Originally Posted by xzener
Media Browser 2.6 "Atlas" testing is well under way. TMT5 integration is one of my top priorities. It has come a long way... I couldn't even get it to launch... EVER!! TMT5 user will be happy.
I've spent most of my free time since sunday night screwing with making Media Browser seamless and I'm finally pretty happy with how its working.
I'll update this post when I get home this evening to give exact specifics, but I think my htpc looks better now than ever.
-I am using the Subdued theme on Media Browser
-I set the umceplayer5.exe player to be the external player for bluray and hd-dvd
-I set MB to show the splash screen and to minimize during external player launch
-I only have one media collection in Media Browser (titled Movies). I was able to find that in the registry and change it's icons to the default WMC Movie Library ones.
-I used Media Center Studio to remove the default WMC library and replace it with Media Browser Movies collection, which I renamed to Movie Library. A WMC user who didn't know anything about MB would never know from looking at my WMC menu strips that anything was different until they opened the Movie Library and saw all the great animations and artwork.
One neat thing about the TMT5 plug in is that buried within the Arcsoft program folder there is a folder called MCEUI. It contains a bunch of .png files that fill out the backgrounds and popup boxes of the Media Center plugin. Mostly they're all blue to match the default WMC theme.
I am using the Brokeh Media Center Studio theme I found at Hack7mc. When you download a MCS theme, it comes in as a .mct file. That can be opened with WinRAR, and once extracted you find all the .png files that make up the backgrounds and icons for WMC.
I replaced all of the blue png files in the Arcsoft folder with the ones that came in the Brokeh Media Center theme. You could do that with any theme you have. That way, when you open the TMT5 plugin the background is no longer blue, it matches your MCE background.
I also placed a spash.png file in the Media Browser general folder. I can't remember the exact path of that offhand so I will update later. I renamed the same png file that I use for both my desktop wallpaper, WMC background and for my TMT5 plugin background to spash.png, so when I launch the external player from Media Browser the background does it looks very clean and intentional.
My last problem with the TMT5 plugin I suspect is caused by the iMon software that my ir receiver uses. I had WMC set as the default use of the ir receiver. So when I launched the external player, I could see the video but if I tried pressing a remote button it minimized the player and made Media Browser the full screen window, with the movie still playing in the background.
Going into the iMon settings and taking the exclusive launch control away from WMC seems to have everything working so far. I just need a way to get iMon, my Harmony remote, and TMT5 to play nice to bring up the right click menu. I can't seem to map anything to that (yet).
When I press stop on a movie, it takes me immediately back to the Arcsoft plugin home screen. Pressing back from there takes me back into Media Browser.
Very very satisfied so far. If I could only find a way to auto-hide the taskbar 100% so that a single row of pixels was not showing. I would still like to be able to mouse over the bottom of my screen and bring the taskbar up, but I worry about the long term effects of that on my plasma screen.
I can't believe I never gave MB more than a 20 minute glance in the last few years I've been using WMC. It was not as easy to configure as I'd like but I feel like I have a brand new HTPC toy.