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post #2971 of 4042
Tried XBMC twice.. in Linux and Windows .. nothing special for me. In fact Media Browser was my main reason for coming back to Windows..nothing compares IMO. I could never find anything that was as seamless and care free to use as MB/WMP..so I'm back and loving it!
post #2972 of 4042
meh, im a little underwhelmed by this. they ruined the diamond enhanced screen, so it so now the vanilla enhanced screen is the one i like but i don't like the vanilla theme when inside the folders...

mealstrom sort of looks nice from a screen grabs buts its info overload on the enhanced screen and inside the folders.

the memory usage and caching seems waaay better though and the scrolling of my movie collection is very smooth. I just wish it had better themes... we need more simple themes, not super enhanced collages of information on every screen.

And way does the itunes trailers still not work... either fix it or take it off..

also, i am planning to donate since i do really use the program a lot, whats a good amount to give? $10 $20?
post #2973 of 4042
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Originally Posted by mike_311 View Post

meh, im a little underwhelmed by this. they ruined the diamond enhanced screen, so it so now the vanilla enhanced screen is the one i like but i don't like the vanilla theme when inside the folders...

mealstrom sort of looks nice from a screen grabs buts its info overload on the enhanced screen and inside the folders.

the memory usage and caching seems waaay better though and the scrolling of my movie collection is very smooth. I just wish it had better themes... we need more simple themes, not super enhanced collages of information on every screen.

And way does the itunes trailers still not work... either fix it or take it off..

also, i am planning to donate since i do really use the program a lot, whats a good amount to give? $10 $20?

I'm with you on the themes, I like bits and pieces of them but not in love with most of them. To be honest my favorite right now is Chocolate, it has the nicest EHS imo and a relatively straight forward interface but still has some eye candy.
post #2974 of 4042
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Originally Posted by genro View Post

I'm with you on the themes, I like bits and pieces of them but not in love with most of them. To be honest my favorite right now is Chocolate, it has the nicest EHS imo and a relatively straight forward interface but still has some eye candy.

Yes I agree, I love vanilla inside the folders but hate the home screen. I wish there were no themes and just tons of different views to choose from. That way everyone could be happy. But I know zero about coding so not sure how hard this would be.
post #2975 of 4042
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Originally Posted by mike_311 View Post

meh, im a little underwhelmed by this. they ruined the diamond enhanced screen, so it so now the vanilla enhanced screen is the one i like but i don't like the vanilla theme when inside the folders...

mealstrom sort of looks nice from a screen grabs buts its info overload on the enhanced screen and inside the folders.

the memory usage and caching seems waaay better though and the scrolling of my movie collection is very smooth. I just wish it had better themes... we need more simple themes, not super enhanced collages of information on every screen.

And way does the itunes trailers still not work... either fix it or take it off..

also, i am planning to donate since i do really use the program a lot, whats a good amount to give? $10 $20?


Itunes trailers has always worked for me. Whats the problem?
post #2976 of 4042
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Originally Posted by Karmyna View Post

Whatever float your boat I guess.

It all comes down to personnal preference. But I guess my beef is more about WMC then with MB per se.

I'm fed up of having to either watch a fuzzy picture with the built in WMC player, Fight with MPC-HC to get my subtitles showing in my BR rip or having to grab the mouse at the end of a movie to close WMP because MS forgot to put a close after watching video option.

I love MB, I really do. I've been using it on an off, alternating between Media Portal and MB for over a year now. But XBMC with Aeon... Or even Confluence skin is just... What I was looking for, and it will look so nice on my new Sony NX800 that I just ordered.


I watched Star Trek the other night with the built in WMC player and the quality was amazing, not fuzzy at all in Windows 7 Home Premium.
post #2977 of 4042
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Originally Posted by whiteboy714 View Post

I tried that but it just filled the screen but wasn't actually in full screen.



This did work though, thanks D!! I noticed though when you press stop, mpc does not close, pressing back does not work either. I have to press the media center button on my remote to go back to media browser. Then when I close WMC, MPC is still open.

Not a big deal but at this time I feel like the external launcher and bat file worked better.

This seems more of a problem in how the remote is set-up to work with mpc-hc rather than a issue with MB - Have another look at dbone's tutorial, particularly the part about remotes and setting keystrokes (Section 5), you have to set-up the remote (it doesn't just work out the box) - here http://www.mediasmartserver.net/2010...media-browser/
post #2978 of 4042
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Originally Posted by steelman1991 View Post

This seems more of a problem in how the remote is set-up to work with mpc-hc rather than a issue with MB - Have another look at dbone's tutorial, particularly the part about remotes and setting keystrokes (Section 5), you have to set-up the remote (it doesn't just work out the box) - here http://www.mediasmartserver.net/2010...media-browser/

Correct, I installed the latest Media Browser and changed it so the external player pointed to MPC and not ExternalLauncher, everything worked fine. Stop button takes me back to WMC without a problem, but for the stop button you need to set up the command to exit in MPC.

