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Windows Media Centre Edition 2005 HTPC Discussion & Links

Discussion in 'Windows Operating Systems' started by Rygar, Oct 17, 2004.

  1. Rygar

    Rygar Member

    Jul 1, 2004
    Here are some links to help you build you very own M$ MCE Based HTPC

    Digital Tuner Cards (that work in Australia) that are on the MCE compatible list.
    http://www.fusionhdtv.co.kr/ENG/Products/#dvbt - DVICO HDTV DVB-T

    How-to forums HTPC
    http://www.dtvforum.info/index.php (Australian Region Specific info)
    http://www.thegreenbutton.com/default.aspx (TGB)

    Info on Australian EPG (Electronic Programming Guide)


    Remote Software
    Plug-in Site for ATI Remote Wonder - http://remotew.free.fr/plugins.htm

    Custom Resolutions
    Power Strip - http://www.entechtaiwan.net/ps.htm

    Media Player (Audio)
    eJukebox - http://www.audiosoft.net

    Automation Related
    Girder - http://www.girder.nl
    CQC - http://www.charmedquark.com

    Video Cataloging Applications
    Ant Movie Catalog - http://www.antp.be/software/moviecatalog

    PVR / Media Centers

    SageTV - http://www.sage.tv/
    SageTV puts you in control of the first networked media center experience for your PC. Record and watch your favorite shows while playing games, listening to music, surfing the Web and more - all from your existing PC. Explore your options with the power of SageTV.

    CTpvr/CTtv - http://www.ctpvr.com/
    CTpvr is a Personal Video Recorder(PVR) designed to work with Hauppauge PVR 250/350. PVRs use TV tuner cards to record TV shows to your PC's harddrive. CTpvr allows you to record TV shows while playing back shows you have already recorded. Our PVR is actually made up of two programs. One is CTpvr which is primarily for scheduling show to record and managing the settings that control the behavior of the PVR. The other is CTtv which does the actual TV viewing and recording of TV shows.

    Beyond TV3 - http://www.snapstream.com/
    Beyond TV (formerly Personal Video Station) frees you to watch TV and movies at your leisure. Use your PC to record, watch, pause, and SmartSkip your favorite programs using the award-winning ViewScape interface.

    GotTV PVR - http://www.gottvpvr.com
    GotTV PVR is PVR solution supporting any WDM based TV cards, WinTV PVR 250/350 and other hardware encoding cards and Fusion I/II/II in WDM and HDTV modes. Allows Analog or Digital TV timeshifting, regular and scheduled recording and playback. Additional featured include Multi-tuner support, Client/Server Live TV streaming, internal DVD/Video player with DVD Profiler imports, ffdShow support, VMR hardware deinterlacing, music and photos playback.

    GB-PVR - http://www.gbpvr.com/
    GB-PVR is a fully featured Personal Video Recorder (PVR), allowing you to schedule TV recordings and view and pause live TV. In additional to this PVR functionality, it also acts as a media center allowing you to watch movies, listen to music and view pictures. GB-PVR also supports specialist hardware decoders including Sigma Designs XCard, Hauppauge PVR350 and Hauppauge MediaMVP, with support the full application including On Screen Display (OSD).

    MediaPortal (formerly known as xbmc-pc) - http://mediaportal.sourceforge.net/ & http://sourceforge.net/projects/mediaportal/
    This program opens the portal to a new digital media Experience.Listen,record and organise music, movies pictures and even Pause TV!.Use internet sources to enrich your media with albumart or song names. Experience media as never been seen or heard before.

    Mimic - http://uimimic.sourceforge.net/
    Mimic allows HTPC enthusiasts to dynamically build complex, flexible user interfaces. In addition to the front-end functionality you would expect to see in an application of this nature, such as a picture viewer and a media player.

    Chameleon - http://www.xmission.com/~smesser/
    Chameleon is a menu driven framework with a very customizable interface. You can add your own bitmaps or use the built in button types. All buttons currently have four functions. Buttons can execute a command , launch an executable, call a submenu, or launch a Chameleon dll. It is my intention to have Chameleon be just a front-end. Adding functionality would be accomplished by standalone executables, worker dll's, or add-on modules.

    MediaEngine - http://www.mediaengine.org
    Originaly designed for the carpc, does have some features that some may find enjoyable on a media center pc.

    Windows Media Center Edition (MCE) - http://www.microsoft.com/mediacenter
    With all the power and functionality of Windows XP, plus new features that let you watch and record TV, manage your music, play DVDs, and more, Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004 gives you a remarkable new way to experience digital media in your home. Use the information on this page to learn about its features and capabilities.

    xLobby - http://www.xlobby.com/
    Xlobby is not your average home theater front end. It is a highly customizable piece of software that can be whatever you want it to be.

