Guide: Setting Up 10Muse For Remote Video Playback On The Dune/PCH

by Damian on September 3, 2012 · 40 comments

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Another day, another guide :D. Today I am going to take a look at the 10Muse app for the iPad. From the website:

10Muse turns your iPad into the most joyful and sophisticated Home Theater Jukebox. Combining the power of modern media players and NAS devices into the most advanced video distribution system, it will add value to both your home theater and your movie collection.
Designed to be guest and child friendly, the 10Muse intuitive user interface offers instantaneous access to any movie in any room of the house. Together with the iPad’s accessibility, long battery life and gorgeous screen, it will present your movie collection in a revelating state-of-the-art fashion, that will excite owners, guests and family members alike.

Downloads:

Requirements:

  • Windows Operating System (Windows XP and above)
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1 (Download)

Preparation:

As with any video jukebox, making sure your movie/tv show library is as clean as possible when it comes to naming is key. There is one additional catch for 10Muse, if your movies are in individual folders then the folder name must be the same name as the file within. For example, if you have an mkv “Avatar (2009).mkv” then the folder it is in must also be called “Avatar (2009)”. This may be problematic for those people who have file names different from the folder name (such as Avatar.1080p.Bluray.mkv, etc…)

With TV Shows, each episode should be its own file, and naming conventions such as s##e##,”s##.e##, s##_e##, and #x## will work.

Installation:

Extract the .exe file and launch, doesn’t get any easier then that :D

The 10Muse Library Manager comes as a single .exe file that you can directly run. No setup is required. You can run as many instances of the application as you want, each with its own library, and copy-paste items between libraries. To update and keep your existing library and settings, just replace the .exe file.

Setting Up:

With the 10Muse LM downloaded, double click on it to launch (if this is your first time using you will be greeted by this pop up):

Once you click “OK”  the Library Manager UI should now appear. As you can see, there are three tabs labeled “Movies Library”, “TV Series”, and “Settings”. To start out you will want to head over to the “Settings” tab first.

The “Settings” tab is broken out into four sections. The first section (“Shared Folders”) is where you point LM to your video library. The next section (“Online Update Options”) allows you choose the various online data providers and associated options that will be used when processing your video library. The third section (“Export Options”) gives you the option to include Rotten Tomato Ratings in the export, as well as designating what iPad you will be exporting to. The last section “Send to Client Settings” will allow you to remotely start video playback on your Dune or PCH from the LM, all you need to do is enter in the IP Address of the Dune/PCH. There is one final setting “Scanner always analyzes” which can be explained as follows:

If a movie is found at the same location and the same format as when it was previously scanned, the Scan Info of the last scan will be used. (Update Ver.1.0.1: When less that 20 entries are selected to be scanned, all found movies will be analyzed regardless of past scan results.)”

The above feature saves time when scanning all movies. When the “Scanner always analyzes” option is checked, all movies will be re-analyzed regardless of the last scanned results. Actually you should never need it. An earlier update (when mediainfo flags where introduced) required re-analyzing of all movies, that’s why the option was added.

The main item to set up is the “Shared Folders” section. Click on the “Add” button and point LM to where your videos are stored. Once you add a location you will notice a new button will appear called “Assistant”. This feature will help bring in your library collection (when LM was first released you had to add each movie manually). In addition  to the “Assistant” button a drop down box will appear where you will tell LM what type of content is in  the shared folder (the options are “Movies”, “TV Shows”, “Movies & TV Shows”, and “Trailers”). Lastly, you have to choose for each shared folder what protocol is used to access the shares by your Dune or PCH.

