This thread seems to have died, but I'm adding my thoughts anyhow.
I use MCE Buddy too and it works well for a completely automated solution. My only problem is that it's a bit too
automated for my taste: I'd prefer to tweak the commercial edits discovered by Comskip or Showanalyzer before creating an edited file, but MCE Buddy wants to convert the files as soon as they're recorded.
DVRMS Toolbox includes a video editor that should be just about perfect for this task. Unfortunately it seems rather buggy, and it's even more poorly documented than the rest of DVRMS Toolbox. I couldn't even get the latest version (188.8.131.52) to open .WTV files, although it would open .TS files OK. I tried earlier versions and discovered that if I went back to 184.108.40.206, it would open .WTV files, but I could only output the edited file as a .MKV, and I had audio/video sync problems to boot.Edit:
I discovered I can use the DTB video editor just to tweak the commercial edits (.EDL files) and then use MCE Buddy to produce the final edited video. It's a bit cumbersome though. Here's what I did:
- Set up DTB to run ShowAnalyzer automatically on all recordings, just as you would for skipping recordings during playback. This produces a "first draft" of commercial edits
- Created a "to be converted" folder and set MCE Buddy up to monitor and convert files found there (removing commercials of course)
Then I follow these steps for each recording:
- Load the recording into the DTB video editor (version 220.127.116.11). It automatically loads ShowAnalyzer's edits
- Tweak the commercial edits as needed
- Click the "Save .EDL" button to save the tweaked edits
- Copy/move the .EDL file to my "to be converted" folder
- Copy/move the corresponding .WTV file
- Wait for MCE Buddy to do the conversion, then remove the files from "to be converted"
If this is all you use MCE Buddy for, you could configure it to delete the video files from "to be converted" after converting them. But the "delete after converting" option is global and I use MCE Buddy for other conversion tasks too, so I clean up my "to be converted" folder manually. (I'd have to manually delete the .EDL files anyhow.)
In steps 4 & 5, I typically copy the files rather than moving them, so I can still watch them in WMC's Recorded TV. But I noticed the DTB commercial-skip add-in doesn't read the edited .EDL files. Instead it reads the .chapters.XML files ShowAnalyzer also creates. That means my tweaks have no effect when watching in Recorded TV; the "first draft" edits discovered by ShowAnalyzer are used instead. But the converted files that MCE Buddy creates do use the tweaked edits, so they're suitable, e.g., for burning to DVD.
Tweaking ShowAnalyzer's edits with the DTB video editor is the most cumbersome step, but that's the only free, simple video editor I know of that reads & writes .EDL files. Besides, it's not too bad once you get the hang of it, as long as you only have a few shows each week to edit.