I will update my guide to reflect that the "externallauncher" does not need to be done for versions Thunder Blade and greater.
post #2979 of 4042
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Originally Posted by tigermad View Post

Itunes trailers has always worked for me. Whats the problem?

iTunes Trailers works for me as well.
post #2980 of 4042
Couple quick thoughts:

-Not a fan of stark covers. Well, I should say I am a fan of stark covers, but not how it is working in Thunder Blade. Half of the covers don't show up correctly (I have SD Dvds that are showing in Blu Ray cases, etc...). Also, for my Blu Rays I just want the Blu Ray case to show with the Blu Ray logo, but instead the Blu Ray case shows but with the matroska symbol... I will have to dig a little further in to, as it appears you can edit the Stark Covers xml, but ideally you should be able to configure though the Configuration Tool

- I agree with others regarding the themes. There are bits and pieces from each theme, but I don't think there is a theme that I like from start to finish. I have always used the Diamond theme, and one thing I don't like now is that when you select a movie and go into the movie detail view it shows in sort of a half list view (you have to hit that little swirly icon to change the view). At a minimum there should be a way to select what detail view you want to see

- I cannot get my actor images to show anymore, then did in Firestorm. Need to investigate further

I will probably try to get my usual writeup together over the next few days
post #2981 of 4042
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Originally Posted by dbone1026 View Post

iTunes Trailers works for me as well.

i get a can't play video error... is this becuase i have hd trailer enabled or do these work for you as well?

ever since apple broke the trailers a couple of releases back i have never got it working again.

i even completely reinstalled my OS and MB two weeks ago so i know is not some kind of setting that hung around.
post #2982 of 4042
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Originally Posted by dbone1026 View Post

Couple quick thoughts:

-Not a fan of stark covers. Well, I should say I am a fan of stark covers, but not how it is working in Thunder Blade. Half of the covers don't show up correctly (I have SD Dvds that are showing in Blu Ray cases, etc...). Also, for my Blu Rays I just want the Blu Ray case to show with the Blu Ray logo, but instead the Blu Ray case shows but with the matroska symbol... I will have to dig a little further in to, as it appears you can edit the Stark Covers xml, but ideally you should be able to configure though the Configuration Tool

- I agree with others regarding the themes. There are bits and pieces from each theme, but I don't think there is a theme that I like from start to finish. I have always used the Diamond theme, and one thing I don't like now is that when you select a movie and go into the movie detail view it shows in sort of a half list view (you have to hit that little swirly icon to change the view). At a minimum there should be a way to select what detail view you want to see

- I cannot get my actor images to show anymore, then did in Firestorm. Need to investigate further

I will probably try to get my usual writeup together over the next few days

Diamond has a option setting (in Config within Mediacenter, not the configurator) to select whether to use mini-mode or full detail screen when going into a movie detail view.
post #2983 of 4042
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Originally Posted by genro View Post

Diamond has a option setting (in Config within Mediacenter, not the configurator) to select whether to use mini-mode or full detail screen when going into a movie detail view.

Yeah, I checked that option to use full detail screen but it wouldnt stick when I closed out and went back in. Will try again, kids were screaming when I was messing around with last night so who knows where my head was!
post #2984 of 4042
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Originally Posted by mike_311 View Post

i get a can't play video error... is this becuase i have hd trailer enabled or do these work for you as well?

ever since apple broke the trailers a couple of releases back i have never got it working again.

i even completely reinstalled my OS and MB two weeks ago so i know is not some kind of setting that hung around.

I have HD trailers ticked as well. However, I should mention that Apple Trailers (via Media Browser or XBMC) works on my desktop PC but not my HTPCs (where I would actually prefer). For my HTPCs I get the same error as you, not sure why
post #2985 of 4042
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Originally Posted by hotrodbob1976 View Post

I just installed the MB v 2.2.2, where are all the themes at? Default is the only one available. Is this correct?

Have a read of this thread on the Knowledge Base: What themes and plugins exist?
post #2986 of 4042
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Originally Posted by dbone1026 View Post

-Not a fan of stark covers. Well, I should say I am a fan of stark covers, but not how it is working in Thunder Blade. Half of the covers don't show up correctly (I have SD Dvds that are showing in Blu Ray cases, etc...). Also, for my Blu Rays I just want the Blu Ray case to show with the Blu Ray logo, but instead the Blu Ray case shows but with the matroska symbol... I will have to dig a little further in to, as it appears you can edit the Stark Covers xml, but ideally you should be able to configure though the Configuration Tool

Bear in mind that ebr's CoverArt plugin is still pretty early in development, and isn't really a complete replacement for StarkCovers yet in terms of features or customisation. It's a good start though, and hopefully we'll see more functionality in the near future.
post #2987 of 4042
Love the "fixed focus" issue, love the speed and memory usage of Thunderblade. Like Mike_311 mentioned though, I really miss the Phoenix version of Diamond.

