Sync multiple XBMC media libraries including Raspbmc | Foo.co.za - Neil Broers If you have more than one XBMC installation on your network, centralising your media library has many benefits: Your watched / unwatched statuses are shared between media centresYou can watch a video in one room and continue watching it in another – without needing to find your place (in theory :))You only have one library that needs to be updated The basic steps towards setting this up: Make sure all your media is shared so that it is available to all PC’s on your networkChange all the paths in your media library to point to the shares instead of a local file systemSet up a MySQL server that contains your library data that all your XBMC installations can connect toConfigure all your XBMC installations to use the MySQL server for it’s library data The process is very well documented on the XBMC wiki, but there is one very important point to note – and this is especially relevant if you are using Raspbmc on a Rasperry Pi – Your XBMC versions must all be the same!
Proxy.org - The Proxy Authority What Is UPnP and How Do I Use it to Stream Media to My TV? Hmm, I must have been looking at the wrong page when I found it. It said it still only supported a limited number of devices. This looks like a great solution for Windows! The great thing about it is that there is no having to fool around with finding proper codecs for Windows; the installation package comes with the appropriate MEncoder, FFMpeg, TSmuxer etc packages to support transcoding of formats that the front end player won't natively play. One can take a brand new Windows installation, install the PS3MS package, add the folders you want to share, connect the computer to the network and the majority of people will be fine just like that. My file/media server is headless- no graphics card- so some power can be saved. For streaming to multiple devices, some flags need to be added to allocate the proper amount of memory for the PS3MS app, but it's not too complicated and can be found in the forums in the link above. Yup, sounds just like why I love Majestic.
Adding videos to the library/Naming files/Movies Important: THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP TO A SUCCESSFUL LIBRARY SCAN! In order for the media scrapers to pick up the correct information your file names must follow a certain format: 1 Naming conventions In order to be scanned correctly, movie file names should only have the title and the year (optional) followed by the file extension. Media source flags can also be added via file names to indicate source/quality of the movie (see link for more info). To improve matching add the year within parenthesis to the end of the file or foldername, depending on your scanning method and folder structure (before the extension, if filename), this naming standard seems to yield the best results. Note: If the wrong movie is picked up even if foldername or filename is correct, the movie can have an earlier original title. \Movies\Pulp Fiction (1994).avi \Movies\Reservoir Dogs (1992).avi \Movies\The Usual Suspects (1995).avi \Movies\Avatar (2009)-cd1.mkv \Movies\Avatar (2009)-cd2.mkv 2 File stacking
Five Best DVD-Ripping Tools @diabillic: There's a less expensive version of the CinemaCraft encoder (CCE) that does most of what the pricey one does (just limits the number of passes). For those curious, the point here is that most re-encoders don't so much re-encode as drop macro blocks, resulting in a picture that's not as good as it could be. CCE (the pro version) is AFAIK the product used by the studios. If this sounds interesting, I'd suggest checking out DVD Rebuilder ([www.jdobbs.com]) which sits "on top" of CCE and drives the process (CCE's pretty arcane to learn DVDRB is easy). It also supports some free encoders, notably HCEncoder, which claims to work as well as CCE. Finally, you get the option to include filters in the video production stream. Finally, this is a re-encoder, not a ripper. @bobkoure: Yep, couldnt have said it better myself. I'm gonna check out that Rebuilder link, thanks for the info.
Stream movies and TV on Raspberry Pi with RaspBMC / OpenELEC You can now create a Raspberry media centre / home theatre system to watch streaming movies or TV on your Raspberry Pi. For this you need to install Fusion Easy Add-on installer and a Video Add-On to select the channel provider. style="display:inline-block;width:468px;height:60px" data-ad-client="ca-pub-2141797239232141" data-ad-slot="4750970144"> Install Fusion 1. Install Channel Provider Add-On 1. Enjoy the show!
Take.fm Is an Extremely Polished Movie Torrent Indexer @JakeWharton: Somebody has to upload them. This is a brand new site, you can't expect a huge library just yet. Look at coda.fm, it's just as polished and has a pretty large library. @SquareWheel: Every popular album has only a single torrent associated with it. Some are 320kbps MP3, some VBR MP3, some just say MP3. When I download music I need to know the bitrate (if VBR then V0 or V2), whether it was a scene release or not, and what edition the CD is. Sites like these are for people who know very little to nothing about the quality of what they download. (sorry I became rant-y and preach-y) @JakeWharton: Fair enough, and I agree. @JakeWharton: "but I could stitch together django, TMDb, a wiki engine, and a site scraper in a month that would give better listings than this thing" Then why don't you offer to help them out?
HOW-TO share folders over SMB using Windows 7 Introduction As has been documented elsewhere, XBMC's scrapers and library work best when full access to video and audio files is provided to them via an SMB share. However, MS is making it more and more difficult to share using SMB in Windows. You have to turn off Homegroup and do all sorts of other messy things. The following is a guide to quickly and easily turn SMB sharing on in Windows 7. Preparation As a initial step, you should be connected to your network. The Process Step one: Click the "Network Internet Access" icon at the bottom right of your screen, next to your clock, speaker icon, and possibly power icon. Step two: Locate and click "Choose homegroup and sharing options." Step three: You are now presented with a page labeled "Share with other home computers running Windows 7." Step four: You are now at the "Change sharing options for different network profiles" page. Network Discovery: turn on network discovery File and printer sharing: turn on Step five: Click Save changes.
Free PDF Reader - Sumatra PDF by Krzysztof Kowalczyk add-ons Could an external hard drive run games? - Page 2 - Storage I've got all of my games on a 2 terra HDD (2000 gigs) and every thing works extremely well for me, with the help of some programs i made to go along with it. I've got a program that replaces the shortcuts, adding a quick start up routine so that the games work correctly when going from computer to computer. The program simply checks the current computers registry keys upon start up, then add the appropriate registry keys, which i've manually added to .reg files for each of my games. So if they current computer doesn't have the right keys, they are installed, and the program does account for drive name changes. Once the registry key's are in place, the software then launches the designated software. So in short, i've got a custom extremely fast installation process for all my games to ensure comparability with every computer... so in essence, I plug my HDD in at my friends house, and can access and play any of my games without going through the slow installation process.
Access Your Media Collection From Any Browser With Zumocast Let’s say you have a media center computer. Maybe it’s running Boxee, maybe it’s running a different media center program; the point is, you’ve filled it with tons of goodies. You’ve ripped all your DVDs, and have a massive media collection. You love watching it when you’re home, but your netbook or iPhone can’t store it all. Check out Zumocast, that’s what. Installation First thing you need to do is install it. Tell the program where to find your media and you’re done. Magic Head back to Zumocast and sign in. Click a video and it will start playing. The music browser takes a more iTunes-like approach to management. Want to listen to that album or watch your movie offline, later? iPhone/iPad App Wish your iPhone worked the same way? You’ll find Zumocast in the app store, so download it after you’ve set up your Windows computer or Mac with the program. Creative Uses Stream media from your console! Conclusion