MediaPortal 2.2 Release

  • TE VideoHub 1 05cd5
  • Win10 Series 1 c1818
  • Win10 Movie 2 a533e
  • 299088 Unbenannt3 3a207
  • WMC Dark Weather d3818
  • Info Screen 1847a
  • Grey Movies 1 92eae
  • BlueVision TitanExtended Theme

  • BlueVision Win10Theme

  • BlueVision Win10 Theme

  • WMC Default Theme

  • WMC DarkTheme

  • WMC Default Theme

  • BlueVision Grey Theme

We are proud to present MediaPortal 2.2 Final

Since the recent release of MediaPortal 2.2pre, we fixed some minor things. We now proudly present the final version of our next major release of MediaPortal 2 in version 2.2.

MediaPortal 2.2 is a full-blown media center software that addresses the most common user requirements out of the box. Besides its TV and Radio services it is also offering a complete media management for movies, series and music, including posters, album and fan art as well as additional metadata (e.g. actor, director and much more) that are automatically downloaded from the internet. MediaPortal 2.2 also provides access to online video sources such as Amazon Prime. Integrated news, weather information and management for your digital images complete this software package.

There is a long list of changes – you can find all details in the end of this news – major changes are:

User Management

Thanks to user management you'll be able to create different profiles with different settings, different privileges, and different skins. Each profile will maintain its own set of watched status. The user management is a server side feature, meaning all the profiles are saved on the server portion of Media Portal 2 and then distributed through all the clients where the User Management Feature is enabled.

thumb User login Settings2 14337 thumb User login Settings d577b

You can set a password and limit TV-groups, age rated content, access to media sources etc. by user. There are pre-defined user templates (Administrator, teenager, kids), which can be later further restricted or relaxed. User can upload their own profile pictures to customize their account. As a result, you can make your kids see only feasible content making Media Portal 2 the perfect family HTPC solution.

thumb User login TE f7736   User login WMC 9fbe2   User login BV 9af0c   User login Win10 e53f7

For details or manual, please refer to the related WIKI section

Importer

An overworked Data Base structure was introduced offering many improvements and features. It offers content group support for audio, stub support, user support, some new indexes for speed improvements, faster searching and correct ordering of artists, actors etc.

By adding an async task handling we could also avoid the second importer run known from MP2.1 and improve the resource usage in idle or during import resulting in a better performance.

The new DB structure is imcompatible with previous versions, but when upgrading Media Portal from a previous version the server will recognize old DB's from MP2.1.x and upgrade them automatically on first start. You will not loose any of your media items, watched status etc. An indicator in client informs you about the upgrade progress.

With Media Re-import it is finally possible to correct or adjust wrongly imported media items manually comfortably from within client. You can select the best result from auto matcher or manually search by media name or identification number (IMBD, TvDB, …). You can simply access the re-import feature from context menu of a focused media item.

thumb Reimport menu BV 53251  thumb Reimport dialoge WMC 91a64 


Input Management

The previous Input Device Manager plugin has been completely rewritten, allowing now to control not only Key Management, but also Screen Management. You can now assign special shortcuts to switch from one screen to the other directly. (i.e. assign a special shortcut to jump to TV, or TV Guide)

The GUI for the Input Management is now much more intuitive and allows you to first chose the action and then the key combination to map to that action. It's now possible to see, remove or modify existing key mappings already assigned to a specific action quickly and more reliably.

For details or manual, please refer to the related WIKI section.

Genre Management

Genres are managed differently now. During import genres are mapped to defined genre ID's, which can be localized with in client. There are VideoGenres for movies and series, AudioGenres and TVGenres. Unknown genres are also supported, they will be added additionally and are handled by their name during import.

As a result you may filter comfortably media items by genre ID and you are also able to see newly introduced genre poster as an eye catcher.

thumb Genre Coverview BV 80098  Genre Gridview WMC 83b4b

The TV part also shows genres now in case your EPG provider supports it. You can optionally activate EPG genre colors in TV settings and assign predefined colors to TV genres in all skins. The settings also allow you to map colors to genres to customize the EPG according your needs.

