WMC design for MP2 skin (1 Viewer)

Status
Not open for further replies.

gilesp

MP Donator
  • Premium Supporter
  • August 13, 2016
    8
    12
    Brisbane
    Australia Australia
    WMC user here of many years, mostly for live TV. Appreciate most the simplicity and naturalness of WMC's navigation, and the fact you can't get lost in many levels of menus etc. The OSD showing timeshift position is the best in the business - I'm still looking for anything like that on MP2.

    I'm also a developer, but have no XAML experience (yet...)

    What is the process for getting hold of pre-release skins to try them out?
     

    ge2301

    MP2 Design
  • Team MediaPortal
  • January 11, 2014
    6,622
    2,387
    Stuttgart
    Germany Germany
    Country flag
    WMC user here of many years, mostly for live TV. Appreciate most the simplicity and naturalness of WMC's navigation, and the fact you can't get lost in many levels of menus etc. The OSD showing timeshift position is the best in the business - I'm still looking for anything like that on MP2.

    I'm also a developer, but have no XAML experience (yet...)

    What is the process for getting hold of pre-release skins to try them out?
    Thanks for your interest! I have completely the same opinion about simplicity of WMC. Thats why I still use it on my HTPC.
    However WMC has many missing features, so the idea to build something simple with additional features was born.

    Currently we are in heavy development of the WMC skin. If you are interested, I can invite you to use a test version to get your first impression. Official test versions will be offered later, I do not want to release something with missing features. Please contact me by private message in case of interest.

    If you are interesting in contributing to MP2 and WMC skin, you are very welcome!
    Ps: Do/Can you use Visual Studio? What are your main skills?
     

    gilesp

    MP Donator
  • Premium Supporter
  • August 13, 2016
    8
    12
    Brisbane
    Australia Australia
    Do you have a progress bar in the OSD that behaves like the WMC one?
    - you can move the current position with the mouse
    - it shows how much of the program is present in the timeshift buffer, giving feedback of skips
    - forward/back skips work whether or not the progress bar is visible

    That's what I'd like in MP2, and I'm not seeing it anywhere so far. Is there any way to represent it in a skin, or does it require deeper programming?
     

    ge2301

    MP2 Design
  • Team MediaPortal
  • January 11, 2014
    6,622
    2,387
    Stuttgart
    Germany Germany
    Country flag
    - you can move the current position with the mouse
    This was implemented recently and is working
    - it shows how much of the program is present in the timeshift buffer, giving feedback of skips
    I think this is working, though not sure about the skips. They are not shown visually, if you mean that.
    - forward/back skips work whether or not the progress bar is visible
    Yes, this should work already.
    Is there any way to represent it in a skin, or does it require deeper programming?
    It can not be realized by xaml for sure, so somehow deeper coding is necessary when changing something. But as most features of WMC are already available, only a few improvements at some points are necessary.

    Are you interested to try a test version? Are you using VS2013/15?
     

    gilesp

    MP Donator
  • Premium Supporter
  • August 13, 2016
    8
    12
    Brisbane
    Australia Australia
    - it shows how much of the program is present in the timeshift buffer, giving feedback of skips..
    I think this is working, though not sure about the skips. They are not shown visually, if you mean that.

    Are you interested to try a test version? Are you using VS2013/15?
    By "visually" I just meant that the current position moves when you skip fwd/back, and shows where you are in the T/S buffer.
    Would love to see a test version when convenient for you. No hurry.
    (yes I have access to VS2013. my main experience is driver/embedded coding in C/C++, but now retired.)
     

    ge2301

    MP2 Design
  • Team MediaPortal
  • January 11, 2014
    6,622
    2,387
    Stuttgart
    Germany Germany
    Country flag
    After longer silence I'll present a few updates showing the development status of WMC skin. Indirectly you'll also see first effects of the coming MIA rework on the improved visual apperance. Perhaps you've read quite often about the MIA rework, but in the end are not 100% sure what is behind it. One thing is clear, the main changes are deeply in the Backend of MP2, you'll see just the tip of the ice cube.

