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1. Welcome to the MediaPortal Glossary

Here you will find detailed explanations of the terminology used when configuring and using MediaPortal. The Glossary contains only terms unique to MediaPortal, or used in a unique way in MediaPortal. Common acronyms and terms should be linked to Wikipedia or other website pages.

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1.3.1.1 Total number of pages: 159

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1.3.1.2 0-9

Page: 1080i/p
1080i/p is an HDTV image; 1,920 pixels wide and 1,080 pixels high, displayed in interlaced (1080i) or progressive (1080p) format. See also: Wikipedia on 1080i http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1080i Wikipedia on 1080p http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1080p Furthe
Page: 16:9
The 16:9 aspect ratio (also known as widescreen) is an aspect ratio that is 16/9 or 1.78 times as wide as it is high, i.e. 16 units wide per 9 units tall. 16:9 is not the only widescreen format. Anamorphic widescreen (2.35:1) and American theatrical stan
Page: 24p
24p describes the refresh-rate of 24 progressive frames per second in the digital data. Cinema film is exposed with 24 full frames per second, so 24p material is the exact digital equivalent of the original analog film material. Thus it's regarded as the
Page: 3
3ivx is an MPEG-4 toolkit that supports MPEG-4 Video, MPEG-4 Audio and the MP4 File Format. See also: Offical 3ivX website http://www.3ivx.com/technology/index.html
Page: 3ivX
3ivx is an MPEG-4 toolkit that supports MPEG-4 Video, MPEG-4 Audio and the MP4 File Format. See also: Offical 3ivX website http://www.3ivx.com/technology/index.html
Page: 480i
480i is a SDTV image; 720 pixels wide by 480 lines high, displayed in interlaced format.
Page: 480p
480p is the shorthand name for a video display resolution. The p stands for progressive scan http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Progressive_scan, i.e. non-interlaced. The 480 denotes a vertical resolution of 480 pixel high vertically scanning lines, usually wit
Page: 4:3 (1)
4:3 is a traditional, nearly square aspect ratio used for most current analog television screens and IMAX movie theater screens. This aspect ratio will slowly be phased out in favor of the wider, more panoramic and movie-like 9 ratio. Video displays using
Page: 5.1 Audio
In contrast to the stereo sound system and conventional surround systems, 5.1 audio sound system offers five separate full band audio signals: left, middle, right, rear left, rear right. An additional subwoofer (LFE) channel is also provided. See also: Wi
Page: 576i
The term stems from the analog era of PAL and SECAM TV-broadcast and comprises a whole set of technical definitions. It is one of the two most important SDTV-modes In the digital domain there are only three fixed properties, which define a 567i-signal: 57
Page: 720p
720p is a HDTV image; 1,280 horizontal pixels wide by 720 vertical lines high, displayed in progressive format. Further Reading: Television Standards-Formats and Techniques

