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Media Browser normally plays files through Windows Media Center. If you want to use another player for a certain file type, here’s some information to get you going.

Important note:
This will not have any affect when playing files on extenders


Setting up an External Player via the Configurator

Open the Media Browser Configurator (Start –> All Programs –> Media Browser –> Media Browser Configurator).

  • From the top menu of the Configurator, select “advanced”.
  • Select the “external players” tab.
  • Select the add button.
  • Choose the media type that should open in your external player. Select OK.
  • Under section (2) “Configure External Player”, select the “Select Player” button.
  • Navigate to the installation directory of your external player and select the .exe file (e.g: For “Media Player Classic”: C:\Program Files\MPC HomeCinema\mpc-hc.exe)

Command Line Parameters

  • In the External Player tab of the Configurator, under section “ (3) Optional Parameters” select the “Change Parameters” button.
  • Next to the “{0}” command, enter any additional command line parameters (they are case sensitive). Separate each command with a space.

For example: Command Line Parameters added for Media Player Classic

"{0}" /fullscreen /close 

This sends the commands to open in fullscreen mode (/fullscreen) and close when finished (/close).

Notes:

  • Command Line Parameters are Case Sensitive
  • Use a space to separate each Command Line Parameter
  • The “{0}” already specified in the Optional Parameters box sends the command to launch the external player

For a list of available command line parameters that external players support, you can visit this page

Minimize Media Center when starting

Per media type / external player, you can choose to have Media Center minimize itself upon launching the media type.

When the external player is called Media Center is minimized and when the external player is closed Media Center is maximized again.

This behaviour is implemented to:

  • Enable better performance of the external player
  • Avoid issues where the focus remained with Media Center instead of passing to the external player.

Show splash screen when starting

To improve the visual transition between Media Browser and the external player, you can choose to display a splash screen first. Again, this can be configured per media type / external player.

It is possible to customize the splash screen. This is done through the usual ImagesByName folder. To use your custom splash screen image, do the following:

  • Setup an ImagesByName folder structure
  • Place an appropriate image in the ImagesByName\General folder and name it “splash.png”.
    Only png images are supported.

Valid media types ( as of Media Browser 2.2.8 – codename Orion ) are:

  • Unknown,
  • Asf,
  • Avi,
  • BluRay,
  • DVD,
  • Dvrms,
  • F4v,
  • Flv,
  • HDDVD,
  • M2ts,
  • M4v,
  • Mkv,
  • Mov,
  • Mp4,
  • Mpeg,
  • Mpg,
  • Ogv,
  • PlayList,
  • Threegp,
  • Ts,
  • Wmv,
  • Wtv

Valid media types ( as of Media Browser 2.2.4 – codename Cronos ) are:

  • BluRay
  • HDDVD
  • DVD
  • AVI
  • MPG
  • MKV
  • TS (for m2ts and ts files)
  • PlayList (for multi-part movies)
  • WMW

Additional background information

Note: the following information is for reference purposes only. Directly editing the xml is not the preferred way of configuring external players.

It is also possible to manually edit the MediaBrowserXml.config file to configure the use of external players for certain types of content

The following XML replaces the <ExternalPlayers /> section in the file “C:\ProgramData\MediaBrowser\MediaBrowserXml.config

Example code:

 <ExternalPlayers>
   <ExternalPlayer>
     <MediaType>Avi</MediaType>
     <Command>wmplayer.exe</Command>
     <Args>"{0}"</Args>
     <MinimizeMCE>False</MinimizeMCE>
     <ShowSplashScreen>True</ShowSplashScreen>
   </ExternalPlayer>
   <ExternalPlayer>
     <MediaType>Mkv</MediaType>
     <Command>wmplayer.exe</Command>
     <Args>"{0}"</Args>
     <MinimizeMCE>True</MinimizeMCE>
     <ShowSplashScreen>True</ShowSplashScreen>
   </ExternalPlayer>
 </ExternalPlayers>

The <ExternalPlayer> block is repeated for each type you want to configure.

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