Do you watch TV with Kaffeine?

Bogus Zaba bogsub at
Sat Nov 7 09:00:56 GMT 2009

Duncan wrote:
> Bogus Zaba posted on Fri, 06 Nov 2009 20:36:46 +0000 as excerpted:
>> Anne Wilson wrote:
>>> I don't have TV on my system, and I need someone who does to help me
>>> put a little info onto about it - what
>>> it can do, any configuration that helps, any hints and tips.  If you
>>> are willing to help, either edit the page yourself, or send me the text
>>> and I'll deal with formatting, syntax etc.
>> Do you want just KDE4 stuff ? I am a long-term user of Kaffeine 0.8.x on
>> KDE 3.5.y and use if for digital television, but have not yet moved to
>> KDE 4. Partly because I was not sure what the Kaffeine situation was for
>> KDE 4. Understand there is now a KDE 4 version of Kaffeine at least in
>> beta.
> Kaffeine for kde4 has a LONG way to go to reach kde3's kaffeine 
> features.  Last I checked, using the "live" sources version about a month 
> ago, it had barely any more features than the default kde4 dragonplayer 
> and the like -- IOW, it would play video, but that's about it -- none of 
> the extra stuff that had people going to the trouble of installing a non-
> kde-core kaffeine on kde3, instead of just using what shipped with kde in 
> the first place.
> HOWEVER, there *IS* an alternative, an an EXTREMELY good one at that.  
> It's called smplayer.  smplayer is qt4 based, as is kde4, so other than 
> switching from the xine-lib dependencies of kaffeine to the mplayer 
> dependencies of smplayer (and kde4 uses both, xine-lib as a phonon/sound 
> backend, and mplayer for mplayerthumbs, the kdemultimedia package that 
> kde4 uses to generate video thumbnails), there's very few additional 
> dependencies needed.
> And smplayer has all those fancy control features that make kaffeine what 
> it was on kde3.  In fact, it has at least one I always wished kaffeine 
> had but it didn't, single-frame advance.  This is on the general computer 
> video side, at least.  I don't have a TV card, so I can't personally 
> verify comparability of features there, but it does seem to have basic 
> controls for it, at least, and I've no reason to believe that would be 
> inferior to its general computer based video controls, hardware 
> permitting, of course.
> So I'd not let the lack of a full-featured kaffeine stand in the way of 
> your switch to kde4, if I were you, and I would DEFINITELY checkout 
> smplayer. Actually, because it's only qt4 based, you should be able to 
> checkout smplayer without even bothering your kde3 installation or 
> worrying about kde4 at all -- just try smplayer, which should install qt4 
> as a dependency if you don't already have it installed, and I expect 
> you'll be able to cross the kaffeine equivalent mediaplayer worry off 
> your switching worries list entirely!  It certainly was all the solution 
> I could have wished for and more, here!
I agree that smplayer is a fine piece of work, but I think it does not 
do digital TV - one of the nice things that works out of the box with 
Kaffeine (including lots of country-specific tuning magic)

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