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post #1 of 12 Old 10-29-2009, 12:22 AM - Thread Starter
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If you use HTPCs long enough, you'll eventually run into quirks or issues that you wish could work better. The beauty of an HTPC though, is you're one exe file or registry edit away from fixing whatever nagging issue you may have with how your box works.

I'm sure a lot of you guys have spent hours on getting their setups "just right"... and since W7 just recently came out I was hoping to hear what you guys have done!

What kind of tweaks, hacks, workarounds or custom written apps have you guys done for your HTPC setup?

I'll start off and show some of the things I did to make my 7MC setup a little better. Feel free to post and describe what you did even without pics or long explanations...

1) "Custom" Web app/service Integration

I put this together specifically for NBA League Pass, but really, it can work for pretty much any website or browser-based service (even Youtube, webmail & hulu). In concept it's really easy (if you know some HTML code)... you put together an MCL file in \\AppData\\Roaming\\Media Center Programs that points to a particular HTML file on your computer. What you can then do is use some frames to center your "main" page so it just doesn't sit there all ugly on the top left corner. From there, you can add logos, add pretty art or whatever you want on there by simply using
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post #2 of 12 Old 10-29-2009, 12:32 AM
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Nice post, #1 looks very promising.
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bump.

anyone else have any tweaks or added custom functions to their setup? =p
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Mikey-Z - that NBA league pass integration looks really slick. I'd be interested in doing the same for mlb.tv and nhl.com streaming video. Anyway you can post samples of the HTML and MCL files that you created so we can get a better idea of how to do this?
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Mikey-Z - that NBA league pass integration looks really slick. I'd be interested in doing the same for mlb.tv and nhl.com streaming video. Anyway you can post samples of the HTML and MCL files that you created so we can get a better idea of how to do this?

setting it up for espn360 would be nice, as well...


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Mikey-Z - that NBA league pass integration looks really slick. I'd be interested in doing the same for mlb.tv and nhl.com streaming video. Anyway you can post samples of the HTML and MCL files that you created so we can get a better idea of how to do this?

Sorry took so long. I go weeks w/o checkong on this board sometimes...

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First Frame Page

Basically the percentages are what work for my zoom/browser defaults. Obviously increase/decrease as needed.

Not familiar with the other sites, but the concept should be the same.: Try to isolate the stream page as much as possible, and put it in a pretty box =P

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The MCL is basically this:

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Powerpoint as a frontend (actually ODP- openoffice's version of powerpoint).

Not happy with the frontend options for my XP dinosaur , but happy with the playback of VLC , I cataloged my movie and TV collection with a slideshow. Powerpoint lets you hyperlink any text or picture to other pages, and to external files. The thumbnail images of dvd covers are hyperlinked to my iso, ifo, mkv, or avi files, and when I click on the picture my default player (VLC) automatically plays it. For TV series, each season has its own page with an episode list. When I click on an episode name, VLC automatically pops up and starts playing. For navigation between slides, OpenOffice lets you rename the slides so you don't have to worry about your links breaking when "slide 30" becomes "slide 31"

I have complete control of a catalog that will work with any media player I choose and zero bloat. It was quite a bit of work setting it up, but updating it should be a breeze. When I rip a new movie, I'll just paste in one thumbnail and link it to the ifo file.

I uploaded my catalog powerpoint to rapidshare. It requires openoffice to read or edit. The thumbs are blank and the links are dead, but you can use it as a template if you're interested.

http://rapidshare.com/files/360273253/Theater_index.odp
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If anyone got this working for espn360 feel free to post it up
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Jeff: That's interesting. I thought about doing my own html based front end once upon a time too... the new stuff & 7mc is too good to pass up imo. But like you said... comes with bloat if you want it running on older boxes.

ESPN 360:

1. Create three html pages. One black.htm, one logo.htm, and one main.htm page that will house everything. The black.htm is what you use for the left or right borders, the logo you put up top

2. Create your main page with the code below:

Code:



First Frame Page
Adjust the % to fit your screen perfectly

2. Create a text file with the code below, rename to .mcl and place in "\\AppData\\Roaming\\Media Center Programs"

Code:
"YOUR THUMBNAIL IMAGE LOCATION HERE"
    StartImage = "YOUR THUMBNAIL IMAGE LOCATION HERE"
>

That's pretty much it. Not sure of the login requirements for ESPN360, but worst case scenario, you'll be asked to login everytime... you'll still be able to launch it from 7MC easily.

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This is what it looks like when done:



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