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Hi all,

Just wanted to make a thread with the absolute best add-ons for WMC all in one place. These apps are to make movies, tv, and music in WMC the best experience possible for the user. Feel free to suggest add-ons which made your WMC experience better, and I will add them to the list.

So far:

Media Browser (thanks hick):

Media browser is an add-on which organises all your movies, tv and music and organises it in a simple, easy to use interface. It streams trailers, downloads cover art and movie info, all in one slick view. Also supports skinning and theming.


Media Centre Master:

One of the best organisers for WMC. Updates information and cover art for movies, and even TV shows! It can also automatically torrent epidodes from the TV series you have been watching. Quite advanced, so some users might find it difficult to configure and automate. Comes in free and paid version.


DVD Library Manager:

A simple, easy to use program to manage you movie library. Downloads metadata such as cover art and actors from IMDB and Amazon. Very simple and doesn't have as many features as Media Centre Master, but it does the job, and does it well.


MyChannelLogos (W7MC only):

This handy little add-on is great when you are watching TV. It replaces the text channel names in the Guide with colour logos. Works flawlessly, and makes selecting a channel faster and easier.

MacroTube (thanks ears1991)

Play Youtube videos in WMC with this handy add-on. Not perfect but smooth enough to satisfy most people.

MC7 Sleep Timer (cred goes to ears)

Allows you to schedule your computer to shutdown at a given time. Handy when scheduling multiple recordings and wanting to save power.

TunerFreeMCE (cred again to ears)

TunerFreeMCE allows you to stream video from most streaming sites, a little rough and bumpy at times but does the job fine.

Please comment and add suggestions, this thread should be true to its title and a resource for all
Edited by Yoshi864 - 1/17/11 at 8:37pm
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post #2 of 9
MCM has been nothing but buggy for me.
Media browser is by far the best plugin for movies/tv
Media center studio - I used to use it but then it quit working after a WMC update, has that been fixed yet?
Mychannel logos is the bomb.
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Media center studio - I used to use it but then it quit working after a WMC update, has that been fixed yet?
It's still working on all my machines with the latest updates... Probably been fixed.

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Media browser is by far the best plugin for movies/tv
Added to the list. Thanks.
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Yah +1 for media browser its awesome. WMC without it for movies is total junk.
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Media browser is indeed awesome, as is my channel logos, here are some that havnt been posted:

MacroTube youtube etc from media center, not perfect but fairly functional
MC7 Sleep Timer set your htpc to shutdown at a given time or set an amount of time.
TunerFreeMCE - A little clunky but pretty sure its the only way to get most streaming sites from within media center
Refresh Rate Changer - Allows you to change your refresh rate from within media center, must have imo if you have a display capable of 23.976 (usually listed as 23hz) and 24hz. unfortunately its not automatic so you have to manually change it before you watch something but worth the effort imo (if you do use this then you may need to go into the config file to add 23hz as i dont think its there by default)
Edited by ears1991 - 1/15/11 at 7:49am
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When using media center studio I can get rid of default strips. I can uncheck the box that should get rid of them, I hit save but they are still there.

It did allow me to change the default location some of the strips started on. Which is nice.
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When using media center studio I can get rid of default strips. I can uncheck the box that should get rid of them, I hit save but they are still there.

It did allow me to change the default location some of the strips started on. Which is nice.
That is my problem. They haven't fixed it so I personally find it worthless and should be taken off the list since it doesn't work properly and isn't updated anymore.
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Dont know if this relates the problem you are talking about: http://thegreenbutton.com/forums/t/89635.aspx
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Media browser is indeed awesome, as is my channel logos, here are some that havnt been posted:

MacroTube youtube etc from media center, not perfect but fairly functional
MC7 Sleep Timer set your htpc to shutdown at a given time or set an amount of time.
TunerFreeMCE - A little clunky but pretty sure its the only way to get most streaming sites from within media center
Refresh Rate Changer - Allows you to change your refresh rate from within media center, must have imo if you have a display capable of 23.976 (usually listed as 23hz) and 24hz. unfortunately its not automatic so you have to manually change it before you watch something but worth the effort imo (if you do use this then you may need to go into the config file to add 23hz as i dont think its there by default)
Thanks, added. I don't think many Tv's/ Monitors have a refresh rate of 23/24hz. Leaving it off for now.

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That is my problem. They haven't fixed it so I personally find it worthless and should be taken off the list since it doesn't work properly and isn't updated anymore.
Thanks. removed as per request.

Any other suggestions?
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