1.3.1.3 A

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AAC is an audio-encoding standard for MPEG-2 that is not backward-compatible with MPEG-1 Audio. It is a format developed by Dolby Laboratories and has been accepted by the MPEG group as a standard for audio compression. AAC is used by Apple for their iTun
Page: AAC
AAC is an audio-encoding standard for MPEG-2 that is not backward-compatible with MPEG-1 Audio. It is a format developed by Dolby Laboratories and has been accepted by the MPEG group as a standard for audio compression. AAC is used by Apple for their iTun
Page: AC3
An .ac3 file is a Dolby Digital audio file.
Page: AC3 Filter
AC3 filter, a codec which you need to play Xvid/Divx movies with AC3 (6 channel) sound. It is also a post processor which you have to use if you have surround or 5.1 speakers. It can create 6 channel sound out of stereo. Be sure to choose the correct spea
Page: AC97
AC 97 (Audio Codec '97) is a standardized set of features and system controller interconnect for sound chips. Version 2.3 specifies the ability for audio chips to detect how the analog ports are being used and reconfigure accordingly. Version 2.2 added t
Page: Add-ons
In MediaPortal add-ons are usually called extensions which includes both plugins and skins as well as logos and even tools to use with MediaPortal. Related Terms Extension Plugin Skin
Page: AFAIK
AFAIK stands for “As Far As I Know”. This expression is often used by people in a discussion or an argument especially online in chat or forum posts, or even in SMS messages. It means their point is based on their knowlegde or experience and cannot be pr
Page: Aliasing
Aliasing is a distortion artifact in the reproduction of digital audio or video that results when the signal frequency is more than twice the sampling frequency. The resolution is insufficient to distinguish between alternate reconstructions of the wavef
Page: Amplifier
Amplifier An electronic device used for increasing the power of a signal. Preamplifier An amplifier that prepares a small electrical signal for further amplification or processing Main amplifier The amplifier that produces the "power" of the sound (also
Page: Anamorphic Widescreen
Anamorphic widescreen is a videographic http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Videography process that horizontally squeezes a widescreen image so that it can be stored into a standard 4:3 aspect ratio DVD image frame. Description Encoding a DVD so that the video
Page: Anti-aliasing
Anti-aliasing means smoothing or reducing disturbing picture effects. By means of calculation of intermediate values along the sharp edges of types and graphics, these edges can be smoothed out, thus generating a smoother picture. The pixel structure alon
Page: Artifact
Arifact is an unnatural effect not present in the original video or audio, produced by an external agent or action. Artifacts can be caused by many factors, including digital compression, film-to-video transfer, transmission errors, data readout errors, e
Page: ASF
ASF (Advanced Streaming Format) is a file format that stores audio and video information, and it is specially designed to run on networks like the Internet. This file format is a highly flexible and compressed format that contains streaming audio, video,
Page: Aspect ratio
The width-to-height ratio of an image is called aspect ratio.. A 4:3 aspect ratio means the horizontal size is a third again wider than the vertical size. ?Standard television ratio is 4:3 (or 1.33:1). Widescreen DVD and HDTV Aspect ratio is 16:9 (or 1.78
Page: ASX
The Advanced Stream Redirector (ASX) format is a type of XML http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/XML metafile designed to store a list of Windows Media http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Media files to play during a multimedia presentation When you use .asx fi
Page: ATSC
ATSC is the Advanced Television Systems Committeewhich was established by the FCC to define digital TV standards used mainly in the USA. Related terms DVB
Page: AVC
H.264, MPEG-4 Part 10, or AVC, for Advanced Video Coding, is a digital video codec standard which is noted for achieving very high data compression. It was written by the ITU-T Video Coding Experts Group (VCEG) together with the ISO/IEC Moving Picture Exp
Page: AVI
AVI stands for Audio Video Interleave. It is a multimedia file format for storing sound and moving pictures in RIFF format developed by Microsoft. An AVI file can use different codecs and formats so there is no set format for an AVI file unlike for exampl

1.3.1.4 B

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BASS is an audio library for use in Win32, MacOS, Linux and PocketPC software. It's purpose is to provide the most powerful and efficient (yet easy to use), sample, stream, MOD music, and recording functions. This library was written by Ian Luck, over at
Page: BASS Audio Library
BASS is an audio library for use in Win32, MacOS, Linux and PocketPC software. It's purpose is to provide the most powerful and efficient (yet easy to use), sample, stream, MOD music, and recording functions. This library was written by Ian Luck, over at
Page: BD
BD is the official abbreviation of the Blu-ray Disc.
Page: BDA
BDA (Broadcast Driver Architecture) is a driver-architecture for DVB TV cards for windows. Mediaportal only suports DVB with BDA-drivers. References Wikipedia-Broadcast Driver Architecture http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broadcast_Driver_Architecture
Page: Bitrate
Bitrate or Bit Rate or bits per second (bps) is the average number of bits that one second of video or audio data will consume. Higher Bitrate means bigger file size and generally better video or audio quality while lower Bitrate means lower file size but
Page: BPS
Bitrate or Bit Rate or bits per second (bps) is the average number of bits that one second of video or audio data will consume. Higher Bitrate means bigger file size and generally better video or audio quality while lower Bitrate means lower file size but
Page: Broadcast Driver Architecture
BDA (Broadcast Driver Architecture) is a driver-architecture for DVB TV cards for windows. Mediaportal only suports DVB with BDA-drivers. References Wikipedia-Broadcast Driver Architecture http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broadcast_Driver_Architecture