Genre EPG settings WMC ba0cb  Genre EPG BV ff144  Genre EPG WMC bdfd7  Gnere EPG TE 72938 

Stub Support

We implemented stub support for movies, series and albums. When a disc is inserted the matching stub will be found. A prompt will be shown to insert the media if disc is not found. Series discs that contain multiple episodes will be created as a multi part episodes. When using NFO files together with the stub files, the <fileinfo> part will be read from the NFO file to generate media details.

  • Album stub file extensions: "cd.disc"
  • Movie and series stub file extensions: "dvd.disc", "bluray.disc", "brrip.disc", "bd25.disc", "bd50.disc", "hddvd.disc", "hdtv.disc", "pdtv.disc", "dsr.disc", "vhs.disc"

Focus Handling

We have improved the focus handling in MP2.2. So far lists always start withed the focus on first item.

  • In long lists the focus is put directly on the selected item now and you do not need to scroll any longer through the list to find it
  • The focus behaviour for series media view is more intelligent and places the focus on the first partly or unwatched media item, allowing you to directly continue with the next unwatched episode/season

Weather

No more blocked weather data! You can now use your own private key for the weather provider OpenWeatherMap.

Skins

WMC Skin

We improved and expanded WMC skin features refreshing its style to look more modern.

Home Content
Home Content is offering quick and comfortable access to media items and further information in home screen, if activated in skin settings. You be able to see instantly the latest added media items continue watching the latest watched movies, see your favourite music, which you were playing frequently. You can also directly select current running TV programs or favourite TV-channels directly from HomeScreen. You can comfortably switch between HomeMenu and HomeContent with “Info” (remote) or “I” (keyboard). It’s definitely a feature you don’t want to miss again.

thumb HomeContent EPG 04fce  thumb HomeContent Movies 82e03 HomeContent TV 3e955 HomeContent Series fdfc5

New Thumbnail View
You are now able to switch between banners, posters and thumbnails for movies and series in skin settings.

WMC Thumbnail view 5f027

Other WMC skin changes

  • Higher resolution for menu images
  • Improved HomeMenu navigation with mouse (vertical navigation buttons)
  • Now the clock appears on the top right corner of the screen when the OSD is shown on Movies and TV Series playback
  • When playing a live video, it now shows as background in the home screen
  • Player controls for DVD's added in "WMC design"
  • Added disc# to AudioListViews
  • Removed animated Aurora Background, also remove it in skin settings

A specially designed WMC skin addresses the needs of former Windows Media Center users. This skin with its two themes Default and Dark offers the same experience that you were used to while providing additional features that make it even better than Windows Media Center.

WMC Dark Weather d3818  WMC Dark Weather d3818  WMC Dark Weather d3818  WMC Dark Weather d3818

The revamped BlueVision skin and its themes Default, Win10, Titanium Extended and Grey offer additional display options that allow adjusting the look of MediaPortal 2.1 to your personal preferences:
Win10

Win10 VideoHub 1 5fdc4  Win10 Movie 1 7d817  win10 Audio Fullscreen dc605  Win10 Audio 2 38559

Titanium Extended

TE Menu TV 7c1ea  TE CP screen 101c8  TE Emulators grid 998ad  TE recordings 427a1

 

Extensions

MediaPortal 2.2's functionality can be further extended through the installation of additional plugins. The choice of extensions, while currently limited, is steadily growing. Discover what else is available in our Featured Plugins section. 

Trakt

A new Trakt plugin has been developed with better sync and watched flags management, completely compatible with the new User Management system, allowing different trakt accounts for different users. The development of the plugin has been moved out from the standard Mediaportal 2 development. This will ease development and bug fixes.
For details or manual, please refer to the related WIKI section.

Flag Mover

Flag mover is a new plugin developed for MediaPortal 2.2 and newer versions. You'll be able to backup user specific watched flags (JSON format) and to restore/transfer them into a new clean installation.

Full list of changes

You can review all changes by taking a look at the different changelogs: MediaPortal 2.2 Final and MediaPortal 2.2 Pre

 For known issues please check out our Jira and our Bug Reports Forum.