Setting Up The Movies Library:

Once the shared folder location for your movies is set in the settings, make sure it is highlighted and click the “Assistant” button. The “Add Movies Assistant” UI should now appear, broken up into three sections. The “Movies Found” section will show a list of all movies that have already been added to 10Muse. The “Movies To Add” section will show a list of all movies that 10Muse is looking to add. The “Movies Misplaced” section will show any movies that don’t conform to the 10Muse requirements. If the movie has a CODE 1 next to it this means that the movie folder name differs from the actual file name. A Code 2 would indicate that there are too many subfolders to properly import. As you can see, I have one Code 1 movie. At this point you can either close out, fix the naming, and the rerun the Assistant, or continue adding in the current movies. Later on you can go back and fix the naming and go through the Assistant again (in this instance all the other movies would be added so you would only need to bring in the one movie).

When you are ready to add your movies you will have two options:

(1) 1-Click Movies Insertion – 10Muse will attempt to match up each movie with the corresponding movie in TMDB. If it finds a perfect match it will add. Otherwise, it won’t add the movie and you simply need to rerun the Assistant to use the “Help Me Bring Them In !” option.

(2) Help Me Bring Them In ! – This option will allow you to bring in each movie one by one, and choose the correct TMDB link (or if not available identify using the IMDB code or url). You can also choose to add a movie without data (possibly if you want to populate yourself) or skip a movie.

Once all movies have been selected 10Muse goes to work downloading all the appropriate metadata/images. Be patient, depending on your library size this could take several minutes or more. As 10Muse brings in each movie you will see the Online Data screen appear.

Once your movie library has been scraped, you will be brought back to the “Movie Library” tab which should now show a list of all movies scanned. To the far right you will see the poster and backdrop (which you can easily replace using the buttons directly above). To the left of the artwork you will see several tabbed info screens which will show details for each respective movie.

If for whatever reason 10Muse pulls in the wrong movie information, click on the “Online” button at the bottom of the screen. This will bring back up the Movie Assistant screen where you can manually input the Rotten Tomatos, TMDB, or IMDB codes to get an exact match.

Once done, click “Save & Edit” and this will take you back to the main Movie Library screen. The next step will be for 10Muse to scan the actual files to collect all the media info (i.e. the “Scan Info” tab). If you look at the first screenshot of the movie library, you will notice that all movies are white. This is an indication that the movies have not been scanned. To scan simply highlight all the movies you want to scan, right click with the mouse, and select “Scan Servers” from the pop up box that will appear.

As 10Muse scans the library you should see a progress box appear.

After the scanning is complete you will now notice that all the movies that got scanned properly will be colored. If a movie did not get scanned in properly it will still be white (you will need to determine why it didn’t get scanned in properly as it will not get added to your library without the scan). If you look at the “Scan Info” tab you will notice that all the Media Info should now be populated.

Let’s say you want to manually add a movie without going through the Assistant. Right click anywhere in the Movie Library file list and choose the “Add new movies manually…” option. From here you can type in the IMDb movie code, IMDb movie link, or the name of the movie. You can do this for multiple movies if needed.

Setting up the TV Series Library:

Now let’s take a look at setting up the TV Series Library. Under the “Settings” tab make sure your TV Show folder path is set up and choose the “TV Shows” option. You will notice there is no “Assistant” button, this is because currently you need to add TV Series manually.

Next up, go to the “TV Series” tab which should be empty. This is where you will manually add your TV Series.

Right click to bring up the pop up box and choose “Add New Series…”

An input box should now appear. Head over to tvdb, copy & paste the url or tvdb ID for the tv series to be added, and click “Add & Update Online”.

You should now see all the TV Series information populated.

Similar to setting up the Movies Library, you now need to Scan to server the TV show. Right click on the TV Show and choose “Scan to server…” from the pop up box. Once done head over to the “Episode” tab and you should see all the individual episodes, which if scanned properly should no longer be white.

Exporting The Movies/TV Series Library:

Now that the movie and TV Series library is all in order, it is time to get it over to the iPad. One of my biggest gripes about all iPxx devices is they are joined at the hip with iTunes, one of the biggest piece of bloated crap software out there (ironic, but I digress). 10Muse has solved the need to use iTunes by instead using Dropbox. All you need to do is sign up for a dropbox account (up to 2GB is free) and install it on your PC. Once again highlight all the movies you want to export, right click with your mouse, and choose the “Export to The Cloud (Dropbox)” option.

