I've just installed scidb, hoping that it would read my ChessBase Fritz Trainer collection.
It was able to read the .CBH files but no video appears. I don't know if that is even supported.
If it is, how can I use it ? If it isn't, how can I mimic this behavior ?

  • Wow that's surprising scidb can read cbh files. I thought all chessbase database software was proprietary to stop people ripping them off. I'd be very surprised if you could get video working.
    – magd
    Commented Mar 13, 2015 at 10:03
  • @magd: Well, all chessbase database software are proprietary. scidb's developer just kept tinkering with deciphering methods until he found it, I guess. Because that would be the only way to do so. I am trying to get video working. Wish me luck!
    – Amr Ayman
    Commented Mar 13, 2015 at 13:28
  • good luck! Let us know if you manage it
    – magd
    Commented Mar 13, 2015 at 18:03

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Scidb does not support videos, and I don't think that videos will be supported before the second alpha version is released. Currently Scidb is still a beta (test) version. Whether it is really possible to read the ChessBase videos - this includes also the associated timing data - is still an open question.

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    You're going to find it hard to decode their video stuffs. Forget it and release. It was beta 4 years ago and it's still beta. The project is heading like ReactOS.
    – SmallChess
    Commented Mar 28, 2015 at 11:12

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