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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

21 Apr 2010   #961

windows 7

Thank You Zay... You have been very helpful

The only thing is i am trying to launch an external program once i am already in MediaBrowser. I know that i can launch an app from within Media Center by using Media Center Studio. But thats not what i am looking for...I am trying to launch an external app once i am inside mediabrowser?

One Other question, would you know how i can change the font in the start up strip of media center ?

Thank u again...hope i'm not being too much of a pain :)

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22 Apr 2010   #962

Windows 7 Ultimate

No pain at all, that is we are all here for, to learn, and to help those that need it. Sorry, I don't think it is possible to do what you are asking MB to do. Demonseed might be able to shed a better light on the matter. As for changing the font, media center studio can do that as well. Check out this link.
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22 Apr 2010   #963

7 Ultimate x64

Hello lionking,

You can have MB launch an external app to take over playing your videos. But Idon't get the impression that's what your talking about. Seems like your asking if you can have MB launch another app on command, and if so, the answer is no, you can not.

If it is, that your looking to have another app launched to play the videos instead of letting Media Center play them. Then the answer is, yes you can set it up to do that. To set it up you need to open the config tool for MB. Then go tho the external players tab, and set what file type opens in what app.

If you need more help just yell
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22 Apr 2010   #964

Windows 7

How "polished" is this plugin? Is it anywhere near something that could pass for a self-contained retail package? Buggy?

I know it looks nice from the screens I see but other than that all I see are tons of people posting fixes, hacks, registery codes and icons and other plugins... so much so that it seems like a product not worth the headache if that's what I got to do... making me believe that the only reason the those youtube vids and pix of it in action look as good as they do is because of much community effort...

I want to try it but I also am not looking forward to all the work it seems like it takes to get it off the ground and that polished.

I'm glad such a thing exists though...
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22 Apr 2010   #965

7 Ultimate x64

Lets put it this way.

If you are starting your Media Center HTPC from the ground up, freshy new.
Then building your library to MediaBrowser standers, will just seems like good common since.

If you already have your media library established, and you have use another programs standers for file conventions. Then converting to the Media Browsers way of doing things could be a headache.
Not impossible, but depending on the size of your library, potentially time consuming.

I'm not saying it isn't worth doing by any means, because I truly believe it is.
Just saying be prepared.

But really when you look at any of the other programs out there, you have just as big a learning curve as you have with MB.
But thankfully MB has such a loyal following that people almost never run into a issue that we, the community, cant resolve in no time flat.

So If your wanting to take the plunge, and have been hesitating for fear you wont have the support you need to get it done quickly. Fear no more. If I, or the others here cant help you through something, I can guarantee I can point you to the people that can.

As for the art and things you see all over. That's just us guys with more time then we have since, pushing the modding ability's of MediaBrowser to it's extreme.

It is not in any way required that you spend as much time as we do tweaking every part of your experience in MB.
But if your anything like the other 200,000 people out there, once you start, you wont be able to stop.
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23 Apr 2010   #966

Windows 7

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DemonSeed View Post

If you already have your media library established, and you have use another programs standers for file conventions. Then converting to the Media Browsers way of doing things could be a headache.
Not impossible, but depending on the size of your library, potentially time consuming.
What do you mean? How could it be different?

I have probably 3.5k episodes of tv stuff and about 300-400 movies. I use various programs such as... Media Player Classic Home Cinema, Windows Media Center, MediaPortal and arcsoft TotalMedia. =P I organize my movies by folders so that each movie has a "folder.jpg" file so that they look nice in MPC or MediaPortal. I also label the folders with exact name and dates... I keep them sorted according to genra.. and most are streamed from my other computer by wireless network in the other room.
D:/videos/Movies/+Horror/Friday The 13th (2009)/fridaythe13th(2009)-Divx_Team_Noir.avi
D:/videos/Movies/+Horror/Friday The 13th (2009)/folder.jpg

I just made that up, but that's how I organize them for WMC/MP/MPC-hc. What would MB not like about that?

I've been wanting WMC to act more like MediaPortal and have been hoping a plugin like this would come around to fix that.. but i also don't want to screw up my system with something that will mess up my files or hacks the system in order to function.
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23 Apr 2010   #967

7 Ultimate x64

MB would want your files like this
D:/videos/Movies/+Horror/Friday The 13th (2009)/fridaythe13th(2009)[Divx_Team_Noir].avi

Anything inside of [ ] will not be looked at by MB
Anything inside of ( ) will be looked at for the Movie Year

The folder.jpg you have will be picked up and viewed in MB as your Movie Poster
MB will also read a mymovies.xml
So if your picky about your metadata you can use a fetcher like meta<browser/> or Yammm to gather and download your metadata to your folders and that will be displayed in MB.

MB will also allow you to download and save multiple backdrops and trailers for each movie and store that in the movie folders as well.

It really has become a grate app for bringing all your media and fanart into one place.

It will also handle Music and allow you to browse with the same eye candy that you receive from every other part of the app.

MB is still being heavily developed and it gits more and more stable with each release.
Right now it is faster then it has ever been. It has lots of guys developing new plugins that are adding more and more features to it all the time.

There are now 7 themes to choose from. 6 of those being plugins

So from the looks from what you have, all you would need to do is go through and put all the non-movie related info into [ ] and you would be ready to go.
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24 Apr 2010   #968

Windows 7

i don't really understand the xml config for meta data.
I never toyed with an xml file-type... is that like an ini file that has the settings for MB? Or is that just where the movie descriptions and actor info?

Do i have to create it or does it already come with mb... why would we need to edit it? is MB not very good at figuring out the actors and movie descriptions by itself? I'm just assuming that's what the xml must be used for.
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24 Apr 2010   #969

7 Ultimate x64

MB is very good a figuring out stuff, but if a fetcher is used and you have the metadata stored locally. You have total control over what gets displayed.

Plus if it is stored on the PC if MB's cache ever needs to be cleared, all the metadata will be refreshed 99.9% faster then if it all had to be re-downloaded.
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24 Apr 2010   #970

Windows 7 Ultimate

I got an error that I hope Demon or someone else can solve. I am trying to install some new plugins but keep the getting the attached error in the screen shot. I have run MB configuration wizard with "run as Administrator", I have rebooted the machine, still no joy. Anyone else experience this error, and how did you solve it? This only happens if I try to install a plugin theme, it does not happen for the other type of plugins.

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