Similar screen for TV Series.

10Muse will now do its thing, exporting the library to your Dropbox account. You can follow the progress by simply looking in your toolbar on your PC.

10Muse and The iPad:

With the Movie/TV Series library hanging out in the cloud, it is time to head over to the iPad. After downloading and installing the 10Muse app, go into”Settings” where you can access the 10Muse settings. The main setting you want to set up is to configure zones (you can have up to 5 zones, meaning you can control up to 5 Dunes/PCHs)

Highlight any one of the zones and here you will be prompted to give this zone a name, assign a media player type (Dune or PCH) and assign the IP Address of the player

Head back to the iPad home screen and launch 10Muse. You will be greeted with a demo jukebox since we haven’t yet connected to dropbox.

In the upper right hand corner, click on the little widget icon which will take you into the 10Muse settings. Here you can change the skin, set a few other options, and more importantly link up 10Muse with your dropbox account. Click on the Link button to get started.

After clicking the “Link” button the iPad web browser should launch to the dropbox web page to log in to.

After logging in you just need to allow 10Muse to access your dropbox account.

Task accomplished!

Now click on the “Update” button and let 10Muse work its magic.

Once done you should hopefully have your entire library in all its glory!

From this point forward it should be very simple to navigate around. First, check in the upper right hand corner and make sure that the zone that you want to control is listed (in my case it was my Family Room). The views will be broken out between Movies and TV Series which you can toggle between in the upper left hand corner. The usual assortment of sorting and customizing your views are available as well (such as viewing by Genres). Click on a movie poster and below will be a bigger image of the movie poster and details of the movie. Click the bigger movie poster and it will take you to the playback screen. Tap anywhere on  the screen if you want to go back to the main jukebox. Otherwise click the 10Muse play button icon and soon after you should see the selected movie start to play on your selected Dune or PCH zone.

Looking to control video playback from 10Muse while the movie is playing? Click the remote icon in  the upper left hand corner, and a pop up remote should appear on the iPad.

Control of TV Series works the same, so here are a few screenshots:

Miscellaneous:

There are a few other interesting features worth discussing. The first is the use of trailers. There are two ways to go about trailers, you can either keep them in a separate shared folder or have a trailer in each respective movie folder (Note, this only works for trailers of movies in your current library). Here is more details on the trailer feature:

You just put your trailer file inside a shared folder that has been defined as “Trailers”, with the same filename as in the “Filename” textbox in LM (similarly to Movies).

Since version 2.6 there is additional way to add trailers. From the update log:
- Trailers can now exist inside the Movies folders
Parallel to the trailers inside the ‘Trailers’ shared folder, trailer files can now be inside the ‘Movies’ shared folder. 2 suffixes are supported: ‘-trailer’ and ‘_trailer’. NOT case sensitive.
Examples that will get scanned:
\MoviesSharedFolder\Transformers (2007)_Trailer.mkv
\MoviesSharedFolder\Transformers (2007)\Transformers (2007)-trailer.mov
\MoviesSharedFolder\Transformers (2007)\Transformers (2007)_TRAILER\VIDEO_TS\VIDEO_TS.IFO
\TrailersSharedFolder\Transformers (2007).mov

For me, I prefer to keep only the main movie in the movie folder, so instead I created a separate “Trailers” shared folder. In the 10Muse LM Settings tab, add this shared folder and designate it as “Trailers”. You must make sure in this case that the name of the trailer matches exactly the file name of the corresponding movie.

When you export your movie library you should now be greeted by a trailer button.

Two other interesting features you can find in the “Scan Info” tab. If you look in the “Video Files” section below you will see three icons. The first icon is a play icon, which when pressed will launch the selected movie for playback on your PC using whatever the default player is. The second icon is a folder/file icon, press this and you will be taken into the folder directory of the selected movie. The third icon will only appear if you filled in the IP Address and Player settings in the “Send to Client Settings” section of the settings tab. With this you can remotely initiate playback on your Dune or PCH directly from the 10Muse LM interface.

