Fellow XBMC Blogger

27 01 2010

Found this blogging site: XBMC Blog . Contains some nice information around linking python to the XBMC SQLLite database.

Found a nice tool to connect/view the SQLLite DB; SQLiteSpy [Delphi Inspiration]. So far it has all the features needed.


HOW-TO use XBMC and Vista Media Center with a MCE remote with EventGhost

27 01 2010

Following the comment Dave left on the MCE Remote, here is a link to the very nice little app called ‘Event Ghost’.

Download: http://www.eventghost.org/downloads/

Guide: http://xbmc.org/forum/showthread.php?t=48667


Ember Media Manager

22 01 2010
Ember Media Manager

Ember Media Manager

Need more flexibility when adding fanart/banners and movie info to your media library? Here is the perfect tool: Ember Media Manager, here is the official web site: http://www.embermm.com/projects/show/embermm . This tool provides many very nice features for managing information downloaded from IMDB or similar scrapper.

Current Features Overview:

At this point, only Movies are supported. Once we get all the features added and bugs worked out of the Movies section, we’ll move on to TV Shows, then to Music.

  • Supports IMDB Data
  • Supports OFDB Title, Outline, Plot, and Genres
  • Supports TMDB Posters and Fanart
  • Supports IMPA Posters
  • Supports MPDB Posters
  • Supports Downloading Trailers From:
    • YouTube (Scraped or Manual Entry)
    • IMDB (Scraped)
  • Scrape Movies
    • All Movies – Automatic/Ask – All Items/NFO Only/Poster Only/Fanart Only/Extrathumbs Only/Trailers Only/Meta Data Only
    • Movies Missing Items – Automatic/Ask – All Items/NFO Only/Poster Only/Fanart Only/Extrathumbs Only/Trailers Only
    • New Movies – Automatic/Ask – All Items/NFO Only/Poster Only/Fanart Only/Extrathumbs Only/Trailers Only/Meta Data Only
    • Marked Movies – Automatic/Ask – All Items/NFO Only/Poster Only/Fanart Only/Extrathumbs Only/Trailers Only/Meta Data Only
    • Custom Scraper (Pick specific items you want to scrape. ie – Actors only, Rating only, Title only, etc)
  • Single-Scrape
    • Re-scrape IMDB
    • Change Movie
  • Edit Movie Information
    • GUI
    • Manual
  • Tools
    • Clean Files (Standard/Expert)
    • Sort Files Into Folders
    • Export Movie List to HTML
    • Sets Manager
    • Offline Media Manager
    • Revert Media Info Studio Tags
    • Bulk Renamer
  • Supports Both Movies in Single Folder and/or Movies in Separate Folders
  • Select Multiple Fanart Images to Save to \extrathumbs\thumb#.jpg
  • Extract Specific Frame(s) to Save to \extrathumbs\thumb#.jpg
  • Custom Studio Images (via XML and/or “Native” Studio Flagging)
  • Custom Media Flag Images (via XML)
  • Custom Genre Images (via XML)
  • Custom Rating Images (via XML)
  • Supports Multiple File Naming Schemes
  • Image Caching (Optionally Persistent Between Sessions)
  • Global Locks for Specific Items
  • Movie Level Locks
  • Command-line Operation
  • Multiple Filter and Searching Options
  • Database Backend
  • LOTS More…

XBMC – Microsoft MCE Remote Control – Review

21 01 2010

The wonders of XBMC continue. After much research, I finally decided on the MCE Remote Control from Microsoft for my media centre.

MCE Remote Control

MCE Remote Control from Microsoft - Remote and IR unit

As with most new devices, it is simple Plug & Play. It worked easily under Windows and Linux (Running XBMC 9.11 Camelot). I have to thank the developers for adding support for it. I did not want to sit and map my keys using Lirc…

Pros of MCE Remote:

  • Plug & Play
  • Nice Layout, all the buttons in one place.
  • Good Reception with add-on IR receives
  • 2 meter USB cable for IR unit


  • Its a Microsoft product…
  • Stop Button is out of the way, not where you need it.

Overall Impression:

  • Awesome Remote
  • Money well spent

XBMC Weather Service – Change Display to Celcius – How To

21 01 2010

Like many new XBMC users; I find the Weather service awesome! Here is an example:

XBMC Weather Plug-In Fahrenheit

XBMC Weather Plug-In Fahrenheit

But wait; there is a problem. As you can see from the view above, this is in Fahrenheit? My location is configured correctly, but still it displays as Fahrenheit? So what to do? Easy, a few simple steps will solve this problem:

  • From the Home Screen, go to Settings
  • Go To Appearance
  • On the left pane, select international
  • The second option is Region
XBMC Regional Settings

XBMC Regional Settings

  • Now change the region to match somewhere that uses Celsius, and bob is your uncle.
XBMC Weather Plug-In Celcius

XBMC Weather Plug-In Celcius

Import/Export your XBMC Library. Without having to download it again!!

19 01 2010

Setting up my XBMC media centre, I ran into some niggles; one is having to reimport my Movie/TV Show library and file information every time I reinstalled XBMC. After doing this 3 times and using about 200MB of bandwidth, I found the simple answer!

XBMC always supported exporting your library, but never to the detail where you could export banners/fanart etc. Now it does!

Here is how:

  • After having added your Movies/TV Shows to your library, and ensuring the collected information is correct; Go to your Library.
  • -Right Click to get the Context menu
  • Select Settings
  • Now Select Export Video Library (like before)
  • Now a new pop up appears asking if you want to export into seperate files or a single file. Select seperate files
  • Select Export thumbnails and fanart
  • Select Export actor thumbs
  • Select Override Existing files (Only existing nfo/jpgs/tbn files)

What it has done now is to add a few files to every directory where files are located, for example:

TV Series
–> Royal Pains
–> Season 1
-> Royal Pains S01E01.avi     #*- The Video File
-> Royal Pains S01E01.nfo    #*- Episode information added
–> fanart.jpg    #*- The episode fanart that was added, for the back ground
–> folder.jpg    #*- The thumb for the folder
–> tvshow.nfo     #*- Information about the TV Show, name, story line, actors etc

So in future when you need to reimport your Movies/TV Shows, it won’t need to download everything from the internet again, it will scan the internet to ensure the .nfo file it is reading is correct, and then use the information from the files on your hard drive.