To quote: Today marks the release of Showtime 3.4. For a list of most of the important bug fixes and features added, see the 3.4 page. Download the release from github.
Note: It seems Showtime still suffers from out of memory conditions now and then but I've not been able to pinpoint the exact cause of those issues. A few things were implemented just prior to the 3.4 release in order to mitigate the low memory problems.
With that said I though I could write something about what's been done this year and where Showtime is going.
About a year ago Showtime had approximately 5 users. When the PS3 jailbreak was announced I quickly bought a PS3 myself and started to port Showtime to it. I had previously ported Showtime to the Wii homebrew SDK so a lot of code was already quite platform independent already.
In fact I had something running already a few weeks after I acquired the console. So far I've not used my console for anything else. I've never played a game on it, nor do I own a game. After Showtime was released for the PS3 sometime during March 2011 it gained a userbase of a few thousand users instead. Very encouraging!
During the last year Showtime has received ~1400 commits. Some are just a small typo, some are huge changes.
The major features added are:
While Showtime used to support Javscript plugins even before 2011 this was the year when I added support for a central repository. For a full list of available apps, see the official repo. Big thank you to all the plugin developers that are making the Showtime experience a lot more interesting.
Thanks to the community Showtime is now translated to 21 different languages.
Currently used to drive the metadata cache and video resume support. In the future I hope to use this for a lot of spiffy features such as possibility to search all your indexed media store detailed information about movies.
User interface redesign
Personally I think Showtime's weakest point is its User Interface. I hope to be able to present something new in this area during the spring. Some people ask for theme/skin support in Showtime. Thing is, Showtime already have that but it's not exposed to the average user in a good way. Nor is it very appealing to skin/theme developers either.
Adding a new theme requires that all of the UI is redesigned in one go. I don't think that's very productive or creative. Rather I would like plugins to the UI itself so it's possible to create a plugin that alters the home page. Or the settings view. Or the play control. Or perhaps everything.
Grabbing metadata from external locations
For files stored on users hard drives, or NAS, etc Showtime can only show the metadata contained in the file itself.
My plan is to add support for plugins that based on filenames (or file hashes, etc) downloads metadata, artwork, ratings, etc from various online sources such as http://themoviedb.org, etc
I've almost finished my own autobuild system. This will make sure all commits are built for a all supported target platforms and also auto published on the Showtime download page. On this page three different versions will be available.
Stable - A known good version
Testing - Should be OK to use for the average user
Unstable - Latest checking. Can be broken.
Not only will the build be available on the site itself but it will also be possible to upgrade Showtime from within the application.
And the rest...
And of course there are countless bugs to fix, and important features that should be added as well. In particular an on-screen keyboard would be a welcome addition. UPnP/DLNA renderer support so Showtime can be remote controlled from a UPnP control point.
Tomorrow I will be leaving on a six week vacation and during that period I won't do any PS3 related development (as I don't have the console with me). I might do some general Showtime stuff though. I've no idea what that will be though... I guess I'll find out.
So with no further ado, Thank you for the past year. Talk to you all soon again.
Showtime PS3 Media Player 3.4 Changelog:
Bug #216: Image navigator - missing rotation of previews
Bug #448: Photo - Doesn't display .jpg over 900ko
Bug #478: new version can't play 1080p movies
Bug #628: Clock is 1 hour off.
Bug #716: Video list disappears permanently
Bug #717: The clock displaying is not right
Bug #718: italic subtitles display
Bug #719: Subtitles in mkv file are still on even though in settings they are off
Bug #720: Rar Split files is broken
Bug #721: L5.0/5.1 MKV no video playback
Bug #724: 3 Video Files splitted but Showtime Shows 1 Video in the Directory
Bug #726: Subtitle BUG (Overlapping)
Bug #729: .MP4 Container problem (and possible .MKV improvement suggestion)
Bug #731: Subtitles in rar split files
Bug #732: Subtitle position.
Bug #739: SMB (Samba) Network Issue
Bug #740: Bookmarks: Selecting photo image and appera fodler image?
