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Comskip Failures (only certain shows)

Feb 28, 2016 at 6:02 AM
Edited Feb 28, 2016 at 6:03 AM
About 3 months ago I switched from WMC recordings from my HD HomeRun Prime to NextPVR for recording off cable card. Initially I was doing x265 HEVC but that was taking forever and comskip was failing on certain shows (Angel from Hell, Hollywood Game Night, and Hawaii Five-0). I went back to x264 for the quicker conversions but still having the same 3 shows giving me "comskip failed". A few others will randomly comskip fail an episode or two during a season but not all like the three shows above.
I had never seen the comskip failed while using WMC recordings.
Recordings are about 8GB each prior to conversion...
I can run through about 9 conversion jobs in a night and just those few will fail.

INFORMATION> 2016-02-17T00:49:31 MCEBuddy.Engine.Core --> Job for F:\NPVR_record\Recordings\Hollywood Game Night\Hollywood Game Night_20160216_20002100.ts has Error Comskip failed using Conversion Task x264 Normal and Profile MP4 Normal

Anyone have any thoughts?
I normally do not have "log conversion tasks" ON, just the standard debug level logging. Do I need the conversion task logged to provide more information?
Feb 28, 2016 at 2:55 PM

Please set to debug and upload the conversion log

Feb 29, 2016 at 12:38 AM
Thanks for the quick reply. I turned on conversion logging and i will try to find a rerun to record of one of the shows.
When comskip fails, I usually just turn off comskip and let it run through keeping commercials in there. So I don't have any failed NPVR recordings to check against right now.
Mar 8, 2016 at 4:54 PM
Use the latest build we fixed an issue recently which was similar
Aug 9, 2016 at 12:20 AM
I have been having a lot of failures with the same error message.
I bought the Donator version of comskip this weekend and am using this: comskip81_092_donators
I also updated to the latest MCE Buddy version: MCEBuddy 2.4.5 64bit - 20160726

The Comskip process is screaming along, 75 to 165 fps and then just comes to a halt and ends processing.

``` 2016-08-08T13:21:22 MCEBuddy.AppWrapper.Comskip --> 1:02:36 - 229277 frames in 1029.87 sec(222.63 fps), 1.01 sec(74.26 fps), 99%
2016-08-08T13:21:23 MCEBuddy.AppWrapper.Comskip --> 1:02:37 - 229326 frames in 1030.95 sec(222.44 fps), 1.07 sec(45.79 fps), 99%
2016-08-08T13:21:24 MCEBuddy.AppWrapper.Comskip --> 1:02:38 - 229405 frames in 1031.97 sec(222.30 fps), 1.01 sec(78.22 fps), 99%
2016-08-08T13:21:25 MCEBuddy.AppWrapper.Comskip --> 1:02:40 - 229510 frames in 1033.08 sec(222.16 fps), 1.12 sec(93.75 fps), 99%
2016-08-08T13:21:26 MCEBuddy.AppWrapper.Comskip --> 1:02:42 - 229674 frames in 1034.08 sec(222.10 fps), 1.00 sec(164.00 fps), 99%
2016-08-08T13:21:27 MCEBuddy.AppWrapper.Comskip --> 1:02:44 - 229764 frames in 1035.08 sec(221.98 fps), 1.00 sec(90.00 fps), 99%
2016-08-08T13:21:28 MCEBuddy.AppWrapper.Comskip --> 229950 frames decoded in 1036.04 seconds (221.95 fps)
ERROR> --> No response from process for 300 seconds, process likely hung - killing it
ERROR> --> Process hung, killing process
WARNING> 2016-08-08T13:26:30 MCEBuddy.CommercialScan.Scanner --> Comskip failed
ERROR> 2016-08-08T13:26:30 MCEBuddy.Engine.ConversionJob --> Comskip failed
INFORMATION> 2016-08-08T13:26:30 MCEBuddy.Engine.ConversionJob -->
--> Performance Metrics for the Current Conversion

--> Source video duration (hh:mm:ss) -> 01:02:51
--> Source video codec -> mpeg2video
--> Source video height -> 720
--> Source video width -> 1280
--> Pre-conversion video duration (hh:mm:ss) -> 01:02:47

--> <Start At Date/Time> <Duration (hh:mm:ss)> <Activity>
--> <08/08/2016 12:55:19> <00:00:00> <Running custom commands>
--> <08/08/2016 12:55:19> <00:00:21> <Getting show information and banner from Internet sources>
--> <08/08/2016 12:55:40> <00:00:00> <Running custom commands>
--> <08/08/2016 12:55:40> <00:00:15> <Checking for disk space>
--> <08/08/2016 12:55:56> <00:07:11> <Remuxing recording>
--> <08/08/2016 13:03:07> <00:00:45> <Analyzing video information>
--> <08/08/2016 13:03:53> <00:00:14> <Trimming video recording>
--> <08/08/2016 13:04:07> <00:22:23> <Comskip advertisement scan>

INFORMATION> --> Total time taken by conversion (hh:mm:ss) -> 00:31:11
Aug 9, 2016 at 9:58 PM
Try using an older version and report it to the Comskip forum. Not much MCEBuddy can do about it as it's a bug with Comskip.
You can get the timeout to 0 to ignore it but then it'll just wait forever if Comskip hangs.

Aug 9, 2016 at 10:37 PM

Ok, I think I’d like to get the intermediate file that was processed and failed, is there a way to capture those files so I retry them by hand?

Aug 9, 2016 at 11:34 PM
You can pause the conversion just as it finishes comskip / hangs on the last leg, open the temp folder and copy it for yourself.