Just starting with DVD lobby which player should I use

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Just starting with DVD lobby which player should I use

Postby mabrett00 » Sat May 17, 2008 9:10 am

Hey All,

I am just switching from MCE to all DVDLobby. Which software player should I start with? Here are my requirements:

1) Must be able to play full DVD files from a hard drive.
2) must be able to play DIVX files
3) must be able to play a trailer before the movie starts.
4) must be able to play trivia as jpgs, and keep the correct sequence of Q's and A's.
5) Obviously support Hi def files for future (for me).
6) be able to play a variety of audio formats. Dolby etc.

thanks in advance for the help

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Postby DavidL » Sat May 17, 2008 9:33 pm

not sure about Divx, but for SD DVDs, TheaterTek is the best supported.

Zoom Player is also good.

Not sure if either do the trivia thing on their own. preMovieManager was a neat addon that did that with either player. Not sure if that is still supported by the original author.

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Postby mabrett00 » Sat May 17, 2008 9:56 pm

Smooth,

a very long time ago I messed around with the PMM. it barely worked for me.

For me a deal breaker is the trailer or custom intro thing. I spent a few $'s on having custom intros made. I have not had an easy time playing the intro and then switching to the movie. I would assume that this can also me accomplished somehow with DVDLobby and scripting, but I have not played with it to know for sure.

I had requested many times for binner to add it to MyMovies, but that never happened, so I was hoping that this would be the answer.

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Postby DavidL » Sat May 17, 2008 10:14 pm

You can modify the PlayMovie command in DVDLobby 3.75 to first play your intro, and then the movie. You could also use MLScripts to be even finer control on it.

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Postby mabrett00 » Sat May 17, 2008 10:16 pm

Thanks for the tips....

I will begin working on this tonight...

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Postby jjjukebox » Sat May 17, 2008 10:45 pm

With TheateTek you can config TheaterTek to play an intro file by making a playlist file called trailers.plt and putting it in the C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\TheaterTek\Data folder. Most documentation suggest you put it in the C:\Program Files\TheaterTek\TheaterTek DVD 2.0\Data folder but with some digging I have found that since TheaterTek 2.5 this was changed for some reason.

In the TheaterTek General>PlayBack Controls >Play Trailers select when you want the trailer.plt to be executed. I set AutoPlay to Both and Play Trailers to All

You can make the trailer.plt file with note pad with their specific format. I dynamically make this file in my DVDLobby play command to randomly pick a trivia file, cartoon file and custom intro file to play before the movie. I include the movie file in the playlist as well. In this case I only use the TheaterTek PowerOn command instead of the PlayFile as if I use the PlayFile the trailer.plt does not get executed.

An example of my trailers.plt file is:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<playlist shuffle="off" loop="off">
<file name="\\Server\Media Server\Trivia\Trivia1.wmv">
</file>
<file name="\\Server\Media Server\Cartoons\Cartoon1.vob">
</file>
<file name="\\Server\Media Server\Main Intro\Intro1.mpeg">
</file>
<file name="\\Server\Movie Server 2\Sahara\VIDEO_TS.IFO">
</file>
</playlist>

Hope this helps.
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Postby DavidL » Sun May 18, 2008 6:44 am

posted to wiki - thanx jjjukebox for the contribution.

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Postby mabrett00 » Sun May 18, 2008 5:08 pm

Thanks jjj....

can you please help me with the play button command that creates the playlist?

I would realy appreciate it.


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