Bug #746: SMB (Samaba) Video Playback Issues
Bug #748: MKV 5.1 igh level ( Debug Option to write a txt when it says CPU to slow )
Bug #750: high quality mkv (+20gb)
Bug #757: Samba Playback Video Speed-Ups Slow-Downs
Bug #760: Memory leak when playing large/long movies
Bug #771: No video shown when playing this movie sample
Bug #773: Idee to eliminate the Memory Problem on MKV!!!
Bug #776: Http Client Hangs
Bug #779: Plugins: Message with a lot of charaters block
Bug #781: Plugins: Read local xml files
Bug #782: Plugins: Read files from SMB path
Bug #790: Plugins: showtime freeze when reading rtmp
Bug #794: .OGM Container playback issues [PS3]
Bug #796: Audio track bug
Bug #806: Video titles do not flow under cover art image?
Bug #810: AC3 mono track does not work.
Bug #834: FLV PLAYBACK BUG
Bug #836: More than 1 Subtitle per movie.
Bug #842: Possible bug with AVC codec Baseline@L1.3. (on PS3).
Feature #348: please add support for EGL / OpenGL|ES
Feature #417: Mark files that has been played
Feature #518: Samba streaming
Feature #640: MP4 codec support
Feature #690: resuming playback from where left off
Feature #707: Detect track flags in .MKV container
Feature #710: Subtitle adjustment.
Feature #775: mkv track names display
Feature #784: Plugins: Cache remote (HTTP) image files
Feature #802: Plugins: settings.createComboBox like in showtime settings
Showtime.SELF Version 3.4.000.dirty for multiMAN (January 25th, 2012) Changelog:
Added: XMB videos and last folder visible in Showtime
Added: Return to multiMAN when using the EXIT icon in to top right corner of main Showtime Interfac
Save the downloaded file as: /dev_hdd0/game/BLES80608/USRDIR/SHOWTIME.SELF
Image navigator - missing rotation of previews
Photo - Doesn't display .jpg over 900ko
New version can't play 1080p movies
Clock is 1 hour off.
Video list disappears permanently
The clock displaying is not right
Italic subtitles display
Subtitles in mkv file are still on even though in settings they are off
Rar Split files is broken
L5.0/5.1 MKV no video playback
3 Video Files splitted but Showtime Shows 1 Video in the Directory
Subtitle BUG (Overlapping)
.MP4 Container problem (and possible .MKV improvement suggestion)
Subtitles in rar split files
SMB (Samba) Network Issue
Bookmarks - Selecting photo image and appera fodler image?
SMB (Samaba) Video Playback Issues
MKV 5.1 igh level ( Debug Option to write a txt when it says CPU to slow )
High quality mkv (+20gb)
Samba Playback Video Speed-Ups Slow-Downs
Memory leak when playing large/long movies
No video shown when playing this movie sample
Idee to eliminate the Memory Problem on MKV!!!
Http Client Hangs
Plugins - Message with a lot of charaters block
Plugins - Read local xml files
Plugins - Read files from SMB path
Plugins - showtime freeze when reading rtmp
.OGM Container playback issues [PS3]
Audio track bug
Video titles do not flow under cover art image?
AC3 mono track does not work.
FLV PLAYBACK BUG
More than 1 Subtitle per movie.
Possible bug with AVC codec Baseline@L1.3. (on PS3).
Please add support for EGL / OpenGL|ES
Mark files that has been played
MP4 codec support
Resuming playback from where left off
Detect track flags in .MKV container
MKV track names display
Plugins - Cache remote (HTTP) image files
Plugins - settings.createComboBox like in showtime settings
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Following up on the previous update, today PlayStation 3 developer facanferff has made available a Showtime TwitchTV 1.0 HD Plug-in with details below.
To quote from his blog: After several updates to Youtube and Navi-X, facanferff brings a new plugin for the worldwide known game streaming website, TwitchTV. This new plugin lets user (or gamers) watch live streams of games in real time.
Browse for Games
Browse for Live Streams
Play HD live streams!
Showtime 4.2 and up
In Showtime open the Plugin Central and install the plugin called TwitchTV under Video Streaming category
Andoma: for creating and maintaining Showtime
Tyrant: for beta testing the plugin
Special Note: Any issue please inform to showtime AT facanferff.net
Not long after the last Stable 4.2 Build, today PlayStation 3 homebrew developer Andreas Oman has updated the Showtime PS3 Media Player Testing Build to version 4.3.21 followed by 4.3.41 and 4.3.207 with the changes outlined below.
