Originally Posted by mdavej
Can you specify exactly what you are trying to achieve? You've mentioned play, pause and subtitle. Is there anything else? Seems like this is much more complicated than it needs to be.
OK, as of now, here's what I'm trying to achieve. I am using XBMC Gotham 13.2 as my player now. XBMC uses key strokes sent from a traditional keyboard to perform certain functions, such as toggle subtitles on/off, select the next sub language, toggle a movie or show watched, jump forward/back, bring up onscreen displays and an awful lot more. Hundreds of commands, actually.
Since I won't have a keyboard or mouse physically connected to the HTPC once this setup is done, nor will I be using the original ORtek remote control, the end result must be to find a way to send a few of those keystroke commands to XBMC from my Harmony 659
Of the hundreds of possible commands, the only ones I really need to invoke while watching a movie or TV show that are not currently accomplished with existing buttons on the Harmony 659 are subtitles on/off (keystroke t
), toggle watched status (keystroke w
), fast forward and rewind (keystrokes f
respectively), Media Info (i
), and onscreen display player controls (m).
LM remote is
partially working, and it's how I mapped the ORtek Start
key to launch XBMC from the desktop. It will not
re-map the hardwired colour buttons of the ORtek remote, despite my giving it alternate commands. Those 4 buttons are fixed and I believe interpreted by Windows directly rather than anything else. So it seems the ORtek IR receiver's available command set is far too limited for what I want to do, unless I'm completely mistaken.
Basically, the way I understand it (and I could be way off base here), XBMC needs to see certain keystroke commands to do specific tasks. An MCE remote sends the equivalent of keystrokes, but different
ones that I need for the desired functions functions. The translation of these IR commands occurs inside the PC at some point. The ORtek/HAMA remote is only partially MCE compliant and is missing some key functions that maybe a more fully-functional IR receiver has. The Harmony's interpretation of the HAMA/ORtek commands is not 100% either.
I think that about covers the situation I'm in right now.