Guide: Walkthrough – Media Browser 2.2.9 (Orion)

by Damian on November 3, 2010 · 58 comments

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It has been almost a year since I did my first writeup on Media Browser. Along the way there has been some pretty significant changes, so I thought with this latest release (Orion) it would be a good opportunity to revisit Media Browser. For those who don’t know, Media Browser is a popular media management plugin for Windows Media Center. It can manage your movies, TV shows, music,  and podcasts just to name a few. Media Browser can automatically retrieve metadata for all your TV shows and movies, although I recommend using a program like metabrowser (I also plan on highlighting alternatives such as YAMMM in the near future) to manage your metadata. There was talk a while back that Media Browser was going to a paid model, but the developers have decided to keep Media Browser free. There are some new features which are “pay for” features which I will discuss in a bit.

Files to Download:

Prep Work:

One requirement of Media Browser is that your movies and TV shows be in a specific format. Each movie/TV show needs to be in its own folder (named as close as possible to the original). If for whatever reason you have all your movies under one folder you can use the File2Folder Script provided by Jon over at theHTPC.net which will automatically move all your movies into a folder of the same name. The folder structure I follow for my movies/TV shows is as follows:

Movies:

\\MyServer\Videos\MovieName

  • MovieName.mkv (or the Video_TS/BDMV folder if a DVD/BluRay Rip)

TV Shows:

\\MyServer\TV Shows\Show Name\Season #

  • S##E## – Episode Name.mkv

Installation:

Installation is very straightforward, simply download and run the Media Browser executable. One relatively new feature when installing is an option to create shortcuts to Media Browser on your desktop/start menu, and well as launching Media Browser when you PC starts up. This would give your HTPC more of an appliance feel to it instead of an actual PC. The one thing I am not sure, if you chose to have Media Browser launch automatically how can you turn this feature off later on if you wanted to.

When setup is complete you can choose to go directly into the configuration settings by checking the “Configure initial settings” option.


Initial Configuration:

With the installation complete, the Media Browser Configuration Tool should now pop up. There are two different views (basic and advanced) and the only difference being under the advanced view additional tabs (i.e. options) will appear. Let’s take a look at each setting:

Media Collection

This is where you point Media Browser to your media collection. You create “Virtual Folders” which allows you to group multiple folder locations and appear as one folder in Media Browser. You can also assign an image to the Virtual Folder which will appear in Media Browser.

Here is what my media collection configuration looks like for my HTPCs.


Podcasts

Media Browser supports both Podcasts and Vodcasts. This is actually a pretty neat feature and a good way to bring some online content into your HTPC. You can find a great list of Podcasts/Vodcasts that have been confirmed to work with Media Browser here.

Plug-ins

This is probably one of my favorite features of Media Browser. In this tab you can see what plug-ins are installed and also see all plug-ins that are available (by clicking the “More Plug-ins” button).

Below is a list of all current plug-ins (Media Browser Trailers has been added since I took the screenshot). At the beginning of the post I mentioned that Media Browser was free but some newer features required a “donation”. This applies to some of the plug-ins. Currently, the three plugins that require a donation are Coverart, Pearl Theme, and Media Browser Trailers. The donation amount is $10 for all three plugins (you can use each plugin in a limited or trial mode) and is good for multiple PCs in your house. I would recommend installing all plug-ins to test out (you can always remove and the plug-ins should not cause any conflicts with your system. Right now the plug-ins I use are Coverart, Pearl Theme, Music Support, MediaInfo Provider, and IBN People Provider. At a minimum I would recommend installing all the Theme plug-ins and testing out in Media Browser to see what theme works best for you.

Some plugins will require additional configuration. To determine which plugins require configuration, simply highlight each plugin showing in the plug-ins tab and look to see if the “Configure” button is highlighted. Below is the configuration screen for the Music Plugin.

Below is a screenshot of the CoverArt configuration where you can assign different CoverArt Image Sets. After setting or making any changes I find it best to click the “Clear Image Cache” button which will clear out Media Browser’s cache and allow the new settings to be applied.


For more information on the various plugins and themes, see here for Plugins and here for Themes.

