Windows Media Center MPC Plug-in for Blu-ray's

Windows Media Center MPC Plug-in for Blu-ray's

Post#1 » Tue Nov 27, 2012 6:59 pm

I've always wanted to play Blu-ray's from native Windows Media Center Movie Library so that they open with players like MPC-HC or MPC-BE, so I could get the best possible image quality by using madVR and LAVFilters.

I decided to make a plug-in for 7MC/8MC, it's written in C#, Visual Studio 2012. When you start Blu-ray playback from Movie Library, it launches MPC on fullscreen and playback starts, when playback ends, MPC closes and takes you back to Movie Library. Stop button closes MPC and takes you back to Media Center or if video ends, MPC closes.

MPC-HC & BE allows you to use the best possible video renderer, splitter and video/audio decoders (madVR and LAVFilters). madVR can for example automatically change your display refresh rate to 24p when Blu-ray playback starts.

Features
- Can launch Blu-ray, HD DVD*, DVD* and MKV* files from native WMC Movie Library.
- Can move WMC out of DirectX exclusive mode before MPC loads.
- Resumes playback where you left.
- Remote buttons are mapped as in WMC.

*If you wan't to launch HD DVD, DVD and MKV files from Movie Library, create a folder named "BDMV" alongside with VIDEO_TS folder or MKV file.

Information & Instructions
Settings.reg registry file changes some MPC settings that make it function better with WMC.

Commands.reg registry file adds some missing Media Center remote keys into MPC settings. Stop button will stop the video and also return to Media Center. MPC FF/REW is really bad so instead, those buttons do the skip function as in WMC when FF/REW is not available (5 seconds REW and 30 seconds FF, same as in WMC). DVD\My Movies key will take you into the DVD root menu. "*" changes into next subtitle and "#" into next audio. Note that if you accidently press the "Green Button", "Live TV", "Guide" or button, WMC activates in the background and some remote keys such as REW and FF commands won't go into MPC anymore. If that happens, hit "Stop Button" and restart video.

Extract MPC into "Program Files\Media Player Classic\" folder. 32-bit version is recommended, atleast until MadVR gets a 64-bit version. By default the plug-in searches MPC executable from these folders. I'll add a settings dialog later where you can set your MPC folder.

32-bit
Program Files\Media Player Classic\mpc-hc.exe
Program Files\Media Player Classic\mpc-be.exe

64-bit
Program Files (x86)\Media Player Classic\mpc-hc.exe
Program Files (x86)\Media Player Classic\mpc-be.exe
Program Files\Media Player Classic\mpc-hc64.exe
Program Files\Media Player Classic\mpc-be64.exe

Download
Setup.exe (1.0.2.3) - 2013/08/08 Download http://www.netikka.net/enclave/downloads.html
Settings.reg - 2013/08/08 Download http://www.netikka.net/enclave/downloads.html
Commands.reg - 2013/08/08 Download http://www.netikka.net/enclave/downloads.html

Changes in version 1.0.2.3
-Fixed bug where movies that had spaces in path name didn't load.
-Removed MPC and settings from the installer. Only the plug-in is installed now.

Known issues
- If you press for example Green button or Guide button, WMC activates on the background to take some remote commands over MPC.
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Post#2 » Tue Nov 27, 2012 7:09 pm

Sounds great. I would be keen to try it.
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Post#3 » Tue Nov 27, 2012 9:30 pm

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Post#4 » Wed Nov 28, 2012 10:54 am

saxnix wrote:Sounds great. I would be keen to try it.


I'll sort some showstopper bugs and release it, maybe next weekend.

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Post#5 » Wed Nov 28, 2012 1:26 pm

Sounds great!!!

So the Physical Disc will be seen or only a ISO backup? What about a folder structure ripped from MakeMKV.....

I would love to put just my battlestar BD episodes and Star Trek TNG on my WHS in untouched format :)
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Post#6 » Wed Nov 28, 2012 3:40 pm

As Media Center Movie Library shows Blu-ray's in Physical Disc Drive, Mounted Drives and Folders, you can play those all with this.

I'm uploading a video on SkyDrive. I'll post a link soon.
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Post#7 » Wed Nov 28, 2012 4:05 pm

Here is a short video showing how it works. That is full Blu-ray folder structure playing.

http://youtu.be/MQwzVABwIhg
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Post#8 » Wed Nov 28, 2012 7:32 pm

Couple of questions...

Is it the WMC_MPC_HC file, and if so, what can I play it with?

Have tried VLC and WIndows, neiter of them will play it? DId I get a bad download of the 100Mb file, or am I missing something simple here??
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Post#9 » Thu Nov 29, 2012 8:00 am

saxnix wrote:Couple of questions...

Is it the WMC_MPC_HC file, and if so, what can I play it with?

Have tried VLC and WIndows, neiter of them will play it? DId I get a bad download of the 100Mb file, or am I missing something simple here??


Sorry, I should have uploaded it to YouTube but I was too lazy and just dropped it into SkyDrive folder.

Here is a YouTube link.
http://youtu.be/MQwzVABwIhg
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Post#10 » Thu Nov 29, 2012 10:56 am

That is very cool. Look forward to trying it out when you release it.

You might want to post it over at AVS forum if you haven't already.
This thread http://www.avsforum.com/t/1250607/windows-7-media-center-setup-guide-knowledge-base-support would be relevant.
And also this one http://www.avsforum.com/t/940972/guide-to-building-a-htpc-workstation-and-server/18780#post_22610010
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Post#11 » Fri Nov 30, 2012 11:26 am

Looks great :)
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Post#12 » Sat Dec 01, 2012 4:02 pm

ANy progress updates... videos look amazing !!!
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Post#13 » Mon Dec 03, 2012 9:10 am

Sorry for the delay. I made a 64-bit test build. I'll make a 32-bit version If this installs and runs ok as I've only tested this on my dev PC.

Version 1.0.0.0 - 2012/12/03
Download: http://www.netikka.net/enclave/downloads.html
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Post#14 » Mon Dec 03, 2012 4:26 pm

I tried it on my 32bit install without any luck. Received an error saying that it wasn't compatible.

I am on holidays for the next few weeks and only have access to a 32 bit laptop this week, but next week I will have a new 64bit one as well. I can test then on it. In the mean time, if you do a 32 bit version, I am happy to test it.
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Post#15 » Mon Dec 03, 2012 4:31 pm

saxnix wrote:I tried it on my 32bit install without any luck. Received an error saying that it wasn't compatible.

I am on holidays for the next few weeks and only have access to a 32 bit laptop this week, but next week I will have a new 64bit one as well. I can test then on it. In the mean time, if you do a 32 bit version, I am happy to test it.


Wait a sec, I'll compile a 32-bit version.
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Post#17 » Mon Dec 03, 2012 5:33 pm

I have downloaded and tried to install but got and error.

There is a problem with the Windows Installer package. A program run as part of the setup did not finish as expected. Contact your support personnel or package vendor.
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Post#18 » Mon Dec 03, 2012 6:27 pm

saxnix wrote:I have downloaded and tried to install but got and error.

There is a problem with the Windows Installer package. A program run as part of the setup did not finish as expected. Contact your support personnel or package vendor.


1.0.0.2 should now work.
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Post#19 » Mon Dec 03, 2012 11:28 pm

The x64 package has the same error: "There is a problem with the Windows Installer package. A program run as part of the setup did not finish as expected. Contact your support personnel or package vendor."

I'm running Win7 Ultimate x64.
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Post#20 » Tue Dec 04, 2012 4:45 am

I am still getting the same error message with the new file.
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