Just ran MCEBuddy on my 1/2 hour video downloaded from Tablo. The download of the show took about 3 minutes. MCEBuddy, though I didn’t accurately time it, took at least an hour or more. There was also a degradation in quality of the final video, though it’s very watchable. Just not as good as watching directly from the Tablo, or even watching the downloaded mp4 video itself, which was of very high quality (I’m using 720p Roku setting on Tablo). The good news in all this is that Comskip did an outstanding job of removing the commercials.
Given the loss of video quality, and the conversion time, I think it’s better to fast forward through the commercials myself. Of course, if you do the processing well in advance of when you’re going to watch the show, conversion time ceases to be an issue.
The quality degradation may have something to do with multiple transcoding passes, something I saw no way of avoiding. I think I read something on the Comskip web site about it working on mpeg2, not mpeg4 files, so some transcoding may be required to go from mp4 to mp2 to produce a Comskip compatible file, and then back to mp4 because that’s what I had requested for the final output, but would have to look a little closer at the docs to be absolutely sure. I also noticed that the raw mp4 file downloaded from Tablo was approximately 780 MB for the half hour video, and the output of the MCEBuddy-processed file was approximately 350 MB, approximately half the size.