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post #4021 of 4042
Mfusick,

You are in for a treat... That is Crystal, the newest theme to hit both MB2.6 and MB Classic.
Edited by xzener - 7/27/13 at 10:24pm
post #4022 of 4042
Does MB3 still have the same standard interface that MB2.6 has? I use that one because it flows perfectly with the standard WMC look and feel.
post #4023 of 4042
Yes it does.
post #4024 of 4042
MB Classic is basically ported over MB2.6 while using the MBServer to control the backend. MB Classic is also much faster than MB2.6... Why not try it out?
Edited by xzener - 7/28/13 at 1:35pm
post #4025 of 4042
Is it fully stable? I want to keep the WAF high and using a beta right now could harm it - my daughter is flying in for a visit and I do not want problems while she is here.
post #4026 of 4042
Did you try it? It's not much different than MB2 IMO- but the cover art and plugins have a slick look to them.
post #4027 of 4042
I have been usng the new MB3 server and client and so far I like...I did notice one thing though... the cache file can get large fast...I think I now have to upgrade my 80gb server OS to something a bit larger.
post #4028 of 4042
Quote:
Originally Posted by MoNkLorD View Post

I have been usng the new MB3 server and client and so far I like...I did notice one thing though... the cache file can get large fast...I think I now have to upgrade my 80gb server OS to something a bit larger.

The cache is one of the things that makes it as fast as it is, so it's a trade-off between time and space. The server does recycle cache files though so you can be sure that files won't be left there forever. If you want to get it down, can you stop video and chapter images from being extracted by disabling their scheduled tasks.
post #4029 of 4042


There's always something interesting from the moment you see the Crystal home page. The "Media Grid" groups your media into easy-access tiles:

  • items recently added to your library, but not yet watched
  • some automagically selected items that are highly rated; you've not watched yet; or similar to things you've enjoyed previously
  • a selection of older items in your library that are unwatched
  • lucky dip – for when you don't want to make your own choice
  • the last item you watched/listened to/played


For anyone that likes to tinker, you can customize pretty much everything in Crystal... choose whether you like to see logos, art, backdrops, ratings, reviews etc, pick the color scheme or even create your own. You can even choose the animation style as things change on-screen - fade, wipe, spin, zoom...

  • Full support for ClearLOGOs, ClearART, cdART, backdrops,
  • Video backdrops and theme music
  • Regularly updated with new features requested by the community


With stunning animation effects and a lightening fast, silky smooth interface, Crystal is the best way to view your media – it's like nothing you’ve ever seen before.

Crystal – get closer.










Crystal is available for Media Browser 2 and can be easily purchased via the MB Configurator located in the "Start/All Programs/Media Browser" folder.

Crystal is also available for Media Browser Classic which can be purchased via the MB3 Server dashboard, plugins tab.

For questions, comments, or feature requests, please visit the new Media Browser 3 Community.
post #4030 of 4042


Every one of the view styles in ROC has been carefully crafted to work fantastically with movies, TV, music, games, trailers... everything.

ROC puts a 3D twist on Coverflow
  • covers and artwork smoothly glide out of the screen towards you and then back again

Thumb view is all about ClearLOGOs
  • choose an item from a vertically scrolling, beautifully curved and animated list of logos. Perfect for TV shows, video games or music, where a logos are repeatedly-used, unlike for movies (humb works fine for movies if you want to use it)

Thumb Strip
  • turns your covers and artwork into a 3D scroller disappearing deep into the screen from left to right

Poster view and detail view
  • all the details you expect, with loads of configuration options for you to tweak and customize

Full support for video backdrops and theme music
Regularly updated with new features requested by the community








Roc is available for Media Browser 2 and can be easily purchased via the MB Configurator located in the "Start/All Programs/Media Browser" folder.

Roc is also available for Media Browser Classic which can be purchased via the MB3 Server dashboard, plugins tab.

For questions, comments, or feature requests, please visit the new [URL=http://mediabrowser3.com/community/index.php?/topic/1985-roc-v1080-now-live/[/URL].
post #4031 of 4042
I've been away for a while. Is MB Classic a version of MB3? I want to make sure before I start switching and upgrading things.
post #4032 of 4042
Yes. MB Classic is basically MB3 for use inside WMC like the old MB2. You also need to use MB server with it. (separate app)
post #4033 of 4042
Thanks. I'll download them when I get home. I already bought the Google app for my Nexus 7.
post #4034 of 4042
I am about to pull the trigger on my MB 2.6.2 -> MB3 upgrade. I poured through this thread as well as the MB3 forum, however I did not see a clear overview of the upgrade path for a multiple HTPC configuration.

In the interest of maintaining a high WAF I am looking for a little confirmation of my plans before I start. Also I am hoping to minimize the impact to my metadata, cover art, and backgrounds; as well as the thousands of actor images.

