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Users / Re: Wake up with Text To Speech?
« on: January 29, 2008, 11:35:39 pm »

it works for me under 704. I've defined lighting scenario (with advanced wizard).

Details here :

The funny thing is that it doesn't work if I click on Test button on web admin, but does work if I click scenario button on Orbiter. I can hear "This is a test" sentence.... Numbers are device ID's of my Xine and Squeezebox players...




a lot of things dont work if you click test. And in the advanced events, it deletes the command you are trying to test!

Users / Re: Wake up with Text To Speech?
« on: January 29, 2008, 11:09:58 pm »

I am trying to make a timed event that will say "Wake up" etc.. at a specific time. But how do i get it to speech?
I am making a new time event, and setting it to 07:30 every day, and i add a Text To Speech device, with     
#103 List PK Device (string) as 22, since that is my Xine Player device, and i am writing in what it is going to say. But it still doesn't work. What am i doing wrong?


i'll take a look and see what I can see...

Users / Re: Media Browser in Admin site .... works?
« on: January 29, 2008, 11:03:39 pm »
hmmm... understood, thanks for the extra info.

BTW - straight codec streams certainly would not have anywhere to put the metadata, but not much media would be so "raw". Generally, they are encapsulated in a container file type - eg AVI is only a container, and says nothing about the actual codecs used to encode the stream(s). AVI is ancient and according to the Wikipedia article on containers does not have the feature of meta data. However almost all newer types do (.mov, .asf, .mkv, etc) and many of these have very open and generic metadata, so you can add just about anything. But because it took a while to get there, it seems that few applications implement this stuff suffering from the same (but worse) uptake issue that mp3 id3v1/v2 etc had....

still though, thanks for that at least! I spent a while looking around google trying to educate myself on the subject a little more and wasn't even able to glean that. Most of what I read said 'there is no way to add metadata to the file' - paraphrased of course. So the question is, would my little side project be a waste of time? Should we just look into adding it to these files ourselves? Maybe including in the script to do both...heh. ideas, ideas

Users / Re: Performers Pics
« on: January 29, 2008, 11:00:25 pm »
Currently, is used to pull down data, which means that it winds up with covers, not specific actors. The only way to do this to my knowledge (meaning someone with more lmce experience jump in here) would be to rewrite the mechanism that gets the data and direct it towards

This isnt technically daunting, but I was going through the imdb licensing information and it doesnt appear that we can use it for this unless we specifically work it out with imdb. itself.

Workaround, you find and download their headshots and add them. I've seen people who write their own scripts to retrieve this data outside of have issues. google if you would like to know more about that.


Users / Re: Media Browser in Admin site .... works?
« on: January 29, 2008, 06:25:10 am »
Yes it does, golgoj4, thanks! So you are saying that updatemedia does pick up meta data tag within the mp3 files, not just metadata in separate specific metadata files (with the same name and different extension)?

i've noticed it gets the tags out of the audio files because they can be embedded. With video, it seems (as you said before) that no information is embedded in the file, and there isnt really a place to put it. So while programs like wmp use their own internal database, it seems lmce uses the mysql db AND creates a separate file as you stated with the extension of .id3

However, from my experience, it only creates that information if you go in and add an attribute to it. And for divx files it doesn't create them at all, just stores the information in the db so if you ever re-sync, all of the divx files lose their metadata. The nice thing is that the id3 file is there for other video files so it finds all that meta data right away.

I was thinking about ways to make this easier, and the only way would be to either modify the coverart scan or use a separate script to tag these files en masse.

I wish i could say i have the time to do it quickly but work limits my free time at the moment but I will start trying to put something together. learning c @ the moment is kicking my arse and i think this could be done easier with some php and flash.

it sounds like we need an easier method to tag our videos for easier locating that doesn't involve a thousand clicks. - open to suggestions!

*edit: please someone smarter than me: how can I tell if the ffmpeg-php extension is installed? I've only done simple text driven php stuff before...and while I am searching the goolgle, I was hoping that someone could let me know of any particular landmines I should be aware of involving php and lmce.

Users / Re: Media Browser in Admin site .... works?
« on: January 29, 2008, 03:19:58 am »
the media browser function is a bit odd in my experience. It only shows files that have attributes that it can read, and from what I see thats mostly mp3s. For video files, i've taken to manually labeling them. I have'nt found a program that can write meta data lmce will pick up on.