Display (advanced)

In the Display tab, you can adjust some of the display settings in Media Browser, such as assigning the Theme to be used. Another example would be the option to remember folder indexing. What this does if enabled, if you are in Media Browser and decide to sort a view by Genre that view will remain even if you exit out and reenter the view. With this option unchecked any changes to how the view is indexed will be reset each time you enter the view (I will discuss this a little more later).


Parental Control (advanced)

If you want to restrict access to certain content this is where you would set up. You can enable parental controls on specific folders (from your Media Collection tab) or able the controls to your entire collection.


Extenders + iso (advanced)

If you store your video files in ISO you can specify what mounting tool to be used. Also, if you are using an extender such as the Xbox360 you can enable Transcode 360 which will transcode unsupported formats on the fly.


External players (advanced)

If you want to set up a specific file format(s) to be played with other then the default WMC player, you can set this up here (for example, if you decide you want all your mkvs to be played using Media Player Classic and not WMC). For further information on how to set up the optional parameters, see here.

Below you can see what External Players I use. For my mkvs, m2ts and ts files I use MPC HC so I can properly bitstream HD Audio and not have to hack up my HTPC. I use TotalMedia Theatre 3 for playback of my BluRay folder rips.


Cache (advanced)

Certain items (such as Images) are cached. If you would like to clear out any cached items yo can do so here.


Help and about

You can find some helpful links here. Also, if you become a donator you would enter your Supporter Key here once you receive.

Configuring in Windows Media Center:

With the initial configuration now completed, going into Windows Media Center there should be a Media Browser icon.

When you click on the Media Browser icon for the first time you will get a message asking to run through the initial configuration

There are only a few options to choose from here. The one item I make sure is unchecked is under Metadata (Allow Internet Providers). If you want to use Media Browser’s internal scraper you want this checked, but since I gather all my metadata with a 3rd party application such as metabrowser I don’t need to use Media Browser’s internal scraper.

Now that the initial configuration is complete when you enter Media Browser you should see a screen similar to the below (exactly how it looks will vary based on how you set everything up). This is where the fun begins, as you can start navigating around to see how everything looks. Keep in mind that on the initial load it may take a while for all your media to show as Media Browser is updating its library and building the cache.

At this point you should be all set to use Media Browser. If you want to make any changes you can always open up the Media Browser Configurator. Also, many settings can be adjusted (and some exclusively) from the Configuration in Media Browser itself. To access the Configurations in Media Browser click on the wrench or widget (maybe a Spacely’s Space Sprocket???) on the home page. Depending on the theme you use will determine what the icon is and where it is located (if you look at the screenshot above you will see a wrench in the bottom right hand corner).

The first settings will be under “General”, where you do set things set up enabling Fan Art, Internet Providers, etc…

Next up is “Media Options” where you can set up watched status as well as various other options. There is an option called “Remember Folder Indexing”. What this does is if you change a view by Index (let’s say you want to view your library by Genre) with this option enabled Media Browser will remember this view when you go back in (there will be more discussion about this in the Tips/Tricks section).

Under “Themes” you can choose what you want the default theme to be as well as changing the color scheme and font size.

If you are using Parental controls you can access the settings here (to have access to you must have a Pin set up via the Media Browser Configuration tool mentioned earlier).

The remaining options will be specific to each theme. For example, below are the options available for the Pearl theme.

Tips/Tricks

Part of the fun with using Media Browser is the ability to customize nearly the entire experience. There is probably too much to even write about here and the folks over at the Media Browser community have done an excellent job documenting, so I will just quickly point out some of the features (since some of the features I have written about in the past I will simply link to those writeups):

Entry Point – setting up entry points for your Media Browser virtual folders on the main Windows Media Center menu, See here.

SQLite Support – using SQLite to manage your library, See here.

Change Media Browser Startup Icon in Windows Media Center – replace the default icon one of your choosing, See here.

Box Set Collection – create a view for grouping box set collections, See here.

Setting Up Music – adding covers/backdrops to your music collections, See here.

Custom Background For Media Browser – to replace the stock Media Browser background, See here.

Custom Icon/Background For Each Virtual Folder – for entry points  on your Main Media Browser screen that are not created as Virtual Folders (such as podcasts) you cannot assign an icon in the Configuration Tool. If you would like to assign an icon to these (as well as add backdrops to these and your Virtual folders), all you need to do is add the specific icons/backdrops into your ImagesByName folder.