    MainLobby - http://www.webpromotion.com/cinemar/mainlobby.html
    If you've been searching for a cool looking front end for your HTPC, look no further. You no longer need to spend thousands to have a great looking media server or whole house automation control. MainLobby 2 turns your TV, Computer or Webtablet into a huge color remote control. MainLobby 2 allows you to drag provided buttons on to a Stage, name them, then launch your favorite program, movie, music, playlist, or link to another Scene. Send IR commands, launch external CD's or DVD's in your changer or control your entire theater using third party programs and hardware (GIRDER SUPPORT BUILT-IN). Create your own HTPC kiosk for friends and family to use without being concerned they will access other files. MainLobby 2 makes you look like a seasoned graphics artist because we provide all the graphics and background skins. Think you've got talent too...create your own background skins using your favorite paint program. Start creating your own desktop Kiosk today!

    PowerCinema - http://www.gocyberlink.com/
    PowerCinema is an exciting new innovation from CyberLink that brings all your favorite entertainment applications together on your PC. Offering exceptional Movie, Video, Photo, and Music enjoyment through an easy to navigate interface, PowerCinema gives you an all-in-one home entertainment center that can be used with or without a remote control.

    Showshifter - http://www.showshifter.com/
    ShowShifter software has been developed specifically for home use to further empower the PC as a home entertainment device. Whilst other PC entertainment software packages use traditional desktop or 'lean forward' interfaces ShowShifter uses a distance-based or 'lean back', remote enabled interface allowing the PC to be just as convenient to use as traditional remote controlled home entertainment products, like a TV or VCR. Unlike other software ShowShifter provides access to all forms of home entertainment through a single interface. With ShowShifter the user doesn't need to return to their desktop to open and close applications when switching between DVD, TV and CDs etc, dramatically increasing the convenience factor.

    J.River Media Center - http://www.musicex.com/mediacenter
    Music, photos, and video YOUR way -- all from a single software program! Connect your PC to your home entertainment hardware and control it all with a remote! Load your music on your iPod while you watch TV! All with one easy-to-use program -- MEDIA CENTER!

    InterVideo Home Theater - http://www.intervideo.com/jsp/HomeTheater_Profile.jsp
    InterVideo Home Theater is your complete entertainment center! Get the most out of your multimedia content - TV, DVDs, Picture, Music, and Video - pause live TV, record a show, listen to your favorite song, import playlists, create a unique slideshow of photos and enjoy a DVD movie with theater-like sound. Experience all this & more from the comfort of your couch with the included remote control!

    Digital Theater Professional - http://www.binarymetal.com/dtpgeneral.html
    Digital Theater Pro is an infinitely expandable and fully interactive automation and control interface - the most advanced program of its kind to date. Unlike traditional high-end control systems costing over $10,000 which only allow you control your off-the-shelf theater hardware, Digital Theater can interact directly with your theater hardware and computers- making Digital Theater the first solution to allow direct control over Home Theater Personal Computers (HTPCs).

    4am Media Console - http://www.overnighttech.com/products/4amMC_overview.html
    What you need to customize your Home Theater Personal Computer (HTPC). This software will allow you to simplify the front end of your system, and allow you to get away from the boring and sometimes cryptic computer desktop look that is normally provided with the operating system. 4am Media Console now provides full support for both 4:3 and 16:9 ratio resolutions, allowing you to maximize the screen usage of your particular viewing device, whether it be a 4:3 computer screen, TV or webtablet PC or a 16:9 projector or plasma. (And no the 16:9 version is not a simple scaled version of the 4:3, it is reconfigured to setup without weird scaling effects.)

    MythTV - http://www.mythtv.org/
    MythTV is a homebrew PVR project that I've been working on in my spare time. It's been under heavy development for over a year, and is now quite useable and featureful. edit it was requested that i also add knoppmyth to this guide, but, seeing as how knoppmyth is mythtv 'bundled' with an o/s. it is essentially mythtv. so rather then copy the mythtv info and rename it to knoppmyth, just check it out at http://mysettopbox.tv/knoppmyth.html

    Codecs / Codec Utils

    K Lite Codec Pack - http://www.codecguide.com/download_kl.htm
    Sonic Codec Pack (NOT FREE) - http://www.cineplayer.com/decoder
    Divx - http://www.divx.com
    GSpot - http://www.headbands.com/gspot - "Provides information about MPEG1 or MPEG2 video and/or MPEG1 or MPEG2 audio either as "elementary" streams or multiplexed into an MPEG1 "system stream" or an MPEG2 "program stream". This includes hybrid variations (e.g. "MPEG2 video multiplexed with MPEG1 audio using MPEG1 system stream"), as these are not uncommon. Limited support for MPEG4 video when contained in an AVI stream, such as DivX5. The current version identifies presence or absence of "B-VOP", "Qpel", and "GMC", thus allowing the user to determine if a DivX5 file is compatible with KISS and other popular hardware DivX players. This information is not currently available from any other utility."

