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121w ago - 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:

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Showtime 4.0 is finally released.

Some highlights:

  • New UI design
  • Self upgrade of both Showtime itself (only on PS3) and all plugins (all platforms)
  • Automatically load metadata from themoviedb.org
  • Improved support for subtitles (in particular external ASS/SSA files and vobsub files)
  • Support for on screen keyboard on PS3
  • Buttons on PS3 dual shock controller have changed their meaning a bit: See [Register or Login to view links] for details
  • Each focusable item have a dedicated popup menu (Use □ button on dual shock controller for this)
  • File browsing will sort folders first and then files. Sorting can be adjusted in the per page menu (△ on dual shock controller)
  • Lots of bug fixes
  • ... + more stuff I've forgotten

Try it out! See you soon.

Showtime 4.0 for DEX Changelog:

  • Install "Showtime 04.00.000 [DEX].pkg"
  • Start it from "TV/Video" column - it will return to XMB after initial processing (it will happen only the first time you start it after installation)
  • Start it again and enjoy andoma's great work

PS3 usage guide

Getting started

For a full featureset of Showtime see lonelycoder.com/showtime

Video output

Showtime on PS3 has been tested with 576i, 720p and 1080i video resolutions.

I've tried to set reasonable defaults for overscan compensation. But if it not correct for you it can be adjusted under Settings -> Display and UI settings

Buttons on dual shock controller

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Note: In some regions the ✕ and ○ buttons are swapped. This is also done in Showtime.

Keyboard

  • 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:

4.0

Say hello to Showtime 4.0

3.99.608

ps3: Replace XMB icon to new one by Mike S (thanks dude!)

The pkg needs to be reinstalled for this to take effect

3.99.605

Pass filename without file ending to metadata lookup functions. Avoids the file ending reappearing if lookup failes or is disabled

3.99.604

Fix problem with bad clock from AVI files. This caused subtitles to appear multiple times. Fixes #1170

3.99.582

Notify user on home screen if a new version of Showtime is available.

This feature can be turned off under Settings -> General

3.99.580

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

Fixes #1159
Fixes #1160

3.99.578

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

Fixes #1165

3.99.575

Fix issue with subtitles loaded from UPNP/DLNA to not appear correctly in subtitle selection menu

3.99.574

Fix problem with SRT files that start with UTF-8/16 BOM markers

Fixes #1136

3.99.566

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

3.99.538

Remember selected subtitle and audio track for each video file

Fixes #1141

3.99.532

Fix broken seeking in files that does not start at PTS 0

Fixes #1124

3.99.530

Add support for upgrades of Showtime from within Showtime

Check for updates in Settings -> General

Currently only supported on PS3 platform

3.99.513

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

3.99.510

ps3: Seek using L2 and R2 buttons

3.99.502

Improve RTMP robustness

Reconnecting an RTMP stream during playback is now completely invisible to the user.

3.99.496

Rework UI during video and audio playback

3.99.483

PS3: Add support for the system on screen keyboard (finally!)

Press X in an textbox to popup the on screen keyboard

3.99.480

ps3: Improve button mappings on ps3

Select + ○ will stop playback
Select + ► will open playqueue

3.99.479

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

3.99.473

Fix various bugs related to seeking

3.99.471

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

3.99.470

Fix a problem with TMDB search lockups

3.99.461

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

3.99.450

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

3.99.437

When browsing files it's now possible to enable/disable the sorting of folders before files in the page menu

3.99.436

When browsing files it's now possible to sort on files on date.

See the page menu (△ button on PS3)

3.99.428

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

3.99.427

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

3.99.419

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.






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#532 - PS3 News - 56w ago
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Following up on the previous update, today PlayStation 3 developer facanferff has made available a Quickstart to PS3 Plugin Development in Showtime with details below.

To quote: Since a long time ago, some users have requested me to write a tutorial so they could create their own Showtime plugins. This is an initial attempt to it, I hope you like. If I make some mistake, I'm sorry, I'm not a teacher.