1.3.1.5 C

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A Capture card is a piece of Hardware (a physical circuit card) which is plugged into your computer to convert a video signal into a form usable by the computer. For instance, if your home has cable TV, then the coaxial cable which carries the video signa
Page: Capture Card
A Capture card is a piece of Hardware (a physical circuit card) which is plugged into your computer to convert a video signal into a form usable by the computer. For instance, if your home has cable TV, then the coaxial cable which carries the video signa
Page: CBR
The bitrate is the same at any part of a single video or audio stream. VCD's with standard MPEG video and audio are constant bit rate (CBR) as are most MP3 standalone audio files. Related Terms Bitrate
Page: CDDB
The CDDB or Compact Disc Data Base, now known as Gracenote http://www.gracenote.com/, is an online database containing details about most CDs currently available. Users who find a particular CD is not in the database have the opportunity to submit the inf
Page: CFRC
Cinema film is shot using a frame rate of 24 frames per second. In order to store this on DVD or transmit it on NTSC (at 60 frames per second) or PAL (at 50 frames per second) they show each frame twice and sometimes 3 times to fill in the gaps. This is c
Page: CI
On DVB systems, the Common Interface (CI) is the slot where a Conditional Access Module smartcard (the decryption card for encrypted programs) is inserted. The conditional access system (DVB-CA) defines a common scrambling algorithm (DVB-CSA) and a common
Page: Cinematic Frame Rate Conversion
Cinema film is shot using a frame rate of 24 frames per second. In order to store this on DVD or transmit it on NTSC (at 60 frames per second) or PAL (at 50 frames per second) they show each frame twice and sometimes 3 times to fill in the gaps. This is c
Page: Coax
A coaxile cable is a form of video cable commonly used in cable TV systems.
Page: Codec
Codec is an acronym for "Compressor-Decompressor". A codec is an algorithm or specialized computer program that encodes or reduces the number of bytes consumed by large files and programs, and later decodes the file for display. Files encoded with a spec
Page: Common Interface
On DVB systems, the Common Interface (CI) is the slot where a Conditional Access Module smartcard (the decryption card for encrypted programs) is inserted. The conditional access system (DVB-CA) defines a common scrambling algorithm (DVB-CSA) and a common
Page: Component Video
This type of connection takes the native components of display ie: Red, Green & Blue (RGB) and separates them onto individual wires in the form of Y/Pb/Pr. This uses the luminance (Y). The difference between the luminance and the blue channel (Pb) and, li
Page: Composite Video
Composite video is an analog video signal in which the luma and chroma components are combined (by frequency multiplexing), along with sync and burst. It is also called CVBS. Most televisions and VCRs have composite video connectors, which are usually col
Page: Compression
See Wikipedia: Data Compression http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Data_compression
Page: Conditional Access Module (CAM)
A Conditional Access Module (CAM) is an electronic device, usually incorporating a slot for a smart card http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smart_card, which equips an Integrated Digital Television or set-top box http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Set-top_box (STB) w
Page: Constant Bit Rate
The bitrate is the same at any part of a single video or audio stream. VCD's with standard MPEG video and audio are constant bit rate (CBR) as are most MP3 standalone audio files. Related Terms Bitrate
Page: Content Recording
A content recording is the normal type of recording we all know. A content recording records everything between start→end of the recording much like a normal VCR does. All recordings in Mediaportal are now content recordings. In the past we also supported
Page: Content Scrambling System
Content Scrambling System (CSS) is an encryption scheme designed to protect copyrighted material that resides on a disc (DVD-Video) by periodically scrambling the data using encryption keys.
Page: CSS
Content Scrambling System (CSS) is an encryption scheme designed to protect copyrighted material that resides on a disc (DVD-Video) by periodically scrambling the data using encryption keys.