Installation, Upgrade, Download and Feedback

Installation

Extract the downloaded zip archive and simply run the MP2 Setup file.The installer will automatically download any missing components and install them.

Windows 10 K and KN editions: You need to manually download and install the additional Microsoft Media feature pack first. This will add the Windows Media Player and related technologies that are required by MediaPortal 2.2 to work.
Wiki:  http://www.team-mediaportal.com/wiki/display/MediaPortal2/Installing+MediaPortal+2

Upgrade

MediaPortal 2.2 has a new media database structure that is not compatible with versions prior to MediaPortal 2.2 Pre Release. The installer will recognize an existing incompatible database and migrate the content to the new version. Please be aware that this might take a while depending on the amount of your media items. The data base migration progress is shown by an indicator in the client.

N.B.: If you upgrade from an earlier version than MediaPortal 2.1 the data base is incompatible and cannot be migrated. You will need to redo your server settings including the setup of media sources.

 

Feedback

Bugs

If you think you found a bug then please first check if it has not already been reported: the Bug Reports Forum contains all active user bug reports with their respective status. For new issues post a detailed report in our Bug Reports Forum. Make sure your report includes all the required information.

Appearance and functionality

We invite you to make suggestions for improvement with special focus on menu layout, menu content explanatory texts and translations. Please post your comments in a new thread in the General section.

Requests for missing/new features should be made in the Feature Request Forum. As for bugs we would appreciate if you first verified that your request has not already been raised before. Also if possible please make only one request per thread.

 

Download

We hope that you took the time to read this release news as it includes vital information about the major changes. Get your own copy of the new MediaPortal 2.2 by selecting the download link.

menuv3 donate a8bac    If you would like to support MediaPortal, we would be happy to receive a small donation!

The MP2 team wishes you a lot of fun with this new release!

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MediaPortal 1.21 Pre Release

We have just released a Pre Release of MediaPortal 1.21. Happy testing!

Pre Releases are provided as a way for the community to test and give feedback on all the exciting things we have lined up for the next release. We allocate about one month for Pre Release testing. In that time we will only fix bugs, after which comes the final release!

Highlights of this release 

Bugfixes:

  • We fixed some issues with MadVR
  • We fixed an issue with Dynamic Refresh Rate and the MediaInfo wrapper
  • We fixed an issue where the end time was incorrect when TV recordings were imported
  • We fixed/reworked the Audio Mixer control for Windows 7 & 10
  • We fixed a crash on Windows 10 Pro for Workstations

New:

We added new functions in the following areas:

  • Added support for AAC 'Parametric Stereo' audio streams to TV player
  • Added 'watched recording' status to TV section of Titan skin**
  • Added audio delay adjustment capability using LAV Audio
  • TV recording now uses a 'CPU thread per recording' method to minimise interaction between recordings and/or timeshifting
  • TV off-air DVB EPG data processing re-worked to fix some long-standing issues with incorrect character set handling

** With this new function you get a display of watched status/watched percentage in TV/Radio recordings (similiar as in MyVideos).

Along with the above items we kept consolidating our software.

Notes:

For use Bluray with BD-J support, Java 8 must be installed. We recommend the version Java 8u151 in x86 version.
Download-Link : Oracle Download Website


Full list of changes

gear-iconYou can review the complete change log for MP 1.21 Pre Release by using the link below:
Changelog: MediaPortal 1.21 Pre Release

Documentation of new features will be added to: Wiki - What's New


Installation, Upgrade, Download and Feedback

Installation

microsoft net framework 4 e711eSince we switched to .NET4 you need to make sure you have.NET4 installed on your computer (not needed if you are on Windows 8 because it comes with .NET4, but you NEED the .NET 3.5 features enabled!). Otherwise you are not able to install MediaPortal and the installer just quits.

Download-Link: Microsoft .NET Framework 4 (Standalone Installer)

Aside from that when doing a clean installation of the 1.21 Pre Release there is nothing else to worry about.

Upgrade

update-iconUpgrading from MP 1.2.0 Beta or later to 1.21 Pre Release

All MediaPortal 1.2.0 Beta installations can be upgraded to MP 1.21 Pre Release without losing your settings.