By default the ImagesByName folder is located at C:\ProgramData\MediaBrowser. To assign specific icons/folders you need to create a folder called “General” within this folder. In the “General” folder you would then need to create a folder for each entry point or virtual folder that you want to customize (note that the folder must be named EXACTLY as how the entry point/virtual folder appears in Media Browser). In this folder you would then play a folder.jpg for the icon and a backdrop.jpg for the background. So for example, in the “General” folder I created a new folder called “Podcasts” which is the exact name that my Podcast entry point shows. If you look at the screenshot below you can see that an icon now appears for Podcasts. Also, the background that is showing is specific to Family Movies. As I navigate to each entry point a different background will appear. You can find an excellent selection of user created artwork over on the Media Browser Community Tracker Fan Art section. (the icon’s below are courtesy of Xzener’s excellent Fanart collection

If you are like me and have multiple HTPCs in your house running Media Browser, it can be an inconvenience to have to maintain this on each HTPC. Fortunately you can set up your ImagesByName folder at a central location (such as on a Windows Home Server machine) and have each Media Browser point to the central location. To do so you will need to access the MediaBrowserXML.config file located at C:\ProgramData\MediaBrowser. On line 7 there will be code for <ImageByNameLocation>. Simply changed the directory where it is pointing to your preferred location. For example, here is what my entry looks like, pointing to my Windows Home Server:

<ImageByNameLocation>\\MyServer\Videos\Utilities\MediaBrowser\ImagesByName\</ImageByNameLocation>

Create an Virtual Folder By Genre – if you want to have a virtual folder specifically showing your media by Genre, it is very easy to do. In the Media Browser Configuration tool create a Virtual Folder (I simply called it Movies By Genre) and assign all your media files that you want included.

Once in Media Browser navigate to the Genre Virtual Folder just created. Once you are in this folder go into the settings (in the screenshot below the little widget in the top right hand corner).  You should have various options to choose from such as View, Sort, and Index. Go to Index and set this to “Genre”.

With”Genre” now set you should now have a view grouping all your media by Genre.  To add/edit the icons and background that appears to each item simply add the respective folder.jpg and backdrop.jpg to the “Genre” folder within the “ImagesByName” folder. Also, to ensure that when you go back into this Virtual Folder the Genre view sticks, make sure that “Remember Folder Indexing” is enabled in the Media Options settings discussed earlier in this post.

The same process can be done for any of the “Index” options such as Year, etc…

Additional – There are really are a ton of different tips/tricks/tools that I haven’t tried them all, but here is a list of a few other items I have come across:

Various Screenshots By Theme:

Carbon


Chocolate


Diamond


Pearl (My Theme Of Choice Right Now)


Simplicity


Subdued

Final Thoughts:

This was actually one of the more difficult posts to write, not because Media Browser is such a complex application, but more so because there was just a lot to write about. Every time I dug around the Media Browser Community tracker I would find some cool new feature, to the point where I just had to stop looking and make myself finish writing this post! If you couldn’t tell I am a big fan of Media Browser, it is the main Front End that I use on my HTPCs, and honestly it has spoiled me when I test out other front ends or jukeboxes. I have also found that the Media Browser community has put together a very well laid out Knowledge Base with loads of information.

Prior  to upgrading to the latest Media Browser I did encounter some stability issues. The biggest issue was that my metadata/art would constantly refresh, to the point where when I first entered Media Browser all my covers would be missing and load slowly (which to me made no sense since I don’t use Media Browser to retrieve any metadata/artwork, everything is stored local). With 2.2.9 I haven’t noticed the issue as much, but I need to continue to monitor it as it is a big negative when you try to navigate through a library without knowing what you are navigating through. I am hopeful as well that setting up Sam’s Refresh Tool will help eliminate this problem altogether.

Overall, if you are using Windows Media Center I highly recommend giving Media Browser a whirl.


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Hi, my name is Damian, and I'm tech gadget addict! Although I always had some interest in technology, it wasn't until I got my EX470 and more importantly found Mediasmartserver.net, that my interest became an addiction. My goal, aside from world domination and to see the Mets/Broncos win another championship, is to set up the perfect digital home where all my media is available at the click of a button. When I am not writing for Mediasmartserver.net you can find me over at my blog at http://www.adigitalhomeblog.com or follow me on twitter


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JR November 3, 2010 at 4:20 pm

wow that is a long post very nice product also, but i still really like xbmc.
i do have a question for you though Damian. i have a wired network with all my data on my desktop,10/100 network, and for some reason i am having issues streaming Role Models movie that i used makemkv to make it. the file is fine it is just the streaming, any ideas?

