Showtime PS3 Media Player Testing Build 3.99.425 Update Arrives
Following up on the previous revision, PlayStation 3 homebrew developer Andreas Oman has updated Showtime PS3 Media Player Testing Build to version 3.99.425 followed by v3.99.459 with the changes as follows:
I use Showtime a lot to watch shows in the Revision3 plugin, like Games+ and Destructoid. A thing I need to know is if it's possible to have a SEARCH feature, specially with Youtube, I can't see how to find videos. Thanks to the developers!
Navi-X Showtime PS3 Media Player Plug-in Update v1.0 Out Now
Following up on his previous update, this weekend PlayStation 3 homebrew developer facanferff has updated his Navi-X Showtime PS3 Media Player Plug-in to version 1.0 followed by v1.0.5 and v1.1.5 for Showtime PS3 Media Player with the changes below.
To quote: This update is a major release, it is the biggest update I ever released for a plugin for Showtime, and that being said is recommended that every user update to this new version.
Add: Allow user set the source for playlist search in settings
Add: New default source for playlist search (in TMDB View)
Add: Support for IMDB Lists
Add: Search for entries from Item Menu
Add: Stats system
Fix: IMDB's Parents Guide would not show up
Fix: Parser PLX would join the last two items of a playlist wrongly
Enhacement: Improve reporting system
Add: Allow user to disable History Tracking
Add: Notifications for important things (such as reporting)
Fix: User would be logout after forced reload
Enhancement: Use notifications instead of messages that require user interaction
Add: Set number of elements in X axis (see note 1)
Add: Set number of elements in Y axis (see note 1)
Add: Allow user to hide information bar (see note 1)
Add: Store items in local Favorites playlist (see note 2)
Add: Playlists with IMDB/TMDB type redirect to TMDB view
Add: Support for subtitles in playlists
Fix: Entries with no title would fail to load page in PS3 platform
Fix: Titles with colors would be wrongly parsed
Enhancement: Set view in playlists upon entrance to avoid "screen transformation"
Add: Report processors that don't work
Add: Display current status of processing (including countdown timer)
Add: Cache processors that have cacheable flag equal to 1
Add: Nested if statements
Fix: Subvariables in which the main class didn't exist would return error when trying to get it's result
Enhancement: Improve plugin startup response time
Enhancement: Improve response time when browsing
Add: TMDB View (see note 2)
Add: Similar Movies
Add: Search in several networks for a movie
Add: Get Full Cast of a movie
Add: Get Full Crew of a movie
Add: Get movies in which a person appeared in the cast
Add: Use IMDB variable in PLX playlists to identify a movie
Add: Use TMDB variable in PLX playlists to identify a movie
Add: IMDB's Parents Guide
Add: Save playlists IDs for user in local store
Enhancement: Use local History/Favorites playlist instead of online solution
Fix: When adding an item to a playlist that contained that item already, it would add again the item making it twice -> Remove the old one and add the fresh one
Fix: My Playlists
Note 1: These features are present in the Page Menu that can be accessed via Triangle (PS3) or F1 (PC).
Note 2: These features are present in the Item Menu that can be accessed via Square (PS3) or F3 (PC) after focusing the item to see the features relative to.
A quick look in the new views
As you might have seen in the changelog, this version features a new look for list view, it is possible due to a recent feature that lets plugins have their own view files (the way Showtime uses to show the GUI), it means this view is a custom view and not from Showtime's source code, it has been developed by myself using as model some mockups from opium2k and the guidance of andoma in terms of widgets available.
One other biggest new feature is the new exclusive TMDB View, it allows you get a list of persons in the cast/crew of the movie, a list of trailers that redirect to Youtube plugin, a list of movies in the collection, a list of similar movies, search for entries in one page provided as Search in Navi-X googlecode that you may use to get access to videos like Behind the Scenes and others of the movie, and finally access to IMDB's Parents Guide for the movie, perfect to help build up nice nights plans for all family.
