Software for controlling a TV media center
I'm finishing up my home theater center in my apt (super low budget!) I'm looking for software to control my audio / video over the TV.
My "media server" computer *is* in the same room as my TV setup. I was thinking to do this, but I wanted the experts opinions before I do something without proper foresight and make a mistake!
I've seen the 2.4ghz wireless transmitters that accept composite inputs (red,white,yellow) and can transmit them through the house. I was thinking I could put some type of card into my media server computer (if such a card exists??) that would output the composite inputs, and attach them to the wireless transmitter that would send the audio and video to my receiver and my television. This would take care of getting all the data into the tv system.
But, how would I control the system? I'm guessing the best idea is to use one of the media softwares that has some type of IR remote control input. This leaves me with a few questions.
Say I use an IR remote or whatever, (which are some good ones??) is it likely that it will interfere with my existing remotes (dvd, cable box, vcr, tv, receiver)?
Also, will the 2.4ghz thing for transmitting the audio/video interfere with my 802.11b/g wireless network?
Additionally, which softwares would you reccomend for this? I'm aware and impressed by MediaCar and MediaEngine, but I haven't checked the site in a while and see there is a lot of new types of software out here! I just need basic functionality: mp3 playing, play a few video formats (nothing fancy), use winamp visualizations, and nice, good looking interface, easy to use interface.
Finally, how would I handle the resolution here? I'm using a 42" HDTV. It can support for sure that 1080i resolution or whatever, but the inputs would be via composite, so what would the max resolution be that I could do with this? Also, remember it's HDTV so its 16:9 and the software would look funny, or is there software that would morph?
Thank you all very kindly, you are all wonderful, and this is an amazing and long lived community. Some great developers here. A truly talented group of individuals who are on the cusp of a cutting edge technology.
- the new guy