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resolves ytdl for urls in playlist when the demuxer reaches near the end of the file
local utils = require 'mp.utils'
local ytdlPath = mp.find_config_file("youtube-dl.exe")
local fileDuration = 0
local function check_position()
if fileDuration==0 then
mp.unobserve_property(check_position)
return
end
local demuxEndPosition = mp.get_property("demuxer-cache-time")
if demuxEndPosition and
fileDuration > 0 and
(fileDuration - demuxEndPosition < 10) and
(mp.get_property("playlist-pos-1")~=mp.get_property("playlist-count")) then
local next = tonumber(mp.get_property("playlist-pos")) + 1
local nextFile = mp.get_property("playlist/"..tostring(next).."/filename")
if nextFile then
local ytdl = {}
ytdl.args = {ytdlPath, "-f "..mp.get_property("ytdl-format"), "-e", "-g", nextFile}
local res = utils.subprocess(ytdl)
local lines = {}
for s in res.stdout:gmatch("[^\r\n]+") do
table.insert(lines, s)
end
local audioURL = ""
if lines[3] then
audioURL = ',audio-file=['..lines[3]..']'
end
if lines[1] and lines[2] then
mp.commandv("loadfile", lines[2], "append", 'force-media-title=['..lines[1]..']'..audioURL)
mp.commandv("playlist_move", mp.get_property("playlist-count") - 1 , next)
mp.commandv("playlist_remove", next + 1)
end
mp.unobserve_property(check_position)
end
end
end
local function observe()
if mp.get_property("path"):find("://", 0, false) then
fileDuration = mp.get_property("duration", 0)
fileDuration = tonumber(fileDuration)
mp.observe_property("time-pos", "native", check_position)
end
end
mp.register_event("file-loaded", observe)
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@bitingsock bitingsock commented Jan 28, 2019

Line 2 will most likely need to be changed when used outside Windows.
Line 12 (demuxEndPosition < 10) decides when the url resolution is performed; change 10 to be how long before the end of the current file you want to resolve the next url in the playlist. The total time that the url will begin resolving will actually be this number plus whatever your demuxer-read-ahead is. It needs to be sufficient enough so that the url has time to resolve before the demuxer reaches the end otherwise mpv will not prefetch the data (assuming resolution was necessary). Otherwise if you set this to something like 999999999 then the url will be resolved as soon as the current file is loaded; this is usually ok if you are watching videos quickly but the resolved url might expire if you don't use it soon enough.

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@bitingsock bitingsock commented Feb 4, 2019

One limitation of this script is that because the urls are resolved in this way, --resume-playback will almost certainly not work.

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@zaza42 zaza42 commented Mar 14, 2019

On Linux change line 2:
local ytdlPath = "youtube-dl"

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@bitingsock bitingsock commented Apr 16, 2019

I've discovered that a lot of usefulness of this script doesn't actually work :(
It appears --prefetch-playlist doesn't actually fill the cache with subsequent data and merely opens the url and keeps it active, downloading what appears to be header and metadata and mpv just waits for that file to actually be playing before downloading any more.

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