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Configuring Comskip with DvrmsToolBox for Windows Media Center

We reported a few months back that Comskip has released a beta version of their commercial detection software to beta. While it’s unfortunately still in beta they have continued to work on it and release new versions. I’ve decided to make a full-time switch to it on my primary Windows Media Center box to really put it through its paces. So far it has been working out quite well, but as the fall television premiere seasons comes upon us I’ll have far more opportunities to more thoroughly test it.

If you would like to give it a try it will require a little more work than simply downloading and running an installer. For that reason we thought it would be a good idea to write up a quick walk-through for integrating the beta release of Comskip into an already configured DvrmsToolBox setup.

First you’ll need to head over to the Comskip site and “donate” at least $10 to join the beta program. Afterwards you’ll receive an email with instructions for how to obtain the latest release. When you download it you’ll just get a standard zip file. There isn’t an installer to walk through. Unzip the file, then copy the entire contents of it to the following folder: C:\Program Files (x86)\DVRMSToolbox\Applications (if your HTPC is using the 32-bit version of Windows 7 then the first folder will just be C:\Program Files\).

Now there are only two steps left to configure it. First you have to tell Comskip to output files that DvrmsToolbox can process. To do that, open the comskip.ini (you’ll find this file in the folder you just copied all of the files to) in Notepad. Find the line that starts with “output_dvrmstb=0”. You should see a comment to the right of it telling you to set it to 1 if you’re using DvrmsToolBox. To do that, just change the first part of the line to “output_dvrmstb=1” but don’t include the double quotes.

Configuring Comskip with DvrmsToolBox for Windows Media Center

You’re almost done! The only remaining step is to ensure that DvrmsToolBox is configured to use Comskip as it’s default commercial skipping application. Run the DVRMStoMPEGSettings application from the Start menu. On the first tab of the application you will see a drop-down box labeled “Prefered Analyzer”. Set that to Comskip, then click the Save button.

Configuring Comskip with DvrmsToolBox for Windows Media Center

That’s it! If you give the new version of Comskip a try please let us know how it works for you.

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Josh Pollard

Josh has been writing software since his parents brought home their first computer. His love for gadgets and technology eventually spurred a passion for home theater technology. After starting the DMZ, he received Microsoft’s MVP award for Windows Media Center. Even though the beloved home theater PC platform is all but dead he continues to tinker with consumer entertainment technology. He’s a life-long gamer and DIY smart home enthusiast. He co-hosts the Entertainment 2.0 podcast with Richard Gunther and the DMZ’s gaming podcast, Story Players, with Joe DeStazio.