Here is a screenshot of a movie being launched on my PC using MPC HC as my default player.

For those who have multi discs, 10Muse supports as well. Each disc or file needs to be named with “”_Disc_#_from_#” at the end. For example, I have a two part movie called “Storm of the Century (1999). The root folder is called “Storm of the Century (1999) and each individual movie is called “Storm of the Century (1999)_Disc_1_from_2.mkv” and “Storm of the Century (1999)_Disc_2_from_2.mkv”. Since there are multiple files in the root folder, you need to add the root folder to the Shared Folders list in the LM settings:

Next go ahead and add a manual movie:

Once the movie has been added, all you will see is one entry for the movie you just manually added. Right click on the movie and select “Make Multidisc”

You will be prompted to enter in how many discs are in the multi disc set, so enter the appropriate number:

Now you should see the original movie and new entries for each disc. Go ahead and delete the original entry and this is no longer needed.

The last step will be to scan to server and export. When you go to the iPad you should now see a toggle for each disc (in the screenshot below there is the number 1 and 2).

Some Final Thoughts:

Instead of doing a quick wrap up I thought I would do a little Q&A with some of the most commonly asked questions I have seen.

1. Is there an Android version?

- Currently no. That may change in the future, but right now development is focused on iOS/iPad

2. Can I actually view/control the 10Muse UI on the Dune/PCH itself via the TV (similar to the other jukeboxes)?

- Currently no. However, this is a priority and hopefully will be added in the near future.

UPDATE 10-Oct: You can now view on the Dune via the Dune Index feature. See here for more details

3. Can I watch movies on my iPad using the 10Muse App?

- No, the 10Muse App is not meant for streaming content to your iPad

4. Can you alter the 10Muse iPad UI to show more then just one row of movie posters?

- As of now no. This has been looked at, but complaints over scrolling speed were too numerous. It is something however that may be added down the road, possibly as part of a new theme.

5. What is the best way to get in touch with the developers?

- You can reach them at support@10muse.net. However, there is a forum thread which we started here where the developers are very active in answering user feedback/questions. Honestly, after dealing with other jukeboxes where you had very minimal if any interaction with the developers, this is a breath of fresh air!

http://www.mediasmartserver.net/forums/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=11964

6. I cannot get playback to work on my PCH, all that happens is the screen flickers black momentarily?

- For the setup of the Popcorn Hours players an extra step is required:

Mount the network shares on the Popcorn Hour media players.

Update to the latest firmware and also install nmt apps. Download the NMT Community Software Installer (CSI) from here. Install something from CSI (e.g. LundmanShell). The file “start_app.sh” will appear on the shared folder of your player. This is the startup script that you will need to edit so your network shares get mounted on boot. An editor which handles unix/linux line endings has to be used (e.g. Notepad++). We have prepared a “start_app.sh” file that includes code to simplify the shares input. You can download it here.

The last lines should look like this:

mymount “192.168.1.102″ “Films1″

Edit only these lines. Every line mounts a different share. The IP address inside the first quotes is the IP address of your NAS. The string inside the second quotes is the name of the share.

A reboot is required for the shares to be mounted. The FTP server should be on for start_app.sh to be called.

7. Can I have multiple 10Muse libraries?

- Yes you can. Simply create an individual folder and place a 10Muse exe file in each. This is great if for example a child in your home has their own iPad and you want to limit what video collection they can access (such as Mrs. Assfire ;) ). The question of parental controls has been brought up, but due to the iOS ecosystem it is a bit more complicated to implement. Hopefully a solution will be found in the future.

8. The 10Muse iPad app seems rather expensive @ $39.99. Is there a way I can try it before I buy it, and also are there any plans to reduce the price?

- There are two versions of the 10Muse iPad app. The first is the free version. This is a fully functional version, the limitation being you can only add 30 movies and 1 tv show. This gives you an opportunity to give 10Muse a test drive without any limitations when it comes to the features. The good news regarding the pricing. starting on Friday, September 7th the price for the full version will be reduced in half to $19.99.





