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This isn't your Father's XBMC


xnappo

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Hi All,

 

We have reached a couple of new milestones with XBMB3C - release 0.9.0 AND a new skin repo!

 

But before going into the details, a few words...

 

We really would like to invite both MediaBrowser users who have previously tried XBMC and found the database capabilities lacking, and XBMC users who have tried or heard about MediaBrowser but found the hardware support lacking to give XBMB3C a shot!

 

What we are trying to do here is take the very powerful, VERY multi-platform XBMC playback and skinning engine, and combine it with the awesome meta-data and database management capabilities of MediaBrowser3. This strips away a lot of the somewhat cobbled together XBMC back-end database scripts and makes for a much cleaner user experience, while opening MediaBrowser3 to 7-foot low-end devices powered by Android or OpenElec.

 

So - what is new?

 

XBMC 0.9.0 adds:

  • Search capability
  • Better skin integration
  • Added Favorite Shows node
  • Update NextUp widget on stop
  • Check that service is running
  • Error handling for non-UNC paths
  • Photo widget support
  • Better MB3->XBMC art mapping
  • Meta-data for playback in-progress items
  • More granular debug logs
  • No meta-data cache for less than 25 items (helps with TV status updates)

XBMB3C 0.9.0 is available in to official XBMC Video AddOns repository.

 

In addition, we are announcing the XBMB3C skin repo - available here:

http://im85288.no-ip.org/xbmc/addons/xbmb3c-repo/repository.xbmb3c-1.0.0.zip

 

Here you will find a great, growing collection of XBMC skins modified specifically for MediaBrowser3 functionality:

 

Aeon MQ5:

536694fa2510a_mq5.png

Arctic:

53669806489a4_arctic.png

 

Confluence:

5366959f3dabf_confluence.png

 

Eminence

53679699a5106_eminence.png

Xperience 1080++

536696415675a_xperience1080.png

 

 

Aeon Nox 4.1.9 Gotham coming VERY soon!

 

We hope you will give XBMB3C a shot - if you need ANY help feel free to ask here:

 

http://mediabrowser.tv/community/index.php?/forum/99-xbmb3c/

 

And... we aren't stopping here. Coming soon to XBMB3C:

  • Multiple fanart support
  • Actor images, data and searches
  • Theme music support

xnappo

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Tolerant

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Grats on the release, I have tried it in the past and found it lacking but I have high hopes for the future. Personally I find it a bit early to start a media blast but I can't fault you for trying to promote your product. Although a bit early for me personally, I look forward to seeing your advancements and MB3's advancements as you both continue to work on what you can offer the community. Best of luck to you both as you continue to drive users and their expectations to the next level, it can only end up making things better for us all.

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Deihmos

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This is absolutely awesome how some of these themes fully integrate with mediabrowser and all the amazing features of XBMC.  Anyone that hasn't tried this really need to.

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godbodian

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Grats on the release, I have tried it in the past and found it lacking but I have high hopes for the future. Personally I find it a bit early to start a media blast but I can't fault you for trying to promote your product. Although a bit early for me personally, I look forward to seeing your advancements and MB3's advancements as you both continue to work on what you can offer the community. Best of luck to you both as you continue to drive users and their expectations to the next level, it can only end up making things better for us all.

 

I mean really, what were you expecting??? Unicorns to fly out of your HTPC shoot rainbows at your mobile device of choice and a dozen non-threating munchins sing your viewing options to you as a nude swimsuit model pushes the play button? LOL.

 

Trust, I'm very critical and have been so in the past and continue to do so but really what more could these gentlemen have offered outside rewriting an entire new XBMC/MB3 experience? The devs work hard and while you haven't said anything derogatory, let them have their moment in the sun. There's plenty of room for constructive criticism within the confines of the forum.

 

As always, just a thought.

 

 

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Ballistic

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This is a great plugin! Already using it daily! Thanks for all the hard work that everyone has put into this.

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Beardyname

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The xbmc team is going like a steam roller! Well done indeed :)

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TeamB

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This is going to be a bit ranty so if that is not your thing stop reading now.

