is required because
Emby stores its recordings in .TS format.  

The PDF file also shows an easy way to configure Emby to automatically run comskip after each recording on a Windows server.
Linux server users will need to figure out the best way to do this for their flavor of Linux.  I am not a Linux advocate
or user, however I did find this information in the NextPVR forum that is encouraging, and I encourage Linux 
users to help each other out with this as I will be of little to no help in this regard.

https://forums.nextpvr.com/showthread.php?tid=60803

Building Comskip is really quick and easy on Ubuntu, so probably the same for any Debian based distro:
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install ffmpeg libavcodec-dev libavformat-dev libavutil-dev autoconf automake git libargtable2-dev libtool
$ git clone git://github.com/erikkaashoek/Comskip
$ cd Comskip
$ ./autogen.sh
$ ./configure
$ make
$ sudo make install

Once this is out long enough where I am pretty sure it is stable, I'll make its GIT repository public.
Getting it into the plugin catalog could follow after that, assuming the Emby team approves.

I rarely record, my main use case is NFL football games.  I record our local teams game, which when complete
runs comskip on the recording which takes about 40 minutes.  We then watch the game while eating dinner
that evening.  Skipping halftime (manually) it brings the time from 3-4 hours to 2 to 2.5 hours.  
Comskip does a very good, remarkable really, job on all of my recordings including the games to date. 

****** Note *****   The released DLL may not work with the current beta Emby Server.

I have attached the comskip.ini that I use.  It works well for me in the US.

Have fun and enjoy commercial free recordings :)

Current Release

Version 1.2.2.1 - Added German (de) translation.

Version 1.2.2.0 - Culture set so EDL file can be parsed everywhere.

Version 1.2.1.0 - Real time no longer experimental.
                               Session ID fix for LG (and maybe other) clients.

Version 1.2.0.0 - Experimental feature to allow commercial skipping when watching during recording
                               Initial open source release.

Version 1.0.0.2 - Initial release.

Version 1.0.1.0 - Addition of configuration switch to disable on-screen notifications.  **Note** You will need to clear your browser cache due to the config UI change.

 

comskipper.ini

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1 minute ago, Sammy said:

D'fuq?

Wow! Might give this a whirl but am pretty happy with MCEBuddy at this point.

The difference I think is this is non destructive.  The recording is not modified so if comskip makes a mistake, you can rewind and not miss any of the show (and change the EDL file manually to adjust if you like).

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Installed the plugin on my Windows server (production) and a Linux test box.  Only tested from Windows server so far.  It is great to have the automatic skip function in Emby!  

Thanks for making this available.   

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nice, well done. would be good if people could share their successful comskip.ini. when we tried this a few years ago we found that ad detection was not that reliable, particularly using the method that analyses the files as they are being recorded

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6 hours ago, Spaceboy said:

nice, well done. would be good if people could share their successful comskip.ini. when we tried this a few years ago we found that ad detection was not that reliable, particularly using the method that analyses the files as they are being recorded

I just use the out of the box comskip.ini from the donators area. But they have a lot there I see for various countries.

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6 hours ago, Spaceboy said:

nice, well done. would be good if people could share their successful comskip.ini. when we tried this a few years ago we found that ad detection was not that reliable, particularly using the method that analyses the files as they are being recorded

If the goal for this is skipping commercials while watching things being recorded that won't work.  The EDL file is read on the playbackstart event so they wont be updated on the fly.  In my case it takes 40 minutes to comskip a 185 minute recording.  But if the goal is just to eliminate most of that extra time and have the recording processed more or less immediately after recording completes, party on :)

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1 hour ago, BillOatman said:

If the goal for this is skipping commercials while watching things being recorded that won't work.  The EDL file is read on the playbackstart event so they wont be updated on the fly.  In my case it takes 40 minutes to comskip a 185 minute recording.  But if the goal is just to eliminate most of that extra time and have the recording processed more or less immediately after recording completes, party on :)

well my ultimate goal would be to replicate what was possible with windows media centre and dvrmstoolbox which did indeed analyse recordings on the fly and i guess re-read the created edl file regularly to allow skipping of commercials in in-progress recordings.

do you see any possibility of working towards that?

