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Tip #16: Howto manage Xine subtitles fonts

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If you’re not satisfy with fonts of subtitles you can install new ones and tell Xine use them instead of defaults. Basically, embedded into LinuxMCE Xine lookups fonts in the directory /opt/libxine/share/xine/libxine1/fonts. Put new fonts there and edit Xine config file /etc/pluto/xine.conf as follows:
subtitles.separate.font:<name of the installed font>
As example, you can use that:
subtitles.separate.font:sans
Additionally, you can specify your own encoding:
subtitles.separate.src_encoding:iso-8859-1
Just replace iso-8859-1 by desired value.

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April 30, 2008 at 3:00 pm

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Tip #15: Howto configure internet Radio in LinuxMCE

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LinuxMCE doesn’t support Internet Radio directly. You can use Sqeezebox or this tip to configure and listen it. The idea is to create a media scenario for desire radio station and assign it to specified entertainment area.

There is a few notes regarding to playback internet radio content. But they can be solved easily till developers fix them in the next version.

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March 7, 2008 at 2:00 pm

Hack #9: Use VDR on the media director

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LinuxMCE includes support of VDR since 0710 Beta 3. But the integration is done for core/hybrid only. To be able watch TV on the media director you should make a simple hack (thanks to Rafik):

  • Move original binary file plutovdr to plutovdr.orig, for example
    sudo mv /usr/bin/plutovdr /usr/bin/plutovdr.orig
  • create a wrapper for VDR:
    sudo vim /usr/bin/plutovdr
    and put following content there:
    #!/bin/sh
    plutovdr.orig dcerouter $* 2>/dev/null 1>/dev/null

AS result you’ll able to watch the same channel as on the core/hybrid. But it’s better then nothing. Hope that LinucMCE developers will implement full integration with VDR soon.

UPDATED: during testing VDR on MD I found that it’s possible to switch channels from MD. Moreover no need to switch on TV on the core first. Just switch on TV on MD and it starts successfully! Also channel’s info is displayed on the MD as well.

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March 6, 2008 at 2:48 pm

Tip #13: Add goup of IR codes for A/V equipment

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The lats build of 0710 Beta 3 contains a very useful feature to add appropriate group of IR codes for your A/V equipment. Before there were two possibilities: to copy-and-paste from somewhere and choose some group from the LinuxMCE set. But the difficulty was in figuring out what group should be chosen. Now as I already mentioned the situation is changed. There is a possibility to send specified command directly from the page which contains available groups of IR codes. Just don’t forget to assign one of supported IR transmitters to the A/V device before choosing the group.

It’s definitely useful feature. I spent just a few minutes to find appropriate IR group for my TV!

Written by nite_man

February 12, 2008 at 2:37 pm

Posted in entertainment, GC100, Hacks and Tips, IR, media

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Hack #4: using function ‘Follow-Me’

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To activate a function ‘Follow-Me’ to transfer media from one room to another usually is used mobile phone via Bluetooth or geek remote FiireChief. But you can avail oneself of that feature without those equipment. Start playing some movie in the room where you’re now. Then go to media floorplan page and click by letter ‘F’. It should change its color to red. After that on the Orbiter choose desired room where you’re going to move. Note, that room should have a configured media director (MD)! The media will be transferred to that room immediately. So, when you rich it you continue watch your favorite show.

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September 28, 2007 at 2:08 pm

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Tip #5: Using SPDIF

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If your sound card has SPDIF output you can connect your media director to the receiver via coaxial or optical cables. But first you should activate SPDIF output because by default it’s muted. Run alsamixer utility, find IEC958 mixer and unmute it by pressing ‘m’. If you don’t do it first and try to configure sound using AVWizard your media director will freeze on the DTS sound test.

There is one trick with Plutohome 2.0.0.44. It has ALSA version 1.0.12 for the ordinary kernel and 1.0.11rc2 for SMP. So, my sound card built-in to the motherboard Asus M2N was recognized with ALSA 1.0.12 but with 1.0.11rc2 alsamixer showed analog output only. LinuxMCE uses modern Ubuntu packages. So, there is not any problems with SPDIF recognizing.

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August 23, 2007 at 12:05 pm

Tip #4: Play encripted DVD

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To play encrypted DVD you may use libdvdcss which offers accessing to the DVD content without having to bother about the decryption. Check if that library is already installed:

dpkg -l libdvdcss

If not just install it using apt-get

apt-get install libdvdcss

Written by nite_man

August 23, 2007 at 11:50 am

Posted in DVD, Hacks and Tips, media

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