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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


{ 40 comments }

Damian S September 3, 2012 at 1:44 pm

Great guide as always Damian. I have used the free version and it was awesome but the price always kept me from upgrading to the full version. With the impending price drop it just may be worth the upgrade after all.

Damian September 3, 2012 at 2:29 pm

Thanks. Hopefully the price cut will help get some more people interested who have been sitting on the sidelines (especially if/when the Dune Index comes out as well)

Next up, a guide on how the “Damians’” will take over the world :D

Cheers
Damian

Jason September 3, 2012 at 3:48 pm

Agreed. $40 is just too much for an app …

Gus September 3, 2012 at 5:21 pm

Yeap, $40 is too much for that app.

Brajesh September 4, 2012 at 7:55 am

Great, in-depth review Damian. Set-up looks somewhat complex, but just the learning curve that comes with a new solution I’m sure. I’m going to wait for the upcoming PCH A-400, which incorporates a free iPad app similar to the above to view/control your movies/TV jukebox. For PCH users, Syabas’ solution may be worth looking into as well.

Damian September 4, 2012 at 8:02 am

It will be interesting to see what PCH comes out with. I am not a fan of their NMJ and definitely prefer the control of my jukebox via 10Muse in terms of creating/managing the data

Gus September 4, 2012 at 10:28 am

Brajesh,

The PCH App sounds interesting as well. I’ll wait till you or Damian get a unit and test it out.

We are trying to buy our new house. If everything goes well, I received the “OKAY” from the wife to get a media player in each room…..and the best part I GET TO BUY A NEW HOME THEATER SYSTEM!!!!

Yeah back to PCH!

Damian September 4, 2012 at 10:30 am

Sorry you have to run your tech purchases by your wife ;)

Brajesh September 4, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Yep, I change my gear (especially media players) so often, my wife has given up keeping up ;). Better this way :).

I have a Boxee Box for her and the kids, which despite is flaws at being a serious home theater streamer, is actually nice and easy for them to use with a family room and kids’ TVs. So, as long as I don’t mess with this set-up for them, I get to experiment all I want in my home theater space.

Gus September 4, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Yeah, not me. All I know is that I’ve got to get the house first and then I can start buying new toys lol.

Gus September 4, 2012 at 10:33 am

If she is happy everything is good! I wish I had your job and got all the cool stuff for free :P

Damian September 4, 2012 at 10:36 am

Lol. Much of the stuff I review I actually purchase myself

Gus September 4, 2012 at 10:38 am

Ok, I’m going to have to talk to you wife to see if she knows about this! LOL.

Gus September 4, 2012 at 10:37 am

For TV shows naming purposes. Does 10muse recognize naming of ISO files like TV Show name SxxExx SxxExx.ISO?

Pafsanias September 7, 2012 at 4:37 pm

Yes. you can combine any supported format with any supported naming scheme.
Supported formats: BDMV folder, VIDEO_TS folder, mkv, avi, xvid, divx, mp4, wmv, m2ts, ts, mov, m4v, iso
Supported schemes: SxxExx, Sxx.Exx, Sxx_Exx, 1×01

Trond M. September 28, 2012 at 5:31 am

Wow. I didn’t notice the price drop until now. At $20 I’ll certainly buy it.

Damian September 28, 2012 at 6:58 am

It looks like there are some nice features coming October 4th as well per the website:

- Fully edit TV Show episodes
- Dune Index (probably the most requested feature I get asked about)

Trond M. September 28, 2012 at 9:27 am

Even better :) I was planning on doing a presentation of mediaplayers (Dune, XBMC and possibly Boxee Box) at work in October, so a proper Dune index would be cool to show off.

Gus September 28, 2012 at 6:54 am

Still no Android support? Any ETA for this or is it even going to happen?

