This is the most complete solution and easiest to implement to transform its Raspberry Pi into complete media center. I was quickly seduced by this solution because in a very short time you can sublimate our music data / video / image. Indeed RaspBMC is able to recognize the names of such movies and then download all the data associated with it, namely the pitch, posters, additional images, or even the cast trailer. In addition to the Raspberry Pi is capable of playing Full HD files and I tested a few and indeed it holds up well even with large files.
RaspBMC – Installation System
We’ll start with RaspBMC install on your Raspberry Pi. First connect your SD card to your PC. You can download RaspBMC on the official website. You will need to format your SD card by naming “usb” (At least that is what is stated on the site but it can work without I think) and you can do this with this little app. Then launch the utility downloaded from the website of RaspBMC and choose your SD card to start copying files. On windows it looks like this:
Once copying is complete, insert your SD card into the Raspi, connect it so that it starts and then launches the installation. Once completed you should come across something that looks like the image below and if that’s the case it’s all good, we can move on;)
RaspBMC – Manage the Media
What is a “scraper”
What we Wikipedia says:
The Web scraping (sometimes called Harvesting) is a technique for extracting the contents of websites, via a script or program in order to transform it to allow its use in another context.
The web scraping can be used to retrieve metadata. Thus the media library XBMC retrieves information about the media it manages (posters and summaries of movies and TV shows, cover albums, etc.) on various sites such as IMDb Screenrush or through dedicated scrapers.
A scraper so it is a database that contains lots of information in which we will be able to provide information go pick a bunch of information on a film for example. The scraper is used here for the music, movies and series. This is the title of files that is used to search for related information, that is why we must pay attention to the naming of files (ex = “Asterix and Obelix.avi” = GOOD,“Astériiiix_et_OBELIX-UPBY-TECHHNNEEWS_DVDRIP_2014 .avi “= NOT GOOD).
Now that we know what a scraper we will be able to pass the management of the library.
Add the files to the media library
I plugged in my hand for my external hard drive to a USB port on the Raspberry Pi, we must still be careful because if you have a hard drive that is powered by USB (which will not fit on the current) then it is best to connect it to a USB hub that is powered him because the juice provided by the Raspi is not sufficient to power the drive system in addition. From experience I advise you to separate the sets of movies, made two distinct records.
Nothing on the Home screen RaspBMC we have only one video link. To tell XBMC our Movies folder contains movies you must go to VIDEO> FILE> NOM_DE_VOTRE_DD, put on your movie file and right click (button “C” key) and click on “Change category”. Then choose “(Films)”, you can also choose your scraper, for my part I chose Universal Movie Scraper. Before Making Ok click on “Settings” and replace everywhere in the French language.
You can do the same for your TV Series record obviously choosing the category “(TV Series)” and even manipulation ‘concerning languages.
For music go to the Music tab and your folder containing your music right click and choose “Integrate the library”. Since the software scans all files this will surely take time. When you add files to this folder so that they are integrated in the library you can simply right-click on any folder and choose “Update the library.”
Normally now your home page now looks something like this:
RaspBMC – Interesting extensions
XBMC also offers the ability to add extensions to expand its possibilities. You can search the System Menu / SETTINGS / EXTENSIONS. Here are a few interesting one I tested.
TuneIn Radio (I was using another at the beginning and I preferred but it does not work without explanation …)
Soundcloud – To find all your playlists. (you can add it by searching directly into XBMC)
Televisions (Direct Replay +) – Canal +, D8, TF1, Tele-en (many television channels including France)
Koreus – To find all the videos on the site koreus.com
Personally I’ve realized that I do not really picture was using the plugins but I give you it can still serve you.
500px, Google and Picasa are accessible via the search for extensions.
Download all extensions mentioned above.
Extensions to access extensions?
That’s about it, in fact you can install “repositories” that list extensions. Indeed most extensions are written by individuals so not necessarily accessible through the “repository” official. Here is the one I use:
Frodo of passion-xbmc.org which is also a site where you can find information for XBMC.
RaspBMC – And for the remote control then?
Not very convenient to control your media center with a mouse and a keyboard you will agree. A solution exists, go to your favorite AppStore or Playstore and seeking “XBMC remote” you will find your happiness, especially with the official application that I you advice. Changes everything can control RaspBMC with his phone and it is more reactive.
Another solution is to configure the server RaspBMC, go to SYSTEM / SETTINGS / SERVICES / Web Server tuck a login and password, and select “Allow control XBMC HTTP”. Go to the local IP address in your browser Raspi well returning the port indicated: eg 192.168.1.30:8080 and you will see appear remote.