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  1. Zack

    I’m running MediaBrowser 2.0.5.0, and don’t have this blue filter on any of my backdrops (it just grabs the backdrop.jpg as is). Without the overlay, it’s nearly impossible to read any of the plot info. I’ve seen these blue backdrop screenshots on your site before, and went about writing an Imagemagick bash script to loop over all my backdrop files, and put a blue overlay on them. I’d like it to automatically do the overlay for me. Can you tell me what options need to be enabled for the blue filter to be there? Any help is greatly appreciated.

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    1. Jon Post author

      As long as I’ve been running the SVNs there has been a blue filter on backdrops. There has to be an issue with your Media Center if there isn’t one on yours. There has never even been an option to enable/disable it – it’s hardcoded within the MCML.

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  2. Zack

    Thanks for the quick reply. I’m not running the code from the Subversion trunk, I’m using the compiled .msi from the project page. I’m not sure why I wouldn’t have the overlays. I have two friends that use MediaBrowser as well, and neither of them have the overlays either.

    I just checked out throgmorton’s new MCML layout from the repo, but I’ve never compiled MediaBrowser (or any Windows app for that matter). I do have to say I miss the ease of a simple ./configure && make && make install compile from the *nix world. Can you provide any help in the compiling process? I downloaded Visual C# Express Edition, and WIX, so I’ll give it a go.

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    1. Jon Post author

      I’ve actually never run any of the released beta editions, but I know I had to have run the SVN equivalent at one time or another. It’s just extremely odd that none of you have that filter…first time I’ve heard of that. Any chance of a screenshot (just for curiosity’s sake?).

      As for grabbing the SVN and compiling, I can do you one better (for now). I posted a recently compiled build that you can try right now. It’s available here. Keep in mind that this has a modified blue filter that I did for my own purposes. I felt the default one was too dark for my tastes. If you want a darker one (assuming compiling your own build works), follow the below steps.

      If you still want to compile yourself, I use TortoiseSVN to grab source from http://videobrowser.googlecode.com/svn/trunk/

      Once downloaded, you will want to open the project in Visual Studio 2008 C# (Express is fine). You will also need to have WiX installed. Once the project is loaded, do an F6 to compile. Go to your SVN download folder, browser to Mediabrowser/Setup and run the Build.bat to create your MSI. It will be in Mediabrowser/bin/Release.

      I don’t recall needing the latest Media Center SDK, but if you run into issues, you may want to download and install it and go through the steps again.

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  3. Zack

    Jon,

    I’d be more than happy to try out your release with the lighter blue backgrounds. I tried finding your post on here about your compiled build, but I couldn’t locate it. Could you point me in the right direction to download it? Thanks again for your help, and quick responses.

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  4. Zack

    Thanks, I’ll try that out tonight, and see if I get the blue filter like I should.

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    1. Jon Post author

      I’d post this on the MediaBrowser forums. This is the first time I’ve heard of it and have no idea how to even reproduce it without editing source code.

      Are any of you running any custom themes or used a theme editor?

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  5. zreed

    That’s a good question, but no, we are all running stock Media Centers with only MediaBrowser and the Netflix plugin installed. I think I will post this on the forum.

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    1. Jon Post author

      Yes, thanks. This showed up in the SVNs about a week ago. They look nice, but I personally don’t think they really “go” with Media Center. It just goes from the standard Media Center theme to this completely different mockup and doesn’t “feel” right to me.

      I was going to post some screenshots last week, but I was going to wait until they got to a more finalized revision. They have been making a lot of small changes to that theme, so I have no idea how the end product is going to look.

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