Media Browser 3 Control for Unified Remote
Firstly please be aware that I consider this very much a beta script and will do so until such time as MBT comes out of beta.
I will however keep the scripts updated as MBT does so and provide more functionality as the MBT team gets around to mapping everything.
So to start, what is Unified Remote?
Unified Remote is an app that lets you control your entire Windows computer from your Android device. In short, it turns your device into a WiFi or Bluetooth remote control for all the programs on your computer. It is easily the most feature-filled PC remote available. With our app you can control a wide range of applications, including simple mouse and keyboard, media players, and other external hardware that can be connected to your computer.
They also provide extensive capabilities to create custom remotes, which is what I have done for MB3.
Now before we go any further you will need to purchase the full version of Unified Remote for your android or windows device to use custom remotes, they price is extremely reasonable at AUD$3.67 on the PlayStore and AUD$3.99 on the Windows Store, you won’t find a better remote for the price try the free version first and see what you think, although you will be unable to use this script with it, there are a few built in to try. (iOS version is in beta and not currently available for
You can find a full overview on their website here
…..all good, how do I get started?
Well firstly you need to download the Unified Remote Server here this needs to be installed on any PC or HTPC you wish to control. Once you have it installed run through the options, not much to do here, if on your HTPC I suggest you set it to ‘start on system start-up’ you can also click on the remotes tab and disable/enable any remotes you care to (feel free to disable that ugly cousin XBMC ) password encryption is also available. WARNING: Do NOT disable any of the Core.**** remotes or the Relmtech basic input remotes, they are action libraries required to work some functions.
Once everything is configured, you can close the server window, since the application will continue to run in your system tray.
IMPORTANT: make sure that Windows Firewall and/or other security software is not blocking the Unified Remote Server application nor ports (default 9512 TCP and UDP). It is recommend that you use Unified Remote on your local area network (LAN), otherwise you will need to open the ports on your router as well.
Once you’re done there you need to install the actual remote to your device here for Android devices or here for Windows devices.
Once the application is running, follow the in-app instructions. The dashboard offers quick access to all the main parts of the app.
And you’re done.
If you are just trying it out go ahead and play, if you grabbed the full version and are ready to install the Media Broswer 3 Remote, read on…..
So you’ve made it this far, moving on….
By the way if you did fork out the four bucks for the app?
Don’t forget about the guys who make MB3 for us and throw them a few as well, their beer fridge is empty after all these holidays.
(in all seriousness though show them some love and keep MB going, donate, buy a plug-in or all of-the-above if you’re feeling giving)
…now where was i? ahh the remote.
As pointed out earlier this is still in early stages and will progress with MBT, not all buttons are currently working and some are but with some questionable methods lol
I will list non-functioning and some minor issues shortly.This first release is also designed to give some function to WMC as well, this was necessary for me until LiveTV makes it to MBS then MBT.
As you can see above I have tried to get as much in as possible without feeling crowded, the navigation area has been deliberately left clear to make it easier to avoid accidental touches.
Layout was designed on a Samsung Galaxy SII which is a relatively small screen nowadays for android devices and it felt comfortable to use, I can only imagine it would be much better on a tablet or larger screen phones, unfortunately at the time of writing I do not have a tablet to test layout on, although I have a Galaxy Tab on it’s way, I also do not own a windows tablet or phone so feedback there would be nice, I will however try to get one from a friend for testing.
NOTE: The full function remote scrolls if needed, the basic remote will fill to fit your device(s) screen.
It has been thoroughly tested on my Galaxy SII and works like a charm, I do recommend setting Unified on your device to 'portrait lock' and 'full-screen' in options if similar in size to the SII.
Remote using MBT/WMC was tested on a Desktop PC (Windows 8.1 Pro with WMC), Notebook (Windows 8.1 Pro with WMC) and a HTPC (Windows 7 Ultimate).
Playback and Record Panel: Seriously, you want me to explain that? Lol
Everything works as expected here, if you don’t know what to expect this is not the forum you are looking for, move along. (he says in his best Obi-wan voice)
Navigation Panel: Really, again? Ok, left, no your other left, that’s it, right, no I meant right arrow doh! up and down, the round thing in the middle, press that when you get where you’re going, we’ll call it the butler, he’ll open the door for you.
The Panel without a Name: I was going to call it porn, cos when you rub that little button on the right MBT gets bigger or you can use the one on the left and go back… (not finishing that!)
The Panel of Many Colours: If it sang and had 2 big round buttons I would call it Dolly!
The colours function as follows;
Power Button will do a complete shutdown your pc
Media Browser will launch Media Browser Theatre (if WMC is running it will end that process first) MBT can also be launched by pressing the menu button on your phone/tablet when the MB3 remote is open. A pop-up will show with ‘Launch’ above the usual ‘Share’ that is seen there in apps. (this method does not force WMC to close.)
WMC will launch WMC directly to Live TV (if MBT is running, it will end that process first)
Sort By opens the slide out panel for viewing by sort options (if applicable) pressing back hides it again.
Screenshot will take a picture of the current screen and put it in > USERNAME/Pictures/Screenshots/screenshot(xx).jpg this is handy if needing to send an image to the MB3 team for trouble shooting or just grabbing that right pic from your favourite movie so you can use it as a backdrop.
Keyboard opens the keyboard on your device
Mouse changes your screen to touchpad mode, allowing you to control MBT via mouse in a similar manner to a notebook touchpad.
Mic inputs basic commands via voice (basic functions have all been tested and working, it uses google voice so shows about the same accuracy)
Quick Switch switches between MB3 and other Unified Remotes quickly (add these as you desire)
Server selects the UR Server(PC or HTPC) you wish to connect your device to
Get Media Browser 3 Control for Unified Remote here for x64or here for x86.
The file is self-extracting and will need admin privileges as it extracts the scripts and custom icons to the unified install directory.
Make sure the Unified Remote Server (URS) is installed prior to extracting these scripts. After the extraction process is complete, stop and start the URS or go to the remotes tab and click refresh.
Your MB3 Remotes should then be listed on both your system and device. Rinse and repeat for each system running the URS.
Current Release: beta r0.4 posted on 02/01/2014
Currently confirmed working with: MBT 3.0.5097.22952
Edited by Brendon, 01 January 2014 - 02:31 PM.