Now Playing Screen - All elements [SUGGESTIONS]

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    If you read the post, there will be 3 versions.

    (1) Fullscreen Fanart

    Basically a minimalistic version with fullscreen fanart, very similar or exactly the same as the first pic. This is the easiest screen to make. It will look very close to this pic.



    (2) Windowed Fanart - Version 1

    A fairly minimalistic version with non fullscreen fanart. This is because if you look in the artist thumbs directory you will see that most of the thumbs are too low resolution to be dispalyed fullscreen. This screen does not have to support all the skin elements so hopefulyl wont look cluttered. I have already done some work on this screen, it will probably look something like the image below.



    Ideally I'd like to move all the extra stuff to a pop out side menu (see below), however it currently isn't possible unless a programmer rewrites the nowplaying plugin code.



    (3) Windowed Fanart - Version 2

    This version has to support all the default skin elements, and might end up being the default now playing fanart screen. It's always gonna look cluttered, but I'm trying to find the best way that it doesn't look too cluttered, this is the hard one to design and why i made this thread. It will look something like the pic below and has to include all the below elements. (eg. track list , equaliser etc..)



    I think the idea behing the mod is great, however I really dislike the "fading" effect used with the fanart. I personaly would really prefer some kind of fixed place or frame were the image would be shown. There is already quite a lot of information on screen and this combined with a very busy background (the soundboard) makes it a bit cluttered up I think. I hope you understand what I mean and please don't feel offended because that was certainly not my intent, thanks for all your effort!
    No problems, I really want ideas to try. I will post a few examples with your suggestion of a fully black background, and I'll post you a sample without any fading and we can see what it looks like!








    I think you are right, a plain black background helps a lot with the clutter!
     

    adam_purkis

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    yeah i like your new ones there, the first one with a bit of fade but no studio equipment in it is probably my favourite for that style
     

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    Black background , no fade



    Black background , mild fade



    Black window, mild fade, rounded covers



    Black window, no fade, rounded covers



    Black background, no fade, rounded covers



    Black background , mild fade, rounded covers




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    my opinion is

    1. Plain black background looks better than having the studio background. It removes the clutter a lot.

    2. Black window probably looks better than having the fanart touch the top right corner of the screen.

    3. Rounded cd corners look better than straight edge covers. Screens look better without the CD Case, as this looks cleaner and is more consistent with the rest of the streamedmp skin.

    4. I'm not sure if it looks better with or without the mild fade. I'm having a very hard time deciding, what do you think?

    Please remember that this version needs to have all the stuff in it.

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    PS - Just to complicate things further, for windowed look we can have rounded corner with/without a fade.

    Black Window (rounded) , no fade , rounded covers



    Black Window (rounded) , mild fade , rounded covers



    PPS - Ignore the fact that the artist images/albums don't match, i got sick of looking at kanye west's ugly mug.
     

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    That rounded fanart without fade or background looks very nice. Much cleaner, and quite stylish. What possibilities do the meters give us? Would an animated semi-transparent overlay on top of the fanart look crazy, or kinda cool? Like have the fanart, but making it "alive" if you get me?

    Emph
     

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    That rounded fanart without fade or background looks very nice. Much cleaner, and quite stylish. What possibilities do the meters give us? Would an animated semi-transparent overlay on top of the fanart look crazy, or kinda cool? Like have the fanart, but making it "alive" if you get me?
    Well the old style EQ is just a looped animation. It can have as many frames as you want, and then it just dissapears when music isn't being played (ie pause is pressed). The newer style VU meters have about 12 frames each, and they represent the left / right volume levels respectively.

    Can you post a kind of mockup of what you mean? I think i know what you mean but it's hard to know where to start.

     

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    I like those latter ones too. I think the user should have the choice to have it fanart orientated with less info or like the ones above, more info orientated.
     

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    I like those latter ones too. I think the user should have the choice to have it fanart orientated with less info or like the ones above, more info orientated.
    As far as I understand, the plan is that the installer will let you select between
    1. Full screen fanart
    2. Non fullscreen fanart with all the cluttery bits (DEFAULT OPTION)
    3. Non fullscreen fanart with less bits (eg. no top album track list etc...)
     

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    That rounded fanart without fade or background looks very nice. Much cleaner, and quite stylish. What possibilities do the meters give us? Would an animated semi-transparent overlay on top of the fanart look crazy, or kinda cool? Like have the fanart, but making it "alive" if you get me?
    Well the old style EQ is just a looped animation. It can have as many frames as you want, and then it just dissapears when music isn't being played (ie pause is pressed). The newer style VU meters have about 12 frames each, and they represent the left / right volume levels respectively.

    Can you post a kind of mockup of what you mean? I think i know what you mean but it's hard to know where to start.

    Yes, that's exactly what I had in mind. Or just an animated frame that reacts to the music around the fanart. (Click on the attachment to see animation).

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    well you could have the frame either zoom in and out (this would be annoying)
    or have an animated edge fade that appears and dissapears, but i think it might actually look annoying too.



    Also it would look bad, if you had missing fanart. In the case of missing fanart it is kinda emphasizing part of the screen that is not relevant to the current track. The other problem is that you are animating an extremely large image, this may cause problems for the skin. I'd like to know what others think.

    I thought about having ripples or waves running through the fanart, but again i think this will have the same problems.
     

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    Yeah, while it does look cool, it might be very processor heavy. For missing fanart, won't just some random one be shown? It's fun to explore what those peak animations can be used for, no doubt. As it's a MediaPortal Configuration -> Music section selection, the effect should really reflect the "LED" versus "Analogue" as well, huh? :D

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