Parts ordered and are in transit. After I get my build running, what user interface would you recommend that's easy for my wife to use?
Here's what she will be doing (at first):
Watching Korean dramas from an external hard drive that's attached to my i5 tower PC in the living room. Connection will be via Cat5e cable to a router to the i5 tower PC. Korean dramas usually consist of about 21 episodes, about 45 minutes per episode. The ones we currently have are in (.avi files with SRT subtitles, 720p max quality), or (standard DVD rips with 3 episodes per DVD so 7 DVDs. Use the normal DVD subtitles.)
My initial plan is to use VLC but I will have to set it up with a playlist each time she watches some avi episodes. Then she can use the Sanoxy remote to play, pause, FF, rewind and skip to the next episode (I hope). For DVD rip playback, I plan to start playback for her using VLC and clicking on the VIDEO_TS.IFO file. Then the DVD's main menu should display and she can turn subtitles on and play the 3 episodes per the DVD rip using the Sanoxy remote (I hope).
Is it possible to do all of the above "EASILY" just using the Sanoxy remote control if I install a user interface like WMC or XBMC or something else? If so, then she could watch her Korean dramas anytime without needing me to start playback. I've never used or even seen WMC or XBMC in use so I don't have the slightest idea of how they work.
In your opinion, what's the best way to do what I described? What software would you use and how would you set it up?