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Post » Wed Sep 17, 2008 1:50 pm

Just a thought I was having with a friend the other day...

We were discussing how much Media Center for Vista sucks, and how cool it would be to make a better one using Construct.

I haven't looked into it much at this stage, but do we have support for MP3 playback, AVI/DivX, etc etc?

If not... is this something we can add support for? It would be awesome to make a Media Center type program to replace that shitty M$ one that's shipped with Vista.

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Post » Wed Sep 17, 2008 2:12 pm

Direct sound plays mp3s etc and I think, everything that wmp supports. The problem would come when trying to get the TV part of Media Center made in construct ;)
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Post » Wed Sep 17, 2008 2:36 pm

[quote="dingdong":2237pgr2]Direct sound plays mp3s etc and I think, everything that wmp supports. The problem would come when trying to get the TV part of Media Center made in construct ;)[/quote:2237pgr2]

I guess, but you could always use the execute exe option to simply load your proper tuner software anyway... I'm thinking more along the lines of video/music library system with customisable options like background, folder creation and deletion, changable icons and folder graphics... all things that are a royal pain in the ass with Vista Media Center... if you want to do something as simple as change the wallpaper it is a manual job, editing crap, etc.

Personally I don't use a TV tuner... that's what my TV is for... and this project would be more for personal use anyway, though I would obviously release it etc and at least try to add things that other people might find useful even if I don't.

So aside from Direct sound playing music, how would I go with videos using various codecs etc? Like I said, I haven't even really looked into it since I'm playing with other things in Construct right now... just thought I'd throw it out there in case anyone knows or it gives Ash/Rich some ideas.

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Post » Wed Sep 17, 2008 2:50 pm

Well theres an AVI Object but im assuming all it can play is AVI files. So maybe a video object would need to be made? Or possibly make a direct show object use direct show to play videos (I think it's direct show im thinking of).

The only way to get around the codec issue would be to install a codec pack on the system. You could package one of the codec packs available like CCCP or k-lite with your app.
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Post » Wed Sep 17, 2008 2:57 pm

[quote="SoldjahBoy":in0mbjba]Just a thought I was having with a friend the other day...

We were discussing how much Media Center for Vista sucks, and how cool it would be to make a better one using Construct.

I haven't looked into it much at this stage, but do we have support for MP3 playback, AVI/DivX, etc etc?

If not... is this something we can add support for? It would be awesome to make a Media Center type program to replace that shitty M$ one that's shipped with Vista.

~Sol[/quote:in0mbjba]

I haven't got Vista Media Centre set up yet, I've got a TV tuner and all that, I generally used to use it for recording stuff (using DVBViewer), but it's one of the things I haven't got round to sorting out yet after installing Vista. Why is it bad exactly? Is it worse/better/the same as XP MCE?
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Post » Wed Sep 17, 2008 11:41 pm

[quote="dingdong":367dkh42]Well theres an AVI Object but im assuming all it can play is AVI files. So maybe a video object would need to be made? Or possibly make a direct show object use direct show to play videos (I think it's direct show im thinking of).

The only way to get around the codec issue would be to install a codec pack on the system. You could package one of the codec packs available like CCCP or k-lite with your app.[/quote:367dkh42]

Cool. I was thinking along the lines of having to issue a codec pack with it, mainly because, from what I understand, you have to pay some kind of royalty fee if you want your program to just be able to "play" the required file without any external influence. I use k-lite anyway so it doesn't bother me... in the end I still feel I could make a better Media Center than Microsoft, though I probably wouldn't be able to support TV tuners.


[quote="AsparagusTrevor":367dkh42]I haven't got Vista Media Centre set up yet, I've got a TV tuner and all that, I generally used to use it for recording stuff (using DVBViewer), but it's one of the things I haven't got round to sorting out yet after installing Vista. Why is it bad exactly? Is it worse/better/the same as XP MCE?[/quote:367dkh42]
Well, it's bad for several reasons;
1. You can't change the wallpaper without changing .cfg files and stuff manually
2. You can't easily add or remove folders for the same reason
3. You can't change menu behaviour
4. You can't "skip" to the next video in a folder unless you "fast foward" to the end and let it kick off the next video that way.

Probably a few more things I can't remember just now... but you get the idea.

It's GOOD in the sense that it works pretty well, doesn't crash etc, but its ugly and you can't easily change/customize it, and it has a few missing features that I would have thought would be standard on something that plays music and videos.

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Post » Fri Sep 19, 2008 1:11 pm

[size=200:3r1f13jt]IRONY[/size:3r1f13jt]

About 2 days ago, the guys that made Media Center for the XBOX (original modded versions), released a beta version of the same software but for Windows. Looks like I won't bother lol!

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Post » Sat Oct 11, 2008 1:00 am

Link please? I don't own an xbox so I don't know what i'm looking for on google XD
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Post » Sat Oct 11, 2008 6:26 am

[quote="dingdong":13qn80t7]Link please? I don't own an xbox so I don't know what i'm looking for on google XD[/quote:13qn80t7]

http://www.google.com.au/search?hl=en&q ... arch&meta=

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