Saturday, 27 December 2008
I've seen a similar visualization in the past, but it was either a paid one or I couldn't get it working, I can't really remember now.
Anyways this one is totally free and it works in both WMP and Media Center on Vista, yep that's right it also works in Media Center on your TV! It won't work on the extenders obviously but there is also a similar Yule Log effect for the XBOX 360 dashboard, however that is not free read more below, I've not tried the XBOX one out yet.
"Ah, just in time for the holidays! Sean Alexander has released an updated Yule Log Visualization for Windows Media Player. Originally released as a part of the Windows Media Bonus Pack for Windows XP, this visualization is simply a fireplace complete with crackling logs and dancing flames perfect for bringing a bit of holiday spirit to our PCs. "
Download the WMP / VMC Yule Log Viz here.
XBOX 360 Virtual Fireplace
"If you enjoyed the Windows Media Player Yule Log visualization but don’t have a PC in your living room, you may want to check out this virtual fireplace instead. As Major Nelson reports, an Xbox LIVE Member SniperED007 used the XNA tools to create this visualization “that has all the sights and sounds of a nice wintery fireplace.”
Wednesday, 24 December 2008
Cheers have a good one!
Saturday, 20 December 2008
"Japanese entertainment software developer Pony/Canon will release the first movie title on a hybrid Blu-ray/DVD disc in Japan in February, in an effort to accelerate the transition from the DVD to the Blu-ray format." Read the full article.
Sounds pretty interesting one disc that both DVD and Blu-ray players can read, so I guess you could have the standard definition version of a movie and the high definition version on the same disc! Might be handy if you don't have Blu-ray players in everyroom and want to watch a movie say on a DVD player in the bedroom maybe. Or you might only want to rip the SD version to your hard disk to save space. I can see having both SD and HD versions on one disc coming in handy, whilst we are in this in-between stage, until everything has switched over to the blu-ray format this might ease the transition.
Friday, 19 December 2008
The video is pretty cool I think and the thing I like the most about this video is the sound track he used which is a really cool track!
Think it's from the 1995 Hackers movie, take a look here.
Think I might just watch Hackers again, great film and have not seen it for a long time!
can select an artist, album, or Zune Card and see a visual mosaic of related music and listeners. As you click on the mosaic, you’ll be taken in new directions, allowing you to discover music in a visually appealing way. Of course, if you wanted to see Mixview you had to have the Zune software installed on your computer. But now, you can check out Mixview on the web even if you don’t run Zune software. The feature has just launched over on Zune.net. When you click on the page for an album, artist, or Zune Card, you’ll notice there’s a new link called “mixview” available at the top. If you click If you haven’t yet tried this out, you should give it a shot – it’s a pretty cool way to explore and discover new music.
that, the new web-based Mixview will then launch.
Of course, if you wanted to see Mixview you had to have the Zune software installed on your computer. But now, you can check out Mixview on the web even if you don’t run Zune software. The feature has just launched over on Zune.net. When you click on the page for an album, artist, or Zune Card, you’ll notice there’s a new link called “mixview” available at the top. If you click
If you haven’t yet tried this out, you should give it a shot – it’s a pretty cool way to explore and discover new music.
Sunday, 14 December 2008
"Now that DIRECTV has suspended development on their HDPC-20 Tuner where does that leave us? There are a lot of differing opinions going around about why DIRECTV canned the tuner, whose fault it is, and where do we go from here. Most people are pointing the finger at Microsoft, and with their history of releases how could you not? This doesn’t mean however that Microsoft is totally at fault, but let’s look at the whole situation to see how we got here. "
Saturday, 13 December 2008
It was nice to purchase SlySoft's AnyDVD HD once and let the gurus in Antigua continually re-break whatever DRM Hollywood chose to throw out, wasn't it? After this year, you can kiss that luxury goodbye -- that is, if you continue to sit on the sidelines. SlySoft has just announced that starting on January 1, 2009, it will "change its update policy from free lifetime updates to an annual subscription fee. Full article.
Friday, 12 December 2008
If your current hardware knowledge and PC building skills are as bad as mine
which I very much doubt!
And when you built PC's on a regular basis, motherboards had
no USB ports and then when they did have USB ports no USB devices existed for two years, floppy disk drives were a must have feature and the latest
graphics cards where either Matrox or Diamond and if you had 128MB of RAM you
were lucky! That's what years of senior corporate I.T. management OEM buying power and
laziness gets you! Then this guide is going to be right up your street.
An extremely knowledgeable chap who goes by the name of Renethx over on the
AVS Forums has a fantastic guide for newbie's like me and seasoned PC builders alike.
Check it out here.
Warning there are 160 plus pages and it will make your head hurt if you read
too much, however the first 15 pages or so and for current specs page 85 onwards are the
His HD HTPC build recommendations cover low end, mid range and high end, Intel / Intel, Intel / Nvidia, AMD / AMD and AMD / Nvidia chipsets, he
also covers building massive terabyte storage servers and home servers and high end workstations.
I think I'm gonna just choose one of this spec recommendations and build away when I have the spare cash that is!
Tuesday, 9 December 2008
"If you’re a DirecTV subscriber and a Media Center fan, I’m afraid I have some bad news for you: DirecTV has pulled the plug on development of its long-rumored HDPC-20 tuner."
Via Ed Bott, full article can be seen here
I was reading this thread on the Green Button here page 19, seems there's a newer Windows 7 build doing the rounds and here's some new screen shots of Media Center in that build.
There's an option in the guide to color code shows by category.
Similar movies and future recordings integrated.
While watching a movie you can view the cast, and view other movies they have directed, produced, or acted in.
Check out the thread here on this page where you can view full sized screen shots.
If your wondering where to get your hands on this build take a look see here.
Saturday, 6 December 2008
Also check out the Wiki for using Transcode 360 with the My Movies add-in here.
Both methods work well.
Friday, 5 December 2008
"AMD's "Maui" home theater PC platform consists of a combination of AMD hardware and software. Systems built around the platform feature an energy efficient Phenom or Athlon processor, ATI Radeon graphics, ATI TV tuners, and AMD LIVE! software elements. The current foundation of the platform is MSI's somewhat unique Media Live DIVA 5.1 motherboard, which is based on the AMD 780M chipset, and includes a specialized Intersil D2 Ausio DAE-3 audio chip with an accompanying 5.1 channel amplifier, but a 3.1 / 7.1 pre-amplifier card is also an option."
Check out AVS Forum for the real low down on this motherboard.
Once upon time, video codecs and formats were really only the concern of AV nerds, anime freaks and hardcore not-so-legal movie downloaders. Now, even the most part-time of geeks has to deal with them, whether they're trying to stream a flick across their house with an Apple TV, dump some video onto their phone or just trying to grab last night's episode of Dexter because they, uh, forgot to renew their Showtime subscription. It's messy and annoying, but we're here to clean it up. Take a deep breath.