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    Remote screen usage with Mythfrontend

    Hi,
    Been playing around with Xinerama and VNC module in an attempt to build a system which would allow for a remote screen/PDA to control an instance of MythTV via VNC over wireless networking. Think of this as a funky touch screen remote control.

    Mythbuntu can viewed over VNC, but when a video is played the screen blanks out as mplayer is attempting to display video. If you use '-vo x11' the video is seen over VNC but the frame rate is bad.

    I would actually not like any motion video displayed on the remote, only on the main display. With the remote only displaying the mythfrontend screens to enable navigation, I see a future where the playing/position of the active video can be control via the page in mythfrontend on the remote.

    Q. Does anyone know of a way that I can get mythfrontend to display/duplicate the UI on multiple screens, but only display video on the main screen?

    The option in the 'setup/appearance' allows screens 0, 1, or All. Where 'All' is actually spanned across 0 and 1, ie a very wide screen. I would like 'Each' option, where the screen is duplicated on each Xinerama screen.

    [I also noted that the entry in the database for the 'All' setting is '-1'.]

    Cheers,
    Simon.
    Last edited by mungewell; October 23rd, 2007 at 04:31 PM. Reason: clarification

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    Re: Remote screen usage with Mythfrontend

    I possibly have a lead in this case.

    TightVNC (windows version) lets you select a specific window (or area of the screen) to export, there is a old (May 2006) project called SharedAppVnc which allows the same thing.

    http://shared-app-vnc.sourceforge.net/

    It's basically (yet another) Xvnc server with a small application which enables to selection of the item to share. It can set sharing to either whole screen, single application window, or turn it off.

    Unfortunately my build-foo wasn't good enough to get it working under Ubuntu Gutsy, any takers?

    Simon

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