Eversion, Flash Based YAMJ Skin Released For PCH A200/A210/C200

by Damian on March 4, 2011 · 7 comments

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If you have spent any time on the NetworkedMediaTank forum (or even TheGreenButton as Accident is a former Media Center MVP) odds are you have bumped into member Accident , even if by accident! He has been on a never ending quest to find the perfect jukebox, but in some respect every jukebox has fallen short of his needs. His answer to this was to start up a site called DentedBoxes to work on developing his own set of skins and more. There are a few items of particular interest (at least to me):

  • Although initial support will be for the PCH A200/A210/C200 and Popbox (on my list to review), the skins are written such that many hardware devices (media players and internet connected tvs) can support. This is exciting because one of my biggest complaints is that there are s many inconsistencies from one device to another, in particular how metadata/fanart is handled
  • On the roadmap is adding more htpc type options like remote control settings, plugins, etc… Many people want an HTPC without actually having an HTPC, so this could be something that gets us one step closer to the perfect media player.
  • The ability to manage the experience/interface of multiple players separately. I believe we are getting to the point where it will be more common to have multiple players in a household (which I do already, but maybe that is because I am a big geek), and being able to manage them separately but through a consistent interface will be important.

The first skin that has been released is called Eversion. It is a flash based skin running YAMJ, a popular Video Jukebox application for Popcornhour and ACRyan PlayOn. Currently Eversion will run on the PCH A200/A210/C200 and PopBox (arriving shortly). You can download Eversion here. Installation instructions can be found here and a wiki with further information can be found here. Below is a list of some of the available features and screenshots

Features

Hyperscroll: Our ‘nickname’ for one of our methods to get more speed out of lower end cpu and non-existent hardware video assistance. Hyperscroll selectively displays parts of the screen based on your movement with the remote control. Informative artwork, followed by information will stop displaying until you pause or slow down in order to help you get to where your going as fast as the platform will allow.

Written in Flashlite 3.1 and Actionscript 2.0: The most common interface system available on low end for tv devices and able to run on higher end versions of flash. This offers a very portable solution that could run on almost any embedded media player currently on the market. We are interested in making the minor adjustments needed for any player which can offer the user the ability to start our interface.

Multiple Video Player interfaces: While the hardware player does all the work, we still provide the interface. Our current system allows player UIs from any platform to be used and in the future will also offer our own customized UI to expand the easy to use interface that a user interacts with.

Per Player Settings: Not every tv in your house is created equal and some of your settings may need to be different. If you have a high end home theater, or a low end bedroom, kitchen or kids playroom you can adjust the settings that you need for those rooms without having to complicate your YAMJ install with multiple copies to achieve the same thing.

User Skins: While not available in our beta, our system is being created with a user expandable skinning option in mind. Users in the future will be able to create and release their own customized interface using all of the data sources, backends and plugins that may be created in the future.

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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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Brajesh March 7, 2011 at 7:34 am

Eversion looks fairly slick and interesting for exactly the 1st reason you point out: a unified approach to how the movie/TV jukebox is built across different streamers. Although, aren’t MyMovies, Ember, and Media Center Master all already media streamer agnostic? The other issue I hope gets addressed is ease of setup, one of the main reasons I love the Boxee Box. While YAMJ has gotten easier and slicker than in the early days, even with new helper tools like TOMY, it isn’t easy and requires a lot of work. Oversight seems to address this, but it, like YAMJ, is only PCH (and PlayOn!HD) specific as far as I know. It would be nice to use a single jukebox app that easy, fully supports movies and TV, and slick and have it generate metadata/posters/fanart for multiple streamers.

Damian March 7, 2011 at 7:51 am

Not necessarily. MyMovies, Ember, and MCM may create metadata for multiple devices/front ends. However, each front end/device will handle differently. The difference with this is you are only creating YAMJ metadata (so not having multiple metadata file types) and you would have the same UI across multiple devices/front ends (this is not the case with Ember, MCM, etc…).

YAMJ setup and management has gotten easier. I use YANFOE which does a nice job at managing (still waiting for full TV support though)

Mike December 24, 2011 at 1:39 pm

Damian,

Been looking through some of your reviews and stumbled upon this one. Are you still using YANFOE? I have used it for years and still do but it appears to be dead, I have been considering moving to EMM as it looks like it has new life in the last few days. The only reason I haven’t made the move yet is that I can’t find a way to import my current NFOs for YANFOE into EMM.

Mike

Damian January 11, 2012 at 8:16 am

I would look at EMM as well as YANFOE is essentially dead. I do wish there was a dedicated YAMJ metadata management tool (as I think EMM is mainly XBMC based, with a YAMJ plugin). I haven’t tested though to see how well it works with YAMJ.

Mike January 11, 2012 at 8:47 am

I have been using EMM for the last few weeks and it is much better than YANFOE in my opinion. It worked flawlessly for my movies and gets close on TV but not perfect. I still have to rename one file and add the season banners myself but other than that it does TV well.

Damian January 11, 2012 at 8:49 am

Thanks for the feedback. I think you can edit the YAMJ properties itself to use specifically named banners. I just ended up shutting off scraping in YAMJ and telling it to use specific filenames that I create with metabrowser.

Mike January 11, 2012 at 9:10 am

I also turned off the scraping and just use my data. You can set up EMM to save file names in a different way, problem is as it currently works you get posters or banners but not both. YAMJ uses both.

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