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Moving Pictures is a Media Portal Plugin

I know a lot of people have been waiting for the new version of Moving Pictures. Please keep in mind this is a public Beta. Head on over to the official forum for download information:

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Moving Pictures is a movie management plug-in that focuses on an interface with a high level of usability and a GUI experience with a high level of focus. This means that our goal has been to create a plug-in that provides a streamlined and very strait forward setup process, and a very focused, "movie oriented" experience.

Moving Pictures 1.0.0 is a Beta version intended for skin designers and people interested in helping test for the upcoming Stable release. If you are not willing to deal with buggy software you should either wait for the Stable release which will be available in the coming weeks or install the latest stable release, 0.7.5. Again this is a Beta release in every sense of the word. Use at your own risk!

Put even more simply, we have designed Moving Pictures to be easy to use, while also providing a very rich interface.

Major Changes
Customizable Categories Menu
If Categories is enabled and your skin supports it, upon launching instead of seeing a huge movie list you will be presented with a list of movie categories such as Unwatched Movies, Recently Added Movies, or Genres. Clicking on a menu item like Unwatched Movies takes you to the corresponding movie list, filtered by unwatched movies. Clicking Genres takes you to a list of genres to choose from. This menuing system is completely customizable and can be used to make Moving Picture organize your movie collection exactly as you see fit.

Filtering
From any movie list it is possible to now call up the Filters Context Menu similar to the Sort By menu in earlier versions. This menu will allow you to limit the movies in the list to a specific genre, rating, decade, etc. The Filter Menu, similar to the Customizable Categories system is completely customizable so you have the freedom to modify the available filters to suit your needs.

MediaInfo and Logos Support
Moving Pictures will now automatically retrieve details about your media files such as aspect ratio, resolution, audio channels, etc. This information can be used by a skin to display logos and this information can be used to create custom filters and categories.

Please note that for upgrades, MediaInfo for existing movies is processed in the background and for large collections can take some time to complete. This background process is automatic and will run from either the configuration or the GUI.

Multilingual Support
The Moving Pictures GUI is now full localized for a variety of languages. Some translations are still missing or incomplete so if you are interested in helping improve translation support, please see our wiki for more information.

Parental Controls
It is now possible to define a subset of movies that are unavailable unless a four digit PIN code is entered.

Improved Data Source Management
It is now possible to have Moving Pictures automatically organize your data sources based on your chosen language. If a scraper script has not yet been created for your native language, it is possible to use an automatic translation feature (powered by Google Translate) to translate results from English to your native language.

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how about some screen shots?
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how about some screen shots?

I will post some later this afternoon.

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there aren't even any screen shots on the website...

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there aren't even any screen shots on the website...

There are some screenshots on the official project page:

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big surprise...it looks like media browser...

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big surprise...it looks like media browser...

That's not fair. I'm a big MB fan as well, but within Media Center there are going to be a lot of similarities in terms of looks between these plug-ins since they are all based on MCML.

Not sure if its worth it for me to switch over, but I do like how it seems skinnable by third parties while MB/MM are not.
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That's not fair. I'm a big MB fan as well, but within Media Center there are going to be a lot of similarities in terms of looks between these plug-ins since they are all based on MCML.

Not sure if its worth it for me to switch over, but I do like how it seems skinnable by third parties while MB/MM are not.

Moving Pictures isn't a MC plug-in. It is for MediaPortal.

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There are some screenshots on the official project page:

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Those are from the 0.5.3 release.

Anyway, I would think that you can't really judge Moving Pictures by screenshots since it is dependant on which skin you choose for Media Portal.

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big surprise...it looks like media browser...

Umm... I believe Moving Pictures existed before Media Browser so the wording should probably be backwards.

At any rate, Moving Pictures is a great plugin for Media Portal. This is not for windows media center.

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Moving Pictures isn't a MC plug-in. It is for MediaPortal.



Those are from the 0.5.3 release.

Anyway, I would think that you can't really judge Moving Pictures by screenshots since it is dependant on which skin you choose for Media Portal.

Ahh good to know!

I think it might help others if the OP stated more clearly that this was for Mediaportal, as it wasn't obvious to a novice such as myself.
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Here are some screenshots using Moving Pictures 1.0 Beta and streamedMP skin:

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Love Moving Pictures - thanks for this, will check it out, beta or not...
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