MCE Alternatives?

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  1. ruphus

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    Hi there,

    quick question: Basically I used MCE (Xp and currently Win7). I have evaluated MediaPortal as well.
    I have some problems with audio tracks of the movie files since I went for Win7 64bit, so before going back to XP or 32bit I want to check other HTPC solutions.

    In principle I like MediaPortal more than MCE, but I have a really huge collection of videos and series and all of them are well formatted to support MCE (so, folder.jpgs, backdrops, meta information). Everthing is well organised, especially the TV series, I do not want to mess it up.
    Disadvantage of MP for me is, that it does not rely on those data, even some plugins do not so. TV- Sieres plugin and Moving Pictuers may use folder or backdrops, but store them somewhere else etc. I do no like this.

    Is there any other HTPC App known to work seamlessly with the MCE formatted data? Which?



    Ah, my focus is on watching Movies/Serien from Harddisc, no direct TV watching, pictues or audio or so.

    :D
    ruphus
     
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  3. mortstar
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    On a MediaPortal forum, what sort of answer are you thinking you might get?
     
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    Given that he posted his question in the Other HTPC Applications forum, I'd rather think an appropriate one ;-)

    Cheers,
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    For movies, you can tell moving pictures to use your folder.jpg, backdrop.jpg, so this shouldn't be a problem. Not sure about the metadata, as I let it grab this from IMDB, and it works great.

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    Hey guys,

    thanks so far. Especially the meta is an issue. Most apps tend to get English metadata, took me quite a while to get the data in German for me.
    So prio 1 is in fact taking over Metadata ;-(

    Seems I am stuck with MCE ...

    Cheers
     
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    Hi!

    The moving pictures plugins grabbs the german metadata form the ofdb website ... so no reason to import all the things. There are sure some movies that will not be found, but once configured, it works for all clients like a charm.

    It's your choice


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    hey naich,

    any idea if this would well with tv-series as well?

    cheers
     
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    Yes, i think so, but unfortunately I don't use TV - Series. But as fas as I know, it should work on the same way.

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    ah, great, thanks!
    seems I have to spend next weekend looking deeper at this ;-)

    cheers
     
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    The great thing about the TVseries plugin, is that basically you can tell it to read you files, no matter how you have the filenames/folders formatted. It's just a question of writing the correct Expression used when parsing the files.

    Do you also have folder.jpg, backdrops and metadata for all your TVseries? The easiest thing to do, would be to let the plugin download this. It downloads data from thetvdb.com, which is an online database. It contains data for TVseries in a lot of languages. Usually I think that a lot of them has german metadata. If not, You can add it yourself to the online database. This both ensures that you yourself gets the updated info, and also helps other people in the future. If metadata is not available in your prefered language, it will download english data instead.

    How are you TV-series organized and named? This would make it easier to see if it would be easy/possible to get TVseries to parse them correctly.
     
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