I've been using a program called mp3 tag ( to write the proper information into the mp3s and all my video i do by hand.
For  dvd's , the amazon function works,  but currently its a bit awkward trying to track down series. Which is why i normally use the 'File' sort option when browsing video.

Hope this helps.

Users / Re: Added control for TV, but it does strange things!
« on: January 28, 2008, 06:20:51 am »
I added a new device for my Samsung LCD TV - M8, I am using a USB UIRT.

I was able to find the right i/r codeset, and really all I want it do be able to do is turn the TV on and off at the right times. I don't use it for sound, and all the input is via HDMI direct from the core, no other inputs.

It seems to work fine, turning on and off the TV when I explicitly tell it to. However, strangely whenever I choose TV from the Media menu, it turns the TV off! Seems to think that the TV should be off - I'm assuming this is executing a scenario, and for some reason whatever I have configured for the connections is making it think that it is done with the TV and its time to turn it off!

No, the TV has discrete controls, even for power - that was confirmed in the wizard. All I did was create a new device and template because it didn't have one for my TV, configured the i/r commands, then went into the connections wizard - from there I clicked on the output of the Core and the HDMI input of TV, and it drew a line between the two. I figured that was it.

Can anybody advise what I am missing? BTW, the source select on the TV isn't discrete, it cycles through the options, and the wizard acknowledged that, so I am assuming it won't attempt to change it - but even if it does it doesn't matter as nothing else is connected, so the TV just ignores the command.


Hey Colin,

I had this problem at when I got my usb-uirt. Basically, i was able to solve it by double checking the connection wizard. In the admin site, under  'A/V Equipment'. Right above the 'Choose entertainment area' should be the connection wizard. Using that, make sure all the av equipment is connected to the proper inputs and whatnot.  I would say double check both on the av equipment page and the media directors page in the web admin

Another option is to choose the entertainment area and next to each device there is an option to select what and how its connected. Double check this as well to make sure the right devices are connected to the proper inputs and so in. After that everything should work.

I currently have my ps2, desktop, dvd player and tuner attached to the tv. The usb_uirt was originally firing the wrong input commands until i set the connections up properly.

Also, on my system, the tv gets out of sync for some reason when I reload the router. It doesnt send an off command to the tv (ir) but it does to the reciever (ir). So then it tells the reciever to come back on but turns the tv off because it thought it was off? Thats my only bug really, everything else works now.



Users / Re: Making a new wiki
« on: January 26, 2008, 06:22:55 pm »
Also, there are instructions (i promise) in the wiki on how to edit as well as links to the wikipedia page noting all the 'wiki code'. You can use standard html as well.


Users / Re: Minimum Processor?
« on: January 26, 2008, 01:59:24 am »
BTW, what issues are you having with live tv? I dont use zwave so im sorry to say i cant help with that.

i dont have it up and running yet, but i am just about to start purchasing zwave equipment as well as a few tuners to start doing live tv. what i have seen on the forums is that live tv quality can be quite hit or miss with many people having performance or lock up issues with using live tv.

I haven't time to upgrade to any of the new betas so I cant speak to if any issues were fixed though I did notice a thread about myth still locking up. Is there a reason in particular that you are choosing zwave? DDamron has done some awesome work with insteon and I think that might be something you look into before you buy the zwave. Not trying to sway you, just pointing out the different options.

As far as the live tv in 0704 - i can watch tv directly by bypassing lmce. myth locks up while watching unless I rewind a few seconds (found that in another thread). I would wait on the tuners until its more stable but then maybe the issues have been fixed since I last read about.

I'll try and find those links and direct you to them.

Users / Re: Minimum Processor?
« on: January 25, 2008, 10:21:00 pm »
ok, now that this bug is in my head.... i set about looking for this information and lo and behold it isnt easy to glean by any means that I could tell.

This is what I was referring to in my post. When I first came here, I did read everything I could find in the wiki and performed several searches in the forum, but there were still a few categories where the info did not seem complete or was contradictory in nature, so I posted a thread about it. And I have to say I did get a similar response along the lines of "don’t bother us and figure it out yourself, and if you cant figure it out yourself then it’s not our fault that other users haven’t properly documented their experiences". The questions I had, and even with the time I have been here still have, mostly regarded the playback of live TV and zwave integration. Both of those in the sample video as well as in the wiki were shown in such a way to seem seamlessly supported, yet in actuality seem to have quite a few issues and are not as supported as they are advertised.

