Watch/Listen to media stored on the Core
How to set it up
There is nothing special to setup normally. In the LinuxMCE Admin website, under Wizard, Scenarios, Media Scenarios are check boxes for each Entertainment Area (aka Room) which create a media scenario to play media in that room, such as "music", "movies", etc. These boxes are checked by default for all Entertainment Areas that have a media director, so you should not have to do anything.
How to use it
From any orbiter select the room where you want to start the media, and choose the media button corresponding to the type of media you want to start, such as "music" which includes all the CD's you rip, and "movies" which includes ripped DVD's. Next you will see the file list showing you the directories and files. Touch a directory to view the contents in it, or touch a file to play the file. For media that is normally queued, like music, the media will start automatically but the Orbiter will not switch to the remote control until you hit the "remote" button; this is to allow you to select more media to place in the queue. When you are done, you can go to the remote control and save that queue as a playlist. With media that is not normally queued, like movies, the orbiter will immediately switch to the remote control.***
The file list is similar in concept to Windows Explorer. You see what's on the Core's hard drive. However you can hit the 'search' button to find media by name or attribute. When you hit 'search' a keyboard appears. Just start typing anything you're looking for. It can be anything--the name of a file, an actor in a movie, a composer, a genre, etc. As you type, you will see all the matching attributes, with the most significant matches near the top. So, for example, typing in 'sp' and you will likely see a list like "Spielberg, Steven (Director)", "Speed (Movie)", "Springstein, Bruce (Singer)", "Sports movies (Genre)", "Spellbound (Song)". Everything is combined together so that it's easier for you. You just start typing and don't need to tell LinuxMCE what you're looking for. When you see what you're looking for, select it from the list. If you select some media, like in this example: "Movie: Speed" or "Song: Spellbound", the media will start playing. If you select something that is an attribute, like in this example: "Spielberg, Steven (Director)", "Springstein, Bruce (Singer)", "Sports movies (Genre)", then you'll see all the results for that attribute, such as movies by Steven Spielberg, songs and albums by Bruce Springstein, and a list of Sports movies.***
On the search results screen you can select some media, like a movie or music, or select another attribute and hit 'view' to see the results for that attribute. In LinuxMCE Admin choose Files & Media, and Media Files Browser to set attributes and cover art for your media files.
See Rip a CD/DVD to the Core to learn about the directory structure, attributes and use of the XFS extended attributes files system. The files and attributes are stored in the pluto_media database. Choosing media causes the Orbiter to send a MH Play Media command to the Media_Plugin which will then find a media player that can handle that type of media in that entertainment area, and call its media handler's StartMedia function.