We've been pretty busy over the past few weeks and have added quite a bit thanks to the help of some new contributors. Let's run through the highlights:
- Beginning to localize Media Browser Server
- DLNA Play To improvements
- DLNA Profile editing
- Multi-version movie grouping
- Anime TV fixes
- More efficient transcoding
- The web client now has a 'selected player'
- Live TV news - Next Pvr launching
Beginning to Localize
We are working hard to translate all of our apps into as many languages as possible. Thanks to the help of 30+ translators, that's becoming a reality. Please be aware the server is only about 33% localized. We'll need a couple more release cycles to finish the job. We're giving you guys a taste of it in hopes you'll join us and help out.
Please send me a message if you would like to help translate.
Ultimately, you'll have default server settings, for the server, and then connected users will be able to have their own language settings.
In preparation for our upcoming DLNA server, we're launching a profile editing system. If your device is being fussy you can fix it right from your web browser. No need to hunt down configuration files.
Perfecting these profiles and adding new ones will be a great community project. Right now our DLNA features support just a small number of devices, but with the community's help we can easily expand that and support quite a bit more.
Multi-Version Video Grouping
If you keep multiple encodings of videos, we now have easy ways to group them together.
Movies can be grouped together in your movie folder:
300 - 1080p.mkv
300 - 3D.mkv
But if you don't want to bother changing folders, you can also do it right from the editing interface:
Movies and Episodes both support this feature. Once videos are grouped, you'll see all the versions listed on the detail page:
So what does this mean?
Clients that transcode will automatically choose the version that is most optimal for them, in order to reduce the load on your server and your bandwidth. Clients that do not transcode will automatically choose the highest quality version, or present a selection screen when the choice is not obvious.
Please note this is intended for multiple encodings of the same content, and not grouping together editions like theatrical and director's cut. This feature is intended to be a performance optimization, but we may consider expanding it later.
You'll see it with Android, Roku, iOS, Windows 8/RT, Windows Phone and Chromecast. More direct streaming when possible to prevent transcoding.
Web Client Selected Player
Instead of having to use a separate remote control player, now you just click the friendly icon in the top-right hand corner and you'll get a nice slide out menu to choose your selected player.
Then all plays will be sent to the selected player.
Anime TV Fixes
As promised, the server is becoming more friendly to Anime. Once you have the new server you'll be able to get Aphid's update to his Anime metadata plugin.
Next PVR Launch
Thanks to Sven we'll have a Next PVR plugin launching this week to provide an alternate data source for Live TV.
Odds and Ends
TV Shows in the web client now have a slick new banner view:
And it now remembers your sorting settings.
Also, if you're not comfortable with the presence of Delete buttons, now you can control who can delete content.
The web client is built to be used on any size screen. Use it on the sofa with your tablet, or your smartphone while you're on the go. It's your view and control of your media, wherever you are. And it will still be just as easy to use as if you had a mouse and keyboard.