1.3.1.6 D

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Daemon Tools is a third-party application used to simulate CD/DVD drives. This virtual drive is used to run (mount) CD or DVD images you have stored on your hard disk. Common formats for CD/DVD images are .iso, .bin, .img or .nrg. You can for example cre
Page: Daemon Tools (1)
Daemon Tools is a third-party application used to simulate CD/DVD drives. This virtual drive is used to run (mount) CD or DVD images you have stored on your hard disk. Common formats for CD/DVD images are .iso, .bin, .img or .nrg. You can for example crea
Page: DD
Dolby’s best-known digital system, Dolby Digital (DD), is used to provide multichannel surround sound in cinemas from 35 mm film, and in the home from laser discs, DVDs, and digital broadcast television, cable, and satellite systems. It enables the transm
Page: Deinterlace
Deinterlace is the process of converting an interlaced video sequence into a progressive sequence, while performing calculations to remove artifacts that commonly occur in this kind of conversion. See also: Artifact Interlace
Page: DHCP
DHCP - Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol. DHCP automatically configures the IP address of a PC on its local network. In a typical domestic environment the DHCP service will be provided by the router used to connect local network to the Internet. DHCP i
Page: Digital Video Broadcast
Digital video broadcast (DVB) is a MPEG-2-based digital television standard that defines formats for cable, satellite, and terrestrial broadcast. DVB standards are in use in many non-USA digital TV systems. DVB was set up by the EBU (European Broadcast Un
Page: Digital Video Recorder
A Digital Video Recorder (DVR) is a digital recorder that uses a hard drive to store compressed video (typically MPEG2). These devices usually also have advanced program scheduling and time shitfing abilities. This is also known as a PVR or Personal Video
Page: Digital Visual Interface
DVI (Digital Visual Interface) is a video interface technology made to maximize the quality of flat panel LCD monitors and high-end video graphics cards. It is a replacement for the P&D Plug & Display standard, and a step up from the digital-only DFP form
Page: DirectX Video Acceleration
DirectX Video Acceleration (DxVA) is a standardized group of MPEG2 decoding video routines that are used in modern graphics processor video engines. This allows modern video cards to accelerate the most CPU intensive parts of the MPEG2 decoding process, l
Page: DiSEqC (1)
The DiSEqC ((Digital Satellite Equipment Control) protocol enables a satellite-receiver (or tuner-card in HTPCs) to communicate to another device via the signal-carrying coax-cable to a multi-switch, an antenna-positioner etc. The main-purpose is to switc
Page: DivX
DivX is the brand name of a video compression technology created by DivXNetworks, Inc., (also known as Project Mayo). A video encoding format based on the MPEG-4 video compression standard. It can achieve a higher compression ratio than the older MPEG-2 s
Page: Dolby Digital
Dolby’s best-known digital system, Dolby Digital (DD), is used to provide multichannel surround sound in cinemas from 35 mm film, and in the home from laser discs, DVDs, and digital broadcast television, cable, and satellite systems. It enables the transm
Page: DV
DV or Digital Video, is a format for recording and playing back digital video. References WikiPedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DV
Page: DVB
Digital video broadcast (DVB) is a MPEG-2-based digital television standard that defines formats for cable, satellite, and terrestrial broadcast. DVB standards are in use in many non-USA digital TV systems. DVB was set up by the EBU (European Broadcast Un
Page: DVB-C
DVB-C is the[ Digital Video Broadcast|Digital Video Broadcast] standard for transmitting digital content via cable. DVB-C (VHF/UHF) uses QAM: 16-QAM, 32-QAM, 64-QAM, 128-QAM or 256-QAM
Page: DVB-S
DVB-S is the original Digital Video Broadcast standard for transmission of digital television via satellite. DVB-S (SHF) uses QPSK, 8PSK or 16-QAM. Digital Video Broadcasting - Satellite - Second Generation (DVB-S2) is designed as a successor for DVB-S. D
Page: DVB-T
DVB-T stands for Digital Video Broadcasting - Terrestrial and it is the DVB European consortium standard for the broadcast transmission of digital terrestrial television. This system transmits a compressed digital audio/video stream, using OFDM modulation
Page: DVD
DVD stands for digital versatile disc or digital video disc. Some DVD types are (re)writable. DVDs can store up to 17.1 GB (DVD-18, double sided, dual layer).
Page: DVI
DVI (Digital Visual Interface) is a video interface technology made to maximize the quality of flat panel LCD monitors and high-end video graphics cards. It is a replacement for the P&D Plug & Display standard, and a step up from the digital-only DFP form
Page: DVR
A Digital Video Recorder (DVR) is a digital recorder that uses a hard drive to store compressed video (typically MPEG2). These devices usually also have advanced program scheduling and time shitfing abilities. This is also known as a PVR or Personal Video
Page: DxVA
DirectX Video Acceleration (DxVA) is a standardized group of MPEG2 decoding video routines that are used in modern graphics processor video engines. This allows modern video cards to accelerate the most CPU intensive parts of the MPEG2 decoding process, l

