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Theater View is MC's interface for use from across the room.  It's well suited for installs where a TV is used for the display.  It works well with JRiver's [[Media Center Remote]], with [[JRemote]] for iOS and Android, or with [[Gizmo]] for Android.
  
Tools > Options > Theater View
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Theater View also works well for touch screen computers.
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<gallery widths=400px heights=240px>
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File:Theater_View16.jpg
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File:TheaterView-MediaViews-New Movies.png
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File:TheaterView-MediaViews-Movie_Detail.png
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File:Animated_list.jpg
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</gallery>
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[http://pix01.com/Ur%40nU21 More pictures from MC16]
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You can enter Theater View by going to 'View'->'Theater View' or by the keyboard shortcut, Ctl+4
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This wiki page references options available within 'Tools' -> 'Options' -> 'Theater View' [updated for MC15].
  
 
==Appearance==
 
==Appearance==
* SkinSelect the skin to be used in Theater View.
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* '''Skin''': Select the skin to be used in Theater View. This is where you can select a touchscreen skin, making Theater View compatible with your touchscreen computer.
* Size. Select the size of the Theater View lists and icons. The default is "Normal".
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*'''Theme''': Select theme and theme settings
* Show Thumbnail Captions. This is on by default. Disable it if you do not want any text appearing under the thumbnails.
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* '''Size''': Select the size of the Theater View lists and icons. The default is "100%".
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*'''Border Size''': Default is 0%
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*'''Drawing Quality''': Default is "Medium Quality"
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*'''Customize file info panel'''
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*'''Select Font'''
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==Behavior==
 
==Behavior==
* Allow navigation with left and right arrows. This is disabled by default. This refers to the ability to move between screens using the arrow keys. The arrow keys can always be used to navigate within a page; but no navigate to other pages, this option must be enabled.
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*'''Disable Screen Saver in Theater View'''
* Jump on play: None, Playing Now or Full Screen. This determines what Theater View displays when you play something. If you tend to watch video or images, you may want to set it to Full Screen.
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*'''Disable Windows Media Center'''
* Show when playback stops. Disabled by default. Enable this if you always want to display Theater View when playback stops while in Full Screen Mode.
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*'''Enter key action'''
* Keep focus (recommended). This keeps the Theater Mode window on top at all times. To go to Standard View, right-click and select Standard View.
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* '''Jump on play: None, Playing Now or Full Screen''': This determines what Theater View displays when you play something. If you tend to watch video or images, you may want to set it to Full Screen.
* Play sound. When enabled, Media Center plays a sound when Theater View menu items are selected.
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* '''Pause video playback when entering Theater View'''
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* '''Play sound''': When enabled, Media Center plays a sound when Theater View menu items are selected.
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==Advanced==
 
==Advanced==
* File Caption: Insert the rule you want to use to display captions under the thumbnail. By default, this is set to [Name]. For information about rules, see Smartlist and Search - Rules and Modifiers
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*'''Allow special handling on media insertion''': With this setting ticked, DVD and Blu-ray discs will be automatically played on insertion even if Autoplay is turned off in Windows and MC. CDs will not be Autoplayed. This is a legacy setting, introduced in 2009, and appears to have been most useful when an external optical disc player such as TMT or PowerDVD was used with MC. It may be best to leave this turned off and use the MC and Windows Autoplay settings instead, or just play the disc once it has been detected by MC, and is ready to play.
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* '''File Caption''': Insert the rule you want to use to display captions under the thumbnail. By default, this is set to [Name]. For information about rules, see Smartlist and Search - Rules and Modifiers
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*'''Framerate''': default is 60 fps
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*'''Show home button'''
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*'''Show page up and page down buttons'''
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*'''Show scrollbars'''
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*'''Switch to zone on load'''
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*'''Tag menu fields'''
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*'''Use alternate navigation model'''
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==Items to Show==
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There are the menu items throughout the Theater View interface. You can Add, Edit, Remove, Nest, and Sort them using the tree and commands found in the lower half of the Theater View Options.
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Click on "Click to see Instructions..." button in the options section for more info.
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== Theater View and Television ==
  
==Items in Main Page==
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See the [[Theater View Television Guide Setup]] guide for details.
There are the menu items displayed in the Theater View Home Page. You can Edit, Remove and Sort them, or you can Add custom items (other programs or webpages).
 
  
To add a program or webpage:
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==Background Images and Videos==
# Click Add, and select Custom Item.
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Starting with MC14, you can display custom backgrounds and images. You can move files to the appropriate directories located here:
# Enter the name that will appear in the Theater View menu
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C:\Program Files\J River\Media Center xx\Skins\Theater View\Themes\Default
# Enter the type of menu item (program or webpage)
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# Enter the path to the program or the URL of the webpage. If you are entering the path to a program, you must surround the path with quotation marks if the path includes spaces. For example:
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==Keyboard Shortcuts==
"c:\program files\Textpad\Textpad.exe"
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In order to create a more usable theater setup on a Home Theater PC (HTPC), it is important to understand the keyboard shortcuts that are available. This allows infrared or RF remotes to be programmed to control a variety of features in Media Center's theater view.
* If you want a webpage to open in a separate browser, select program mode instead of webpage, and enter the path to your browser, then the URL. For example:
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* Arrows. The four arrows are used for navigating the elements presented by theater view.
"c:\program files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" http://www.google.com
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* Enter.  Selects an item which is highlighted to expand its properties.
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* Ctrl + p.  Plays and pauses video.
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* Ctrl + n.  Next track or chapter in DVD.
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* Ctrl + l.  Previous track or chatper in DVD.
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* i.  Zooms in on video at about a percent each button press.
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* o.  Zooms out on video at about a percent each button press.
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* a.  Cycles between various aspect ratios to help stretch or zoom a picture to better fit the display.
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* Backspace.  Travels back one page and can eventually return users to the home page.
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* Page up / Page down.  Travels one full page up or down to help expedite scrolling.
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* Ctrl + -> / Ctrl + <-.  Fast forwards or rewinds video at 5x, 20x, and 100x with incredibly good quality on DVD video content.
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* Home / End.  Jumps to the top or bottom of a list.
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* Esc. Starts the exit process from theater view. Users must then select Yes to confirm exiting.
  
