you got that right about it being complex. I discovered what I suspect is throwing it off. I found another series where it happened so I studied the original. At one point, before getting annoyed enough to research commercial removal,
I tried to tweak WMC7 so my recordings started real close to the shows start time. I think the default is 5 minutes before and I ended up at a 1minute setting. I was always having to FF that few minutes so this worked much better at the time.
So all these videos that started maybe dead on or less than a minute in had 0 advertisements in front of the shows start time. I think this is causing issues because in the conversions that did not do this I think were my early ones with 5 minutes
of junk before the show. This gave comskip a good comparison of when the show started...my best guess at what's happening. I just went into WMC and went back to the default 5minutes early start time for tonight recordings to test tomorrow if this
is it. I did just find a conversion that just finished and it did trim the end of the show off. I then reviewed the original guess what I found? The original recording had cut short the end before the commercial so it did the
trim thing again....this has got to be it. Needs a good commercial set before and after or it cuts video. Had one that trimmed exactly 38 seconds off the start.
Thanks for the link...reading it now to see if I find anything about before and after commercials needing to be present.
The preview option I speak of is in Handbrake and I've seen similar preview ability in DVDFab and a few others rippers/conversion apps I've used. It would allow a quick conversion of say 5 seconds or more video, you specify start point and how much
you want in the preview, helps you to get a quick sample output without waiting for the entire file to convert. I used this in Handbrake multiple times until I tweaked everything to my liking. Handbrake even allowed you to set a chapter start
point to do the small preview file. This came in super handy when I had movies with subtitles that gave me fits trying to sort out which track....2012 was the worst movie I ever had to convert to mkv. I got to know right where the subs were so
set the chapter number and 1 minute ahead...real quick test like that. I would have been there forever with no preview for all the issues I was resolving. Would come in super handy in MCEBuddy.
Love the program btw. Almost went another older method I read about using DVRMSToolbox and ShowAnalyzer. After reading the whole procedure I said, "Got to be an easier way"...sure was. Sent donation in support.
I'm using mkv's over mp4 because I need 6 channel audio in AC3. Never could get aac working right and not sure I know enough about it but even when MCEBuddy was configured for multi channel I only get PCM stereo to play out of my Pioneer Elite
AVR....Handbrake was also a problem with this container so switched to mkv/ac3 and all went away. I gave up researching the aac problem and when it happened with MCEBuddy I recalled my dillema before and just switched over the mkv. MP4 does not support
multi channel AC3 right?