I feel that many of these questions can be easily taken care of with a simple well maintained sticky of the most frequently asked questions right at the top of the user forum.

I agree that information could be better organized, but its there. Right now the forum admins are working on creating stickies or general FAQs to make it easier to find stuff.

There is a LOT i've had to figure out myself. But then i didn't but linuxMCE, its free and its open source. Which generally means (from my experience) that YOU have to take the initiative to find what you need.

Is it ideal at the moment? No, but until the project matures a little more, its quite DIY. I dont even have HD but I was able to find what jgaffney was looking for rather quickly. I think that sometimes, it feels as if people assume other members are here for tech support at their whim when a little effort would both serve to help them understand how the information is listed (which is all over the place granted) and how to find what they are looking for.

BTW, what issues are you having with live tv? I dont use zwave so im sorry to say i cant help with that.

Users / Re: Minimum Processor?
« on: January 25, 2008, 07:38:56 am »
ok, now that this bug is in my head.... i set about looking for this information and lo and behold it isnt easy to glean by any means that I could tell.

So i started making a list, then realized the answer is already in the mythWiki it seems

Which brings up another question. Theres a script on that page that people can use to generate a report on their system playback details. Is there anyway we could integrate this into lmce...maybe something in the initial install that reports it back to a database? Over my head @ the moment seeing as how im still learning c, but just an idea. Maybe one of the devs could look into that one.

Also, i have no idea what the lmce requirements would be 'on top' of the requirements to play Hi def content? im not talking on a media director, but a core/hybrid situation.

sorry we got off on the wrong foot, and your point about the information being hard to find is taken. i still stand by my 'use the search!' statement but i can see how endlessly going through threads for clues isnt the best way to organize info. Hopefully the myth page i linked above will help you make your decision.

Users / Re: Minimum Processor?
« on: January 25, 2008, 04:30:41 am »
Geez, what's with you two.  You complain about not reading or researching when you can't even read the thread you are complaining about.   Again.... the info I asked for is not in the wiki or anywhere else to found,  unbelievable.  ::)

which is why i said search the forum. and if you HAD you would have found the post that tom posted. which is the point. search. look around. put in some effort.

I did read the thread. And thats the reply it got purely because it took little to no effort to find what you were seeking. Should things be better organized? Yes. Are they now? No. Will searching still solve the problem in most cases? Yes. So, im sorry you feel so personally offended or whatever it is that made you commence personal attacks because nothing was served to you. But linux by nature is a bit DIY so it shouldn't be a surprise that research is required.

Please, in the future, search for the topic and save us the snappy attitude when what your looking for is in front of you. Many conversations get heated around here but we don't need to start calling people who are far more helpfull than you 'trolls'

Once again. Search. or this topic will be broached again...

Users / Re: Creating a FAQ
« on: January 25, 2008, 12:50:06 am »
We should also make it a point not to spam the board if you haven't taken the time to SEARCH for what you are looking for.

Users / Re: Insteon support?
« on: January 25, 2008, 12:49:05 am »
Not to sound like a broken record but...


took less than 5 seconds to find this using the search box.

have a nice day and please use the search function.

Users / Re: Minimum Processor?
« on: January 25, 2008, 12:40:40 am »
Thanx Tom, that's what I was looking for.

Golgoj4,  why post if you have nothing useful to contribute?   There seems to be quite a bit of people out here that do nothing but tell people to "search the forums".   The forums are to help people, not tell them to do what they already did.  The facts are the Wiki is not well organized or 100% accurate.  Searching the forums does not always return results, especially when people have a different sense of terminology or don't know exactly what they are asking for.  So instead of wasting yours and everyone else's time in the forums why don't you contribute to the Wiki so there are less repetitive questions that are so painful for you to help out with.

Hey calm down there kid. We dont need people asking the same questions here because there were too fracking lazy to look. Another user handed it to you, why the hell are you complaining? A little reading / research goes a long way.

If you cant properly format a search query, not my problem. Considering i've had to only ask questions that went beyond the normal scope, maybe its you wasting the time of people who actually come here to help others.

BTW, i have added stuff to the wiki, dont be an ass about it.

K thx and have a nice day.

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