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1 hour ago, BillOatman said:

I just use the out of the box comskip.ini from the donators area. But they have a lot there I see for various countries.

yeah i have donators version of comskip and ini files from many years ago. it was really reliable in the old days but seems to have got worse

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I don't think the default ini file has changed at all, but the broadcasters have made commercial detection more difficult over time.  That said, I've only made one substantive change to the default file and then a few others mostly for housekeeping.

detect_method=107	; this adds silence detection to the default value of 43
verbose=0		; This suppresses much of the debug information produced by comskip.
output_default=0	; This suppresses the production of .txt files.
delete_logo_file=1	; This deletes the .logo file when comskip is completed.
disable_heuristics=4	; Added the missing ";" before the comment.

 

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25 minutes ago, Spaceboy said:

well my ultimate goal would be to replicate what was possible with windows media centre and dvrmstoolbox which did indeed analyse recordings on the fly and i guess re-read the created edl file regularly to allow skipping of commercials in in-progress recordings.

do you see any possibility of working towards that?

Probably not.  In a plugin you get 3 events from Emby, start/progress/stop.  The progress one gets called so often you wouldn't want to read that file every time, and that's where it would need to happen. Oh plus I dont think that EDL file is written until it is done analyzing, right??

Not sure how they do that, if you have a way of finding out I could look at it, but I'm not hopeful.

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8 minutes ago, richt said:

I don't think the default ini file has changed at all, but the broadcasters have made commercial detection more difficult over time.  That said, I've only made one substantive change to the default file and then a few others mostly for housekeeping.

output_default=0	; This suppresses the production of .txt files.
delete_logo_file=1	; This deletes the .logo file when comskip is completed.

 

Ohhhh I put stuff in my bat file to delete those files.  Your way is much better :)

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2 hours ago, BillOatman said:

Probably not.  In a plugin you get 3 events from Emby, start/progress/stop.  The progress one gets called so often you wouldn't want to read that file every time, and that's where it would need to happen. Oh plus I dont think that EDL file is written until it is done analyzing, right??

Not sure how they do that, if you have a way of finding out I could look at it, but I'm not hopeful.

let me come back to you. the edl file gets written/updated on the fly

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Maybe read every minute or something as an option.  Possible but not right away.

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29 minutes ago, BillOatman said:

Maybe read every minute or something as an option.  Possible but not right away.

that would be ace

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24 minutes ago, Spaceboy said:

that would be ace

I actually made a branch today and coded this up.  Mainly because I didn't want to forget how I was going to do it.  I probably won't do more with it until the main release gets a little more run time.  But after that and  I make sure the change at least loads as it should I'll let you test it out if that's OK.

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1 hour ago, BillOatman said:

I actually made a branch today and coded this up.  Mainly because I didn't want to forget how I was going to do it.  I probably won't do more with it until the main release gets a little more run time.  But after that and  I make sure the change at least loads as it should I'll let you test it out if that's OK.

whenever you are ready

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5 hours ago, richt said:

I don't think the default ini file has changed at all, but the broadcasters have made commercial detection more difficult over time.  That said, I've only made one substantive change to the default file and then a few others mostly for housekeeping.

output_default=0	; This suppresses the production of .txt files.

 

I didnt have this in my ini file

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Hi Great plugin by the way... Just would like to ask 1 question... and that is can you disable the popup message saying ad skipped so it makes it more seamless 

thanks

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3 minutes ago, kalg said:

Hi Great plugin by the way... Just would like to ask 1 question... and that is can you disable the popup message saying ad skipped so it makes it more seamless 

thanks

Yeah  can do that.

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Update to optionally disable the on-screen notifications in the first post.

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i have comskip running against the live tv recording using the scripterx plugin :D

all good to go here

just for info - the edl file seems to be within about a minute of the recording live tv point. analysis was finished less than a minute after the recording ended

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1 hour ago, Spaceboy said:

i have comskip running against the live tv recording using the scripterx plugin :D

all good to go here

just for info - the edl file seems to be within about a minute of the recording live tv point. analysis was finished less than a minute after the recording ended

Cool I should be able to give you a test dll today or tomorrow to try out

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21 hours ago, BillOatman said:

Cool I should be able to give you a test dll today or tomorrow to try out

hi, before you do that, i am having some trouble with emby reading the edl files. edl naming and content below

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