Saturday, June 06, 2009
Controlling Vista Media Center/ Windows 7 Media Center from your windows mobile device.
TouchRC is a WM application to control VMC/7MC via your phone. It uses the VmcController http://vmccontroller.codeplex.com on the host PC, which needs to be installed.
It should be self explanitory on how to add a computer. You can use either an IP address or the computer name.
To edit/remove a computer from the list, press and hold the computer for longer than one second.
In any screen (once you have selected a computer):
a swipe from left to right brings up the keyboard. To exit screen, swipe from left to right.
a swipe from right to left brings up the 'Now Playing' screen. To exit screen, swipe from right to left.
If you have a server of media that uses the MyMovies metadata, then you can cache the information on the phone!!
In the Settings.xml file, include the cache directory path within 'MetadataCacheDir' tags in each computer. In this directory you should place some virtual folder .vf files as per MediaBrowser. (ie, a .vf file containing a list of locations e.g., 'folder:\\SERVER\Films', but only one folder per line).
In the Main Menu screen for a computer, in the pull up options bar is an icon on the right. This browses and caches all the metadata from the virtual folders.
This is currently only used in the 'Now Playing' screen - if it finds metadata for the currently playing media, then it will display the proper name, and poster.