What's good in HTPC frontends?

Discussion in 'HTPC' started by Maldark, Aug 20, 2009.

  1. Maldark

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    I'm in the processes of aquiring a HTPC and now i'm up to looking for a nice frontend, but I have absolutely no experience in this at all. I only want a few basic features.

    Wanted features
    +be able to launch external apps (I want to use MPC-HC for my HDD content and PowerDVD 9 for discs)
    +look nice
    +be easily usable with a MCE remote

    Suff I don't need
    -tv watching/recording

    The most important requirement is the ability to launch external apps to play the videos. I couldn't live without my MPC I use shaders to correct for the extended gamut on my plasma. Other features like downloading album/movie covers and info and the ability to remove unwanted features so I don't have to constantly scroll past "record tv" etc. would be nice too.

    So what i'm looking for is your suggestion and a short list of pros and cons.
     
  2. suggley

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    Give mediaportal a go, its excellent
     
  3. jotham

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    There can be only one" Media Browser" in win7, you will never go back.
     
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    Maldark

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    Media browser does look quite sexy and very simple, and it supports external players, except there's a post on their support forum that PowerDVD 9 dosn't work :(

    http://www.mediabrowser.tv/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=3177

    If I can find the time I'll give media portal a go whenever my parts arrive.
     
  5. Oppressa

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    Try My Movies installed on Windows Media Center.
    www.mymovies.dk

    It detects when Power DVD is installed and also uses Daemon Tools to automatically load ISOs if that's how you store your DVDs.
     
  6. nigepsalada

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    xbmc, and just use the external player plugin

    [​IMG]
     
  7. Oppressa

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    What's the movie in the bottom right with the Japanese writing?
     
  8. Beaistheman

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    im pretty sure the kanji says, byousoku, then 5 senchimeto-ru
    so byousoku 5 senchimeto-ru
     
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  9. the_fuzz

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    Windows Media Centre in Win 7 using the media browser plugin and Arcsoft Theatre software for bluray playback.

    After messing around with media portal, I found WMC in Win7 less CPU intensive and much more polished. Once you get the codecs and everything sorted, it works a treat.
     
  10. nigepsalada

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    not my screenshot, but '5 Centimeters per Second'
     
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    I've been messing around with media browser on my main rig while waiting for parts to arrive. I must say, it does everything I wanted, if I need powerdvd I can just exit to the main menu and select it from the there. It's fast, pretty and very informative, just need to organise some of my data better.
     
  12. AzzX

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    I love xbmc.

    The interface is fantastic and the default pm3 HD interface is slick.

    I don't use the external player as my old X24400 is fine with downloaded 1080p stuff.
     
  13. digizone

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    Personally I can't go past MythTV flavors. I run a backend and a few frontends.
     
  14. jotham

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    Another converted. Its the best I tell you.
     
  15. Reginald85

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    I'll second that! :lol: Love Media Browser to bits, works great once you get all your data sorted :thumbup:
     
  16. flu!d

    flu!d Never perfect, always genuine

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    VMC and Mediabrowser here, works mint with all my Bluray rips off a dedicated server.
     
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  18. nigepsalada

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    aeon

    10char
     
  19. scruff

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    is there a version of it that works on the new version of XBMC?
     
  20. AzzX

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    Works via the latest SVN here. The forum http://www.xbmc.org/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=68

    If you have the xbmc repository you can always download / update direct from xbmc.
     

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