Archives April 2008

Interview with AutomatedHome

04.28.08 16 Comments

Mark McCall from AutomatedHome was kind enough to interview me about the direction of XBMC for OS X. I know what you’re all thinking, I should stop wasting time and just get back to coding, and you’re absolutely right. I’m totally ashamed of myself. But if it brings new users to our beloved media centre (notice my annoying British spelling), then perhaps it’s for the better.

Accessing your iTunes library

04.27.08 24 Comments

I’ve read about a few ways of doing this, but this evening it occurred to me that using iTunesFS might be really easy and work quite well. Sure enough, load it up, add the new share and you’re browsing and playing your iTunes library. The only thing I haven’t figured out is how to share this new FUSE filesystem via SMB. It appears that you have to set the allow_other option, but I had no luck getting this to work…

Survey Results and Status

04.23.08 37 Comments

We’ve gotten over 1200 responses on the survey, and I wanted to start by just thanking everyone for taking the time to complete it (and cullman for suggesting the idea and writing the survey)! We learned a lot, and will use this information as we move towards 1.0, in terms of features and bug-fixes. First of all, let’s look at the demographics. Here are the top five countries; I’m amazed at how many people are in Sweden (unless Pike was…

Alternate download location

04.22.08 4 Comments

Isaac here, Many of you have noticed our bug reporting and download site is down. It should be back up soon. In the meantime if you want to get your hands on a copy of XBMC a mirror is available here:;O=D This message brought to you by Maggie and Simon.

Please take our survey

04.16.08 42 Comments

While we sweat away perfecting the Apple Remote/Universal Remote code, please help us out by taking our short survey. We’re trying to get a better sense of our community, which will help us prioritize features and schedule things better in general. I wish I could say that one lucky respondent to the survey will win an all expenses trip to Maui, where he or she will be forced to work cleaning our house for a week. In reality all you’ll…

A Quick 1080p Tip

04.12.08 23 Comments

For some reason, OS X seems to be reluctant to output 1080p to TVs, and usually defaults to 1080i. At first I thought it was the cable (a 50′ HDMI cable purchased from Eforcity for $40), but that turned out to work perfectly. The problem was that the only option for 1920×1080 that showed up in the Displays System Preference was interlaced. However, when I checked the “Show displays in menu bar” option, lo and behold, there were two options.…

Release 0.4.5: An interim release

04.08.08 65 Comments

The Apple Remote work is taking a bit longer than I expected, so another release is probably a good idea, to share some of the bug-fixes and new features that are complete. Here are the changes in this release: NEW: High quality software upscaling is now supported. You can specify preferences in Video -> Player as to when the scaling is enabled and what scaling algorithm is used. This makes a huge difference when viewing SD content. It takes quite…

High quality upscaling in next release

04.05.08 14 Comments

OK, I just adding software upscaling as a full-fledged feature for the next release. Both bicubic and lanczos upscaling is selectable, and you can enable it for SD content only, or if you’re feeling like making your CPU sweat, for all content (meaning 720p is upscaled to 1080p using the same algorithms, and — to my eyes, at least — little visual effect). I think the next thing I want to look into on the quality front is ffmpeg’s ability…

Experimenting with Bicubic scaling

04.04.08 8 Comments

So for lack of anything better to do, I played around with getting swscale (a component of ffmpeg) to attempt performing high quality software upscaling. By default we perform bilinear upscaling, and with SD content, it looks pretty crappy, with lots of jagged lines. After getting it to work, I took a couple of screenshots to show you the difference. In terms of performance, my desktop had enough power to do bicubic upscaling of both SD and 720p content to…

Roadmap improved

04.02.08 5 Comments

We’ve restructured the milestones on our Trac site to correspond to specific versions and better illustrate the bugs and features that will make it into these versions. A few things to note about this: When you’re reporting a bug or requesting a feature, please leave the milestone blank! Please do indicate the version for bug reports. We’ll decide which milestone (if any) will include the bug-fix/feature based upon a few things: the number of comments the ticket receives, how difficult…