INDEX I. Introduction
Supported Video and Audio formats
Supported video codecs
Supported audio codecs (decoding)
Audio passthrough (bitstreaming)
Hardware decoding on the GPU
Mobile platform remotes/Web Interfaces
Download links for XBMC
Operating Sistem support : Windows 7 / 8 & OpenELEC
You can find and download the official Windows 7 ISO images directly from the MS Store, using these links. These ISO images are perfectly legal since they do not include any type of serial key.
The Windows 7 USB Tool from and use it to create a bootable USB drive ( a 3GB or more USB thumb drive is required) from which you can install Windows 7.
Unfortunately, Microsoft has removed their direct download links from the Windows Store for Windows 8. The only download link they provide is for an evaluation copy of Windows 8 Enterprise , which works for 90 days before the trial expires and cannot be upgraded to a full install with a normal license key. The link for this evaluation copy can be found here download (32bit) or download (64bit)
Open ELEC main web page (and download links) (download)
There are 2 modes for connecting your HTPC to your AVR :
a) Bitstreaming via a digital connection
Bitstreaming (or pasthrough) means that the HTPC outputs the untouched audio stream to the Audi-Video receiver for decoding, and all of the decoding process is done on the AVR, nothing is being altered on the HTPC. DTS/DTS-HD Master Audio/Dolby Digital/Dolby Digital should appear on the display of the Audio-Video Receiver. Botstreming can be done via the 2 available digital connections :
*Note : Only the following platforms can bitstream DTS-HD MA & TrueHD :
b) Decoding the audio on the HTPC and outputting the audio either via an digital or analog connection
This is done by decoding the audio on your HTPC via a specific filter (XBMC internal decoders or the Total Media Theater 5 internal decoders) and outputting the analog signal via the analog connections of your soundcard to your amplifier/Audio-Video Receiver
Preparing your Movies & TV Shows file/folder structures for XBMC
To start off , we need to first ensure you have the proper file/folder structure for XBMC . Why does XBMC need this? Well, XBMC uses the names and year of the files/folder to download information about your movies from sites like themoviedb.org ,imdb etc. , so incorrect names can lead to incorrect metadata being retrieved.
In order to be scanned correctly, movie file names should only have the title and the year followed by the file extension. It is also recommended that you have each movie in it`s own folder, and the folder name should be the same as the movie name + year, like the movie files. This is most importantly when you rip Blu Ray or DVD folder structures to your hard-disk, and not something like MKV, Since in this case XBMC will read the Movie name from the folder name.
Here are a couple of examples for single files types , like MKV, M2TS and AVI:
D:/Movies/The Dark Knight Rises (2012)/ The Dark Knight Rises (2012).mkv.
D:/Movies/The Avengers (2012) / The Avengers (2012).mkv
For TV Shows, XBMC needs a structure like this : a main TV Shows folder, followed by a folder which contains the said TV Show name (Game of Thrones for example). In that folder, you will have season folder, like Season 1, Season 2 etc., and the video files will be stored with the following naming convention : Game of Thrones S01E01.mkv , Game of Thrones S01E02.mkv etc. , where S01 represents the Season number, and E01 the episode number.
D:/TV Shows/Game of Thrones/Season 1/Game of Thrones S01E01.mkv, Game of Thrones S01E02.mkv etc.
D:/TV Shows/Game of Thrones/Season 2/Game of Thrones S02E01.mkv, Game of Thrones S02E02.mkv etc.
Adding you movies and tv shows to the XBMC library
After you have installed XBMC, the next step is to add those folders containing you media (Movies/TV Shows) to the XBMC library.
Adding your Movies folder to the XBMC Library
Adding your TV Shows folder to the XBMC Library
Now that you have added you media libraries to XBMC, it`s time to do some basic settings to ensure proper playback, and some miscelanous network settings.
First of all, under the System main menu item you will find all these settings. Let`s start of with Appearance.
1) Software :
2) Description :
Media Center Master is a meta-data and media organization solution for Windows Media Center, which downloads more comprehensive metadata than the default XBMC scrapper, and stores it locally. This tutorial sets up MCM on your HTPC, running in the background, automatically gathering metadata for the desired media collections and renaming your movie files/folders with the proper names.
2) Configuration :
Click Application -> Settings and preferences