1. If you have one of the latest Showtime version (as required by the plugin) and installed previously the previous plugin it should be updated to the newest version once andoma updates the plugin repository with the new version.
2. Access the Plugin Central inside Showtime to install the plugin.
3. Put the zip archive available (linked above) in the directory <path to showtime>/installedplugins/
Special thanks to (Alphabetically):
Andreas Oman (also known as andoma), for creating and maintaining the best alternative to XBMC
Opium2k, for creating mockups of both Array and TMDB views that ended being improved to the current state of them
Tyrant, for Beta Testing the plugin as the development happened and for giving ideas in what could be added/improved
How can I log in to navixtreme.com?
In settings page of the plugin there should be an option that says "Login to navixtreme.com" click that. If you used before the previous version of the version and logged in and set to remember the credentials, this process will automatically use that information and adapt to the new authentication method otherwise you'll have to write your credentials. After doing this you never need to click this option again, just by starting Showtime with the plugin enabled will authenticate you.
Where can I find facanferff, andoma, opium and Tyrant?
In the channel #showtime on irc.efnet.net.
What happens to my automatic reports the plugin creates?
If you have the setting for it enabled, once you find a processor not working (generally giving a message starting with "Processor error: "), the plugin will call immediately a website hosted by the plugin's developer that might use the URL, processor and error to debug the problem and fix if it applies. If you want to get information on the current status of a report contact facanferff (via the channel mentioned in this FAQ) and provide your user id and the report id.
The user id is what identifies an installation, it consists of a mix of alphanumeric character followed by your nickname if you're authenticated there. You may see your user id at the folder <path to showtime>/settings/jsstore/navi-x-tracking_settings and locate the line that starts by saying "user_id" and the value between double quotes in the right side of is your user id. But if you're authenticated then in the same file you should find a line for the variable "username", so your final user id will be the previous string you obtained plus 1 underscore plus your username, e.g. 1234567890_qwert
The report id is a string that identifies a report and is unique per report, to obtain that value access the navi-x-reports_ids in the same folder as before and locate the line that contains in left side <processor url>_<url of video>, the string attached to it is the report id.
If you want to contact the developer to get the status of the report and if you know that the report is for a processor that was reported only that time you may just provide your user id and processor name.
Which reports get a higher priority?
The reporting system sets automatically a priority checking the url and processor in the test bed, if in that test it has success then it is given High priority. If the test also gives an error but different than the one you obtained, it will be given a Medium priority, otherwise it is given Low priority.
I'm a developer and would like to know about those exclusive features of the plugin's API, where may I find those information?
Shortly after the release of this version, facanferff will release a tutorial explaining all of those exclusive features.
I would like to report or suggest about something not related directly to processors, where can I do it?
You should use the official Bug Tracker website for the plugin available (at lonelycoder.com/redmine/projects/navix) You don't need to provide your user id here.
Note: Reporting non working processors in this Web site will not give you a higher priority.
This version brings a new settings option that many users have been asking to set a new home page URL. This setting allows you to use your own PLX playlist or other PLX playlist without having problems with time-out that have been rather frequent with navixtreme.com
Add: Setting option "Home Page URL" that allows user to change home page URL
Add: All items that are from navixtreme.com are labelled as so with "[NAVIXTREME]"
andoma: for creating and maintaining Showtime
Tyrant: for Beta Testing my plugins
To allow a faster boot time of Showtime you may need to disable login in plugin's Settings.
Any Showtime v4.3.9 can find the update at Plugin Central.
Hi everyone, I've been away from the good old ps3 for some time now and lost sight on what's going on, so I was delighted to come back and see this is still current, well done all who have supported it. And a big up for Facanferff and Andreas for their great work, and the Boss for this site.
Showtime PS3 Media Player 4.0 Stable and Testing Builds Released
Following up on the previous release, today PlayStation 3 homebrew developer Andreas Oman has updated the Showtime PS3 Media Player Stable and Testing Builds to version 4.0 alongside a DEX port with the changes outlined below:
Note: In some regions the ✕ and ○ buttons are swapped. This is also done in Showtime.