Damian November 4, 2010 at 6:13 am

So it plays fine on a PC but when you try to play it streamed across your network it doesn’t play fine? Exactly what happens (i.e. stutters, black screen, etc…)?

JR November 4, 2010 at 11:48 am

yes Damian it plays fine on the pc it is stored on. basically it stutters drops sound stops playing for a second then tries to play some more but keeps stuttering more.

Damian November 4, 2010 at 11:51 am

I know when I was running a 10/100 network (cat5) it was impossible for me to stream my BluRay mkvs. You might be experiencing the same issue. Are you able to stream other high bitrate files fine and Role Models is the only issue mkv?

JR November 4, 2010 at 11:59 am

the role models movie is the only movie i have issues with it is also the only movie that i have not encoded to a smaller file. yes it is cat5 also

Damian November 4, 2010 at 12:09 pm

can you try another movie with MakeMKV and see if you get the same issue. If so it sounds like most likely a network issue as your network is struggling with hi bitrate content

JR November 6, 2010 at 5:27 pm

well i tried other ones sorry it took so long, i think it is just the network which is really aggravating. from your experience any recommendations on routers that are good and is cat5e fine or do i need cat6

Damian November 9, 2010 at 7:31 am

cat5e is perfectly fine.

In my setup I use a Linksys 610N router and have several switches as well (HP ProCurve, Dlink Green, etc…). I set my dad up with the DLInk 655 router and so far that one has performed very well for him

Vassilis November 4, 2010 at 2:56 am

how did you get the colored graphics icon on the details for the movie for mkv, 720p etc ?

nick November 4, 2010 at 3:46 am

Vassilis,
Check out http://community.mediabrowser.tv and look out for Media info. I think thats what your looking for

http://community.mediabrowser.tv/permalinks/2958/coloured-mediainfo-logos

Damian November 4, 2010 at 4:29 am

Updated the guide, the minimum donation for access to the three plugins is $10, not $15 as I originally stated.

Alex Kuretz November 4, 2010 at 8:55 am

I love Media Browser as well and have been using it since you first introduced it to us here a long time ago. The only real issue I have is neither of my HTPCs will go to sleep on their own when Media Browser is running. I need to do more investigation on this to see if it’s a specific setting, but it’s pretty annoying to see them on all the time. If you’ve come across any other posts in the forums or tracker about this with tips to resolve it I’d love to hear.

Damian November 4, 2010 at 8:58 am

I will dig around and see what I can find. I haven’t had issues with my HTPCs going to sleep (actually the opposite, every once in a while they won’t wake up!). I found the best way to turn them on (and the wife as well) is to dance for them :-)

Phillip Le November 4, 2010 at 5:01 pm

Hi Damian,
Thanks for the detail review of this wonderful front-end app. I have one question regarding MPC-HC. Can I have Media Browser launches MPC-HC to play BD ISO ? Since MPC-HC has same picture quality as PDVD so we could save some money here.

Damian November 4, 2010 at 5:53 pm

Hi Phillip,

MPC HC can play BluRay folders, you need to make sure in MPC HC in the internal filters that MPEG PS/TS/PVA is checked. However, I have only BluRay folders (not in ISOs). I am not sure how this would work for ISOs, I would assume as long as Media Browser mounts your ISO properly it should work. Definitely let me know if you have any luck

Also, keep in mind that using MPC HC you lose chapter support, BluRay menu support, etc….essentially you will just get main movie playback without the chapters.

John November 5, 2010 at 6:19 am

Awesome walkthrough. Where can I get the MC 7 theme you are using? Also, can you provide a link to the Media Browser icon image?

Damian November 5, 2010 at 6:27 am

I git some of the different themes/wallpapers here:

http://interfacelift.com/wallpaper_beta/downloads/date/any/

This is the icon I use which replaces the default MB icon:

http://www.mediabrowser.tv/forum/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=3877

John November 5, 2010 at 7:42 am

Thanks!

goondog November 5, 2010 at 8:53 am

Damian
thanks again for a great walkthru!

has anyone ever had any issues with mediabrowser causing difficulty getting the netflix icon to show up in WMC?
I have tried numerous fixes and the only thing i can think of is some third party add on conflicting. i am running win7pro 32bit.
The only other addon i have is TMT3.
i guess i can easily uninstall/reinstall these and find out.
Just wondering if youve ever heard of any conflicts/fixes.
thanks again. hope im not diverting any discussion away form this board.