Damian September 28, 2012 at 6:56 am

Did you even read my Final Thoughts section ;)

Gus September 28, 2012 at 7:08 am

Yes, I did. I was looking for an update, which by your comment pretty much tells me that it will never be available for Android lol j/k.

Damian September 28, 2012 at 7:10 am

Well, it has been less then a month since I wrote this guide, I think my point in that section was that it is not on the radar in the near term so at this point I wouldn’t have expected anything to change. The developers will probably wait to see what happens with W8 and what impact it could have on the whole mobile/tablet market.

Gus September 28, 2012 at 7:20 am

That’s true. I completely forgot about Microsoft and their Win8 tablet. I hope for the best for Microsoft.

Damian September 28, 2012 at 7:25 am

If MS does it right with W8 and the tablets I will quickly drop iOS, Android, etc… and never look back!

Gus September 28, 2012 at 7:32 am

Definitely.

Gus October 5, 2012 at 3:29 pm

I’ve got a quick question. I will be buying either 2 or 3 iPad for the family, and I was wondering if I’ve got to buy this app more than once to use it in multiple iPads, iPhone, etc?

Damian October 5, 2012 at 3:42 pm

I believe 10Muse is only compatible with the iPad rigth now, but no, you don’t need to purchase multiple times, only once

Gus October 5, 2012 at 4:12 pm

Awesome.

Thomas October 6, 2012 at 2:20 pm

I am having some trouble connecting my local SATA_DISC to 10muse. I can connect, but when I try to start the movies from the ipad, I get a black blink, as if it doesn’t recognize the path to the movies. Once I open the local Video folder on the popcorn hour c-200 through Network Browser it works. But I have to do it manually.

Damian October 6, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Did you follow that separate set up you need to do for the PCH (see point 6 at the bottom of t he post)

Thomas October 6, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Hi Damian, yes I did. My movies are not on a network share – they are locally on the popcorn hour – on the sata drive. I have tried mymount-function with the IP of the popcorn, name of the popcorn etc. nothing has worked.

Pafsanias October 7, 2012 at 1:51 am

Thomas, if the hdd is locally on the PH, define your shared folder as “Local Storage”.

Also, there is no need to mount local storages.

Thomas October 7, 2012 at 5:03 am

I tried doing that, in the Library Manager program I set it to Local Storage, but I don’t know exactly what to type in the “shared name” field. And when I use the “Populate automatically” button the program crashes after I have added the IP of the popcorn and clicked “Populate”. Error is something like “…protocol error: Section=ResponseStatusLine”

Pafsanias October 8, 2012 at 4:57 am

Thomas, what’s the PH’s firmware version?

Thomas October 8, 2012 at 12:48 pm

I have firmware: 03-04-120517-21-POP-408-000
NMT version: 03-04-111220-21-POP-408

Pafsanias October 24, 2012 at 3:59 am

Library Manager 2.10.3 removes the “Populate automatically” function and adds a tool to help you populate the PH Local Storage fields manually.

Damian October 12, 2012 at 4:30 am

Dune Index and additional TV Show support added:

http://www.mediasmartserver.net/2012/10/10/quick-update-to-10muse/

GJ November 25, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Can this be setup to autoscan new movies/TV shows or do I have to manually run the program whenever I add movies/TV Shows?

Also, I currently use Media Center Master (MCM). Will Muse use the existing info, overwrite it, or create it’s own media info files?

Thanks as usual for the great info Damian!

Gus December 22, 2012 at 1:22 am

I know I’ve asked this question before, but I do not believe it was answer correctly. Pafsanias stated that 10 muse does support the following for TV Shows SxxExx, Sxx.Exx, Sxx_Exx, 1×01, but my question was for multiple episodes withing the ISO file. I’ve got some ISO file that have 10 episodes in the same file so it would be “TV Show Name S01E01 S01E02….S01E10.ISO” Does 10Muse recognize this?

Gus July 29, 2013 at 12:35 am

Google is your friend. If you Google “How to start your own blog” you will get a lot of “how to” guides.

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