Plugins:

If you are running MediaPortal 1.6.0 or earlier, then it is possible that some of your previously installed plugins will be shown as incompatible after the upgrade to 1.21 Pre Release! Whether or not a plugin is incompatible depends on the MediaPortal subsystems the plugin uses.
All plugins that work for the 1.7.1 HotFix release, should also work with the 1.21 Pre Release.

Upgrading Extensions:

The easiest way to upgrade your extensions is by launching the MediaPortal Extension Installer, and let it check for updated versions. However this only works for extensions that use our MPEI system. If the author of the extension releases it as a stand alone installer, you must contact them for an updated version.


General note about Upgrades

Manually stop TV-Service!

television-iconOn some systems our installer is not able to update the TV-Server installation because its files are locked or the service can not be stopped.
For upgrades to 1.21 Pre Release we recommend that you manually stop the TV-Service and make sure, via Windows Task Manager (enable the "all users" option), that the TvService.exe process is really gone before starting to upgrade.

Custom TV-Service properties

If you manually changed the properties of the TV-Service (like restart on error options), then you must redo these changes after the upgrade. The installer is not able to save and restore your custom service properties when it installs the new version of the TV-Service.


Feedback

Bugs

If you think you found a bug then please post a detailed report in our Bug Reports Forum.

Make sure your report includes all the required information. Incomplete reports will be removed to keep the forum clean.


 Download

Finally - the download. We hope that you took the time to read this release news entirely because it includes vital information about the major changes.

  If you would like to support MediaPortal, we would be happy to receive a donation!

The Team wishes you a lot of fun with this new release!

.::. Download - MediaPortal 1.21 Pre Release .::.

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MediaPortal 2.2 Pre-Release

  • TE VideoHub 1 05cd5
  • Win10 Series 1 c1818
  • Win10 Movie 2 a533e
  • 299088 Unbenannt3 3a207
  • WMC Dark Weather d3818
  • Info Screen 1847a
  • Grey Movies 1 92eae
  • BlueVision TitanExtended Theme

  • BlueVision Win10Theme

  • BlueVision Win10 Theme

  • WMC Default Theme

  • WMC DarkTheme

  • WMC Default Theme

  • BlueVision Grey Theme

We are proud to present MediaPortal 2.2 Pre-Release

It has been some time since last release, but we were intensively working on the implementation of new features and some fundamental changes in the core of MediaPortal 2. As a result, we proudly present the next major release of MediaPortal 2 in version 2.2.

MediaPortal 2.2 is a full-blown media center software that addresses the most common user requirements out of the box. Besides its TV and Radio services it is also offering a complete media management for movies, series and music, including posters, album and fan art as well as additional metadata (e.g. actor, director and much more) that are automatically downloaded from the internet. MediaPortal 2.2 also provides access to online video sources such as Amazon Prime. Integrated news, weather information and management for your digital images complete this software package.

There is a long list of changes – you can find all details in the end of this news – but the major changes in the following.

User Management

Thanks to user management you'll be able to create different profiles with different settings, different privileges, and different skins. Each profile will maintain its own set of watched status. The user management is a server side feature, meaning all the profiles are saved on the server portion of Media Portal 2 and then distributed through all the clients where the User Management Feature is enabled.

thumb User login Settings2 14337 thumb User login Settings d577b

You can set a password and limit TV-groups, age rated content, access to media sources etc. by user. There are pre-defined user templates (Administrator, teenager, kids), which can be later further restricted or relaxed. User can upload their own profile pictures to customize their account. As a result, you can make your kids see only feasible content making Media Portal 2 the perfect family HTPC solution.

thumb User login TE f7736   User login WMC 9fbe2   User login BV 9af0c   User login Win10 e53f7

For details or manual, please refer to the related WIKI section

Importer

An overworked Data Base structure was introduced offering many improvements and features. It offers content group support for audio, stub support, user support, some new indexes for speed improvements, faster searching and correct ordering of artists, actors etc.

By adding an async task handling we could also avoid the second importer run known from MP2.1 and improve the resource usage in idle or during import resulting in a better performance.

