Media Center

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All Media--One Interface

Media Center turns your PC into a complete digital entertainment center.

  • Media Center connects your PC to a stereo, TV, home theater, remote control devices, digital cameras, scanners, portable music players and UPnP player devices.
  • Use Media Center for ripping and playing music, burning cds, listening to Podcasts, copying music onto a portable device and organizing your music collection using a multitude of organization fields. If you can’t find the field you need, create your own custom field.
  • Encode and play all popular media formats.
  • Play Web radio, TV, DVDs, Podcasts, video files and show digital images on your PC.
  • Powerful utilities include three different servers for streaming music and images to remote PCs and standalone networked players.

Media Center has more advanced features than any other application for superior customization and control of a media collection.

Please visit for more information about J River and Media Center.

Table Of Contents

  1. Media Center Controls - this section covers the controls visible on the screen.
    1. Screen Parts
    2. Player
      1. Playback
      2. Playback Options
      3. Shuffle the tracks
      4. DSP Studio (Equalizer, Replay Gain & DSP)
      5. Replay Gain
      6. Album Gain
      7. BPM
      8. Multizone Playback
    3. Organization Tree
    4. Menu Bar
    5. Toolbar
    6. Search Bar
    7. Lower Tool Bar
    8. Status Bar
    9. Navigation (Getting Around)
    10. Display
      1. Customize the Content Pane Column Headings
      2. Display Options sub-menu
      3. View Settings sub-menu
      4. View Files and Libraries
      5. Content Pane
    11. Action Window
    12. View Modes & Skins
    13. Access Control
    14. Startup Settings
    15. Options (Tools->Options)
    16. Media Center in Different Languages
  2. Controlling Media Center - this section covers other (besides the screen, mouse and keyboard) methods of controlling Media Center
    1. File Association Settings
    2. Shell Integration
    3. Media Scheduler
    4. Remote Control
  3. Media Files - covers what files Media Center handles, and how it stores them in a library.
    1. Audio Files
    2. Image Files
    3. Video Files
    4. Other files
    5. Libraries
    6. File Properties (tags)
    7. Move, Copy, Delete, Upload or Mail Files
    8. Licensed Files (Windows Media Manager)
  4. External Content - Playing content from the Internet
    1. Web Media(Radio)
    2. Podcasting
  5. Playlists, Smartlists and Playlist Groups - Play your content in the order you want.
    1. Playlists - Arrange content in a fixed order.
    2. Smartlists - Arrange content according to rules, including random ordering.
      1. User Contributed Smartlists
    3. Playlist Groups - Organize your Playlists.
  6. View Schemes - View your media any way you want
    1. User Contributed View Schemes
    2. Add a custom view scheme group to Media Center's tree
  7. Database Expressions - Use Excel-style functions for use in view schemes, searches, and displayed columns
    1. Media Center expression language
    2. User Contributed Database Expressions
  8. Drives & Devices
  9. Plug-ins - Customize Media Center in many different ways.
  10. Sharing Plug-ins - Share your digital content with other computers, TiVos and Media Receivers.
  11. Services - Online stores where you can purchase digital content.
  12. YADB - Lookup CD or track information online.
  13. Additional Programs - Various helper programs, such as Media Editor or Media Server.
  14. Operating Systems
    1. Using Media Center on Linux
    2. Using Media Center on OSX/Apple
  15. Hardware
    1. Computer Stability Issues
    2. Connecting Media Center to a Home Stereo
    3. Connect a TV to your PC
  16. Network
    1. Playing music across a network
    2. Sharing a media library with multiple users on a home network (LAN)