Damian November 5, 2010 at 8:56 am

I just checked my WMC and I have no problems seeing the Netflix icon. Did you see it before and then it disappeared, or it has never shown in WMC?

goondog November 5, 2010 at 9:23 am

i had it on a previous install but did a clean install recently and now not coming up.
i have had some windows updates turned off so i might try to selectively see if there were any recent wmc updates that addressed netflix issues.
ill also try calling netflix and see if there are any conflicts.
The fixes ive tried are: auto update/download in wmc, setting correct region/language in control panel and also mcupdate.exe file. none of these were successful.
can i uninstall just WMC by itself and try that or would one have to do a fresh install of windows?
anyways thanks for any advice. dont want to bog the panel with this.
i might try your forums or AVS as well. :)

Damian November 5, 2010 at 9:29 am

WMC cannot be separated from W7. Also, I don’t think calling Netflix will do any good as this is specific to WMC. I actually had problems in the past getting Netflix to show, I think I just reran the setup again (in the WMC settings there should be an option to Run Setup again) and choose the custom setup.

Any other questions feel free to start a thread on the forum since at this point it is not a Media Browser issue.

Tattrpuff November 5, 2010 at 9:32 am

This is absolutely perfect…I’ve been messing with Mediabrowser for a couple weeks now with mainly just tinkering and making sure this is something I want to invest in and this guide is AMAZING! Thank you very much! This has definitely pushed me to invest in the full HTPC experience!

Damian November 5, 2010 at 10:54 am

Glad this guide could be of help. Don’t hesitate to ask any questions as you get things set up, and of course shares any cool tips/tricks you may come across.

Invivo November 5, 2010 at 10:42 am

In your Music Library screenshot from one of the other guides, you show all the album covers from your collection in the poster view (like when you view in default Media Center). How are you able to do this? Right now, I have my folders arranged like this /Music/Artist/Album, but it just shows a blank folder icon for the music. Only when I go into the Artist field does the Album cover show up. Is there a way to set it to default to an album view?

Thanks!

Damian November 5, 2010 at 10:55 am

My setup is the same as your (/Music/Artist/Album). I have a folder.jpg in the root of each Artist folder. This is what you see Media Browser displaying. I used the MusicArt program to get all the jpgs.

Damian November 5, 2010 at 10:59 am

I should mention, you can get the MusicArt program I mentioned here:

http://qwontech.webs.com/directdownloads.htm

Invivo November 5, 2010 at 8:04 pm

Hi Damien, thanks for the tips. I should clarify a bit my inquiry. I noticed, for instance, that on the screenshot, everything is an album cover, so I thought you figured out a way to default to this view like in the default Media Center. For instance, you have an album cover of the Goo Goo Dolls on there. You may have more than one album in there, so did you just choose any one album cover and use it for the folder.jpg in the Artist folder? Or did you check off the “Use first embedded image per folder”? That could be my problem, as even though I have tagged every song with the appropriate album, it’s in MP4 format and may not be read by he plugin. Cheers!

Damian November 6, 2010 at 5:48 am

Ah, no there is no way to default to view by Album. You are correct, I just chose a random album cover to be the main folder.jpg which is what you see. When you click on that cover it the takes you into the view where you can see all albums for that artist. Apologies if I wasn’t clear.

Invivo November 6, 2010 at 9:30 am

Not at all. Maybe that’s something that can be incorporated in the future. It certainly loads a whole lot faster than MC and has the cool backdrops. Thanks so much for your help! Recently found the site and going back and reading articles from the past. Excellent resources…

James November 6, 2010 at 11:25 pm

how can is change the MB Trailers icon i try the C:\ProgramData\MediaBrowser\Genera\MB Trailers\
and put is folder.jpg

Damian November 9, 2010 at 7:33 am

It needs to go in your ImagesByName folder:

C:\ProgramData\MediaBrowser\ImagesByName\General\MB Trailers\

Goondog November 8, 2010 at 10:08 pm

Damian
still trying to troubleshoot something and needed some help.
i have MB pointed to my local hard drive and it picks up files no problem for one folder of kids movies but in another folder (dad movies) no files come up. i have them configured the same.
However, when i add the directory of dad movies from my NAS box i get 2 copies of the same movie that show up – i guess one from my nas box and one from the file i want. When i remove my NAS box from the directory in the configurator, MB goes blank for that file.?? its something simple im sure but im stuck any ideas??