The new DB structure is imcompatible with previous versions, but when upgrading Media Portal from a previous version the server will recognize old DB's from MP2.1.x and upgrade them automatically on first start. You will not loose any of your media items, watched status etc. An indicator in client informs you about the upgrade progress.

With Media Re-import it is finally possible to correct or adjust wrongly imported media items manually comfortably from within client. You can select the best result from auto matcher or manually search by media name or identification number (IMBD, TvDB, …). You can simply access the re-import feature from context menu of a focused media item.

thumb Reimport menu BV 53251  thumb Reimport dialoge WMC 91a64 


Input Management

The previous Input Device Manager plugin has been completely rewritten, allowing now to control not only Key Management, but also Screen Management. You can now assign special shortcuts to switch from one screen to the other directly. (i.e. assign a special shortcut to jump to TV, or TV Guide)

The GUI for the Input Management is now much more intuitive and allows you to first chose the action and then the key combination to map to that action. It's now possible to see, remove or modify existing key mappings already assigned to a specific action quickly and more reliably.

For details or manual, please refer to the related WIKI section.

Genre Management

Genres are managed differently now. During import genres are mapped to defined genre ID's, which can be localized with in client. There are VideoGenres for movies and series, AudioGenres and TVGenres. Unknown genres are also supported, they will be added additionally and are handled by their name during import.

As a result you may filter comfortably media items by genre ID and you are also able to see newly introduced genre poster as an eye catcher.

thumb Genre Coverview BV 80098  Genre Gridview WMC 83b4b

The TV part also shows genres now in case your EPG provider supports it. You can optionally activate EPG genre colors in TV settings and assign predefined colors to TV genres in all skins. The settings also allow you to map colors to genres to customize the EPG according your needs.

Genre EPG settings WMC ba0cb  Genre EPG BV ff144  Genre EPG WMC bdfd7  Gnere EPG TE 72938 

Stub Support

We implemented stub support for movies, series and albums. When a disc is inserted the matching stub will be found. A prompt will be shown to insert the media if disc is not found. Series discs that contain multiple episodes will be created as a multi part episodes. When using NFO files together with the stub files, the <fileinfo> part will be read from the NFO file to generate media details.

  • Album stub file extensions: "cd.disc"
  • Movie and series stub file extensions: "dvd.disc", "bluray.disc", "brrip.disc", "bd25.disc", "bd50.disc", "hddvd.disc", "hdtv.disc", "pdtv.disc", "dsr.disc", "vhs.disc"

Focus Handling

We have improved the focus handling in MP2.2. So far lists always start withed the focus on first item.

  • In long lists the focus is put directly on the selected item now and you do not need to scroll any longer through the list to find it
  • The focus behaviour for series media view is more intelligent and places the focus on the first partly- or unwatched media item allowing you to directly continue with the episode/season you new to continue

Skins

WMC Skin

We improved and expanded WMC skin features refreshing its style to look more modern.

Home Content
Home Content is offering quick and comfortable access to media items and further information in home screen, if activated in skin settings. You be able to see instantly the latest added media items continue watching the latest watched movies, see your favourite music, which you were playing frequently. You can also directly select current running TV programs or favourite TV-channels directly from HomeScreen. You can comfortably switch between HomeMenu and HomeContent with “info” (remote) or “I” (keyboard). It’s definitely a feature you don’t want to miss again.

thumb HomeContent EPG 04fce  thumb HomeContent Movies 82e03 HomeContent TV 3e955 HomeContent Series fdfc5

New Thumbnail View
You are now able to switch between banners, posters and thumbnails for movies and series in skin settings.

WMC Thumbnail view 5f027

Other WMC skin changes

  • Higher resolution for menu images
  • Improved HomeMenu navigation with mouse (vertical navigation buttons)
  • Now the clock appears on the top right corner of the screen when the OSD is shown on Movies and TV Series playback
  • When playing a live video, it now shows as background in the home screen
  • Player controls for DVD's added in "WMC design"
  • Added disc# to AudioListViews
  • Removed animated Aurora Background, also remove it in skin settings

A specially designed WMC skin addresses the needs of former Windows Media Center users. This skin with its two themes Default and Dark offers the same experience that you were used to while providing additional features that make it even better than Windows Media Center.

