while i thank the authors for spending their time providing freewares to people... my time is more important to me.
again... everything was working nice...but since there was some free time...i had nothing better to do than fiddle with software...
so i decided why not try WMC again... cause it can make it more pretty.... use the remote to navigate ... wow factors galore
oh well it doesnt play all files,,,, surprise... why not try Shark codecs...
ok it played all files now,
using some weird renderer that increases colors saturation and destroys detail... sorry ..."noise reduction"
and then it decides to freeze randomly in middle of movies, for like 2 minutes and then catch up with audio WTF ... nice,,, i fiddle with the splitters setting in Shark ... no consistent results... FINE
go back to MPCHC ... great... now this is freezes randomly also >:X
aside from that, i tried to make it a more pretty mess (get pictures/etc for movie files) so i install this Media Center "Master"
this thing is a snail, have no idea why it so SLOW to send and parse text (movie/file names,plot,actor names), it finds the right movie ... then because there's 10 others similar, it decides to SKIP ... WTF
combine that with the very SLOW to respond interface....
and then it didnt say anywhere (easy to comprehend) that it will create damn folders for every damn movie and throw 10 files in there...
but wait, if there's similar named files it moves them all in 1 folder.. BUT it doesnt look up the movie metadata like that... so how the **** do i lookup the movie again without moving the files out of the folder???
yea its more pretty than WMC but so what??
its still a pain, and setting this up is worsened by the way they lay out the setup
installing addons, i spent like half hour figuring out how to install the Metropolis skin .. supposedly theres a Skin addon setup ... but there isnt, then go on the forum, it doesnt say how to install, but the author post has a SMALL text "Metropolis Available in Passion Repo" ... ok ... you think installing the Passion Repo was 30 seconds??? ... or ... i wanted to use the Warm theme of the Aeon theme ... they link a zip file to download... but there's no instruction WHERE TO UNZIP IT...gave that up...
the XBMC setup is semi-crap, spread out everywhere...you chose library source from each media category (not in the main setup): Movies/Music, and it adds files ....sometimes... other times you need to press something like Scan
there's no renderer setup, just something like software/auto/DXVA ... so i chose DXVA ...and a damn "noise reduction" like renderer makes a PASTY mess of detail
all movies play with SUBTITLES ON ... WTF ... theres no central way of disabling subtitles
i think thats about it ...
so after spending like 10 hours over like 5 days... now im UNINSTALLING ALL THIS CRAP, going back to the simple ways where playing a file WORKS...
oh .. WTF is this the shark "X64 components" cant be uninstalled because i uninstalled shark ... buggersnots.