My Current Config
==============
  • Two WMC+MB2 HTPCs supporting two TVs.
  • Desktop PC with WMC+MB2 used for ripping, metadata collection and validation.
  • All movies are stored in a shared folder on WHS2011. 300+ DVDs in ripped DVD folder structure, Blu-rays in MKV format.
  • Actor images in a shared ImagesByName folder on the WHS.
  • MB only used for movie playback, Standard WMC used for TV recording and TV playback.
  • All systems Win7 on a wired GigE network.



My Upgrade Plan
=============
  1. Install MB3 Server on first HTPC.
  2. Modify MB3 configuration to point to Movie library and ImagesByName directory, configure to store metadata & art in movie folder.
  3. Complete media library scan.
  4. Install MB3 Classic on first HTPC.
  5. Confirm everything is working properly.
  6. Install MB3 Classic on Desktop PC, point at MB3 Server.
  7. Confirm everything is working properly.
  8. Install MB3 Classic on second HTPC, point at MB3 Server


Questions
========
  • Will this process prevent the install from triggering a massive metadata or images download?
  • Do I need to shutdown or uninstall MB2 on the other PCs while I install the server and MB3 Classic on the first HTPC?
  • Any other steps I missed or issues to watch for?
post #4035 of 4042
If you don't want anything touched you're best off disabling storing of metadata in your media folders while you try it out. we will use your metadata, but we will still go out and download new metadata to accommodate all of the new mb3 features. then the new combined data will all overwrite your existing metadata files. mb2 should be able to read them, but are not testing or supporting that.

also, you can't point to your mb2 imagesbyname location, because we changed the convention for the people folder. It's ImagesByName\A\Alfred Hitchcock

But if you were to make that change to your People folder, then it would be fine.
post #4036 of 4042
Sorry. Correct example for people is

ImagesByName\People\A\Alfred Hitchcock
post #4037 of 4042
Does anyone know if MB3 have the ability to create a playlist so that I can play it back on a Roku client?
post #4038 of 4042
Anyone have a registry mod that will let me map the original/stock WMC7 Movie Library Access Point so that it enters directly into Movies in Media Browser?
post #4039 of 4042
I am currently on mb 2.6.2 with mpc-hc as an external player for my files. When trying to play files I would sometimes see an option to play a file from the current position or start from beginning. This would appear as either a play button or a play/pause button when I was browsing my files. Do you know what setting this is and how I enable it? I liked the option but no longer see it anymore. I am using the Chocolate theme.


Also as a question as I am currently looking to upgrade. I have all of my files ripped to my FREENAS server. All of my blu-ray rips and tv shows are on there. I also have 2 HTPCs with 1 that is on 24/7 and I use as my main dvr. All of these HTPCs are running Win7 Pro. Should I just install mb3 server on my main htpc and then have my other htpc point to that server? Then just install mb classic on both htpcs?

I guess the steps that user4avsforum listed out would be a good suggestion since I have a similar setup.
post #4040 of 4042
Quote:
Originally Posted by utee05 View Post

I am currently on mb 2.6.2 with mpc-hc as an external player for my files. When trying to play files I would sometimes see an option to play a file from the current position or start from beginning. This would appear as either a play button or a play/pause button when I was browsing my files. Do you know what setting this is and how I enable it? I liked the option but no longer see it anymore. I am using the Chocolate theme.


Also as a question as I am currently looking to upgrade. I have all of my files ripped to my FREENAS server. All of my blu-ray rips and tv shows are on there. I also have 2 HTPCs with 1 that is on 24/7 and I use as my main dvr. All of these HTPCs are running Win7 Pro. Should I just install mb3 server on my main htpc and then have my other htpc point to that server? Then just install mb classic on both htpcs?

I guess the steps that user4avsforum listed out would be a good suggestion since I have a similar setup.

I am looking to do the same thing, with pretty much your exact setup... How did it work, and do you have any additional tips? thanks!
post #4041 of 4042
Quote:
Originally Posted by user4avsforum View Post

I am about to pull the trigger on my MB 2.6.2 -> MB3 upgrade. I poured through this thread as well as the MB3 forum, however I did not see a clear overview of the upgrade path for a multiple HTPC configuration.

In the interest of maintaining a high WAF I am looking for a little confirmation of my plans before I start. Also I am hoping to minimize the impact to my metadata, cover art, and backgrounds; as well as the thousands of actor images.

I am looking to do the same thing, with pretty much your exact setup, minus the server... I just leave my main HTPC on and use it to house all of my media instead of a server. How did it work, and do you have any additional tips? thanks!
post #4042 of 4042
Quote:
Originally Posted by LAGuy View Post

Anyone have a registry mod that will let me map the original/stock WMC7 Movie Library Access Point so that it enters directly into Movies in Media Browser?
This is something I am highly interested in wanting to know, too.
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