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Develop apps for your Living Room using the Media Center SDK. casey chesnut brains-N-brawn.com Madison .NET October 2007. Source. Hosted HTML and MCML - http://www.brains-n-brawn.com/artifacts/ugMceDev.zip Background MCML – http://www.brains-N-brawn.com/mceSapi/

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develop apps for your living room using the media center sdk

Develop apps for your Living Room using the Media Center SDK

casey chesnut

brains-N-brawn.com

Madison .NET October 2007

source
Source
    • Hosted HTML and MCML - http://www.brains-n-brawn.com/artifacts/ugMceDev.zip
  • Background MCML – http://www.brains-N-brawn.com/mceSapi/
  • Guide data – http://www.brains-N-brawn.com/umpcFrame/ (GuideSimple)
  • XBAP – http://www.brains-N-brawn.com/mceZipPicWpf/
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  • Pervasive Computing
    • Tablet PC (MVP 03)
    • Compact Framework (MVP 04)
    • Advanced Web Services (MVP 05)
    • Media Center (MVP 06)
    • Speech / Office Communication Server (MVP 07)
    • Location Based Services
    • Artificial Intelligence
    • 3D
    • Image Processing
    • Augmented Reality
outline
Outline
  • Introduction to MCE
  • Hosted HTML
  • Background App
  • XBAP
  • MCML
  • Other APIs
intro mce

DEMO

Intro MCE
  • Pictures, Music, Video, Radio, TV, Internet TV, DVD Library
  • Program Library
  • Online Spotlight
remote control
Remote Control
  • 10 feet away = large fonts
  • Simplify UI
  • 6 preferred buttons
  • Text input is hard
  • Keyboard commands
extenders

DEMO

Extenders
  • Multiple extenders to 1 MCE PC
  • Remoted UI
  • Media streamed separately
  • Security limitations
  • No DVD Library
  • Codec support
  • UPnP support is Media Player NOT MCE
getting started
Getting Started
  • Vista Home Premium or Vista Ultimate
  • Visual Studio 2005 / Visual C# 2005 Express Edition
  • Media Center SDK 5.2
  • (discuss.)mediaCenterSandbox.com
    • microsoft.public.windows.developer.mediacenter
  • theGreenButton.com
hosted html

DEMO

Hosted HTML
  • MCE 2005 and MCE Vista
  • Remoted to extender (~5 fps)
  • C:\Program Files\Microsoft SDKs\Windows Media Center\v5.0\Samples\Hosted HTML Samples
  • Scriptable object model
  • Can be hosted remotely (or locally with Cassini)
  • ActiveX (86/64), Flash … Silverlight
  • MCE does not have an open web browser built-in
examples
Examples
  • WebGuide
  • MceWeather
  • MceBrowser
background add in

DEMO

Background Add-In
  • MCE 2005 and MCE Vista
  • Only UI is Dialog boxes
  • Run once or keep running
  • http://blog.mediacentersandbox.com/CreatingABackgroundApplicationFromTheTemplate.aspx
examples1
Examples
  • OneVoice
  • Conversion tools
  • /mceXInput
  • /umpcFrame
managed object model

DEMO

Managed Object Model
  • Navigation
  • PlayMedia
  • TV Recording(s)
  • DVD Changer
  • Parental Controls
  • MediaMetadata
  • Limited EPG
xbap ui

DEMO

XBAP UI
  • MCE Vista
  • VS 2005 Project Template
  • Remoted to extender (~5 fps)
  • Partial trust over the web, or Full trust locally
  • Lots of tools
  • Large community
  • Haven’t been able to debug since VS 2005 SP1
mcml ui

DEMO

MCML UI
  • MCE Vista
  • Custom markup language for MCE
  • Native on extender (~30 fps)
  • Markup only over the web or Markup and code locally
  • What MCE is built with (pre XAML)
  • Limited tool support
  • Small community
  • Debug by attaching to process (registry)
other app models
Other App Models
  • CD DVD Burning
  • Media State Aggregation Service
  • ListMaker
  • ClickToRecord
  • Launch external apps
  • DirectShow
gotchas
Gotchas
  • Debugging
  • UAC
  • Extender model
  • Cannot open a window handle
  • Long running operations
  • DirectXExclusive
  • Plugins running in their own process
future
Future
  • CableCards rolling out now
  • Internet TV last week
  • V2 extenders this holiday (DivX/XviD)
  • V2 Zunes
  • Xbox 360 fall update
  • Windows Home Server integration?
  • Live Anywhere on PCs?
  • Vista MCE will get a refresh next year
  • MediaRoom (ITV) is coming