1.3.1.7 E

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The display communicates to the graphics card and Windows its graphic (and if available audio) capabilities. EDID is the protocol by which the data are encoded. Most recent version is 1.3 See also: Wikipedia entry https://www.team-mediaportal.com/wiki/dis
Page: EDID
Extended Display Information Data The display communicates to the graphics card and Windows its graphic (and if available audio) capabilities. EDID is the protocol by which the data are encoded. Most recent version is 1.3 See also: Wikipedia entry
Page: EDTV
Enhanced-definition television, extended-definition television, or EDTV is a United States Consumer Electronics Association http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consumer_Electronics_Association (CEA) marketing shorthand term for certain digital television http://
Page: Electronic Program Guide
An Electronic Program Guide (EPG) is an electronic TV listing. You can choose what you want to watch by selecting it from the listing. The information in the listing is either transmitted with the picture as part of the TV signal or can be downloaded over
Page: Encoder
MediaPortal enables you to use analog tuner cards to view and record analog TV, FM radio or video from a VCR, camera or set top box. The video and audio in the cable coming from your aerial or other device is in a format that computers can't deal with nat
Page: Enhanced-Definition TV
Enhanced-definition television, extended-definition television, or EDTV is a United States Consumer Electronics Association http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consumer_Electronics_Association (CEA) marketing shorthand term for certain digital television http://
Page: EPG (2)
An Electronic Program Guide (EPG) is an electronic TV listing. You can choose what you want to watch by selecting it from the listing. The information in the listing is either transmitted with the picture as part of the TV signal or can be downloaded over
Page: EVR
Enhanced Video Renderer (EVR) renders video content, and acts as a mixer as well. It can mix up to 16 simultaneous streams, with the first stream being a reference stream. It shipped with Windows Vista and Windows 7 and offers better quality and permance
Page: Extension
MediaPortal Extensions are skins or plugins (sometimes called add-ons) developed by 3rd party developers. Related Terms Plugin Skin References Plugins Skins Extensions

1.3.1.8 F

Page: F
FFdshow is a DirectShow and VFW codec for decoding and encoding many video and audio formats, including DivX https://www.team-mediaportal.com/wiki/display/glossary/DivX, WMV, VP6 and H.264 movies, and AAC https://www.team-mediaportal.com/wiki/display/gl
Page: FFDshow (1)
FFdshow is a DirectShow and VFW codec for decoding and encoding many video and audio formats, including DivX, WMV, VP6 and H.264 movies, and AAC, AC3 and Vorbis audio. It uses libavcodec from the ffmpeg project for video decompression, postprocessing code
Page: Firewire
[ Firewire|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Firewire] (also known as i.Link or IEEE 1394) is a personal computer (and digital audio/digital video) serial bus interface standard, offering high-speed communications and isochronous http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I
Page: FPS
Frame Rate, also known as frames per second (fps) is the number of frames, or still pictures, being shown per second. Any number lower then 29 fps will begin to show stuttering or flickering, but over 40 is excessive. The standard is apporximately 30-35 f
Page: Framerate
Frame Rate, also known as frames per second (fps) is the number of frames, or still pictures, being shown per second. Any number lower then 29 fps will begin to show stuttering or flickering, but over 40 is excessive. The standard is apporximately 30-35 f
Page: Framesize
The Frame Size is the size, or resolution, of the frame (video). These standards vary from country to country.
Page: FTA
FTA means "Free to air". FTA channels are neither encrypted nor scrambled so you don't need a CAM and/or CI-module to receive this channel.

1.3.1.9 G

Page: G
A Graphical User Interface (GUI) is a common type of User Interface (UI) which allows a user to interact with the application software in more wasy than just typing. References Using MediaPortal > Basics https://www.team-mediaportal.com/wiki/display/Medi
Page: Glossary
Page: GUI (2)
A Graphical User Interface (GUI) is a common type of User Interface (UI) which allows a user to interact with the application software in more wasy than just typing. References Using MediaPortal > Basics - for information on the MediaPortal GUI Skin Archi

