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    maybe you can put like a favorites or recently played sort.. I really like that on iTunes

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    Does anyone know if there is an IMDB API? That would be immensely cool, just have the software sync up the metadata about the file and load it in a small db.

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    Thought I should give everyone a formal update,

    I am not dead neither is the project, ha. Sorry I have not been to active on the forums or answering emails, been busy working my *** off on this :P. I am happy to report that loading everything into a database works beautifully, although its more complicated, I am a willing to handle the additional work that is involved. So far i have most of the music part of the database mapped out, along with the required information tables, such as default icons, file types, etc etc. As for the data providers they are turning out to be, err interesting, ha. Its not the fact that they are hard to program, its the fact that I have to start making changes to the control layer, which is proving to be quite time consuming. I also started implementing a formal model, each class has a initWithRow, initializer so that I can pass a database row to it and it populates it self. I have also added media types classes and media player classes. When a media type gets inited it queries the type and then creates the respected player object. This way we can have numerous player types and they can all be used under a common superclass.

    Sorry I have not been able to put out my nightly builds. I am basically rewriting most of it to conform to the defined architecture. I took to many shortcuts and its leading to a few dead ends. Now I have very clear and defined path of execution so development should go smoothly, but it just may take some time.

    As for the video part.

    All the requested features, disappearing touch control, repeat, shuffle, favorites or recent, title, year, singer, actor, all that fun stuff is no problem. In fact I will probably end up putting in a lot more that most people use. Just so you have it :P

    Now codecs and players is the fun part. I have been digging through VLC and MPlayer and i must say, damn. Those are some refined pieces of software. Its going to take me a loooong time to port those to this application. MPlayer would be a little easier since MPlayerOSX is just a command line front end, and the window is just a carbon window that MPlayer generates, but i would need to add a few command line options to make sure the window is positioned right and at proper level.

    There is a slight issue with both of them though, currently there is a law suit going around about patent violations. So i really want to wait to see how that turns out before committing to either. I don't want to get fooked in the long run over source code. I know that may seem silly to some people, but if things go the wrong way in the courts, it could blow up to a huge mess that I don't want anything to do with.

    So for the moment, due to its sheer simplicity I am going to implement quicktime. It supports most of those codecs, eccept wmv, avi is a little shaky, m2v i don't know, and don't know about 3ivx. But the rest of those are supported and do work well. Its quite easy to get up and running and I should have it in there in a few releases. I say a few releases because there are many things that need to be added, like the ability to add media to the system and so on and so forth.


    I herd someone mention the IMDB, that shouldn't be to hard to implement, but it leaves me with another idea. Since this will be skinable ( i swear i will get to it :P) and all that fun stuff I am thinking of making a desktop version so that you can organize all your media from the comforts of home, and then hit the sync button from your car and everything is they way you made it from home. :P

    Well i'm am going to dive back into the code again. Keep the ideas and input coming.

    Thank You all for your time.
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    I am all about genres. I think it would be awesome if you could incorporate that as an organizational feature. And not just movie genres, but music video genres. If it could be broken into types of video, like movie, music, porn, whatever else people want, (maybe make it customizable?) and then after that further subcategories, like action and drama for movies, and rock and rap for videos, etc. It would be great to be able to do the same with the albums as well.
    I guess this would be best if the buttons (categories) were customizable, and then we could assign the files to genres??? I don't know, just throwing it out there. Thanks for the great work so far!
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    Quote Originally Posted by shizzle
    I am all about genres. I think it would be awesome if you could incorporate that as an organizational feature. And not just movie genres, but music video genres. If it could be broken into types of video, like movie, music, porn, whatever else people want, (maybe make it customizable?) and then after that further subcategories, like action and drama for movies, and rock and rap for videos, etc. It would be great to be able to do the same with the albums as well.
    I guess this would be best if the buttons (categories) were customizable, and then we could assign the files to genres??? I don't know, just throwing it out there. Thanks for the great work so far!
    Hmmm that a pretty wild idea, a collection of a collection of a collection of a collection, hmmm have to think about how to write that correctly. But i like it, it could lead to a whole new idea of orginizing your porn, *cough* I mean adult educational entertainment.

    Question where is everyone getting these music videos from, i feel like i missed something. Well back to the code.
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    I bought 3 music video DVD's from Walmart a couple of weeks ago (Hot country compilation, 3 Doors Down, Tobby Kieth) They were only like $5 to $6 a piece and each contained 4 or more songs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BenjaminS
    Hmmm that a pretty wild idea, a collection of a collection of a collection of a collection, hmmm have to think about how to write that correctly. But i like it, it could lead to a whole new idea of orginizing your porn, *cough* I mean adult educational entertainment.

    Question where is everyone getting these music videos from, i feel like i missed something. Well back to the code.
    I just mentioned porn cause my girlfriend was reading over my shoulder when I was typing.

    I got most of my music videos thru p2p, but many I encoded myself with the All In Wonder 9600xt. I am pretty sure its encoding them to mpeg-2... will that play in quicktime? I cant recall, Ill try at home... Theyre great quality, just a little big. (not that big when you consider the great audio and vid quality)
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    requiring certain codecs for playback is all you need for 3ivx, WMV, avi etc, you can write it into the software (again its handled by QT right so wuts there to do but allow its use of the certain codecs)

    if the user doesnt have the 3ivx plugin installed, it wont play...
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    Quote Originally Posted by shizzle
    I just mentioned porn cause my girlfriend was reading over my shoulder when I was typing.

    I got most of my music videos thru p2p, but many I encoded myself with the All In Wonder 9600xt. I am pretty sure its encoding them to mpeg-2... will that play in quicktime? I cant recall, Ill try at home... Theyre great quality, just a little big. (not that big when you consider the great audio and vid quality)
    I think you need to buy the QuickTime mpeg-2 codec from apple for QuickTIme to play those files. Mpeg-2

    QT 7 might have this built in though...I really don't know.
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    Well again, if you got the codec, the player will play. If not, it wont. Its basic apple quicktime principals.

    This whole putting the codecs into the frontend or hacking up Mplayer and VLC seems kinda ridiculuous, what is the benefit to NOT using corevideo...?
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