How to open a link from an RSS-feed in the Meedio browser

Install the Meedio Helper Plugin
Activate it under “Full Time Plugins”
Thanks to Jelle Hissink for the Meedio Helper Plugin!

Find the screen-file for the RSS detailed screen, most likely found here:
C:Program FilesMeedioMeedio EssentialspluginsimportRss

…and named “RSS.screen”

Open it in notepad and exchange the following code:
standard=”execute” program=”iexplore.exe” params=”-k {file}” window=”maximized”

With this code:
message=”” url=”{file}”

Thanks to Sannie for the code!

…and off you go. The full story opens in the Meedio Browser Plugin.

How to open a link from an RSS-feed in the Meedio browser


I have now installed Slimserver on my HTPC. The result is that I can stream my record collection to wherever I am (as long as I have an internet connection). Slimserver is a very powerful system that is easy to install.

This is the webpage that slimserver gives you to control your music stream.


Some notes on signal quality in a home theatre PC (HTPC)

My experience is that an analog tuner inside the HTPC is the worst option. An RF-modulated video-signal is a very complicated signal that needs quite advanced electronics to be “decoded”. This is because all the components of the signal is blended into one modulated signal. It needs to be separated in the tuner. This requires very accurate electronics and some quite high frequencies. The tuners built into PCI-cards in a PC are very often of a low quality and in addition to this they get interferrence from the other components inside the computer.

Actually, one could get better quality by using the analog tuner in a VCR and use composite video out of the VCR and do external tuning on the VCR through an IR Blaster like RedRat3.

A much better option is to use digital cable, digital satellite or digital terrestial. When using that kind of option you have three ways to get the picture from the Set Top Box into your computer:

The two most common:

1. Composite Video. In this signal all the colours are still blended into one signal and needs to be demodulated into sepparate colours. This demodulation always adds some noise. Unfortunately this noise is very bad for all the compression codecs that we use to store the video file.

2. S-Video. In this signal the colour and the black and white signal is transferred sepparately. This is a huge step upwards in quality. I experienced a quality that is close to twice as good as composite from the same set top box. I could meassure this by looking at the CPU-load and the estimated avaliable space on my disk when switching from composite to S-Video. With the same quality-setting in my PICVIDEO-codec I got half the CPU-load and twice the efficiency of the codec (= more video pr. megabyte on the disk).

Still not so common option:

3. RGB. Video input cards with RGB-capture are still limited to professional cards, but consumer-models are appearing right now. You can read about one of them here: SweetSpot

The best option (shortcut the Set Top Box entirely):

4. A digital decoder in your PC recording the broadcasted digital signal directly (like ShowShifter for DVB). This is still in an early stage but is the best option because you do not need to convert to analog and back to digital.

For those of you running ShowShifter on a big progressive screen or projector I think the SweetSpot-product mentioned earlier could give you a very good quality. I do not know how this product will work together with BeyondTV, Sage or MeedioTV.

For 16:9-recordings it is best to record the signal compressed horisontally into 4:3 and stretch it when displaying. This lets you use all the available lines in the signal (as opposed to recording a letterboxed signal).

And, by the way. My digital cable set top box does not deliver S-Video. My capture card accepts Composite and S-Video only. To get the best possible quality without investing in a professional level RGB-capture card I am using an RGB-to-S-Video converter from JS Technologies

Some notes on signal quality in a home theatre PC (HTPC)

A short software update

During my recent reinstall I have upgraded some software:

Of course, I am now running Meedio as my media management software. This is an obvious upgrade from myHTPC. Meedio is one extremely powerful piece of software and gives perfect functionallity for a serious HTPC.

The Meedio team has not released a complete version of their PVR-module, Meedio TV. So, I am still running BeyondTV 3.5 for my PVR functionallity. Meedio TV sounds promising. It will be interesting to test it when it is released in a full version.

I have also changed my remote control. I am now using a Snapstream FireFly. Works very well together with Girder.

I am still running J River Media Center to control my music and have installed a plugin for Meedio that plays all my music through JRMC.

A short software update

How to create a music index in Meedio

Set up the following view in Media Library – Music – Views:

#,Group by,Function,Mode,Sort by,Sort type,Sort Ascending
1 Artist, index, index, , ,true
2 Artist, , , , ,true
3 Album, ,images, , ,true
4 , ,album-tracks,Track,int,true

How it looks like in the configuration tool

As you can see here, the index automatically selects the letters that is necessary for your collection. This screen shot is from my laptop, where I have a very limited collection…

How to create a music index in Meedio

How to set focus to Meedio

What I wanted to do was to map the FireFly-key on my FireFly-remote to a command that would both set focus and bring Meedio to the foreground (because I have had problems with Meedio loosing focus after changing the volume through Girder).

The SetFocus command in Girder did set the focus, but did not bring the Meedio-window to the foreground.

So I found SendFocus here:

…in this thread in the Girder forum:

I could not access SendFocus.exe properly from Girder, so I made a BAT-file with the following command:
C:ScriptSendFocus.exe “Meedio Essentials”

In Girder I call the BAT-file from a Execute command found under the “O.S.”-tab.

How to set focus to Meedio