1.3.1.10 H

Page: H
H.264, MPEG-4 Part 10, or AVC, for Advanced Video Coding, is a digital video codec standard which is noted for achieving very high data compression. It was written by the ITU-T Video Coding Experts Group (VCEG) together with the ISO/IEC Moving Picture Ex
Page: H.264
H.264, MPEG-4 Part 10, or AVC, for Advanced Video Coding, is a digital video codec standard which is noted for achieving very high data compression. It was written by the ITU-T Video Coding Experts Group (VCEG) together with the ISO/IEC Moving Picture Exp
Page: HDTV
HDTV (High-definition television) is a collection of digital high-definition video formats that have 16:9 (widescreen) aspect ratio. HDTV generally refers to 1080i or 720p images. HDTV supports Dolby Digital surround sound (AC-3). HDTV are the highest res
Page: Hibernation
Hibernation or S4 Standby, sometimes called sleep mode, or Suspend to Disk (STD), is a feature seen in many operating systems where the contents of RAM are written to non-volatile storage, such as the hard disk (as either a file or on a separate partition
Page: HTPC
HTPC or Home Theater PC, is a computer designed to be used as a media center for digital home entertainment such as movies, music, television, games, etc. References HTPC - MediaPortal wiki section providing user information on various HTPC hardware, soft
Page: Huffyuv
Huffyuv is a fast, lossless Win32 video codec developed by Ben Rudiak-Gould. Huffyuv is intended to replace uncompressed YUV as a video capture format. It is fast enough to compress full-resolution CCIR 601 video (720 x 480 x 30 fps) in real time as it is
Page: HWMC
Hardware Motion Compensation (HWMC) is a more basic way than DXVA, that most graphics cards can use to help deal with MPEG2 playback.

1.3.1.11 I

Page: I
ID3 is a system for storing additional information in MP3 files. Information can be Title, Artist, Album, Year, Genre and some more IMHO is an acronym for “In My Humble Opinion” or sometimes “In My Honest Opinion”. Variants include IMO for “In My Opinion
Page: ID3
ID3 is a system for storing additional information in MP3 files. Information can be Title, Artist, Album, Year, Genre and some more.
Page: IMHO
IMHO is an acronym for “In My Humble Opinion” or sometimes “In My Honest Opinion”. Variants include IMO for “In My Opinion”, IMAO for “In My Arrogant Opinion” or “In My Awesome Opinion” and IMNSHO for “In My Not So Humble Opinion” which evolved when IMHO
Page: Interlace
Interlace is a scanning technique where each frame of a video picture is scanned twice. Firstly, all the odd lines are broadcast, then all the even lines are broadcast. Each set of odd/even lines is known as a field. Two fields therefore make up a frame.

1.3.1.12 J

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1.3.1.13 K

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1.3.1.14 L

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1.3.1.15 M

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MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3 is commonly referred to as MP3. It is a common audio format for consumer audio storage, as well as a de facto standard of digital audio compression for the transfer and playback of music on digital audio players.
Home page: MediaPortal Glossary
Welcome to the MediaPortal Glossary Here you will find detailed explanations of the terminology used when configuring and using MediaPortal. The Glossary contains only terms unique to MediaPortal, or used in a unique way in MediaPortal. Common acronyms an
Page: MP3
MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3 is commonly referred to as MP3. It is a common audio format for consumer audio storage, as well as a de facto standard of digital audio compression for the transfer and playback of music on digital audio players.

1.3.1.16 N

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= Order priority import. Movie Information Node Node starting MP-1 MP-2 Movie MP-2 Serie XBMC Supported value Example <title> </title> X X Name of Movie in language scrapped <title>Die Verurteilten</title> <originaltitle></originaltitle> X X N
Page: NFO Node - Lexical support
= Order priority import. Movie Information Node Node starting MP-1 MP-2 Movie MP-2 Serie XBMC Supported value Example <title> </title> X X Name of Movie in language scrapped <title>Die Verurteilten</title> <originaltitle></originaltitle> X X Nam
Page: NTSC
NTSC means *N*ational *T*elevision *S*ystem *C*ommitiee. It originally relates to the way colour information is encoded in an analog TV-signal and secondarily to the so called 480i norm defining 480 lines of vertical resolution and 59.94 interlaced half-f

1.3.1.17 O

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An on-screen display (abbreviated OSD) is an image superimposed on a screen picture, to display information such as volume, channel, and time while watching TV or a video. In MediaPortal, you can call up an OSD by using the "Y" key or on a remote, the
Page: OSD
An on-screen display (abbreviated OSD) is an image superimposed on a screen picture, to display information such as volume, channel, and time while watching TV or a video. In MediaPortal, you can call up an OSD by using the "Y" key or on a remote, the I