Damian November 9, 2010 at 7:34 am

Can you give me a little more color on how your Dad movies is set up? Each movie is in its own folder, what types of files, etc…

goondog November 9, 2010 at 8:47 am

strange i have it set up just like my kids files.
D drive – movies – Dad Movies – movie name folder – mkv inside

i recently upgraded my nas box and repopulated everything from my HTPC back to my nas and this is when the problem began. im sure its a file naming or sharing problem. the only way to make Dad movies work is if i add BOTH my nas and local drive in the configuration giving me double copies of the files in MB. ill look into it again. configuring just one doesnt work.
the weird thing is only dad movies is not showing where all others files (kids, home vids etc) are working fine.
ill try to uninstall MB and try it all again. i am using orion also. again sorry to take up thread space.

Damian November 12, 2010 at 5:06 am

Hey goondog,

Any luck getting Dad Movies working correctly?

goondog November 13, 2010 at 9:01 am

hey damian.
thx for asking but no.
i tried uninstalling and reinstalling MB program.
i also deleted all my dad files and then reinstall them on to my htpc from my nas.
still the only way to have them show up is to point the directory to my nas AND my htpc folder and then again 2 copies show up. i then delete nas directory from configurator and all files disappear. (so im sure my files are labeled correctly)
my kids file is doing fine.
i wonder if there is a file sharing/hidden tab im overlooking?
also i did see something about files not showing up if they were not on “C” drives? all my media folders on my pc are on a D raid setup.
i did see a ds_store file in each of my movie files but they are also in my kids folder as well. i guess i can try to delete those entries.
this really sux – i had everything working so well but something must of happened when i backed up my files from my nas to my htpc raid drives.
ill try avs and mb forums today and see if i can dig up any other info.
ps on the bright side i did get the netflix icon to show up on my wmc!
thx again for any help you can offer

goondog November 13, 2010 at 12:29 pm

Damian
after playing with it some more i did get it to work but only if i add any movie to the configurator.

D:\media\Videos\Dad Movies
D:\media\Videos\Dad Movies\Black Hawk Down

i now just end up with two entries of black hawk down…

Damian November 13, 2010 at 2:20 pm

Do you by chance have any stray movies floating around in the Dad Movies folder (i.e maybe a movie that isnt in its own folder)?

abobader November 14, 2010 at 12:33 pm

Hi,

You only need to add the folder (top folder) for your movie location

In you example, it should only be:
D:\media\Videos\Dad Movies

To the MB configurator

goondog November 15, 2010 at 9:11 am

i dont think i have any stray movies. ill look again this pm.
i do have some new iso files i ripped via anydvd but im pretty sure they are in their own seperate folders. i still think the whole issue is a dumbazz misktake somewhere on my part!

abobader- this is my main problem. nothing shows up when i just have the main folder in configurator. only when i add another file to it do all files show up.

im getting close to a fresh install also of win7 (next couple of wks) because im also running into some FFwd/audio issues out of my desktop speakers when my AVR is off using mpchc from wmc.
so hopefully that might fix things. thanks again guys!

Damian November 15, 2010 at 9:14 am

Hopefully we can get it sorted out. If you have a chance take a screenshot of your Dad Movies directory, maybe we can see anything obvious sticking out

goondog November 18, 2010 at 11:55 am

Damian
FINALLY works!!
i recently transferred a file from my nas to the HTPC and mediabrowser is working correctly all of a sudden.
dont know what that did but im not going to think about it.

thanks for all your help troubleshooting

ps when are you posting your boxee review?

Damian November 18, 2010 at 11:56 am

Awesome, glad to hear it is working.