Overview

Before we get our hands dirty, it’s important to explain some little things that might help you later in making your own plugins. Plugins for Showtime (also known as Apps) are exclusively written, at the moment, in Javascript. To bring plugins to life, Showtime uses a Javascript engine called Spidermonkey (as of now, Showtime uses Spidermonkey 1.8.0-rc1). To learn more about this engine, you may go to developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Mozilla/Projects/SpiderMonkey.

If you ever did web development, you may wonder if the Javascript API that work in normal web browser might work here, well, the answer is no. Due to this, you will not find things like DOM or AJAX in your toolbox, but you may and should use the basic Javascript.

In this quickstart, I will assume the reader has good understanding of Javascript. If you don’t know it, you may check the several resources available online/offline. From these, I recommend check this: codecademy.com

The Showtime plugins’ job is to respond to browse and search requests and populate the internal data model with the actual information to be shown to the user via Showtime’s user interface(s).

Since there are different types of plugins, I will focus in this tutorial in only a type, plugins that browse content in the web and show it to user (e.g. Youtube plugin).

Structure of a plugin

Every plugin lives in a directory of their own. From the several files this directory may have, you need to have at least one file in the root of the plugin, plugin.json, which contains information about the plugin and the author. You may use sub-directories and custom names for other files in order to organize it better.

plugin.json

plugin.json is a JSON (json.org) encoded text file containing information about the plugin and its author. Example of a plugin.json file (from the Channel9 plugin):

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Now it’s time to learn more about each field and which ones are required for every plugin:

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Getting Started

To run a plugin in a development environment, you may call from a terminal:

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The flag –p means that you want to load a plugin in development environment.

If you ran this already, you might get the following error: This will output something like: plugins [ERROR]: Unable to load development plugin: testplugin Unable to load testplugin/plugin.json -- File not found. This means or we don’t have a testplugin directory or we don’t have a plugin.json inside it. To create the directory do:

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Now, to edit the plugin.json, open the file testplugin/plugin.json in any text editor that you like.
In there, let’s make our initial plugin.json:

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With this, we specified that the plugin testplugin uses Javascript engine, has an ID ‘testplugin’ and the script is ‘testplugin.js’.

Whenever you want to reload the plugin you can use Shift+F5 in Showtime. This is helpful when you make changes to a plugin already in development environment inside Showtime, without the need of restarting Showtime. Even if the plugin gave an error, you may use this to try to reload it. When you reload it, all hooks and resources associated to the plugin are removed. This phenomenon happens also when a user removes a plugin from Showtime.

In case you are already in a page that belongs to the plugin itself, Showtime will reload the plugin and reload the page itself.

Now open your testplugin/testplugin.js in a text editor. Since we want to have a plugin that lives forever (so it can be called anytime) we need to have a scope where all local variables will live and also need to remember ‘this’ which is, when the script is invoked, a plugin object created by Showtime itself (showtimemediacenter.com/projects/showtime/wiki/JSAPI_plugin).

So, let’s edit this file:

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Reload the plugin now with Shift+F5, if you look in the terminal windows from which you opened Showtime, you will find a line saying ‘Hello, Showtime XXX’ where XXX is your current Showtime version that was obtained via showtime.currentVersionString .

Routing an URI to the plugin

Since our plugin will respond to browse requests we need to have an URI associated to it. An URI is something like a URL you use to browse the Internet, but in this case it is used to browse in Showtime. Every plugin reservers URI space starting with the plugin’s ID specified in plugin.json. These URI routes registered by plugins have higher priority than URI routes that Showtime itself handles, so you can create an URI route like it is in a web browser (e.g. youtube.com)

With this new knowledge let’s make it in use (edit it to match this code):

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Now, reload the plugin and if you type “testplugin:hello” in the search input field on Showtime’s home page, you will notice Showtime will open a new page with only a loading symbol, but in the terminal it will show the message provided to showtime.print.

