My Films, along with MediaPortal, supports many different media formats or types, with different handling and features.
Supported Media Types
The following media types are supported:
- File based media, like .avi, .mpg, .mkv movie files
- Special case of above: multi-part files
- DVD folders
- DVD images (iso/img)
- Blu-ray folders
- Blu-ray images (Iso/img)
- Offline media (DVD, Blu-ray and other physical disks) - see Import DVD or Blu-ray disc
- TV recordings (.ts)
Special requirements and tips
See also: Organizing your files
File based media files (avi/mkv)
Make sure, the required Codecs are installed and properly configured - see Codec Guide
For multi-part files, make sure, your naming convention meets the already pre-configured regex expression in AMC Updater to recognize multi-part files - or adapt that expression to match your file naming. See AMC Updater > Scan Paths and Filters Tab > Multi Part Files Detection.
Example: <moviename> -CD1.<ext>; <moviename> -CD2.<ext> - the convention used in MediaPortal to auto play multi part files.
As of v 6.0.0:
- Aspect Ratio - AMC Updater will calculate aspect ratio when importing or updating 'offline' media - such as DVDs or Blu-rays.
- Length - grabber scripts have been updated to grab length (duration/runtime of film) from the selected website if media info is unable to obtain the data from your DVD or Blu-ray files.
- File sizes - when importing films from Blu-ray or DVD folders, the complete content of the folders is used to calculate file sizes
- Languages - new option on Database Fields tab in AMCU to select Internet Data (if disabled AMCU uses media info) for Languages
- Blu-ray disc (BD) folders support
- DVD/BD label can be automatically added to Media Label field
DVD folders and discs
MediaPortal fully supports the playback of DVD content, if you have proper codecs installed.
The only additional requirement for playing images is installation and configuration of a drive emulator like Virtual CloneDrive (VCD).
Blu-ray folders and discs
Fully integrated internal Blu-ray support (for copyright free discs) is supported in MediaPortal as of version 1.3.0.
For MediaPortal 1.2.x, there are two possibilities to play Blu-ray (BluRay) content within MediaPortal:
- External Player
- e.g. Arcsoft Totalmedia, PowerDVD Ultra, etc. - not free, but allow you to play Blu-ray content with full menu support and all features supported by the external.
- To play BD-ISO files in MediaPortal
- Use a launcher for the external player, e.g. BluRayPlayerLauncher (BRPL for 1.2).
- As of v 6.0.0, you may choose to use an External Player with My Films (can be useful for playing Blu-ray discs, 3D movies, or other media types not supported by My Films or MediaPortal). See External Players for details.
This is an open source solution, that allows to play Blu-ray content using the internal MediaPortal player - but it is restricted to show the content of the folder/disc as a start menu instead of a graphic full disc menu
To play Blu-ray content from folders using the internal solution, the following actions are required:
- Make sure you installed a drive emulator, like Virtual CloneDrive (VCD) - only required to support images
- In AMC Updater > Options Tab do NOT add bdmv to the movie extensions.. They need "special handling" like DVD folders - so just enable(default) Check for DVD/BR folders.
- Add m2ts to MediaPortal video extensions
- Install BDHandler to play folder and ISO content from within MediaPortal without using an external player.
If you can play recordings within MediaPortal, My Films can play them as well. However, here are some tips:
- File Names - change the naming in TV-Server setup > Recording > Custom Paths and filenames tab, to something that helps My Films grabbers to properly identify the movie title (or even year)
- Media File Types - make sure, .ts is added to Accepted Mediainfo Files in AMC Updater > Options tab
Use an External Player with My Films to playback media not supported by MediaPortal.
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