    Video Related Sites

    DScaler - http://deinterlace.sourceforge.net - "DScaler is a piece of software that captures video, processes it, and scales it for presentation on a projector or computer monitor. Unlike most existing software that processes video, DScaler implements highly sophisticated algorithms that work in real-time, providing PC owners with a level of image quality unknown up to now."
    Ultramon - http://www.realtimesoft.com/ultramon - "if you run dual monitors, and are not using this, you are missing out"
    FFDshow - http://sourceforge.net/projects/ffdshow/ - "I am new to this wonderful filter. It takes a powerful pc, but can do amazing real-time video processing."
    -TVTOOL - http://www.tvtool.com - This utility helps configure TV-out on older cards

    Ill update this as new info comes to light.

    Last edited by a moderator: Feb 24, 2009
  2. blackrage

    blackrage Member

    Sep 2, 2002
    wow nice post some great info cheers :D
  3. C-NuT

    C-NuT Member

    Feb 20, 2003
    wow nice links. :thumbup:
    Does anyone know where I can get a working plugin for Girder for a Pixelview PlayTV Pro (BT chipset) remote? The one on the girder site doesn't work for me... TIA
  4. Riskbreaker

    Riskbreaker Member

    Jul 20, 2002
    Melbourne, Australia
    are you sure about that according to this link that dvico is not there
  5. OP

    Rygar Member

    Jul 1, 2004
    I found the list of video cards on TGB (The green button)

    I also found the list of tuners for MCE (The green button)

    This list is from the OEM part of the microsoft site. If you check the list of tuners the one in question is there.

    Now i dont actually have access to the M$ OEM site but i am told this is reliable. That being said it actually says on the DVICO site that the drivers are in development go figure? http://www.divico.com/products_dvbt2.html

    Rygar :confused:
    Last edited: Oct 20, 2004
  6. Riskbreaker

    Riskbreaker Member

    Jul 20, 2002
    Melbourne, Australia
    well ill be damned it does say that its planned for the next release. i think i gotta open up my eyes a little more. thanx again man :thumbup:
  7. ralphy140

    ralphy140 Member

    Jun 30, 2003
    Hey all

    The Patch for HDTV was released last night, all i need now id a HDTV tunner :p

    on the remote topic i also use the OEM M$ remote ond with MCE it works a treat
    turns the computer on/off very quickly and lights up in the dark,

    Regards Ralphy
  8. mastiha

    mastiha Member

    Jul 28, 2001
    Sydney, Australia
    Do you have a link for it as it didn't come up for me in Windows Update?
  9. teh_transformer

    teh_transformer Member

    Oct 27, 2003
    MCE and hauppauge PVR 250

    theres customer here with a PVR - 250 and MCE
    cant find the codecs for MCE to let MCE watch TV

    any ideas?????
  10. steveo2004

    steveo2004 Member

    Feb 20, 2004
    Where can you buy MCE?
  11. Rave

    Rave Member

    Nov 19, 2002

    You can but it at Dick Smiths now. HP have a PC and laptop, I think there are several models of the PC.
  12. ralphy140

    ralphy140 Member

    Jun 30, 2003
    i think that MCE2005 is availbale like as OEM and has to be purchased with a new computer or a big upgrade like mobo and CPU check http://www.auspcmarket.com.au/ they have it and i am sure that a lot of othere companys have it too

    regards Ralphy

    [EDIT] enterd url
    Last edited: Nov 26, 2004
  13. BenZor

    BenZor (Banned or Deleted)

    Dec 5, 2002

    Actually, OEM can be purchased with any hardware, even a FDD.
  14. squaredonut

    squaredonut Member

    Jan 12, 2003
    I don't know if this is listed above, but you can purchase the MCE Remote and reciever from computer outlets, arc has it, tech buy does as well.
  15. power

    power Member

    Apr 20, 2002
    does anyone know how to remove the components from cd 2 and just install them on say an xp pro machine?
  16. phouseplus

    phouseplus Member

    Jun 18, 2002
    But how does MCE 2005 manage memory?

    Is it as bloaty as XP PRO, is MCE 2005 Home or PRO? Is memory management better than XP, I heard it was, have no idea...
    Any awnsers to these questions would be great..
    Thanks gang...

  17. Gristy

    Gristy Member

    Sep 15, 2003
    its pro. dunno the answers to the rest of your Qs though
  18. fox1

    fox1 Member

    Jun 28, 2001
    If your worried about those things then your system isn't up to spec, so don't bother.

    The DVICO card works great in MCE2005.

    I also use this EPG grabber that a guy from thegreenbutton has put together. It grabs 7 days of info and will stick it into MCEs' EPG. Fantastic!

    Update: Version 2 has just been released, yay.
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2005
  19. ecroF

    ecroF Member

    Dec 4, 2002
    Gold Coast
    Its Pro with some network fetures(domain) dissabled.
  20. PodgeSSS

    PodgeSSS Member

    Jun 17, 2002
    The Moon
    Should add Meedio to the list of links.

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