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mvallevand
2008-01-20, 07:22 AM
I got a bit frustrated with programming for the PCH so I decided to put a few hours into something I know better. These include some nice (I think) updates:

1. Real FLAC Support in GB-PVR

Now instead of transcoding all non-mp3 files to mp3 for playing on the mvp, emulation mode can accept FLAC format as input. This means that FLAC files on the host will stay FLAC (although they still will be de-compressed and re-compressed until sub makes a change, but for me it is now low priority). This is enabled with this command line --em-flac option and with this additional change in config.xml



<MVPFFmpegTranscodeToMP3>-y -i "{SOURCE_FILE}" -f flac "{DEST_FILE}"</MVPFFmpegTranscodeToMP3>


It does mean all your vorbis, wma and other non-mp3 files will also be sent in FLAC format but you should expect better quality since you aren't converting using two lossy formats.

2. Access Control (sort of)

Emulation mode will open a file called control.txt in your mvpmc share and if the line in the file matches the short name of the real file or directory the Video file won't play unless you opened it with Go Play. I might add a PIN but this might be enough to keep some away. Kids don't read this forum do they?

For example to block access to all files in C:\Recordings\Sex & The City you would add a line something like

C:\RECORD~1\SEX&TH~1\

The format is case sensitive (for folder names 8 characters and less) and you can find the short names from the command line via the DIR /X option. Again you can filter files, folders or both.

I say "sort of" because there will be oddities on files if you have resume mode on, because the file starts streaming with the pop up before emulation mode tells it too.

3. PCH Server Access

Access to the PCH Server demo is now turned off by default, but it can be re-enabled with the --em-pch option (it's not really emulation mode but why be picky?).

4. Go Red for jksmurf.

5. A few tweaks.

Martin

Lindsay
2008-01-21, 02:02 AM
Hi, Martin. I presume the command line addition is "--em flac" and the config line replaces the other mp3 entry.

A wee problem, though, as .flac files aren't currently displayed in the music listings. sub would have to add as an allowable extension.

mvallevand
2008-01-21, 02:22 AM
I didn't provide enough information I guess I was thinking it for those who have FLAC working today with MVP. For those that don't there are limitations I posted a bit about it here http://forums.gbpvr.com/showpost.php?p=252932&postcount=6 Once sub allows .flac these problems will go away. For now I have just renamed all my .flac to .fla.

The option is --em-flac with the single dash.

Martin

Lindsay
2008-01-21, 09:58 AM
Thanks, Martin. Missed that little dash but was correct in config file. Think I will wait for next release.

jksmurf
2008-01-23, 12:35 AM
Hi M,

I don't know what you did to the dongle, or if some other magic update happened on my system, but the thing seems much snappier now than before, without those lags on key presses.

Cheers!

k.

mvallevand
2008-01-23, 02:22 AM
I'd like to take credit but no, there is nothing that significant that has changed. Maybe you were running mvpmc via telnet and was overtaxing your network?

Martin

jksmurf
2008-01-23, 03:19 AM
I'd like to take credit but no, there is nothing that significant that has changed. Maybe you were running mvpmc via telnet and was overtaxing your network?

Martin

I only ever run mvpmc using the config file, I never run it manually using telnet as far as I am aware...!

k.

mvallevand
2008-02-19, 01:01 AM
There was a minor update to the alpha today. There was a problem playing mixed mp3 and non-mp3 files without using a stop if --em-flac was enabled.

When I updated the changelog I noted that it was a full year since the first alpha was here, it was pretty rough back then in comparison.

Martin

jksmurf
2008-02-19, 06:55 AM
There was a minor update to the alpha today. Oh excellent! A dongle for the PCH A-100 :D ...

k.

ggee
2008-02-20, 03:12 AM
There was a minor update to the alpha today. There was a problem playing mixed mp3 and non-mp3 files without using a stop if --em-flac was enabled.

When I updated the changelog I noted that it was a full year since the first alpha was here, it was pretty rough back then in comparison.

Martin

Is it me, or did the weather button on the mvpmc screen break in this release? It crashes the MVP when it tries to display the weather.

Greg

mvallevand
2008-02-20, 04:06 AM
Is it me, or did the weather button on the mvpmc screen break in this release? It crashes the MVP when it tries to display the weather.


I don't use it much but I just checked and it still works for me.

Martin