WMC Dark Weather d3818  WMC Dark Weather d3818  WMC Dark Weather d3818  WMC Dark Weather d3818

The revamped BlueVision skin and its themes Default, Win10, Titanium Extended and Grey offer additional display options that allow adjusting the look of MediaPortal 2.1 to your personal preferences:
Win10

Win10 VideoHub 1 5fdc4  Win10 Movie 1 7d817  win10 Audio Fullscreen dc605  Win10 Audio 2 38559

Titanium Extended

TE Menu TV 7c1ea  TE CP screen 101c8  TE Emulators grid 998ad  TE recordings 427a1

 

Extensions

MediaPortal 2.2's functionality can be further extended through the installation of additional plugins. The choice of extensions, while currently limited, is steadily growing. Discover what else is available in our Featured Plugins section. 

Trakt

A new Trakt plugin has been developed with better sync and watched flags management, completely compatible with the new User Management system, allowing different trakt accounts for different users. The development of the plugin has been moved out from the standard Mediaportal 2 development. This will ease development and bug fixes.
For details or manual, please refer to the related WIKI section.

Flag Mover

Flag mover is a new plugin developed for MediaPortal 2.2 and newer versions. You'll be able to backup user specific watched flags (JSON format) and to restore/transfer them into a new clean installation.

Full list of changes

You can review all changes by taking a look at the different changelogs: MediaPortal 2.2 Pre

 For known issues please check out our Jira and our Bug Reports Forum.


Installation, Upgrade, Download and Feedback

Installation

Extract the downloaded zip archive and simply run the MP2 Setup file.The installer will automatically download any missing components and install them.

Windows 10 K and KN editions: You need to manually download and install the additional Microsoft Media feature pack first. This will add the Windows Media Player and related technologies that are required by MediaPortal 2.2 to work.

Wiki:  http://www.team-mediaportal.com/wiki/display/MediaPortal2/Installing+MediaPortal+2

Upgrade

MediaPortal 2.2 has a new media database structure that is not compatible with versions prior to MediaPortal 2.2 Pre Release. The installer will recognize an existing incompatible database and migrate the content to the new version. Please be awre, that this might take a while depending on the amount of media items existing. The data base migration progress is shown by an indicator in the client.

N.B.:

*** Attention Spring '16 users ***: Please uninstall Spring 16 first from the Windows Control panel (and only from there!). Your databases and user settings are preserved. The 2.2 installer will recognize your existing TV database and keep your your user-specific settings.

Please refer to the Wiki for a detailed explanation how to prepare a Spring '16 setup for upgrade: https://www.team-mediaportal.com/wiki/display/MediaPortal2/Upgrade+Spring+%2716

The attempt to upgrade from a weekly snapshot will fail. In such cases the installer will stop and notify that the existing setup needs to be uninstalled first.

If you upgrade from an earlier version than MediaPortal 2.1 the data base is incompatible and can not be migrated. You will need to redo your server settings including the setup of media sources.

 

Feedback

Bugs

If you think you found a bug then please first check if it has not already been reported: the Bug Reports Forum contains all active user bug reports with their respective status. For new issues post a detailed report in our Bug Reports Forum. Make sure your report includes all the required information.

Appearance and functionality

We invite you to make suggestions for improvement with special focus on menu layout, menu content explanatory texts and translations. Please post your comments in a new thread in the General section.

Requests for missing/new features should be made in the Feature Request Forum. As for bugs we would appreciate if you first verified that your request has not already been raised before. Also if possible please make only one request per thread.

 

Download

We hope that you took the time to read this release news as it includes vital information about the major changes. Get your own copy of the new MediaPortal 2.2 by selecting the download link.

menuv3 donate a8bac    If you would like to support MediaPortal, we would be happy to receive a small donation!

The MP2 team wishes you a lot of fun with this new release!

.::. Download - MediaPortal 2.2 Pre-Release .::.

 
:: Post a Comment ::

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In reaching this goal we are working every day to make sure our software is one of the best.

         

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