Fix recent regression causing vertical lines in images on PS3
Fix bug making 'Refresh metdata...' option in item menu not to work at all
Avoid loading .mkv attachments into RAM
Instead we keep a reference to where in the MKV file the attachment is located and we can later open a slice of the mkv-file as the attachment.
This combined with the fact that freetype can open fonts from a file handle reduces the static memory use for attachments to 0 bytes
Fixes #1689 (out of memory (av error -12) with certain MKV files)
Initial attempt of a built-in FTP client in Showtime
To use it enter 'ftp://ip.address.of.ftpserver' in search bar or create a bookmark (much like the CIFS/SMB client)
Note that the code has only been tested against a few FTP servers so it's probably still buggy. If you find any problems and want to report please turn on "FTP logging" in settings:dev and include the logfile in ticket.
Add support for sorting on filename and date when browsing over UPNP
upnp: Include video playback URL in canonical URL
Fixes problem with UPNP servers that just give sequential numbers to directory items. If just using the URL items would be confused with other items if video are removed from the directory
Add Danish translation
Fix bug that caused "Custom search query" to disappear for video items
Fix a bunch of memory leaks
Make sure metadata scanner stops when we leave a directory
Also fix possible crashes related to those occations
ps3: Remove "/dev_hdd0/tmp/turnoff" before shutting down system
Fix broken colors in VOBSUB
Fix regression causing crash with embedded DVD/VOBSUB tracks
httpclient: Fix a regression when using range queries to determine filesize
Caused problems with minidlna (possibly other servers)
Fix the oversized album art during music playback
ps3: Fix video stuttering in some high bitrate video streams
Fix broken date-sorting (Allow user to sort on newest or oldest first)
Rework subtitle scheduling
This allows us to pick subtitles that are out of sync with video stream. Also makes it possible to do negative subtitle time shifting for embedded subs
ps3: Increase audio buffer size
Fix stuttering playback with some audio formats (APE is one)
Fix problem that caused picture stuttering in some movies after 20-25 minutes
Add support for LPCM in DVD playback
Add movie chapters support where supported by file formats
Chapters can be found in menu during video playback next to seek thumbnails and audio/subltitle tracks
Fix broken seeking in FLAC files
Add support for subtitle plugins. This also removes the built-in support for opensubtitles. Opensubtitles is now available as a plugin. No username + password is needed as opensubtitles.org allows anonymous logins
The list of subtitles are now sorted based on user preferred languages
Fix a bug that made "Custom query" impossible to erase in the metadata editor. It would come back next time the item was scanned
Fix a crash that was caused by invalid markup tags in SRT files
Typically this would happen if the SRT file contained a subtitle entry with just one tag that was invalid. Now such invalid tags will be
presented as normal text instead.
ps3: Fix a crash on PS3 when playing AAC HEv2 files. This was caused by too small stack for the threads
Fix recently introduced crash in opensubtitles.org module
Add stretch-to-widescreen and stretch-to-fullscreen as options during video playback
Add support for getting metadata from thetvdb.com
Allow user to adjust subtitle timing �10 minuts in increments of 0.5 seconds
Improved support for opensubtitles.org
Showtime will now search in opensubtitles.org database using the movie title and optionally the IMDB ID if it manages to resolve that
To limit the number of returned results it will only include the subtitles that matches the languages configured in Settings -> Languages.
If no such configuration has been entered all results will be displayed.
ps3: Sign pkg files to work with 4.xx CFW
Fix some issues related to mono audio in videos
Use external metadata (TMDB, etc) for video title in video OSD
Avoid doing external metadata lookup for very short file names
Add support for playback of HLS (Http Live Streaming) URLs
Add support for user configurable fonts
To install and use a new font put the font someplace where Showtime can browse it. When clicking on the font Showtime will what you want to use the font for. Showtime will copy the font to an internal storage location. To select between installed fonts or to reset to default, go to Settings -> Look and Feel -> Fonts