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View Poll Results: So Lets get some feed Back on Media Browser
It is the best video plug-in I'v ever tried! 268 75.49%
I like it but still use other plug-in's for videos. 28 7.89%
Tryed it but wasent happy and removed it. 30 8.45%
It doesnt have all the features I need. 33 9.30%
Just the right amount of features. 35 9.86%
It was to hard to use. 17 4.79%
It was so easy to use. 59 16.62%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 355. You may not vote on this poll

30 Sep 2009   #731

7 Ultimate x64

@t41 Thats easy with Mp3Tag. Just show it your library, Press Ctrl-A to select all, and then press the first (Aa) in the menu bar, in the new box that pops up choose extract cover to file.

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01 Oct 2009   #732

windows7 7600 x86

thanks again I thought I had to extract them one at a time. Very nice

update: I was importing from folder instead of extracting to folder - that is why I got the errors before. All is good now
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01 Oct 2009   #733

vista home

I have tried many different media players and i mostly find compatability issues with them. The one that i find does work the way that i want it to is Itunes and the interface is easy to navigate. I found a great site for iTunes sdk located at AppStore SDK - retrieve information from App Store. With help of App Store API you can download all applications information along with their developer, description, images and so on. and have had no more problems with it.
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08 Oct 2009   #734

7 Ultimate x64
CONTEST: Create a Video of Media Browser in Action

CONTEST: Create a Video of Media Browser in Action
Create a video of Media Browser in action, maybe show off your customizations. Or teach the new generation a thing of two about Media Browser and get your video posted on Media Browser's homepage.

  • If selected your video will go up on the homepage of media browser
  • Media Browser VIP access
  • First ever Media Browser VIP badge

Bonus Points
  • Display use of the configurator application as well

How we Judge the Entries
  • Presentation
  • Originality
  • Value Learned (How well did you communicate your experience)

The Rules
  • Create a video of your Media Browser setup in action.
  • Create a video of your Media Browser setup in action.
  • Video runtime must be approximately 2 to 3 minutes in length (some leeway here).
  • Videos that breach copyright rules will be disqualified - NO EXCEPTIONS (i.e. displaying 'The Simpson Season 20' when the box set hasn't even been released yet will get your video thrown out)
  • Contest is open to all, multiple entries are accepted. Top 5 videos will be chosen by Media Browser team with a final vote by the community to determine the winner of the competition.
  • Winner(s) will be contacted and asked for their name and a blog link or other.

How to Enter
  • Post your videos on youtube with a link back in this thread to your video.

Just to clarify, Post any videos on the MB forum HERE. Not in this one.
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08 Oct 2009   #735

Windows 7

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DemonSeed View Post
With some help from jcalton88 I have found out that its possible to have your Stark Music Covers, showing in Media Centers now playing, floating box.

Things to keep in mind:
1. I have gone through my entire music collection and added a folder.jpg to ALL of my music folders. Using Music Art, To hep find all of the images.
2. I have run Stark Covers and created the images I want to see.

To do this you will need:
The Newest StarkCovers
Music Art

Now on to the Install, install Mp3Tag
then run and after it opens, show it where your music is.

After the list is full, Select one song, then press Control-A and it will select all.

After its all selected, go to the bar at the top and press the Aa.

Then Choose Import Cover From File.

After you press OK, you will need to tell it what file name to look for to set the images into the tags.
Now we need to remove any images that might be tagged to your songs.
So go to the bottom left and Check the box, "Delete existing Cover Art"
Then press OK

Now you will see this box.

After its done...Your dune!!
Thats it! After its done setting the covers into the id3 tags, MC will show the Stark Covers image when a song is playing.
See that was easy! Have Fun & Enjoy!!

Special Thanks: jcalton88,tyborg, Craigt

I'm still trying to find a way to have Starks images in the waterfall as well, so if anyone knows where MC gets its images to show on the waterfall please tell me! Thanks Never Mind,
I had to remove my music folder from MC music library, then re add it to see Stark Covers in the Waterfall.

I just compiled the new MB that supports Music and started working on my collection and thought that this made a very good looking music case.

Here is the files:
if you want to use them just drop them inside the sidelogo folder and stark will see them.
Reply to an old post I know, but . . . . . . . . .

you mention MP3TAG, Stark Covers and MUSCIART, and having worked my way through MP3TAG, there's nothing about using Stark Covers, and Stark Covers doesn't find my media on my NAS storage - do I have to map a drive first ??

Also, is there a quick Stark Covers tutorial ??

How do you use Music Art ??
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08 Oct 2009   #736

7 Ultimate x64

Do I have to map a drive first ?? Yes, map the drive or folder, which ever you want, and show stark the Mapped what ever.

Also, is there a quick Stark Covers tutorial ?? Its really easy. Just find the case you like by playing with the Base Profile and Preview. Then show it your media location. If you want to to use your media type to determine what case is used then just check off one of the three settings (By Codec, File Type, MyMovies.xml) and it will use the profiles that matches your settings.

If you want to change to a new profile just check off the (Revert Folder jpg) and choose the new look you want and run, it will revert back to the oraginals and then apply the new look.

