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  • #1082
    DLP
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    Has anyone figured out how to get video (from ITMS) to play in full screen?

    I can get the video files playing on iTunes, but I can’t click them into full screen mode, the screen just disappears.

    More strange is how FrontRow interfaces. it doesn’t recognize the files as video, but will show them in the songs list. However, when I try and play them, I get audio only, likely because they’re in the songs list! Has anyone figured out how to resolve this?

    Which brings me to my last question, why is all my stuff jumbled together? I am a heavy ITMS user for music, TV and movies. iTunes separates these for me, but when I run them through Firefly, the only categories I get are “without DRM” and “with DRM”. I have tried moving the files around in folders, but that does nothing to the organization of the media. Is there any way to get iTunes to organize the media by type from the remote server?

    It seems as though all the key information from video files is lost (won’t show a duration for instance). Do I need to enter this info by hand? Do I need a different build (a “nightly”)?

    Overall, the program is excellent. I actually managed to install it on my Ubuntu file server without the least struggle, and I am a linux n00b. I actually cheered when video popped up on my wifes macbook!

    But I am trying to make something that is “spouseable” (TM), which means it has to be REALLY straight forward. Hope someone here can help.

    Keep up the great work. Thanks,

    Dan

    #9036
    rpedde
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    @DLP wrote:

    Has anyone figured out how to get video (from ITMS) to play in full screen?

    I can get the video files playing on iTunes, but I can’t click them into full screen mode, the screen just disappears.

    There are metadata issues with video still. It’s a work in progress.

    Which brings me to my last question, why is all my stuff jumbled together? I am a heavy ITMS user for music, TV and movies. iTunes separates these for me, but when I run them through Firefly, the only categories I get are “without DRM” and “with DRM”. I have tried moving the files around in folders, but that does nothing to the organization of the media. Is there any way to get iTunes to organize the media by type from the remote server?

    Again, that’s a matter of not having the right metadata. I’ve (until recently) been more concerned with audio. However, with my AppleTV on order, I’m starting to worry more about video.

    It seems as though all the key information from video files is lost (won’t show a duration for instance). Do I need to enter this info by hand? Do I need a different build (a “nightly”)?

    That’s exactly it. You can try the latest nightly. I added some more metadata that helped with XMBC, but I haven’t specifically started working on FrontRow stuff, although that’s *really high* on my list.

    As far as some songs being audio, not video, it only adds the “has_video” tag on files with the extensions .m4v and .mov. I need to work on better metadata scanning to get files like “mp4”, etc.

    — Ron

    #9037
    DLP
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    Thanks so much for your feedback Ron, I am glad it wasn’t me.

    The AppleTV thing is right on. I have NOT pre-ordered it because I want to know I can make this all work together before dropping the cash into it.

    Well, more specifically, I must know before my wife will allow me to drop the cash into it.

    Though I am certainly not an expert, I would guess that the AppleTV system will be derived more from FrontRow than iTunes. The interface seems seem very similar. And it seems that FrontRow is a bit more difficult an animal (or maybe just a little dumber) than iTunes.

    Either way, knowing that you HAVE a ATV coming certainly gives me faith you’re going to figure it out quick! 😉

    Thanks again and good luck!

    Dan

    #9038
    rpedde
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    @DLP wrote:

    Either way, knowing that you HAVE a ATV coming certainly gives me faith you’re going to figure it out quick! 😉

    I hope so. Rumor has it though that Apple is going to make it difficult to interoperate with it. We’ll see.

    — Ron

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