A useful Comskip setting

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    Here’s a Comskip setting which seems little documented but very handy in my opinion. Maybe this is well known already but I haven’t found mention in the forums.

    There are two parameters which can be added to the comskip.ini which direct Comskip to ignore advertisements within specified seconds of the start or the end of a recording. The settings are:

    always_keep_first_seconds
    always_keep_last_seconds

    My comskip.ini now has the following setting to ignore skips within the last 10 minutes of a recording:
    always_keep_last_seconds=600

    Now my recordings (after extremely limited testing) no longer skip at program end, and instead I can watch the credits/preview of upcoming episodes etc. Without this, the skip at the end of a program often left me wondering if I’d missed something. I’ve also heard of some occurrences where the skip steps are unreliable towards the end, so this should help with that as well.

    Below is an example txt file generated before adding the always_keep_last_seconds setting:
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    1 2483
    15993 22442
    30586 32437
    38421 38422

    and after adding the setting:
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    1 2483
    15993 22442
    38421 38422

    You can see that the second file above no longer has the “30586 32437” skip point which is within the last 600 seconds of the recording. I believe this setting was introduced in Comskip version 0.80.023

    I hope this is helpful. I’d like to hear of any other great Comskip settings that people use?



    Lastly, check out my TV Server plugin which ensures that too many concurrent Comskip processes don’t overload your system:
    https://www.team-mediaportal.com/extensions/other/comskip-monitored
     
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    Great find, wonder why as a setting, its not inside a standard ini :confused:
     
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    Thanks for the info, the skipping of the credits always drives me crazy.
     
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    @ PD - can you post your comskip file please - I've just nuked mine :(
    bugger!
     
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    Sure, this is now modified so it does not skip the end section of a recording as per john11
     

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    Thanks - I'll drop it in :)
     
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