The Base Profile is the one to use for Movies.
The Series Profile can be set and Stark will use that setting on a TV Series Top Folder.
The Season Profile can be set and Stark will use that setting on and Season Folder inside of a Shows Top Folder.
The Thumbs Setting is is one to set for TV Shows thumbs. It will only use a few profiles for this setting, TV, TV3D, Movie, Movie3D and a few others.

You can set them all to something different for your shows and thats how they will be applied.

I think that's about it.

How do you use Music Art ?? Its a one at a time tool that will help find the folder.jpg and backdrop.jpg for your music folders. Lode up your collection and then go down the list and it will auto search Google for the folder.jpg and has another tab that searches another site for the backdrops. Just choose the image you want and save it by pushing the buttons in the upper right corner.

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11 Oct 2009   #737

Windows 7

Thanks DS, I'll give it a go this week whilst I'm off.
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20 Oct 2009   #738

7 Ultimate x64

Media Browser - Phoenix -

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  • Added: Parental Controls Facility
    • Can control media based on metadata rating, or conversely block everything
    • PINEntry, added support to match diamond theme when user has diamond theme enabled.
    • Option to unlock entire library on first PIN entry this is consistent with most other PC systems but can be turned off.
  • Added: Support for music plugin.
  • Added: Retrieval of runtime data from mediainfo.dll if no Metadata present.
  • Added: Ability to disable weather on EHS, by entering a blank weather location.
  • Added: Mouse friendly tweaks to tame mouse enter/exit from scrolling data all over the place.
  • Added: Descriptions for options in Config page.
  • Added: Tiered Backdrop support (not extender friendly).
  • Added: option AlwaysShowDetails (Default true) will always show the details page for all content (Episodes or Movies)
  • Added: New option AlwaysCreatePlayList - will always create an auto playlist, the reason we want this on by default is 2 fold (first to protect against accidental deletes in Vista, but more importantly so the title of the now playing window matches the metadata
  • Changed: Priority of aspect ratio to take metadata if there over mediainfo.
  • Changed: NPV to text when in detail mode (Default theme).
  • Updated: Runtime data now stored in minutes to mitigate re-calculations.
  • Updated: The default poster size to rectangle instead of square (220x330).
  • Updated: EHS, Recently Added now scrolls back to page 1 when transitioning between folders.
  • Updated: Information control to support recurring messages for 'X' cycles.
  • Updated: Cleanup for media delete mechanism (only movies and episodes support deletion at this time).
  • Updated: Seasons and Episodes inherit parental rating from their Series.
  • Updated: Diamond Theme v0.2 Revamp
    • Diamond supports Episode View combined with 'advanced commands' + 'enable delete' allows for episode deletion.
    • Diamond - new mini-mode for movies and episodes details page.
    • Changed Title to automatically scroll across screen if text is longer than display area.
    • Diamond added information bar to all views.
    • Due to popular demand changed diamond bottom fade from white to black.
    • Diamond compatible with custom fonts.
    • Coverflow: Radically improved spacing which now allows for large covers without spacing issues (within reason).
    • Movie/Episode Details, Command Buttons no longer overlap poster preview.
    • Modified media info icons.
    • Diamond details view added scrollable overview.
    • Fixed date display for titles with no dates.
  • Removed: Classic Theme taken out of Media Browser it is no longer supported.


  • Fixed: Standard filters so they now display images correctly (visible in genres).
  • Fixed: Play All,queue and random.
  • Fixed: Remember index-by state.
  • Fixed: Auto enter single directory option.
  • Fixed: MediaInfoProvider Video Codec
  • Fixed: Issue where A|An|The were not being ignored during sorting.
  • Fixed: Vanilla season count mistakenly defaults to 0
  • Fixed: Crash that would occur in folder validation when a folder has been moved
  • Fixed: Patched autoscroller code from sending negative sizes.
  • Fixed: Episode sorting now correctly sorts items.
  • Fixed: Adjusted positioning of elements on config page
  • Fixed: Incorrect Breadcrumbs for actor(s)/genre(s)/director(s).
  • Fixed: Data duplication of actors for individual episodes.

==================================================================================================== ========

You may download Phoenix here:
Check out our new community site here: ... =published
List of the items resolved in phoenix: ... stone_id=1

As always it's your feedback that drives this product, so don't be shy let us know what you think.
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22 Oct 2009   #739

windows7 7600 x86

thanks 4 update
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27 Oct 2009   #740

Windows 7 x64
A confused noob


I know, I know -- here comes the noob ...

I have Windows 7x64 (as of 3 days ago) and am trying to get the hang of Media Browser to get all of the goodies I see here.

I have used your Stark Covers app (great), but can't get the preview to work -- I get
System.UnauthorizedAccessException: Access to the path 'C:\Program Files (x86)\StarkCovers\Preview\folder.png' is denied.
So I end up trial and erroring my way through to find what I like best (very time consuming).

FWIW, I get a similar access denied error when trying to run MusicArt...

I know this must be a windows 7 thing, but I never had this problem with Vista x64. I am running with administrator rights.


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