 

Back in the day (10 or so years ago) when I first started contributing to community media projects one of the first tools I ever wrote was Virtual VCR (http://sourceforge.net/projects/virtualvcr/) registered on SF on 2002-12-29. It was an enhanced recorder based on an example from the DirectShow SDK. For its time it had a bunch of features that were not available in other tools and as such got picked up by mags for CD covers etc all the time, a lot of them being German for some reason. It was not a huge hit but people were very appreciative of the hard work that went into making it and while I made zero money form the hours of dev time I put into it I felt it was worth it at the time to help the community and to get the odd nice comment from someone. Never did I receive a comment that to tool was lacking or that it just needed to be a bit better before people would consider it. People were happy that the tool was available and the source was there for others to build on. Since then I have worked on many community media projects and tried to contribute where I could.

 

Flash forward 10 years and we now have such a whiny entitled self absorbed community in the media space that the first comment on an open project blog that is highlighting the hard work of many people developing and contributing their time for free is that it is "lacking" and that it would need to improve its game if it were to be considered as an option for the poster.

 

It is not just this project but nearly all media projects I have followed over the last few years, some people have a feeling of entitlement. To be fair a majority of the community including this one is excellent, helpful and very willing to give constructive feedback and help out where they can, unfortunately it only takes a few to taint the feeling of a community, and that is just it, community is a collection of like minded people working for a common goal and when a small few come across as entitled twats it can change the feeling of being part of that community.

 

 

This line from the first post hits it home for me "what you can offer the community", we are all the community, everyone should ask themselves today what one thing can you do TODAY to contribute to the community, coding, testing, art, feedback, suggestions, answering other members questions, writing FAQs, writing Wiki page how to's etc, whatever you can do you should. Not just here in this project but on all projects.

 

If you cant contribute for whatever reason then just be thankful that there are others out there that can, for without them you would have nothing.

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Question - Lets say I have MB3 server setup with a movie list, and xbmc is using this plugin.  I then go to MB3 and change the fanart for one of the movies. Will that change show in the XBMC plugin immediately or do I have to reload the cache?

 

Currently, this is the biggest draw back of XMBC on its own, is that caching makes things faster but changes aren't reflected and thus you have to keep reloading things if you change them.  Also, does this pass along clear-art and disc-art files for skins like Aeon MQ5?

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Tranquil

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Awesome!

It would be that great if someone can adapt choclate theme to xbmc too, including video backgrops and themes. :-)

 

Thank you for your hard work. I will give XBMC another try next days.

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TeamB

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@PhAzE yes the image updates on the server will propagate to the client automatically

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xnappo

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@PhAzE - yes in Gotham clear-art and disc-art are supported.

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Rickt1962

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just curious ? I have 3 Plat forums running from the same server Using Plex because of my Samsung DVD player , Using XBMC 12.3 with HDhomeRun with Open Server WMC and MB3 with my DMA2100 extender all with MCEBuddy running in the background.

 

Now is there advantage I am missing out on with the New Plugin ? Not sure what that means ? Always ready for NEW AND GREAT THINGs ! That makes life easier :)

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xnappo

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@Rickt1962 - your post was a bit hard to follow - typing on a phone? :D

 

You are using Plex for movies as a Upnp server, an XBMC box, and a WMC box with MB3?  If so - the answer is consolidation and play-state tracking.  You would be getting rid of Plex and the XBMC database, and using the MB3 database for everything.

 

xnappo

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Rickt1962

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If the advantage is stopping a show in one room and start it back up another. That really never bothered me.

 

Update : Not using XBMC box the server is Running XBMC and is playing directly from that to HDMI Splitter  to 4 other TV's I do Have a Raspberry with Open Electric but only fooling around with that till I am comfortable with it. for a total of 6 TVs with Plex , DMA2100

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xnappo

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Sounds like a pretty complex setup you have going.  Basically it would be more about switching from Plex to MB3 than with the XBMC addon.

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Rickt1962

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Switching Plex to MB3 wasn't really a option. Since MY one Smart DVD Player supports Plex channels/movies. Gives another TV the ability to Watch my library. Just wish Plex would supports Live TV from my HDhome Run. But Hey at least all my other extenders do :) Love seeing Channel LOGO's :)

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