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XBMC questions
Posted by: davemchine
Date: December 30, 2014 07:33PM
I am not very familiar with XBMC and I'm hoping someone can give me a jump start with it. My desire is to install the software and be able to index and search the same video files from my iTunes library. I'm hoping that the search capabilities will be superior to iTunes and that it will allow me to search by actor names. So here are my questions.
1. Can XBMC index my iTunes files?
2. Could I then search by actor name?
3. Will this damage my iTunes library or interfere with it in any way?
4. When doing a google search it seems there are multiple distributions. Is on preferable over another?

Any other advice would be very welcome. Thanks.



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Re: XBMC questions
Posted by: space-time
Date: December 30, 2014 07:43PM
I think it's now called Kodi.
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Re: XBMC questions
Posted by: beagledave
Date: December 30, 2014 07:55PM
1. No, not with the DRM intact. If you strip the DRM, then yes.

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2. Not sure.
3. Don't know.
4. It is called Kodi now. The most current version is Helix. There are other customized distros....for example I'm running a slimmed down distro on my Amazon Fire TV Stick.

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Re: XBMC questions
Posted by: Carm
Date: December 30, 2014 09:02PM
Im looking at building a media server with Kodi and a Raspberry Pi B+.
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Re: XBMC questions
Posted by: p8712
Date: December 30, 2014 09:39PM
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Carm
Im looking at building a media server with Kodi and a Raspberry Pi B+.
[lifehacker.com]

I have one with an Rpi B. it works well, slightly slow menus compared to a full HTPC, but videos play fine.
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Re: XBMC questions
Posted by: Carm
Date: December 30, 2014 09:50PM
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p8712
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Carm
Im looking at building a media server with Kodi and a Raspberry Pi B+.
[lifehacker.com]

I have one with an Rpi B. it works well, slightly slow menus compared to a full HTPC, but videos play fine.
What format are your videos? I've been converting my movie collection with handbrake to mp4 format.
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Re: XBMC questions
Posted by: silvarios
Date: December 30, 2014 09:55PM
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Carm
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p8712
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Carm
Im looking at building a media server with Kodi and a Raspberry Pi B+.
[lifehacker.com]

I have one with an Rpi B. it works well, slightly slow menus compared to a full HTPC, but videos play fine.
What format are your videos? I've been converting my movie collection with handbrake to mp4 format.

What formats were the videos before conversion?



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 12/30/2014 10:06PM by silvarios.
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Re: XBMC questions
Posted by: p8712
Date: December 30, 2014 09:56PM
Mp4, AVI, MKV. A big mix of video and codecs. 1080p bluray quility plays perfectly on a Pi. Like I said, the menus are a touch slow, and initally starting takes time - becuse of both the cpu, and buffering over my network. Be sure to add $5 worth of heatsinks to the pi, and use a good power supply, otherwise you'll get intermittant crashing.

It's a darn cheap and nice HTPC though, I'm working on sideloading Kodi an a Fire TV Stick, which should be faster, to replace my Pi.
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Re: XBMC questions
Posted by: Carm
Date: December 30, 2014 10:20PM
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silvarios
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Carm
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p8712
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Carm
Im looking at building a media server with Kodi and a Raspberry Pi B+.
[lifehacker.com]

I have one with an Rpi B. it works well, slightly slow menus compared to a full HTPC, but videos play fine.
What format are your videos? I've been converting my movie collection with handbrake to mp4 format.

What formats were the videos before conversion?
DVD: Mpeg-2 (Rip and convert)
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Re: XBMC questions
Posted by: Carm
Date: December 30, 2014 10:30PM
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p8712
Mp4, AVI, MKV. A big mix of video and codecs. 1080p bluray quility plays perfectly on a Pi. Like I said, the menus are a touch slow, and initally starting takes time - becuse of both the cpu, and buffering over my network. Be sure to add $5 worth of heatsinks to the pi, and use a good power supply, otherwise you'll get intermittant crashing.

It's a darn cheap and nice HTPC though, I'm working on sideloading Kodi an a Fire TV Stick, which should be faster, to replace my Pi.

Thanks for the tips.
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Re: XBMC questions
Posted by: p8712
Date: December 30, 2014 10:47PM
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Carm
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p8712
Mp4, AVI, MKV. A big mix of video and codecs. 1080p bluray quility plays perfectly on a Pi. Like I said, the menus are a touch slow, and initally starting takes time - becuse of both the cpu, and buffering over my network. Be sure to add $5 worth of heatsinks to the pi, and use a good power supply, otherwise you'll get intermittant crashing.

It's a darn cheap and nice HTPC though, I'm working on sideloading Kodi an a Fire TV Stick, which should be faster, to replace my Pi.

Thanks for the tips.

Oh, don't forget to pay for the Mpeg-2 codec if you need to play unconverted dvd's. It was never an issue for me, though.
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Re: XBMC questions
Posted by: WillyB
Date: December 31, 2014 08:04AM
One cool new Kodi feature is that it plays H.265 files. The latest Handbrake will convert to H.265. Way smaller file size with no appreciable loss in quality. I keep up with the Kodi nightlies with no problems yet.
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