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Users / Re: Raspberry Pi as a MediaDirector
« Last post by phenigma on September 30, 2014, 12:14:36 am »
I would love to support the bpi as an MD, however the sheer amount of effort required to support new media players can be overwhelming.  The LMCE MPlayer_Player device is not written as a full player, it is only supported as a fallback for certain media types from the Xine_Player.

Currently the only playback in HD I can get is with mplayer2.  If the vdpau implementation works with libxine2 then we're laughing.  Until then the amount of work to support media playback is large.

That being said.  I am not abandoning the possibility.  But I also don't have time to test every permutation of options for playback out there.  So, here's what you guys need to do: Find a way to playback accelerated hd with any xine frontend (console player may be the best option), and document what you did.  This can be done from either the raspbian image or the lubuntu image.  It's an armv7 device so in the long run we're looking at ubuntu as all the raspbian packages are built for armv6 and run slower than equivalent armv7 packages.

CEC control is not yet possible on the bpi, it *is* possible but no one has done the firmware end to have it supported, nothing we can really do there.

With working A/V this little guy is a contender and I would support it.  Until then I have other bugs and development that is more pressing.  Wandboard and Cu-Box are both contenders, but both have A/V issues with the quad core models, that's a show stopper again.

J.
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Users / New Build Graphics Card Recommendation
« Last post by grepico on September 29, 2014, 06:56:22 pm »
OK, after fighting with my old hardware, I've just gotten new hardware.

For a Hybrid Core I'm using a Dell Optiplex i7, 32GB RAM, but I need to know what graphics card I should get that will allow problem free HDMI with audio.  I plan on running 12.04.

Any help would be appreciated.

Edit:  If it's pertinent, I don't use a receiver, just HDMI straight into my LED TV.
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Users / Re: Why Do Media Directors Exist?
« Last post by Newguy2 on September 29, 2014, 06:50:31 pm »
I understand the 'wow' factor that UI2 + Overlay has. But it also has, in a significant number of cases, the opposite reaction from family members. We used to use UI2 + Overlay as our standard config on MD's and we stopped doing that because for many people it looked dated and was a challenge to use with a gyration style remote too. It's one of those features that looks great in a demo when someone see's it used briefly as it delivers a lot of eye-candy - but in real use its actually not that friendly to navigate or use (we have plenty of user feedback on that!).

Thats what's great about lmce to me....options.....I had ui2 and I used the ui2 to "wow" people.  But I also used the gyration remote without using it as a air mouse and thanks to (i think was) tom who worked on it, its functionality was similar to a normal ir entertainment center remote. The ability to  press one button, bring up mythtv and flip through channels using the channel change buttons, then as company walked in bring up that floorplan while watching the game is great.  Then other times I used my phone/tablet. The least convenient in my opinion was using my phone/tablet,  but like I say,  with a md you have options. Just my 2 cents. It sounds as though Dianemo will not have the option to implement a rpi as a full md?
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Users / Re: Why Do Media Directors Exist?
« Last post by totallymaxed on September 29, 2014, 06:11:57 pm »
I understand the 'wow' factor that UI2 + Overlay has. But it also has, in a significant number of cases, the opposite reaction from family members. We used to use UI2 + Overlay as our standard config on MD's and we stopped doing that because for many people it looked dated and was a challenge to use with a gyration style remote too. It's one of those features that looks great in a demo when someone see's it used briefly as it delivers a lot of eye-candy - but in real use its actually not that friendly to navigate or use (we have plenty of user feedback on that!).

Secondly it proved to be the single most frustrating setup area for both installers & for software customers. getting reliable installs on MD's using UI2 + overlay was always a challenge and very often tripped people up. Using a SmartTV, a Rpi based media player or a commercial media player presents a much less challenging UI as it aligns more closely with how other devices work, and for most people seems more familiar to them in use. I'm certainly not holding up SmartTV's or even Raspbmc as having the best UI in the world, but in general they seem to be easier for most casual users to handle.

One last thing, obviously running a full MD/Orbiter on a Rpi is now possible. But you still have all the complexity of the MD/Orbiter code base to deal with and fighting X etc when configuring the MD. Our experience of that with large numbers of systems, and even larger overall numbers of MD's, is that you can expect a high failure rate of those MD's from software issues. Combine that with major energy savings and you have a big reason to not use MD's (obviously if your using Rpi hardware energy use is not a factor either way of course).

All the best

Andy
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Users / Re: Raspberry Pi as a MediaDirector
« Last post by Esperanto on September 29, 2014, 05:09:05 pm »
Has anyone tried this using the Banana PI? http://www.bananapi.org/p/product.html
1GB RAM, 1GHZ CPU and 1Gb NIC would help with some performance issues. I believe it's compatible, just more expensive.

Yes. It's on the list: Phenigma has one. However the vdpau support is not feature complete yet: http://linux-sunxi.org/Cedrus#Supported_codec_matrix

so if someone capable of extending that please do....
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Users / Re: apt-get upgrade problem
« Last post by G.I.R. on September 29, 2014, 10:42:38 am »
Hello,

i don`t know if You still have this problem, but I have run into the same today, wanting to update bash.
I found this and it seems that everything is okay now:
https://lists.debian.org/debian-user/2014/09/msg02032.html
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Users / Re: Why Do Media Directors Exist?
« Last post by jamo on September 29, 2014, 10:23:47 am »
Might sound shallow and insignificant,  but in addition to the previously mentioned reasons, the look on visitors faces when they walk in and I pickup my gyration remote and bring up the floor plan on UI2 alpha blending while watching live tv....priceless....

Agreed. The overlay is pretty awesome and that's where LMCE as an integrating option is fantastic. It also means that even the least smart TV can be "smart" because the media-director provides the smarts... and it provides consistent smarts across any brand of TV / display.

I personally love the concept of a media director - it is very scalable - can be very small and low power (Rpi) or heavy duty for doing bigger work if that is your requirement.

My only gripe, and Andrew hinted at it earlier, is the video/ hardware support issue - but I'm going to post about that in a separate thread as I have some thoughts on how we as a community might be able to address that.

James
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Users / Re: Raspberry Pi as a MediaDirector
« Last post by dextaslab on September 29, 2014, 04:38:04 am »
Has anyone tried this using the Banana PI? http://www.bananapi.org/p/product.html
1GB RAM, 1GHZ CPU and 1Gb NIC would help with some performance issues. I believe it's compatible, just more expensive.
With the sata port you could almost use it as a core.

Cheers
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Users / Re: adding a qorbiter messed up my rooms
« Last post by golgoj4 on September 28, 2014, 06:17:57 pm »
deleting the EAs didn't work, they get automatically recreated after a router reload

my solution was to remove the qorbiter Room assignment.  that got the behavior I wanted.

I'm sorry you had these issues. We are currently working to address the
-skins issue where the wrong ui is being assigned to the wrong form factor
-allowing users to change it if incorrect
- cleaner setup and integration into rooms. As Posde mentioned, it has its own ea because it can receive media, which has presented some unforseen issues.


I appreciate you taking the time to try it out.
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Users / Re: Why Do Media Directors Exist?
« Last post by posde on September 27, 2014, 08:10:14 pm »
My iPad gets put into the charger every other day or so, and the Joggler is wired to 240V so doesn't have a battery either.
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