Hacking Windows 7 Media Center

ShowAnalyzer 1.0 Arrives with WTV Support

by @ 9:30 am on August 13th, 2009 in commercial skip, recording tv, showanalyzer with 11 Comments

gnome-hideseek ShowAnalyzer from Dragon Global is a premium commercial scanning application which was a favorite among Vista Media Center users. When Windows 7 came along and introduced the WTV format it took quite a bit of manual work to get it working for 7MC users however. Not any longer! ShowAnalyzer now has native support for the WTV format and a number of other hot new features as well.

To get the latest version you’ll need to be a registered member of the Dragon Global Forums and download the latest version from this thread. Once installed run the ShowAnalyzer User Interface from the programs menu and you’ll immediately notice the improvements over previous versions.

first run

This revision of ShowAnalyzer comes with a very well done and easy to use interface. Usability has greatly improved over previous versions allowing even novices a reasonable chance of mastering the basics in a mater of seconds. Even better for beginners is the addition of a Directory Watcher service built in.

directory watcher

Inside Tools –> Settings.. you’ll find the option to enable a Directory Watcher service that will monitor your recorded TV folders for new recordings and add them to the process queue automatically. No more fussing with DVRMSToolbox’s FileWatcher service priorities and settings.

dvrmstb xml output

Under the Output tab you’ll find the options for processing your recorded TV files including support for DVRMSToolbox’s MCE plugin to support skipping commercials during live TV.

Getting started with a single file or even whole directories is extremely simple. Just open up the File menu and select single file or directory. ShowAnalyzer will add the shows to the queue to be processed and get down to business. Depending on the number of analyzers you set in the Scheduler options you’ll see a number of tasks appear in the Active tab.


Processing a single hour long WTV file took just over seven minutes to complete. A cursory check of the output indicates that the program was fairly accurate in determining the location of commercial breaks as well although some fine tuning may be necessary.

That’s all there is to getting started with ShowAnalyzer with brand spankin’ new WTV support. Be sure to stick around as we’ll most definitely go further in depth with this amazing product in the near future!


Comment #2668 from KarlAHintz [Reply]

Any chance we could get you write a dead simple guide on configuring DVRMS toolbox to work properly with SA to skip commercials in .wtv files? Ya know, for those of us who were lifextender users, and find DVRMS Toolbox mind boggling.

Comment left August 13, 2009 at 12:10 pm Permanent Link

@Reply #2670 from Lithium630 [Reply]

Or for those of us that just aren’t that bright and need a “for dummies” guide.

Comment left August 13, 2009 at 12:39 pm Permanent Link
@Reply #2673 from Michael Healy [Reply]

I’ll get one done up in the next couple of days for setting up DVRMSToolbox’s commercial skip features and SA in the next couple days, yeh.

Comment left August 13, 2009 at 2:00 pm Permanent Link
Comment #2681 from MerdZD [Reply]

how does the commercial skip works?
He followed the Logo of channel
or takes data from a TV broadcast?

I noticed that many channels are not cut off the logo before and during the advertising

Comment left August 14, 2009 at 1:25 am Permanent Link
@Reply #2686 from Michael Healy [Reply]

I’m not sure what algorithms the 1.0 beta employs but the previous version had quite a few different methods for detecting commercials.

Comment left August 14, 2009 at 7:48 am Permanent Link

Comment #2697 from infinityv [Reply]

Thanks for the write up! Regged this a few years ago then moved back to mythtv and totally forgot about it. Can’t wait to give it another go. Cheers.

Comment left August 14, 2009 at 7:23 pm Permanent Link

Comment #2721 from Carlos [Reply]

I have Windows 7 64 bit and it doesn’t seem to work… after I add the file to be converted, nothing happends.. ideas?

Comment left August 16, 2009 at 10:13 am Permanent Link
@Reply #2722 from Michael Healy [Reply]

Worked for me on Windows 7 x64 using both single file and directory. The only thing that threw me for a moment was that it took a moment for files to move from the queue to active.

Comment left August 16, 2009 at 12:02 pm Permanent Link

@Reply #2750 from Carlos [Reply]

Ok… I know what happened.. I downloaded and installed version first and it did’t work…

Now I just installed version, and this time it seems like is processing the file. Not sure if the newer version was supposed to fail, but it did in my htpc.

Comment left August 17, 2009 at 8:06 pm Permanent Link

@Reply #2751 from Carlos [Reply]

Ok… sorry if this a dumb question… but after the app finishes Analyzing… where is the new commercial free show stored? I only see that the app creates some other files once the show is processed, but don’t see the actual commercial free show anywhere.

Comment left August 17, 2009 at 9:17 pm Permanent Link

Comment #2744 from Missche [Reply]

Does it support H264 wtv’s?

Comment left August 17, 2009 at 5:42 pm Permanent Link

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