Hey guys, Staba here Today I would like to talk about a plugin I have been using recently. The plugin I speak of is called Media Browser. Since around a month now I’ve had it installed on my HTPC, and so far I’ve been very enthusiastic.
What is Media Browser?
So what exactly is Media Browser? Quoted from the Media Browser website:
“Media Browser is a free media aggregator plugin for Media Center that takes your recorded, digital, or ripped media and presents it in a simple, easy to use interface. Media Browser prides itself on delivering a fast, intuitive, media rich experience for the whole family.“
How does Media Browser work?
So what does this all mean, what exactly is a media aggregator? What they mean in this instance, is that this media center plugin automatically downloads information about the media on your HTPC. Media Browser downloads posters, backdrops, and metadata (summary, genre, rating, etc) of all your movies to it’s cache. After finalizing installation of Media Browser you have to run the ‘Configuration Wizard’ that the plugin comes with. When you run this shortcut you come into a little application that allows you to setup different aspects of the plugin. Things like themes, folders, perhaps streaming to xbox 360 (transcoding). Below you will find a example of how it will aggregate your media files into a nice looking interface within Windows 7 Media Center (7MC).
Media browser; file structure to pretty interface
The example above shows you how a folder structures will translate into a nice looking interface within 7MC. I will elaborate a little bit;
In the Media Browser configuration utility you set your folder to c:\divx\movies\ for example. Media Browser will now look in this folder and find the following movies:
Media Browser uses the name of the folder to look up the title of the movie on an external website called tmdb.org. So what really matters is how you name your folders, the movie files itself do not matter for a successful movie lookup. Below a screenshot of how this looks in the movie detail view (keep in mind all I have is folders with names and a movie file in these folders):
Movie detail view of Media Browser
Later on this week I will write an article about installing Media Browser with some tips and tricks. For now, thanks for reading.
For additional information do check out the Media Browser website, and check a youtube movie I shot (with my telephone camera) on youtube.