Fun with DVR-MS (now on my blog)

Several years ago, I wrote an article for MSDN on programming against the DVR-MS file format.  I’m very pleased with how well the article was received, and to this day I get a lot of people writing to me about the article.  Unfortunately, recently the article was removed from MSDN.  Rather than spending a lot…


Updated Media Center "Time Travel" article for Windows Vista

Several months ago I updated my “Time Travel with Windows Media Center” article to be based on Windows Vista rather than on Windows XP.  It’s now online!  If you’re interested in writing background add-ins for Media Center, check it out at http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb643809.aspx. Thanks to Charlie Owen for his help in getting it posted. -Stephen


Awesome new version of WebGuide for Vista Media Center

I’ve been using WebGuide with Media Center since the initial version, and Doug Berrett has always done a terrific job with it.  But with the newest version, WebGuide 4, he’s completely outdone himself.  It’s brilliant.  Works great with Vista, has a terrific interface, and it supports on-the-fly transcoding and streaming of recorded and live TV,…


Position Changer Add-In updated for Media Center in Windows Vista

Back in early 2005, I wrote an article for MSDN on implementing add-ins for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005.  As part of that article, I implemented an add-in that made it easy to jump around in a recorded TV show, video, or music file using the remote control, simply by entering a time code using the…


VideoFrameReader

I’m enamored with the movie capabilities of my Canon Digital Elph.  While I love taking pictures, sometimes I don’t just want stills from an event, but would prefer to capture the whole thing in the form of a movie.  As a result, I take short movies with it all the time. Recently, I wanted to…


I’m on the Media Center Show!

Ian was nice enough to have me on the show this week.  Check it out:http://mediacenter.thepodcastnetwork.com/2006/03/09/the-media-center-show-48-stephen-toub-msdn/ 00:50 Coming up this week01:30 Email – No Apple DVR02:36 Email – XBOX 36004:04 Email – PSP Media Server05:08 Email – Vista Media Center05:53 Email from the USAF!06:56 Pictures of my home setup07:38 Update for DRM 07:53 New Online Spotlight…


Position Changer Add-In updated for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 Update Rollup 2

Today, the Media Center team released Update Rollup 2 for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 (you may have heard of the update referred to previously as “Emerald”). Update Rollup 2 includes a plethora of modifications to improve the stability, reliability, and functionality of Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005.  A new SDK to match was…


Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 Update Rollup 2

Update Rollup 2 for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 was released today!  Get it while it’s hot.  In addition, for all you developers out there, a new SDK was released and can be downloaded from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=1D836C29-ABD5-4FDD-90C5-5C5ABAE97DB4&displaylang=en.


Donate To American Red Cross Hurricane Relief To Enter Raffle…

Charlie Owen from the Media Center team is raffling off a bunch of prizes (Visual Studio 2005, Windows XP, Office 2003) in exchange for donations to American Red Cross Hurricane Relief: http://blog.retrosight.com/PermaLink,guid,615c3873-ec2c-4869-9d8a-c4bec36042ba.aspx. I have a shrinkwrapped copy of Visual Basic .NET 2003 Standard that I’m adding to the prize pool. You know you want it! …


Using MediaState.dll with GAC’d Add-Ins

Update (10/14/2005): MediaState.dll in the new SDK released today is signed.  You can download it at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=1D836C29-ABD5-4FDD-90C5-5C5ABAE97DB4&displaylang=en. The Media State Aggregation Service (MSAS) in Windows XP Media Center 2005 provides media event information about the current state of the Media Center. This includes information such as track or channel number changes and time elapsed. The MSAS service…