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* AC3
* AC3
* DVB subtitles
* DVB subtitles
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* HDTV: Kaffeine will display HDTV delivered over DVB-S (e.g. [[BBC HD]] on Astra 2 at 28.8 degrees East). To use multithreaded ffmpeg decoding set the xine option '''video.processing.ffmpeg_thread_count''' equal to the number of CPUs, ie. 2 for a Dual-core or 4 for a Quad-core (in the GUI it is in Settings/Xine engine config/Video/Advanced). BBC HD and LUXE HD working. A patch adding DVB-S2 support to Kaffeine (via [[S2API]]) is available here: http://linuxtv.org/pipermail/linux-dvb/2008-September/029079.html.
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* HDTV: Kaffeine will display HDTV delivered over DVB-S (e.g. [[BBC HD]] on Astra 2 at 28.8 degrees East). To use multithreaded ffmpeg decoding set the xine option '''video.processing.ffmpeg_thread_count''' equal to the number of CPUs, ie. 2 for a Dual-core or 4 for a Quad-core (in the GUI it is in Settings/Xine engine config/Video/Advanced). BBC HD and LUXE HD working. A patch adding DVB-S2 support to Kaffeine (via [[S2API]]) is available here:
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http://linuxtv.org/pipermail/linux-dvb/2008-October/029839.html.
* Remote control
* Remote control
* Handles multiple devices of any type (DVB-{C,S,T} and ATSC<sup id="fn_1_back">[[#fn_1|1]]</sup> ).... and even if you have only one DVB device, Kaffeine can simultaneously play and record different channels within a same transponder).
* Handles multiple devices of any type (DVB-{C,S,T} and ATSC<sup id="fn_1_back">[[#fn_1|1]]</sup> ).... and even if you have only one DVB device, Kaffeine can simultaneously play and record different channels within a same transponder).
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Get latest xine-lib, compile with --with-external-ffmpeg option, install
Get latest xine-lib, compile with --with-external-ffmpeg option, install
  hg clone http://hg.debian.org/hg/xine-lib/xine-lib
  hg clone http://hg.debian.org/hg/xine-lib/xine-lib
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Get SVN kaffeine, compile and install:
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Get SVN kaffeine, patch for DVB-S2/S2API if necessary [http://linuxtv.org/pipermail/linux-dvb/2008-October/029839.html], compile and install:
  svn co svn://anonsvn.kde.org/home/kde/branches/extragear/kde3/multimedia
  svn co svn://anonsvn.kde.org/home/kde/branches/extragear/kde3/multimedia
Remove all projects (subdirs) you don't want to build. At least you need admin and kaffeine of course.
Remove all projects (subdirs) you don't want to build. At least you need admin and kaffeine of course.

Revision as of 10:42, 20 October 2008

Kaffeine is a very versatile KDE media player that, by default, utilizes Xine as its backend. It has a simple but intuitive interface (example screenshot) and is easy to setup. Amongst its list of supported formats are CDDA, VCD, DVD, .... and, since versions >0.5, it also provides full DVB support:

  • TV and Radio
  • Time Shifting
  • Recording -- including unattended recording
  • Network streaming (transmission and reception)
  • EPG, EPG-driven recording timers, OSD EPG now and next.
  • AC3
  • DVB subtitles
  • HDTV: Kaffeine will display HDTV delivered over DVB-S (e.g. BBC HD on Astra 2 at 28.8 degrees East). To use multithreaded ffmpeg decoding set the xine option video.processing.ffmpeg_thread_count equal to the number of CPUs, ie. 2 for a Dual-core or 4 for a Quad-core (in the GUI it is in Settings/Xine engine config/Video/Advanced). BBC HD and LUXE HD working. A patch adding DVB-S2 support to Kaffeine (via S2API) is available here:

http://linuxtv.org/pipermail/linux-dvb/2008-October/029839.html.

  • Remote control
  • Handles multiple devices of any type (DVB-{C,S,T} and ATSC1 ).... and even if you have only one DVB device, Kaffeine can simultaneously play and record different channels within a same transponder).
  • Handles mutiple frontends on a single device (for example a multi-standard card supporting say DVB-S and DVB-T).
  • Channel scanning on multiple devices/frontends, and multiple satellites.
  • Channel favourites lists.
  • DiSEqC 1.x switches, DiSEqC 1.2 rotors and USALS type goto longitude feature.
  • Supports both Low and High level CI.
  • KDE application style, rather than set top box (like MythTV or VDR)

Note 1: Scanning with ATSC hardware is supported since version 0.8.7. For older versions, to configure tuning support for ATSC devices, refer to the directions contained in this thread.

Bleeding-edge KDE3 Version

To make use of the latest features (e.g. HDTV) you might need to compile bleeding-edge versions of ffmpeg,xine-lib and kaffeine.

Remove old versions of ffmpeg,xine-lib and kaffeine first.

Get SVN ffmpeg, compile and install

svn checkout svn://svn.mplayerhq.hu/ffmpeg/trunk ffmpeg

Get latest xine-lib, compile with --with-external-ffmpeg option, install

hg clone http://hg.debian.org/hg/xine-lib/xine-lib

Get SVN kaffeine, patch for DVB-S2/S2API if necessary [1], compile and install:

svn co svn://anonsvn.kde.org/home/kde/branches/extragear/kde3/multimedia

Remove all projects (subdirs) you don't want to build. At least you need admin and kaffeine of course.

make -f Makefile.cvs
./configure
make
cd kaffeine
sudo make install

KDE4 Version

The latest Kaffeine release is a KDE3 application although it runs with no problems under KDE4. A KDE4 version (kaffeine4) is under development here http://websvn.kde.org/trunk/extragear/multimedia/kaffeine/ . As of September 2008 it's alpha, but plays DVDs and videos. Try it out: get KDE4.1 (http://kubuntu.org) and do the following:

svn co svn://anonsvn.kde.org/home/kde/trunk/extragear/multimedia/kaffeine
mkdir kaffeine-build
cd kaffeine-build
cmake ../kaffeine
make
./src/kaffeine4

The authors claimed a while ago that they required new features in Phonon, although this was disputed by Aaron Seigo. See http://dot.kde.org/1166377123/1166385374/1166438293/ and http://hftom.free.fr/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=18.

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