Now that MB has made the move to Win 7 only it’s time to finally show MBI a little love and release the W7-only version of it. This version should provide smoother playback of multiple intro/trailer items.
Additionally, I added a new criteria for selection: Rating (as in MPAA rating).
Please download this into your plugins directory, restart both the service and MB and give it a whirl.
Post feedback or issues in this thread. Thanks.
Found a bug. When I launch trailers it starts playing a trailer and then goes to the next item as normal but at any point if I press stop instead of starting the next item it goes back to media browser and I can no longer play a movie without closing media center and relaunching. If you need logs let me know.
I know these have to be movies to be played but I figured you could use these PSD I made and make custom MPAA rated splash screens for your intros in photoshop then tranfer to movie maker or something.
Woohoo!! Just in time for my new HTPC. Will be testing this soon, thanks Ebr.
Oh snap! I’ll be testing this out tomorrow. Hopefully I’ll have plenty of good things to report tomorrow night.
I’m going to upload the BBFC style ratings certificate intros I’ve made. Here is an example:
Full pack is available here
Great addition, however I do have a problem.
I configured the plugin to play a certain intro before all movies rated “R”, but the intro does not play (movie starts right away). I did use the play button in MB as per the instructions.
Do I need to refresh (using the service) first?
One thing that might be of importance, I have mediabrowser installed on D: instead of C: and noticed the service not always present in the task bar.
Pleae let me know what i can do to make this work, as I love the option but have been unsuccesful using it sofar.
Thanks in advance.
Loving MB Intros. If anyone needs proper HD surround sound Dolby Digital / DTS / THX etc intros (the moo cow can, the helicopter through the city – everything we’ve seen at the cinema), check out…
And there are loads more here…
If you’re playing back on an Xbox 360 extender, I recommend converting the VOB files downloaded from these sites to M2TS files. For me, MKV stutters and is too unreliable. M2TS is silky smooth every time.
You can use TSMuxer (it’s a GUI and easy to use) to convert a VOB or MKV to M2TS – which just works on the XBox. Takes literally a minute or so to convert each VOB, so it’s painless.
Sorry to keep asking, but this is realy bugging me.
I have reinstalled MB on C: as per your sugestion and even removed MB Intro’s and reinstalled the older (non beta) version.
As this version does not support MPAA Rating as criterium, I set up a default to play one of my intro’s based on Audio codec.
Still none of my movies that meet the criterium plays the intro.
What could be going wrong? I know the service is running all the time since I reinstaled on C:
One minor thing is that all the movie metadata I’ve downloaded from IMB etc using MetaBrowser has USA/MPAA ratings, rather than the UK rating from the BBFC.
It’s easy enough to map from the MPAA rating to the equivalent BBFC rating, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the rating actually given by the BBFC is the same as the BBFC rating calculated from the MPAA one (e.g. the BBFC might be tougher on something in the movie than the MPAA, so give a higher rating).
Is it possible to either get UK ratings rather than USA ones, or to have both USA and UK ratings in the metadata?
Someone was having an issue with stopping the intros but it is gone now. Anyone else?
This version will behave a little differently in regards to stopping. With 1.0 if you stopped a trailer/intro it would advance to the next trailer/intro item. You would need to keep pressing stop for all the items until you got to the movie.
With 1.1, if you stop during any of the trailers/intros it should immediately go to the film being played.
MBIntros is working like a charm Ebr. I really like the new Ratings support. Great job!
I seem to be having a problem getting MB Trailers to play while using smart select. I’ve got MBIntros set up to play a custom intro video, followed by two trailers from MBTrailers, and then a “Feature Presentation” video before the movie. When I have “smart select” checked, it MB plays my intro video, skips the trailers, and goes to my “feature presentation” video, then plays my movie.
I’ve tried adjusting the smart select threshold, but still can’t seem to get it to work.
It plays trailers fine when I don’t use smart select, and my metadata is in good shape for all my movies. Not sure what the problem may be here…
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Let me start off by saying, I love Media Browser. Thank you very much for your great work.
Tonight I purchased the MB Intros and MB Trailers pack. No matter what I do I can’t seem to get the MB Intros to work. I’ve tried installing the current version as well as this BETA. I have followed all the steps in the config instructions and have things set up that 2 movie trailers should play before any movie. When I click play (and no I am not pressing play on my remote, I am making sure to click play) it just launches my external player (VLC) and plays the movie. I would really like to get this feature working. I have tried uninstalling and re-installing. I have tried deleting the xml file for MB Intros and I have tried removing my supporter key and re-entering it. Nothing seems to work. MB Trailers is working great though.