1.3.1.18 P

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PAL means *P*hase *A*lternating *L*ine and is a way of encoding colour information in the analog TV signal. Strictly speaking it refers only to the method of modulating the underlying black and white signal with the additional colour information. Today
Page: PAL
PAL means *P*hase *A*lternating *L*ine and is a way of encoding colour information in the analog TV signal. Strictly speaking it refers only to the method of modulating the underlying black and white signal with the additional colour information. Today th
Page: PAT
PAT stands for Program Association Table. The PAT lists PIDs for all PMTs in the stream. TS Packets containing PAT information always have PID 0x0.
Page: PID
PIDs are the IDs associated with streams. Streams are what make up channels - ie. video stream + audio stream + subtitles stream etc. Each table or elementary stream in a transport stream is identified by a 13-bit packet ID (PID). A demultiplexer http://
Page: Plugin
Plugins (sometimes called extensions or add-ons) are the building blocks of MediaPortal. MediaPortal knows four basic kinds of plugins: Window plugins such as Videos that create elements in the MediaPortal interface Process plugins like for example Power

1.3.1.19 Q

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QuickTime is a multimedia framework developed by Apple Inc., capable of handling various formats of digital video, media clips, sound, text, animation, music, and several types of interactive panoramic images. QuickTime is optional for Windows systems, al
Page: QuickTime (1)
QuickTime is a multimedia framework developed by Apple Inc., capable of handling various formats of digital video, media clips, sound, text, animation, music, and several types of interactive panoramic images. QuickTime is optional for Windows systems, al

1.3.1.20 R

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1.3.1.21 S

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S3 is the technical term for a power saving mode that is more commonly known as "Suspend to RAM https://www.team-mediaportal.com/wiki/display/glossary/Suspend+to+RAM" (STR), or "Standby https://www.team-mediaportal.com/wiki/display/IRSS/Standby" in Window
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S3 is the technical term for a power saving mode that is more commonly known as "Suspend to RAM" (STR), or "Standby" in Windows. In S3 mode, power is only supplied to the system memory (RAM), all other components of the computer shut down. A computer in S
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Hibernation or S4 Standby, sometimes called sleep mode, or Suspend to Disk (STD), is a feature seen in many operating systems where the contents of RAM are written to non-volatile storage, such as the hard disk (as either a file or on a separate partition
Page: SDTV
Standard-definition television (or SDTV) is a television system that has a resolution that meets standards but not considered either as enhanced-definition television http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enhanced-definition_television (EDTV) or as high-definition
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SECAM means Sé*quentiel *c*ouleur *à *m*émoire and is french for "Sequential Color with Memory". It is a way of encoding colour information in the analog TV signal like PAL or NTSC. The colour information itself is the same as in the PAL norm. The resolu
Page: Single Seat
Single Seat is a configuration where both the server and the client software are running on the same machine. For example, a MediaPortal setup with TV-Server where the server is run on the same machine as MediaPortal with the TV Client plugin. References
Page: Skin
A Skin is used to display MediaPortal's user interface on the screen. Without a skin, nothing would be visible. Skins can change the user interface in a variety of ways so be sure to check out different versions to see which one(s) suit your preferences.
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S3 is the technical term for a power saving mode that is more commonly known as "Suspend to RAM" (STR), or "Standby" in Windows. In S3 mode, power is only supplied to the system memory (RAM), all other components of the computer shut down. A computer in S
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Hibernation or S4 Standby, sometimes called sleep mode, or Suspend to Disk (STD), is a feature seen in many operating systems where the contents of RAM are written to non-volatile storage, such as the hard disk (as either a file or on a separate partition
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S3 is the technical term for a power saving mode that is more commonly known as "Suspend to RAM" (STR), or "Standby" in Windows. In S3 mode, power is only supplied to the system memory (RAM), all other components of the computer shut down. A computer in S
Page: SubRip (format)
The SubRip file format is perhaps the most basic of all subtitle formats. SubRip files are named with the extension .srt and contains plain text. The time format used is hours:minutes:seconds,milliseconds.Subtitles are numbered sequentially, starting at 1
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Hibernation or S4 Standby, sometimes called sleep mode, or Suspend to Disk (STD), is a feature seen in many operating systems where the contents of RAM are written to non-volatile storage, such as the hard disk (as either a file or on a separate partition
Page: Suspend to RAM
S3 is the technical term for a power saving mode that is more commonly known as "Suspend to RAM" (STR), or "Standby" in Windows. In S3 mode, power is only supplied to the system memory (RAM), all other components of the computer shut down. A computer in S