As far as my Boxee Box review, I have been working on it the past few days and it should be published tomorrow (just need to get a few more screenshots today)

goondog November 18, 2010 at 11:59 am

sweet thanks.

on another topic how does one set up things to play an .iso using Mediabrowser and TMT3.
or have you already described this in another guide.
if so my bad.!
thx

Damian November 22, 2010 at 11:24 am

TBH not sure as I don’t use ISOs. I would think it would just be a matter of making sure the ISOs are set up to mount correctly and then in the External Players point to TMT3

khalid November 23, 2010 at 12:40 am

dude check out mount image by Mikinho, here is the website
http://mikinho.com/wmc/mount-image/
All you have to do is install it, there is no configuration involved. Go to the advance tabs of Media Browser Configurator, go to the ” extenders + iso” tab, direct the path to ISO mounter to virtual clone, select the drive letter of the virtual drive and select autoplay. this will allow you to click on a movie in Media Browser and it will automatically mount and play in TMT3, all within windows media center. this is the best method with ISO files. let me know if you have any questions regarding the setup.

khalid November 20, 2010 at 4:59 pm

First i would to thank you for this great walk through.

I have a problem that involves the thumbnails for the movies. if you look at the third picture using the diamond theme in your walk-through, you have each movie thumbnail using a blu-ray case, how did you set that up? i am using the diamond theme and cover art (paid) and i can’t get it to work. i also have the High quality thumbnail plugin but i can’t get it to work. any help would be appreciated.

Another issue i am having is that movies will not display any movie info, for example general, actors, etc. i am using media center master to find my metadata but it doesn’t seem to load into MB. the backdrops all work just fine but i can’t get it to load the movie description unless i check, “allow internet providers. again any advice would be greatly appreciated.

The las issue is that when i go into a specific folders, the movie icons flash and lasts for about 10 secs. this happens nearly every time i go into a folder.

Again thanks for this picture walk through

Damian November 22, 2010 at 11:22 am

Did you configure CoverArt (you would do this in the Media Browser Configuration Tool / Plugin section)?

As far as your movie info that is odd, it almost appears as if it is not reading the MCM created data (which is why when you click allow internet providers you get info as MB is then gathering the info itself). Can you confirm that for each movie you have a mymovies.xml file in the same folder as your movie?

So the covers flash as if Media Browser is constantly trying to load your covers? I am having a similar issue if that is the same thing you are experiencing that I am trying to resolve.

khalid November 23, 2010 at 12:32 am

Thanks for your reply.

Regarding the cover art issue, I did configure it and i even manually adjusted it so that ISO files will be treated with BD case but its not applying. deleted cache and same result. the funny thing is that it will show the BD case in the screen that contains all the movie info, such as actors, plot, etc. I just don’t know why it won’t show the thumbnail as a BD case, like you have yours.

Regarding the movie info, yea each movie has its own XML file with all the info but media browser is just not reading it for some reason. I have my library set up like this, for example avatar
G:\Blu-Ray\Avatar (2009)\MOVIE ISO, XML FILE, BACKDROPS

Regarding the last issue, yea every time i go into my Blu-ray folder, the first movie flashes for like 10 secs as if loading all the other movies. I am now wondering if my hard drives might be the issue. i have 4 2tb smart drives and i am thinking that the drives are sleeping and the flashing is the result of it waking up. How do you have your drives set up?
Also I’ve been reading that Media Browser is constantly checking for new movies and I am playing with this program that changes the frequency of MB checking for new movies. I’ll let you know if this helps with that issue.

Thanks Again Damian

CBers January 24, 2011 at 11:54 am

Media Browser v2.3.0 (Draco) has now been released !!

http://code.google.com/p/videobrowser/downloads/list

Damian January 24, 2011 at 12:02 pm
CBers January 24, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Ne’er mind – just thought I’d add a comment to this post :-)

Titan due on/or about March 14th, 2011.

Damian January 24, 2011 at 12:14 pm

Haha, no problem. I haven’t had a chance to test out Draco yet, hopefully in the next few days

CBers January 24, 2011 at 12:48 pm

It’s a lot quicker than Orion, especially with the new Media Browser Service that runs in the background.

Give it a go :-)

Damian January 24, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Yeah, the big thing for me is whether or not I continue to have issues with my media library art disappearing/reappearing. I am hopeful it is fixed

Alex Kuretz January 24, 2011 at 12:54 pm

I’ve only used it a few times, but my cover art is much more stable than it was.

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