Plugging in a standard keyboard in the PS3 USB port works and is currently the only way to input characters.
Press ✕ in a text box to bring up on screen keyboard
Showtime PS3 Media Player 4.0 Changelog:
Say hello to Showtime 4.0
ps3: Replace XMB icon to new one by Mike S (thanks dude!)
The pkg needs to be reinstalled for this to take effect
Pass filename without file ending to metadata lookup functions. Avoids the file ending reappearing if lookup failes or is disabled
Fix problem with bad clock from AVI files. This caused subtitles to appear multiple times. Fixes #1170
Notify user on home screen if a new version of Showtime is available.
This feature can be turned off under Settings -> General
Work on metadata lookup for movies.
Allow the user to select the 'none' datasource that will just not try to lookup anything for a given file
Improve logic that use foldername to search for movie metadata. Showtime will now use the folder name if there is no match when using title to search and only if there is only one video file longer than 5 minutes in the folder.
Get rid of various crashes related to metadata probing
Plug three different memory leaks related to subtitles. These caused out of memory and thus crash of Showtime. Mostly related to vobsub and DVD subtitles
Fix issue with subtitles loaded from UPNP/DLNA to not appear correctly in subtitle selection menu
Fix problem with SRT files that start with UTF-8/16 BOM markers
Fix a bug causing the in-RAM index of cached content to be corrupted
This bug could result in randomg hangs of some parts of showtime (Notifications that didn't go away, images not loaded)
Also it could crash showtime during shutdown
Remember selected subtitle and audio track for each video file
Fix broken seeking in files that does not start at PTS 0
Add support for upgrades of Showtime from within Showtime
Check for updates in Settings -> General
Currently only supported on PS3 platform
Improve metadata lookup
User is now able to enter a custom query in the item popup menu. It's also possible to enter a IMDb ID directly there.
Showtime will also automatically use the folder name of the video if it seems more appropriate. An internal scoring system is used to choose if it should try to search using file name or folder name.
Score results can be seen as debug in logfile
ps3: Seek using L2 and R2 buttons
Improve RTMP robustness
Reconnecting an RTMP stream during playback is now completely invisible to the user.
Rework UI during video and audio playback
PS3: Add support for the system on screen keyboard (finally!)
Press X in an textbox to popup the on screen keyboard
ps3: Improve button mappings on ps3
Select + ○ will stop playback
Select + ► will open playqueue
Showtime will now hide all files it cannot play by default
This feature can be disabled/enabled on per-directory bases in the page menu
Fix various bugs related to seeking
Some people reported a regression in Showtime's key repeat delay on PS3. The shortened key repeat delay has now been reverted to the previous value
Fix a problem with TMDB search lockups
Improve speed when seeking (using left/right buttons) during video playback.
With the PS3 six axis dual shock remote controller the user can press harder on the left/right buttons to increase seek speed
Fix a bug causing issues with audio if a file contains an audio track that switches from one mode to another.
Typically TV shows where the recap is in stereo and the main episode in 5.1 suffered from this bug
When browsing files it's now possible to enable/disable the sorting of folders before files in the page menu
When browsing files it's now possible to sort on files on date.
See the page menu (△ button on PS3)
Improve metadata lookup for movies.
Allow the user to select which of the metadata providers to use for a certain movie
Allow the user to select between all results for a given movie
Fix some issues related to uPnP / DLNA discovery.
This should make Showtime find PS3 Media Server and Universal Media Server immediately on start. Previously it had to wait for the periodic notification before adding them
ps3: Based on region, swap X and O button if configured in system
Finally, below is a video format compatibility chart in German from osta (via boerse.bz/multimedia/konsolen/playstation-1-3/psjailbreak/714064-show-10.html#post7232119) for those interested in a rough idea of how far along Showtime 4 is coming.