The new diamond is a bit too "heavy" for my tastes, with the glossy large black areas, they draw the eye too strongly; the previous diamond was much softer/subtler in the info regions (all of this is in poster view).

In addition, I liked the small view/sort buttons at the top to easily switch from alpha to date added views. Now, you have to bring up the diamond menu to make the changes; smallish issue, but bugs me.

I switched to Chocolate, which is decent, but not quite as good as the previous Diamond was.
post #2988 of 4042
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Originally Posted by Ric_Margiotta View Post

Bear in mind that ebr's CoverArt plugin is still pretty early in development, and isn't really a complete replacement for StarkCovers yet in terms of features or customisation. It's a good start though, and hopefully we'll see more functionality in the near future.

I agree, not trying to be critical since I understand it is really an alpha version
post #2989 of 4042
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Originally Posted by mike_311 View Post

i get a can't play video error... is this becuase i have hd trailer enabled or do these work for you as well?

ever since apple broke the trailers a couple of releases back i have never got it working again.

i even completely reinstalled my OS and MB two weeks ago so i know is not some kind of setting that hung around.

What is the actual error your getting, word for word? I may have a simple fix for you if it's the same error I had, something about couldn't play video, file not installed or similar. Let me know if that's the one, and I'll post up the bandaid fix.
post #2990 of 4042
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Originally Posted by dbone1026 View Post

Correct, I installed the latest Media Browser and changed it so the external player pointed to MPC and not ExternalLauncher, everything worked fine. Stop button takes me back to WMC without a problem, but for the stop button you need to set up the command to exit in MPC.

I will update my guide to reflect that the "externallauncher" does not need to be done for versions Thunder Blade and greater.

Yah my bad I reinstalled windows and hadn't remapped the buttons. Works great now.
post #2991 of 4042
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Originally Posted by VampyreGTX View Post

What is the actual error your getting, word for word? I may have a simple fix for you if it's the same error I had, something about couldn't play video, file not installed or similar. Let me know if that's the one, and I'll post up the bandaid fix.

not word for word, but I'm pretty sure its " media center can't find the specified file..."
post #2992 of 4042
quick questions

1. how do i change the mb logo in windows7
2. how to add backdrop to MB latest version
3. how to get the music plug in that ditch-digger is using (looks great with the cd case covers
4. how to change icons for itunes HD trailers.


thanks.
post #2993 of 4042
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Originally Posted by tigermad View Post

I watched Star Trek the other night with the built in WMC player and the quality was amazing, not fuzzy at all in Windows 7 Home Premium.

Try it with windows media player or mpc-hc then come back to my... Both of those offer a better and crisper image and more and easier to use option for processing the image.

BTW I'm projecting on a 106" screen... It may look cleaner on a 40" or less TV
post #2994 of 4042
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Originally Posted by Karmyna View Post

Try it with windows media player or mpc-hc then come back to my... Both of those offer a better and crisper image and more and easier to use option for processing the image.

BTW I'm projecting on a 106" screen... It may look cleaner on a 40" or less TV

Ok I will try them side by side on my 50" Pioneer LX5090

I did put the black levels hack into mediacenter maybe it looks better with that.
post #2995 of 4042
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Originally Posted by Karmyna View Post

You add theme via the plugin section of the config utility I think now.

Where do you get the themes from?
post #2996 of 4042
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Originally Posted by hotrodbob1976 View Post

Where do you get the themes from?

from the plug in option in the config menu... didn't you just quote the answer
post #2997 of 4042
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Originally Posted by mike_311 View Post

from the plug in option in the config menu... didn't you just quote the answer

I have never had to go there before, but I figured it out. Went to the MB forum and followed the instructions. I did not figure it could possible be that easy. That's what I get for thinking! Got it working.
post #2998 of 4042
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Originally Posted by dbone1026 View Post

I have HD trailers ticked as well. However, I should mention that Apple Trailers (via Media Browser or XBMC) works on my desktop PC but not my HTPCs (where I would actually prefer). For my HTPCs I get the same error as you, not sure why

There's a reg hack that fixes this issue. Here's a link to the mediabrowser forum:

http://www.mediabrowser.tv/forum/vie...hp?f=11&t=4006
post #2999 of 4042
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Originally Posted by hotrodbob1976 View Post

I have never had to go there before, but I figured it out. Went to the MB forum and followed the instructions. I did not figure it could possible be that easy. That's what I get for thinking! Got it working.

the config didn't open as soon as the install was done?
post #3000 of 4042
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Originally Posted by kegobeer View Post

There's a reg hack that fixes this issue. Here's a link to the mediabrowser forum:

http://www.mediabrowser.tv/forum/vie...hp?f=11&t=4006

Thanks, that did the trick. I was just launching XBMC from WMC to view trailers, but can just rely on MediaBrowser now
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