While I am writing I should also ask, is it possible to have MB Intros (assuming I can get it to work) play before watching one of my TV show files? I watch them so much more than movies and it would be great to have trailers play first. My wife would also really like this feature :D
“Please link to a core log in verbose mode from when you play the movie that should have an intro. Thanks. – ebr”
Sorry, I’m not entirely sure what you mean by that. Could I trouble you to try and explain it for me?
“I’m not 100% sure on this, one of the vet’s here can probably confirm, but I didn’t think MBIntros worked with external players… – PMac”
I thought I had read somewhere else on this site that somebody had these working with an external player. Maybe I’m just crazy though.
“Right now Intros only play before movies. – ebr”
Any chance of modifying things so that you could have these play before any file type?
Thank you all for the quick responses.
Ok, so I went to go make a log file for you and everything seemed to work. I haven’t changed any settings but the previews loaded the way they were supposed to. Just to be certain I tried launching another movie and, as in the past, the trailers did not play.
Here is a link to the log files that were created today, both when MB Intros worked and when it did not.
Thanks again for your help.
Sorry about that. I thought I had changed that option in the configurator. Here are the new log files which should be in verbose mode.
I also noticed this time that it seems that the trailers aren’t working when the external player is called. Movies that are play within Media Browser seem to have the trailers play correctly.
I’m sure I’m missing something really stupidly obvious with how I’m using MB Intros, but I’m not seeing the behaviour I’d like to…
When I first installed MB Intros, I downloaded a few HD Dolby Digital intros (the helicopter flying through the city etc) and the cool THX cow moo-can one. They are now in M2TS containers and play fine in WMC as standalone video clips.
That all worked great and was perfect.
Then the MBFC certificate clips were posted in these forums and I downloaded and tried to get MB Intros to play a random Dolby Digital/THX intro first, then play the MBFC intro appropriate for the movie rating. Simple.
I’ve had it working (I think prior to the latest MBIntros beta…), but not all the time. I think that’s because I had some movies that either didn’t have ratings, or had rating values that I didn’t have a specific condition for in my MBIntros config.
This is a screengrab of my current config as shown in the MBIntros setup tool:
And my MBIntros config file is here:
Am I missing something…..?
And… this raises an interesting question. Ideally I’d like the following to happen:
Is this possible today?
Thanks. And I hope I don’t feel too daft when someone points out why my current config isn’t behaving as I’d like it to…
Thanks ebr, I’ll give that a shot. I really appreciate how quickly you got back to me on this.
So, can we or not play an intro before a movie with an external player (mpc-hc).
I’m so confused.
Thanks & regards, Jimmy
Anyone besides lee try this on a 360?
I’ve made up some custom intro’s for displaying a rating before playing my tv shows, and set up MBI to play them before each show, but what I didn’t realize before doing so is that all of the ratings for my shows are in the format “TV-14, TV-MA, etc…” is there a way aside from manually editing the metadata on every show and changing the rating to an MPAA rating instead of TV rating, that I could get intro’s to work on my television shows?
Here’s a rough example I’ve made for TV rating intros, similar to the one’s shown before a television program in Canada.
I get no sound for trailers with the beta. I have setup an intro video to play first and 2 trailers before a movie. The intro video has sound but the trailers just have video with no sound. When I switch back to the non beta version I get sound back again. Anyone else experiencing this?
It doesn’t work for me I’m afraid…neither did the previous versions actually, that’s why i never bothered to purchase the plugin…I remember I installed the plugin way back to try it out but never got it to work so I gave up on it…this version is the same, I notice the “quick play” button but that’s the only result, whether i push play or quick play, it just plays the movie like it normally would…no trailers.
I’ve had an idea… sorry, I know. These MPAA ratings are awful for us folks in the UK, cos they often don’t map nicely onto our ratings. You guys have PG-13 and we have PG, 12 and 15. An MPAA PG-13 can be rated 12 or sometimes 15 in the UK. And you have NC-17 and R, we have 18, nicely between them both. Geez…
But… if MBIntros could consider the CustomRating field instead of the MPAARating field, nice speedy solution for us to ignore the MPAARating. Or we can just stuff the UK rating into the MPAARating field today and have the same result.
Would it be worth having both MPAARating and CustomRating available for selection in MBIntros?
Has anyone used MB Intros for gags? I think having the one you see in theaters – please silence your cell phone and throw away your trash would be hilarious. (Yea I’m easily amused).