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May 2007 - Posts

  • Feature requests...

    I'm getting ready to push out the next rev of DTB, the following list is what's new/fixed/changed.  As far as I know it includes everything I've committed to addressing in the next release, if something is missing let me know.

     - Added Mencoder action for simplified use of Jelwood's Mencoder project
    - Included Version #11 of Jelwoods Mencoder project in the application directory (for use by the Mencoder action)
    - Added delay processing option to work around meta-data retrieval issues with the SBE
    - SA Version 0.8.12 included
    - Comskip Version 0.79.95 included
    - Added MetaData resolution to RunExternal
    - Added "act" selection for folder processing in GUI tool
    - Added tool tips to GUI tool fields

  • WMPRemote Update

    Updated the capabilities of WMPRemote, the PPC client is now built for WM5 and is orientation aware (portrait/landscape). It also supports playlist management, where individual songs can be selected (vs. only albums in the previous build).  The capabilities of the PC and PPC control applications are identical but now the look is slightly different as some functionality was moved to the softkeys on the WM5 platform.

    WMP Remote is based [loosely] on the sample application written by Matt Ivers.  This solution interacts with Windows Media Player, instead of Window Media Center.  The client application search for albums by title, artist or genre and control playback on the remote machine.

    This solution is made up of three applications:

    WMPServer.exe: a system tray based application which acts as a tcp server to interact with Windows Media Player. 

    WMP Remote (PC): PC based remote control application, play albums, build playlists

    WMP Remote (PPC): WM5 based remote control application, play albums, build playlists

     

     

  • WMP Remote

    WMP Remote is based [loosely] on the sample application written by Matt Ivers.  This solution interacts with Windows Media Player, instead of Window Media Center.  The client application search for albums by title, artist or genre and control playback on the remote machine.

    This solution is made up of three applications:

    WMPServer.exe: a system tray based application which acts as a tcp server to interact with Windows Media Player. 

    WMP Remote (PC): PC based remote control application

    WMP Remote (PPC): PPC based remote control application

     


  • ShowAnalyzer 0.8.12

    Jere's updated ShowAnalyzer with some good stuff for us... 

    0.8.12 - 20 May 2007

  • Added .tp to supported extensions
  • Changed filename in VPRJ files to use a back slash instead of a forward slash
  • Possibly fixed bug causing hang as SA is shutting down
  • Fixed unreliable timestamps in DVRMS files
  • Fixed CC decoding in DVRMS files
  • Fixed hang after rewind in program stream
  • RecordingBroker 1.0.1 - XP (MCE)

    There's a new version of Recording Broker for XP (the Vista rev is here).  It's Early Access until I can get more testing done.
  • RecordingBroker 1.0.1 - Vista

    There's a new version of Recording Broker for Vista (the XP rev will be up soon, but I didn't have time to make the changes to that rev last night).  It's Early Access until I can get more testing done.

    UPDATE:  XP Version can be found here.
     

  • EA051507 for Vista

    EA051507:

    - Added Mencoder action for simplified use of Jelwood's Mencoder project
    - Jelwoods Mencoder binaries must be placed in "Applications\Mencoder" in the directory Dtb was installed in

  • The Media Center Show

    I'm on this weeks show

  • EA051507 For XP

    EA051507 For XP :

    - Added Mencoder action for simplified use of Jelwood's Mencoder project
    - Jelwoods Mencoder binaries must be placed in "Applications\Mencoder" in the directory Dtb was installed in
  • Modernizing the Ahanix D4

    The only complaint I've ever had with the D4 case is with it's cooling.  It ships with two 60mm fans over the back I/O panel put in a 60mm to 80mm adapter and it does OK with old or low end hardware (keep in mind that this case was designed several years ago, my first build in this case was an Athlon 2500+ based system); but throw a dual core proc and a modern [hot] video card at it and the system temperature gets to an uncomfortable (literally) place.

    The good thing is that the case is designed in a way that fixing this problem is relatively easy given the right tools.  There's a convenient space (shaded in blue) where a 80mm hole can easily be cut and a fan added.  I didn't measure the difference, but the case went from uncomfortably warm to the touch under heavy load to pleasantly cool.  I was originally planning to cut a 60mm hole on the other side just for air flow (no fan installed), but didn't feel the need to after installing the fan in the new 80mm spot.

  • Installing the ATI HDTV Wonder on Vista

    I picked up a HDTV Wonder when ATSC support was first released for MCE 2005; but after I moved I never got around to installing an antenna at the new digs, so it sat in the PC parts graveyard until this weekend when I finally found the motivation to climb up on the roof and put up the antenna that was ordered in January :)

    Threw it in the HTPC, booted Vista and it recognized the card and downloaded the drivers, everything showed up in device manager and appeared to be working.  Fired up WMC, and went to the configure tuners section to enable digital TV and that's where the problems started.  Even though MC could see the tuner it couldn't detect any signal so it wouldn't add it. 

    Went the ATI support site to download the Vista drivers (can't trust Windows Update;)); but there's no drivers for Vista.  So I downloaded the XP drivers figured it already didn't work why not give them a go.  After installing the drivers it still wasn't working and I was beginning to question if maybe the time in the graveyard had damaged the card, but before ripping it out I did a system restore to get back to the pre-XP driver state.  After Vista came back up the card wasn't listed in device manager anymore (it was an unknown video multimedia controller).  On a whim, I tried the XP drivers again; but this time after the reboot WMC not only saw the card but could detect signal and everything was working great.

    Posted May 07 2007, 07:37 AM by babgvant with 6 comment(s)
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  • What happened to Windows Audio Converter?

    I didn't use it very often, but it beats using GraphEdit... I couldn't find it anywhere in Vista, had to fire up a MCE2005 VM to convert some WMA Pro files to MP3.  Suddenly not so "Ultimate" :)

@2008 andy vt
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