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- mccorkled - 2010-01-03 05:38
You think once you get everything worked out, you can make another web of how things should be formatted as far as folder structure? That really helped me out and Im sure will help out many others if you did it for the entire script.
- kiboy6 - 2010-01-03 06:52
Nuka1195 Wrote:because the script now queues the video. so you need to remove the Action(Queue) from you videoinfo.xml file. after queuing it will move to the next, so that's why.
Sorry for the dumb question, but where do i find the videoinfo.xml that needs to be modified?
- Juanflaco - 2010-01-03 11:09
kiboy6 Wrote:Sorry for the dumb question, but where do i find the videoinfo.xml that needs to be modified?It's in your skin resolution folder, something like C:\program files\xbmc\skin\confluence\720p
mccorkled Wrote:Hey Juanflaco:Sure, here's what I have so far. I'm not using slide ratings exactly as intended because I prefer to fine-tune the slideshow a bit. Rather than show everything up to a specified rating, I prefer to pick and choose a bit (so adult movie night won't show "G" slides.) I'm leveraging the rating system by including two "_Exclude" folders which each have a slide.xml file specifying an "R" rating and "N/A" for question, clue and answer. I just drop any slide folders I don't want to show into these directories before showtime. The rating probably isn't necessary, I suppose the slide.xml wouldn't match any slides anyhow. I use the "Misc" folder under intros for my blender animation, your "Coming Attractions" clip and any little snack bar videos. The "Audio" folder is the designated "Dolby/DTS" folder and it works exactly as intended, showing either a Dolby, DTS, or THX (other) intro before the movie, depending on the audio format.
Link to large image.
As you can see I haven't tinkered with the ratings videos yet, and the only functionality I'm using that isn't shown is a local directory for downloaded apple trailers. Boku mentioned seeing a dialog between trailers and intro clips; just as an FYI everything is seamless with locally stored trailers.
- kiboy6 - 2010-01-03 11:31
Juanflaco Wrote:It's in your skin resolution folder, something like C:\program files\xbmc\skin\confluence\720p
Ah, I couldn't find it because in Transparency the file is called DialogVideoInfo.xml. deleting the Action Queue line did fix the problem.
However, when I press the Home theater Experience button from the info page, the library display will still scroll to the next movie while the script loads.
This doesn't look that slick - anyway to avoid this behaviour?
(and any news on suppressing the dialog boxes between each trailer?)
- oo_void - 2010-01-03 15:17
Forgive me if I'm being dumb here, but I'm having a bit of trouble with trailers. Using http://blog.contriving.net/2009/12/26/apple-trailer-downloader/ and a naming convention that looks like 'thelovelybones_h480p-trailer.mov' I have all the current trailers local and the folders configured to point to proper location. Shouldn't I be able to utilize the DB genre / rating lookups along with local assets or is this an issue with the Apple Trailer Script and beyond the scope of HTE?
- mccorkled - 2010-01-03 17:14
Thanks Juan, Im more of a visual learner.
Hey Nuka, do all of the video clips need to be .acvi? or only the ratings?
I dont want to spend a lot of time converting videos if they are the wrong format. Took me a while to figure out how to get them into .mkv to find out that those file types wont work.
1. do they all need to be .avi?
2. do you plan on integrating other video formats some time?
Also as some of you have already discovered, "videoinfo.xml" in most cases is actually called "dialogvideoinfo.xml"
also I moved "action(queue)25" from my dialogvideoinfo.xml, but I staill cant get it to work right. Im going to install XBMC live on a thumb drive later today and go from there. Ive been really busy with the mega pack and I havent had time to keep up with you guys!
thanks for the new options
- Juanflaco - 2010-01-03 20:09
kiboy6 Wrote:Ah, I couldn't find it because in Transparency the file is called DialogVideoInfo.xml. deleting the Action Queue line did fix the problem.I notice this as well, whether the movie is queued by the onClick or the script. I imagine it's just how XBMC behaves after queuing a movie. Could test by queuing a movie without involving the script at all. I suspect the library will still advance to the next entry, in which case it doesn't have anything to do with HTE. It is a bit jarring, for sure.
McCorckled: regarding video clip format, from what I understand it's only the rating videos that are expected to be .avi files. My Dolby/DTS clips, blender intro, etc. are various other types and they work fine.
- Nuka1195 - 2010-01-03 20:15
yes, the advancing is xbmc's behavior.
the rating videos do not have to be avi files, they just have to be named with an .avi ext. and no that won't change. yes that should be the only ones that need a specific ext. since i have to create the path to the file.
- oo_void - 2010-01-03 22:15
Answering my own question... Looking at the scraper sources, it appears that they're always set to use an URL (too bad). What I did see that was promising is that the local scraper is reading meta data, but not doing much of anything with it. So, making this an official feature request, any possibility that we can we get MPAA and Genre filtering for local trailers?
- Invincer - 2010-01-04 02:37
I just found and dived in to this whole xbmc experience the last few days. I have used other "front ends" in the past, and some of the scripting and bugs I have read about might normally have turned me away. But I have to tell you Nuka1195, your whole home theater experience makes it all worthwhile. 3 days ago, I spent about 2 hours setting up xbmc, then reading the forums. I intended to spend a few days playing around with different areas getting different things working... uh uh... spend all of the last few days engrossed in reading this thread and trying new ideas and the branched out threads setting this whole thing up. Wow, I am so so impressed!. Thank you to Nuka1195, Mccorkled, and everyone else for the script and the tips and helpful links etc!
This is only my first post, but I would like to give my thoughts and requests and everything. If nothing new is added, it is still the closest to a home theater experience I could have ever dreamed of getting set up...
My thoughts on functions that might improve it, at least in my eyes, and maybe for others as well...
1. I have no idea if it is possible, but would there be a way to make the trivia slides start back up on the pause of the movie? Or maybe play a custom "intermission" folder or file while paused? There may be another script somewhere that could make xbmc "do" something on pause, but I've spent 95% of my time in this thread Seemed like this function would be great going along with this script if possible.
2. As mentioned a few times before on the thread, it would be great if we didn't have to see the streaming little windows for the 2 seconds between Apple trailers.
3. The abilty to play random mp3s from a folder when going through the trivia slides would be cool. I got together 100 of greatest musical orchestra themes from movies, and noticed it only does a playlist which would mean the same jingles in the background every time.
4. The running of a script idea is great too. I have Smartbytes arfx ambient lights on the back of my TV and although they stopped working for some software or driver reason I have yet to figure out, this would definitely motivate me to fix them if possible to have them light up at the start of the feature presentation. (If interested, they work great on my personal arcade machine, got them at http://www.arfx.nl)
Also, thanks for all the links to great intros etc. all around!
One thing I haven't heard mentioned, outros... having trouble finding anything out there that would fit the bill for on exit of feature and on exit of theater experience. What I was thinking would be great would be a "That's all folks" or something similar at the end of the feature, and curtains closing in HD on the end of theater part (might be cool if the slides started back at the end of everything till actively ended... not going to put that one in my requests yet, but just throwing the idea out there to see what people think). I have a good high quality curtain opening sequence I want to save for when the trivia slides intro is working, if there were a way to create an avi of a sequence and record it playing backwards that might could give me a closing sequence, anyone know of software that could do that? And for "that's all folks" or something similar, any custom blender files out there for that? What do you guys use for the outros?
PS... already bought the AVS $7 disks, should be here in a few days.