    Firstly there are new skin settings in WMC skin. The customization of MP2 was not enough from my point of view. There are people loving visual eye candies and others, who like it more simple or do not have the needed high-end PC for that. The skin settings in home Menu look like following when focused.
    1.jpg


    After selection a lot of configuration options are offered and more will follow. A new feature is the free selection between banners and posters in grid-views for "movies, movie collections, series and seasons". The list and coverflow view will remain additionally of course. Here how the setings look like for example:

    Next the 3 views from the media libraries. Please keep in mind, that actually almost no movie-banners are available (at least in my collection), so the movie banners look a bit poor in the screenshot.
    2.jpg


    Movie (Banner):
    .jpg


    Series (Banner):
    4.jpg


    Series (Poster):
    .jpg


    The effects of the MIA rework are already visible in above screenshots:
    • series know, how many seasons and episodes they have
    • a series also has a description and further information
    • There are "watched" flags, that can be activated in skin settings. Those indicate alos, if a media item was watched only partly (see movie banner screenshot). The hole thing works also generally, means a series is "partly watched", if at least one of the contained episodes is "partly watched". A series knows consequently what is happening to its seasons and those know whats is happening to their episodes.

    The new info screen is almost finished, but still work in progress. It will show a lot of additional information for media items as technical details for video, audio and subtitle streams, as well artists, directors, ... everything is only possible due to MIA rework. Target, gut not yet implemented is, that stream information are scrollable and selectable as well.
    Here some screenshots how it looks like at the moment (remember, it's work in progress):
    IS_General.jpg

    Shown are
    • If subtitles are included or not
    • If the file is a 3D movie and the type (SBS, TAB, HSBS, ...)
    • Video format
    • Video size and (SD/HD info)
    • Aspect ratio category and exact aspect ratio
    • Video bitrate and frame rate

    IS_Synops.jpg


    IS_Audio.jpg


    IS_Subtitle.jpg

    The symbol with the arrow is not finalized yet, but indicates, that the subtitle is embedded into the mkv container.


    Also the player controls were slightly overworked. I shifted the current time indicator from a static position to a flexible positiion on top of the progress indicator. This allows a much clearer indication compared to before:
    Unbenannt.jpg
     
    Last edited:
    Status
    Not open for further replies.

    Users Who Are Viewing This Thread (Users: 0, Guests: 1)

    OP Similar threads Forum Replies Date
    N Migrating from WMC Newcomers Forum 43
    T [solved] Coming from WMC and completely lost General 6
    P WMC on Windows 7 migrating to Media Portal on Windows 10 Newcomers Forum 5
    1 [Pending] Feature Request: TV-Recording - more intelligence - like WMC please Feature Requests 9
    D [fixed] Image browser crashing in Folder View (WMC skin) 2.2 Archive 10
    P WMC Skin full screen/EPG Skins and Design 3
    B [MP2-744] WMC home content focus improvements Archive 55
    ajs [fixed] 5029: Add the ability to choose the type of pause for designers in the slideshow MediaPortal 1 4
    ge2301 New forum design together with change to XF2.x Online Facilities 4
    JJDoherty Designing & implementing a new skin... Skins and Design 8
    M.Hulot Fragen zu FSK-Angaben/Symbole + Cover-Design-Darstellung Allgemeines Supportforum 9
    mp2-ulrich [solved] MP 2.2.3 spielt nur manche Sender Allgemeines Support- und Diskussionsforum 2
    H MP2 database won't keep in synch with recordings General 8
    H [solved] MP2 Wiedergabe von Aufnahmen und Live TV geht nicht Allgemeines Support- und Diskussionsforum 6
    ge2301 [WiP] MP2Web - A platform independent web client for MP2 MediaPortal 2 68
    F Problems with new install of MP2 Newcomers Forum 3
    catalpa Bug MP2-837 Allgemeines Support- und Diskussionsforum 2
    P MP2: US user, OTA - can NOT get SchedulesDirect plugin to work on MP1 or MP2 --> how do I get OTA schedule? General 5
    bigboss97 Does anyone has a SoundGraph imon remote file for MP2 to share? General 0
    ge2301 Android based client for MP2 MediaPortal 2 3
    R MP2 GUI Issues General 7
    P [solved] MP2 new install, 2 x hdhomerun tuners, client on same PC unable to view TV & recordings Newcomers Forum 8
    Lichloathe MP2 importing keyart instead of poster General 0
    Lichloathe Trakt for MP2 question General 7
    C Streaming/transcoding MP2 vs MP1? General 4
    Similar threads

























    Top Bottom