Category Archives: My Media System

Experiences with nvidia vdpau support in mplayer

Updated: Fixed a bunch of issues by using latest patch for mplayer from here.

I installed a nvidia 9400 fanless graphics card today. I’ve been hearing good things about the rate of their driver development so I thought I’d try it out. My experiences after having tried the latest 180.18 drivers is:

  • A good deal of 1080p mkv’s still crashed after a second or so of playback. Even with the hack posted here.
  • cpu usage is very low (max 20% and the cpu is at 1GHz)

I changed it to my default movie player in MMS to use vdpau by default with the following script to detect extension as vfm is not working yet. Linux kernel was 2.6.27-r2 in case anyone is interested.

My Media System 1.1.0 rc7 released

Did a new release of My Media System today. There are changes all over the place, but the things I personally care most about is the new zoom interface that makes it easier to find out what you are looking at, the multiple input so that I can use my nokia n800 with mms over vnc without shutting down mms, and finally switch resolution so that I can change from 720p projector size to 800×480 (the size of the n800 screen) also without shutting down mms or having multiple instances running.

This makes it very easy to use the nokia as a remote control for music playback. I often listen to music at night and like that I have my whole collection available, connected to my stereo & headphones. When I want to watch a movie I just switch back to “fullscreen” and I can easily navigate to the movie using remote control.

My Media System 1.1.0 rc5 released

Today I released mms 1.1.0 rc5. Not so many new features instead we primarily focused on fixing bugs. Although some new features managed to get in like a ffmpeg based thumbnailer that is much faster than our old (but still default) mplayer based thumbnailer, finger scrolling and button for playback when using touch input. The python plugin is still kicking ass, there’s the lolcats script I mentioned earlier this months and now we have apple trailer support in our ever growing lists of python scripts (pyglets).

MMS 1.1.0 rc4 released

So we have a new release candidate out for 1.1.0. MMS 1.1.0 is finally getting to a more stable state. It was really sad for quite a while but it seems we have reached a turning point. What I find really interesting is that the python plugin is gaining some overdue momentum. A lot of really useful and very different scripts are being created. It is just great to see people who normally wouldn’t bother learning C++ pick up Python and start creating useful stuff on the first day. In that way Python really helps lowering the barrier to entry.

My Media System 1.1.0 rc1 released

It’s been a long time coming but finally 1.1.0 is almost here. The new stuff is: plugins, improved search, opengl output with fancy transition animations, python support, movie collection. ofdb.de support, last.fm support, improved lcd support and new theme. More here (pictures :-)).

I did a small video to show how one can use a nokia 770 (the n800 works even better) together with MMS that you can see here.

Acmelabs did a small video of the opengl plugin in action: