Originally Posted by Hallpas
That's what I said.
Originally Posted by cdru
They all offer choice in running your HTPC. WMC doesn't do bluray natively, so hence the TM5. It also offered features and functionality before other alternatives existed. MyMovies handles both managing your collection of videos and all it's metadata, something WMC doesn't do natively. It also includes a player but I think most just use it for the management functionality. MB can grab metadata, but it's management isn't as sophisticated as MyMovies. It also offers a kick ass add in to WMC that's several orders of magnitude better then what WMC comes out of the box.
All of the products come from a time (Windows XP's and Vista's Media Center) when there were quite a few different programs that all did somethings well but none of them did everything well. You'd have to get this software to manage your movies and this one to play blurays or DVDs and that one to display menus. A lot has changed over the last several years (for better or worse in some areas). Some people really prefer one software over another. Many people here swear by WMC+MB for watching, others prefer XBMC. Some people like MyMovies, others Media Center Master (MCM).
It's never a bad thing to have a choice. Try one or try them all and use the one that you like the most that does what you want/need it to do.
This was what I was talking about.
Originally Posted by wyen78
It just depends on the person. People have different levels of tech knowledge, different needs/wants, different priorities etc.
I would just use the oppo for bluray/dvd. heck, if you spent that money on a highend bluray player that's widely considered one of...if not the best in the industry....why not use it?
Or you could go for the dune media players which get rave reviews and pretty much does it all (bluray, dvd, and various media files).
A lot of people opt for WMC with mediabrowser or xbmc or mediaportal or other front ends because they want their media center to look better and have media info easily accessible. But getting all this stuff to work could take a bit of work.
I am trying to set up WMC with mediabrowser. I tried to setup xbmc, which looks awesome and is very customizable but a lot of it is over my head (maybe with time I will migrate this way though). Mediabrowser seems more intuitive and easier to setup though not as customizable. And the built in player that comes with WMC is not very good IMO.
If you hate tinkering with stuff, and just want things to work, there's nothing wrong with just using your oppo for disc and media that it recognizes and then using a regular windows interface to play other movies in media player classic or vlc or whatever you use.
If you want a cool customized interface with nice box art, backdrops, etc. Then look into mediabrowser and xbmc....I'd look at mediabrowser first since it seems easier to setup.
The setup process is much much much easier if you just get a paid subscription to assassins htpc blog where he pretty much tells you exactly what to do in a step by step fashion to get things working. You can tweak from there if you want to.
Ah, some sanity and now whats DUNE? Off to search that one.
Originally Posted by xzener
I have a HTPC in my theater room dedicated to playing movies. At the touch of a button, Media Browser plays the DVD/Bluray of my choice flawlessly in full HD video and audio. I've set Media Browser up to play DVDs using Media Centers built in player and Total Media Theater 3 (TMT3) to play Blurays. There are basically 3 programs installed on this HTPC... Media Browser, TMT3 and ANYDVDHD. With these 3 programs, my setup does EVERYTHING I need.
The HTPC streams all the above from my Server/HTPC that resides in my living room. This Server/HTPC is about 4 years old... and packed full of HDDs, video cards, audio cards, TV cards... you name it, its in there. It has never been reliable enough to use as a dedicated HTPC. Full of bugs and quirks, more of a pain in the arse than it was worth back then ($1200+)
My new HTPC is soooo simple. A motherboard, CPU, RAM, OS HDD and a power supply. Thats it... and it does everything my other HTPC could do (even better).
So, for those looking for a simple PC build... I HIGHLY recommend getting with Assassin
. He will help you build a PC that does everything you need.
Thank you. When I posed this question, it was, Okay I've heard, thought or seen some pretty neat navigation windows and thought, hey, wouldn't it be cool to somehow have an organized menu present what videos, movie's and or music again in a pleasant organized manner rather then using windows explorer. Mediamonkey/Foobar and subsequent support files like VLC or WMP.
I've just begun setting up my system to play just music. But a defecated HTPC. hmmmm. Why not add the movie capability. I have 100 or so video's and some DVD's on my hard drive, discovery documentaries and such I take on the road.
I couldn't get TotalMeidia to see my folder of movies let alone my music folder. UGH. and I thought it would be a wow factor out of the box. TotalMedia was a disappointing. It came with the ASUS Xsonar 1.3 DLX so I thought this wold be great. Heck it was included.
But searching for that holy grail nirvana display seems to offers a dizzying array of choices that seem to make just using a windows' explorer option easier and better.
I am a computer nerd. I build my own, support my family as tech support but.
So I haven't' seen on this forum other then how to use Windows Media center or build your HTPC, I just thought someone would turn on the light bulb to what TotalMedia 5 was all about capability wise, or the other options.
But the music thing is awesome and blows me away. I don't have to burn CD's anymore. I can play all 4,000 plus song snow at will. And it sounds awesome.