==Display View Schemes==
 
All View Schemes appear in Theater View by default. To remove a View Scheme from displaying:
 
# Right-click on the View Scheme and select Edit View Scheme.
 
# Uncheck Show in Theater View.
 
  
 
==More==
 
==More==
 
* [[Making Theater View Skins]]
 
* [[Making Theater View Skins]]
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* [http://yabb.jriver.com/interact/index.php?topic=87161.msg596588#msg596588 Theater View Theme Customization]
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* [[On Screen Display]] (OSD)
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* [https://yabb.jriver.com/interact/index.php?topic=111721.0 More on Theatre View and Television]
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[[Category:Theater View]]
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[[Category:Frequently Asked Questions]]
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[[category:Options]]

Latest revision as of 18:54, 24 September 2018

Theater View is MC's interface for use from across the room. It's well suited for installs where a TV is used for the display. It works well with JRiver's Media Center Remote, with JRemote for iOS and Android, or with Gizmo for Android.

Theater View also works well for touch screen computers.

More pictures from MC16

You can enter Theater View by going to 'View'->'Theater View' or by the keyboard shortcut, Ctl+4

This wiki page references options available within 'Tools' -> 'Options' -> 'Theater View' [updated for MC15].

Appearance

  • Skin: Select the skin to be used in Theater View. This is where you can select a touchscreen skin, making Theater View compatible with your touchscreen computer.
  • Theme: Select theme and theme settings
  • Size: Select the size of the Theater View lists and icons. The default is "100%".
  • Border Size: Default is 0%
  • Drawing Quality: Default is "Medium Quality"
  • Customize file info panel
  • Select Font


Behavior

  • Disable Screen Saver in Theater View
  • Disable Windows Media Center
  • Enter key action
  • Jump on play: None, Playing Now or Full Screen: This determines what Theater View displays when you play something. If you tend to watch video or images, you may want to set it to Full Screen.
  • Pause video playback when entering Theater View
  • Play sound: When enabled, Media Center plays a sound when Theater View menu items are selected.


Advanced

  • Allow special handling on media insertion: With this setting ticked, DVD and Blu-ray discs will be automatically played on insertion even if Autoplay is turned off in Windows and MC. CDs will not be Autoplayed. This is a legacy setting, introduced in 2009, and appears to have been most useful when an external optical disc player such as TMT or PowerDVD was used with MC. It may be best to leave this turned off and use the MC and Windows Autoplay settings instead, or just play the disc once it has been detected by MC, and is ready to play.
  • File Caption: Insert the rule you want to use to display captions under the thumbnail. By default, this is set to [Name]. For information about rules, see Smartlist and Search - Rules and Modifiers
  • Framerate: default is 60 fps
  • Show home button
  • Show page up and page down buttons
  • Show scrollbars
  • Switch to zone on load
  • Tag menu fields
  • Use alternate navigation model


Items to Show

There are the menu items throughout the Theater View interface. You can Add, Edit, Remove, Nest, and Sort them using the tree and commands found in the lower half of the Theater View Options.

Click on "Click to see Instructions..." button in the options section for more info.

Theater View and Television

See the Theater View Television Guide Setup guide for details.

Background Images and Videos

Starting with MC14, you can display custom backgrounds and images. You can move files to the appropriate directories located here: C:\Program Files\J River\Media Center xx\Skins\Theater View\Themes\Default

Keyboard Shortcuts

In order to create a more usable theater setup on a Home Theater PC (HTPC), it is important to understand the keyboard shortcuts that are available. This allows infrared or RF remotes to be programmed to control a variety of features in Media Center's theater view.

  • Arrows. The four arrows are used for navigating the elements presented by theater view.
  • Enter. Selects an item which is highlighted to expand its properties.
  • Ctrl + p. Plays and pauses video.
  • Ctrl + n. Next track or chapter in DVD.
  • Ctrl + l. Previous track or chatper in DVD.
  • i. Zooms in on video at about a percent each button press.
  • o. Zooms out on video at about a percent each button press.
  • a. Cycles between various aspect ratios to help stretch or zoom a picture to better fit the display.
  • Backspace. Travels back one page and can eventually return users to the home page.
  • Page up / Page down. Travels one full page up or down to help expedite scrolling.
  • Ctrl + -> / Ctrl + <-. Fast forwards or rewinds video at 5x, 20x, and 100x with incredibly good quality on DVD video content.
  • Home / End. Jumps to the top or bottom of a list.
  • Esc. Starts the exit process from theater view. Users must then select Yes to confirm exiting.


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