A look in a real plugin

For this tutorial, I decided to use a real plugin made by me, which is called Videocopilot. The plugin source is located at github.com/facanferff/showtime-plugins/tree/master/videocopilot and its a plugin for Web site videocopilot.net.

I will not discuss the plugin.json of the plugin ([Register or Login to view links]) in this tutorial.
The lines of code or numbers of line are relative to version 0.9 (the most updated version at this moment).

Lets see then the plugin script (github.com/facanferff/showtime-plugins/blob/master/videocopilot/videocopilot.js).

To make Showtime provide a link in home page to the plugin’s start page we need to create a service:

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Lets check each argument given to plugin.createService:

  • 1st: “Video Copilot” is the display name of the service
  • 2nd: PREFIX (which is a global variable specified as “videocopilot” + “:start” is the initial route of the service (the URI where is located the home page of the plugin)
  • 3rd: “video” tells Showtime this plugin provides video resources
  • 4th: true means the service should be enabled immediately, making it visible to user and
  • 5th: plugin.path (gives you the full path to the plugin’s root directory) + “logo.png” is the path to an image that identifies the plugin.

Since we registered the home page’s URI route, we need to specify what does that URI route:

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Here, plugin.addURI registers a new URI route, in this case called “videocopilot:start” and startPage is the function to be called when this route is open by user request. The function provided to addURI should accept at least one argument, where the 1st one is a page object created by Showtime and used to manipulate the page.

function startPage:

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Here, page.appendItem will append a new item to the current page. Lets see the arguments:

  • 1st: PREFIX + ':browse:' + escape('http://www.videocopilot.net/tutorials/') + ':undefined' , is the URI route that should be called when the user clicks this item
  • 2nd: type of item, from the several ones, the most used are: directory, used to specify this item will open a new page to browse contents; and video that specified this item will open a video resource
  • 3rd: metadata for the item, you may provide any information about this item as you want. The most used are: title, title of the item; icon, image to be shown associated to the item; description, a description of the item

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Means this page is a directory to browse content.

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Tells Showtime that the contents of this page are “items”, in most cases, you want to use this one, we will use it for this tutorial.

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Tells Showtime that we don’t want anymore the loading symbol to be shown to user.

Function getVideoList:

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Here, showtime.httpGet is a function you may call to do a GET request to a page (e.g. to obtains its source code) and .toString() is to convert its response to a Javascript String to manipulate.

plugin.addURI(PREFIX + ":video:simple: (.*)", function(page, link):

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This is a Javascript object where we specify only the title of a video (displayed in video playback) and sources is an array where each object contains at least the url (e.g. the video’s url).

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Here, page.source is the way to tell Showtime what we want to reproduce. Since we want to play a video we need to put always “videoparams:” before the parameters of video as specified before encoded in a JSON string.

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This finally tells Showtime we have a video, so Showtime can handle everything to prepare video playback.

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This function is used to add continuously items to a page. In the current version of the tutorial, I will not explain this, so whenever you want to show more items (e.g. of a second page) use page.appendItem and pass what you need.

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This function adds a searcher to Showtime that can be used when a user searches for something (not a URI route) in search input field in Showtime’s home page. This function accepts 3 arguments:

  • 1st: title of the searcher, shown to user when searching something
  • 2nd: image of the search, also shown to user
  • 3rd: function that receives a page and query arguments (page is the same as specified before in the tutorial and query is a string containing what to search). This function is runs always whenever a user searches for something.

Note: In the function passed to plugin.addSearcher you need to specify somewhere the number of found entries via page.entries, otherwise Showtime will not show your searcher to user for that query.

I recommend you study carefully the code at: github.com/facanferff/showtime-plugins/blob/master/videocopilot/videocopilot.js

Publishing plugins

You may check showtimemediacenter.com/projects/showtime/wiki/SPMC for all details about it.