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The audio taper of a volume control slider determines how the voltage level of the audio output signal changes as the user moves the slider through each increment in its range. References Audio Tapers for Windows Volume-Control Applications http://www.m
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The audio taper of a volume control slider determines how the voltage level of the audio output signal changes as the user moves the slider through each increment in its range. References Audio Tapers for Windows Volume-Control Applications http://www.mic
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Time shifting, often 'timeshifting' in MediaPortal jargon, refers to the ability to pause, and shift backwards and forwards while watching Live TV. MediaPortal buffers the TV stream. When you watch TV, MediaPortal's TV-Server tunes into a channel and sta
Page: Timeline
The Timeline is the bar that appears at the top of the screen when watching Live TV. The timeline shows your current position in time and in the "timeshift buffer". References Using TV
Page: Transponder
A transponder in satellite broadcasting is a transmitter on which one or more services can be broadcasted. In the old days, a typical satellite transponder had about enough bandwidth (roughly 40 Mbps) for a single analog PAL colour TV channel. If your sat
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Transport stream (TS) is a standard format for transmission and storage of audio, video, and data, MediaPortal saves all recorded TV files in transport stream ( .ts ) format. Most modern players, including Windows Media Player 12, can open and play TS fil
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Transport stream (TS) is a standard format for transmission and storage of audio, video, and data, MediaPortal saves all recorded TV files in transport stream ( .ts ) format. Most modern players, including Windows Media Player 12, can open and play TS fil
Page: TV Engine
The TV Engine (TVE3), often referred to as the TV-Server, is the part of MediaPortal that takes care of displaying and recording television signals. The old TV Engine (TVE2), sometimes called the Classic TV-Engine, was discontinued in MediaPortal 1.0.1 Re
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TV Server is the current version of the TV Engine (TVE3) that runs as a separate application, and can even be run on a separate computer. References Using TV Customization > TV-Server
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The TV Engine (TVE3), often referred to as the TV-Server, is the part of MediaPortal that takes care of displaying and recording television signals. The old TV Engine (TVE2), sometimes called the Classic TV-Engine, was discontinued in MediaPortal 1.0.1 Re

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Video CD (abbreviated as VCD, and also known as View CD, Compact Disc digital video) is a standard digital format for storing video on aCompact Disc http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compact_Disc. VCDs are playable in dedicated VCD players, most DVD https://
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Video CD (abbreviated as VCD, and also known as View CD, Compact Disc digital video) is a standard digital format for storing video on a Compact Disc http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compact_Disc. VCDs are playable in dedicated VCD players, most DVD players,
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Video Mixing Renderer (VMR) is a Direct Show filter first introduced with Windows XP. VMR-9 uses Direct3D 9, allowing developers to transform video images using the Direct3D pixel shaders. It is available for all Windows platforms as part of the DirectX 9
Page: Volume Taper
The audio taper of a volume control slider determines how the voltage level of the audio output signal changes as the user moves the slider through each increment in its range. References Audio Tapers for Windows Volume-Control Applications http://www.mic

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The 16:9 aspect ratio https://www.team-mediaportal.com/wiki/display/glossary/Aspect+ratio (also known as widescreen) is an aspect ratio that is 16/9 or 1.78 times as wide as it is high, i.e. 16 units wide per 9 units tall. 16:9 is not the only widescre
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The 16:9 aspect ratio (also known as widescreen) is an aspect ratio that is 16/9 or 1.78 times as wide as it is high, i.e. 16 units wide per 9 units tall. 16:9 is not the only widescreen format. Anamorphic widescreen (2.35:1) and American theatrical stan

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XMLTV is a set of computer programs to process television program listings for convenient management of TV viewing (typically up to 14 days worth of indexed and searchable data with each download); it stores listings in XML format. There are backends to d
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XMLTV is a set of computer programs to process television program listings for convenient management of TV viewing (typically up to 14 days worth of indexed and searchable data with each download); it stores listings in XML format. There are backends to d

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Since most TV-cards take a few seconds to switch channels, channel surfing can be a lot slower than on a normal TV. This is why MediaPortal uses aZap OSD. Mediaportal_-_TV_-_Zap_OSD.png This is an On-Screen Display that immediately displays information
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Since most TV-cards take a few seconds to switch channels, channel surfing can be a lot slower than on a normal TV. This is why MediaPortal uses a Zap OSD. Mediaportal_-_TV_-_Zap_OSD.png This is an On-Screen Display that immediately displays information a

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