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    CCarProject User Input -Video File Organization

    I've agreed to help BenjaminS with some of the CCarProject, including gathering user input for the way files should be organized in the interface.

    We need your input to the following questions:

    1. How do you organize your video files? And perhaps more importantly, how would you like to have them organized in the CCarProject?

    Think about the information fields that you think would be useful to have. For example: Title, Actors, Genre, etc... Would you want to have playlists, a library, a certain type of naming convention, etc?

    2. What formats should the application be able to play?

    Don't list every single format you can think of but rather formats you think are likely to be required for playback of your movies.
    what formats should i focus on.

    3. Are there *open source* players we should look at incorporating into the project?

    Post your suggestions here and give them a reasonable amount of thought. Changing the database format once it has been incorporated could be painful as far as migrating from one version to the next.

    Here's the input we've received so far. Edit: Added suggestion for favs/recently played.
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    I would like the search to be similar to that of iTunes. That being that a small DVD case would show what the movie is (these are easy to grab from Amazon, etc) or maybe by default, a random (or user chosen) Image would appear it this place that again could be replaced by the user.

    I might be different from most people, but I pretty much would just need to search by title. The movies or video I have in my car is generally pretty straight forward, so searching by actor is not all that important. Genere might be nice.

    As for which formats, I encode all my DVD's with Handbrake. So I prefer .mov, .mp4, and also (if possible) h.264.

    I play most of my movies with QuickTime, but VLC has many advantages too.

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    well, i used to have all my music-videos in the car in multiplexed .mpg (mpeg-1/2), .m2v (mpeg-2), and seldom in .mov - that's all.

    the vids are simply sorted by singer, and yes, a/(several) saveable playlist/(s) (repeat all, shuffle, that stuff) would be cool.
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    MPlayer.

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    MPLAYER or VLC are a MUST!!
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    VLC is a must, but if you check out Flip4Mac, you can now use WMV in quicktime...

    3ivx is a DEFINITE MUST

    I use
    Mpeg 1 (.mpg)
    quicktime 7 (.mov)
    Windoze Media (.wmv)
    Divx (.avi/.divx)

    I dont believe you need anything else truly. MPEG2 (.m2v) is useless in QT it plays and loads horribly. Having an mpeg2 file is just the intermediary before muxing a DVD, otherwise why do you have it? I dont see the use for, but VLC handles it nicely. MP4 is coming along nicely, and again thats in "core video".

    I dont understand "core video: 100% but doesnt this make your job easier, all one needs is the proper codecs in their library/quicktime/ folder... which would give you h.264 and everything else. Right? you dont need to incorporate things that the OS already does for you in SDK.

    As for file naming, i got the route of "artist - song title" or "Movie Title - release year (if you need it)"
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    i second mp4 play back don't care much about mplayer and others. if you could create an easy touch screen control that dissapears much like the standard controls in the dvd player. that would be great. keep up the awesome work guys. what language are ya'll building in?

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    I'm sure I'm a minority here, but all I really would need is an easy way to launch QuickTime Player for my movies. So really just a playlist sorted by title.

    Codecs I use are .mp4 and I've tried H.264, but I think H.264 is too much for my little G3 500 I'll use in the car. I also have some older .avi's, so that too I guess.

    Overall though, I'd lean toward letting QuickTime handle the playback...seems like it does a pretty good job of handling most file types. But I don't really know that much about video stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bugbyte
    1. How do you organize your video files? And perhaps more importantly, how would you like to have them organized in the CCarProject?
    I think you should keep the interface simple. Things like searching for actor or genre seems not important to me. Keep in mind that is is a carcomputer, and no a home theatre. Something like the musicplayer part would be nice.

    Keep it simple!

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    Original post updated with inputs so far.
    Quote Originally Posted by ghettocruzer View Post
    I was gung ho on building a PC [until] just recently. However, between my new phone having internet and GPS and all...and this kit...Im starting to have trouble justfiying it haha.
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