Bibliography

showtimemediacenter.com/projects/showtime/wiki/PluginDevelopment (maintained by Andreas Oman (andoma), Fábio Ferreira (facanferff) and Leonid Protasov (lprot))

Thanks

andoma: for creating Showtime

Final notes

I hope, you learned a little about plugin development in Showtime with this small tutorial. This tutorial is far away from being finished, I just wanted to give you an initial overview to the process of creating plugins for Showtime.

With a look in a real plugin, I believe you have now the fundamental tools to study better existing plugins and create new plugins. Whenever I can, I will try to update this tutorial to make it more complete and easier to understand.

For a reference of the functions Showtime provides I recommend you check showtimemediacenter.com/projects/showtime/wiki/JSAPIREF

And to conclude I leave here a screenshot of plugin TMDb so you can see the potential you can get from a plugin (below).

I hope you liked, facanferff.

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#531 - B0rm0t0s - 62w ago
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wow, amazing

#530 - PS3 News - 62w ago
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Following up on the previous updates and his Haider ENG2AR (Arabic) v1.03 PS3 CFW 4.46, this weekend PlayStation 3 developer Haider.Kiara has made available Showtime Arabic with details below.

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To quote: Hi all. Today I finished translation Showtime with some features

Features

  • added arabic language
  • support arabic subtitle (.srt)
  • added EarthLink TV (Only In Iraq)

Channels

  • Asian Series
  • Arabic Movies
  • EarthToon
  • Documentary
  • TV Shows Drama
  • TV Shows comedy
  • Sports (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10)

Tutorial

How to convert .srt arabic to play on ps3 (you need use showtime above):





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#529 - msteffes - 67w ago
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I can play mkv file on my ps3 I have CEChH01 and also CECHK01, CECHL01 they all play them. I wish i coud get XBMC on the ps3 as a media player.

#528 - PS3 News - 70w ago
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Following up on the previous updates, today PlayStation 3 developer facanferff has made available an update to the Showtime PS3 Plugin TMDB (The Movie DataBase) bringing it to version 1.2.5 followed by v1.3 with the changes below.

To quote: A new version for Showtime Plugin TMDb is now available and adds some features that many users have been asking since day 1.

Please read carefully the changelog and the Important information section as both help you get a better experience in Showtime.

Changelog:

  • Add: View Collection images option in movie view
  • Add: View images option in movie view
  • Add: "Search in Showtime" option in movie view (thanks Buksa)
  • Enhancement: Improve some design aspects (makes images fit better for different screens)
  • Enhancement: In "Director" field in movie view show all directors instead of just one
  • Add: TMDb item menu option (it allows users to see a movie view from any video, including offline videos or anything else)

Thanks:

  • andoma: for creating and maintaining Showtime
  • Tyrant: for Beta Testing my plugins
  • Buksa: for giving me the idea to add a Search in Showtime option

Installation:

From plugin central inside Showtime you can download and install the plugin.

Important information:

  • To use TMDb item menu option you need at least Showtime v4.3.261.
  • If you have Custom Background by Andreas Oman installed you can use the View images/View Collection images to set as main Showtime background a fanart of a movie (in above screenshots, the background was set using this feature, choosing this image: d3gtl9l2a4fn1j.cloudfront.net/t/p/original/wz1h8VPa8DsofvKvu4mFsktUqfl.jpg)
  • It may be confusing for some users since a few time ago I said I would not work more in Showtime Plugins, I thought better and decided to make some changes that make me able to continue working in Showtime Plugins, later I'll talk more about it.

Update: A new update to Showtime Plugin TMDb v1.3 is now available. Finding free time has been extremely hard (studying is hard ) so this is what I have to give you right now to enjoy, more features are being prepared by due to time I don't know when will they be ready.

Changelog version 1.3:

  • Add: Setting to allow show all movies found in a search from item menu
  • Add: Search for movie by custom title in item menu
  • Add: Add movies to a list

Note: For now you have to create manually a list in themoviedb.org website. I tried to add this but right now there seems to be some problem with TMDb API so it isn't included for now.

Installation: Download at Showtime Plugin Central (Apps) inside Showtime
Requirements: Showtime v4.1

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