Media Browser 2.3.1 (Code Name Titan) Released

by Damian on March 29, 2011 · 4 comments

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It has been nearly 2 1/2 months since the last update to Media Browser (Draco) was released. The developers continue to plug along, bringing new features and stability (hopefully) to Media Browser. Today the next version of Media Browser, Code Name Titan, has been released for public consumption. Below is a list of some of the new features/enhancements/bug fixes that are available with the new release (including the new Media Browser store that I posted about a few weeks ago). Also, be on the lookout in the coming weeks as I take a closer look at Titan (definitely a must write up on my side since I never got around to Draco). Titan can be downloaded here

Important Upgrade Procedure:

If you are upgrading from a previous release of Media Browser, please follow these steps to ensure a smooth experience:

  1. Install Titan
  2. Enter the Configurator (you can simply leave “Configure Initial Settings” checked at the end of the install and it will open automatically).
  3. Note if you receive a message that any incompatible plug-ins were removed. You will need to re-install current versions of these plug-ins before entering MB for the first time. These plug-ins include Media Info Provider and High Quality thumbnails. If you do not re-install compatible versions before entering MB, you will probably have to run a manual refresh with all options checked even after the automatic re-build.
  4. Install current versions of any plug-ins you need to and check their configurations. Check for updates to all of your plug-ins – even if they weren’t identified as incompatible.
  5. Exit the configurator. The service should re-start itself but, if for some reason, it does not, re-start it manually.
  6. Enter Media Browser. You should receive a message that a library re-build has been started in the service. You can go ahead and enter MB, but your library metadata will be incomplete until the re-build completes. This re-build cannot be cancelled.
  7. If the rebuild fails for any reason, run a manual refresh from the service with all options checked.
  8. If you still have issues, please post in the tracker.

Highlights:

  • Item paths are no longer subject to case sensitivity. This means that things like shared playstates and shortcuts to items should sync up properly now.
  • Logging is now enabled by default, you can change the level of severity of messages that are logged and logfiles are cleaned out periodically (default 30 days).
  • Lots of changes and improvements surrounding the mediainfo provider. It should no longer cause the refresh process to hang up, will now support analyzing folder rips of both DVDs and BDs (service only), and should just generally play a bit nicer with the system.
  • Better organization and display of plug-ins in the configurator
  • Direct entry points should now work properly with our single instance functionality.
  • Plug-in added collections (like music and trailers) should now refresh properly in the service
  • Items blocked by parental controls should now also refresh properly in the service.

Important Notes:

  • The bugfix for case sensitivity in media collection paths requires a full cache rebuild. This will happen automatically but it is important that you follow the upgrade instructions above in order for it to go smoothly for you.
  • The service has a new option in both the automatic and manual refreshes called “Allow Slow Providers”. It is off by default. Turning this on will allow providers designated as “slow” to run. If it is off, they will not run and, therefore, their data will not be updated. The most important of these slow providers are the Internet-based metadata gatherers (tmdb, tvdb) and the MediaInfo Provider. This option was added because these types of providers can slow down the refresh significantly and, especially in the case of media info, it is information that should not be changing so there is no reason to keep refreshing it over and over.




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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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saxnix March 30, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Hi Damian,
Great write up as usual (thanks).

Couple of quick questions….
1) Approximately how many titles in your collection? Over 1000, less than 1000
2) How long did the library take to rebuild itself the first time you entered MB after the upgrade?

The reason I ask is that I have probably around 1000 or so titles in my collection. I use Media Browser to gather metadata. I checked on the progress of the rebuild from the service icon and it was showing that it still wasn’t finished after 11 hours. I did the upgrade on 3 pc’s and the same thing seemed to be happening to all 3 of them.

Does this seem strange?

Thanks again
Greg

Damian March 31, 2011 at 8:38 am

Greg,

My library is about 500 movies and 2000 tv episodes. 11 hours does seem extremely silly that it would take that long. I use metabrowser to gather my metadata and not Media Browser, so my refresh should be quicker then yours, but still, 11 hours doesn’t sound correct (maybe TMDB was slow in returning the data?).

It definitely sounds strange. I would post your issue on the MB Community Tracker and see what the developers think. Hopefully 11+ hours is not expected.

saxnix March 31, 2011 at 2:32 pm

I ended up re-doing it manually and it only took about 40 minutes. So there must have been some sort of problem with that first automatic rescan of the Library??

Also, that was a typo, I meant to say that I use Media Center Master for meta data collection, not MB.

All seems ok though now.

Thanks Damian

Damian April 1, 2011 at 4:59 am

Glad you got it working, seems like others are having similar issues as well so must be something funky going on with Titan. I should hopefully find some time to upgrade this weekend.

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