XBMC 11.0 – May Cycle (updated)

Posted By: Team XBMC on Jun 05, 2012 in Site News

New ConfluenceAs mentioned previously, we have now moved into a monthly development cycle, in which we merge new features at the beginning of the month and then perform bug fixes through the rest of the month. This means, at the end of every month, developers, bug-reporters, and those willing to deal with potentially highly unstable builds can try a snapshot from the current development cycle, and the organization, in turn, will have a more stable and predictable development process. For those of you who would prefer a stable version of XBMC, we will always recommend the most recent stable release (XBMC 11.0), but for the brave, you are welcome to try the end of the month build. To give an idea of just how unstable/alpha these builds can be, there will almost certainly be months in which some platforms won’t actually have usable builds. As always, we recommend you backup your userdata folder before upgrading.

With that said, let’s review some of the more notable changes in the May Changelog.

AudioEngine

As many of you no doubt already know by now, the really big code update this cycle was the inclusion of AudioEngine, led by gnif, into XBMC proper. For more information on this massive code shift, visit this post or check the wiki.

Hi10P

On an only slightly less frequently requested note, anime fans will be happy to learn that elupus has incorporated Hi10P playback into XBMC. A massive caveat to this development is that, in order to play back 1080p 10bit video, you are going to need an incredibly powerful machine with a very fast CPU (we’re talking desktop grade hardware). Users are reporting that 720p video appears to be at least workable on your lower level CPUs, but any expectations for silky smooth playback on something like the NVIDIA ION platform will almost certainly be met with disappointment. With that said, if you are currently running a fairly powerful machine, XBMC is finally ready to play your anime.

BR & DVD

In the steady march toward full unecrypted Bluray playback, elupus has also incorporated a virtual directory for Bluray files. While XBMC is still only able to display and navigate native HDMV Bluray menus (and not the common BD-J menus), users will be able to view a list of video files that display the video duration in the folder and select whichever video he or she would like to watch.

For users who typically watch DVDs recorded in a non-native default language, developer Montellese has subtly altered the way XBMC picks the appropriate audio language from among multiple options. Rather than simply picking the audio that has been flagged as “default,” XBMC will attempt to match the language of the XBMC installation with the audio language. So if you are running XBMC in German, and you attempt to watch a movie that typically would default in English, but happens to have a German track, XBMC will attempt to recognize and then select that track for you.

In addition, after selecting the appropriate language, XBMC will now make its audio selection based on the “best” track, rather than the first track listed. So in the past, there may have been 3 German language tracks listed in the following order: DTS-HD, MP3, and Dolby Digital. If XBMC was unable to play the DTS-HD track, it would default down to the next track and pick MP3. Now it will pick the next best track, and default to Dolby Digital.

Image Caching Improvements

One major area targeted for improvement for Frodo is the XBMC library. In particular, we are focused on making the library faster and smarter. The first step in this process, led by Jonathan Marshall, is a dramatic improvement in the way the library handles images. In the past, images would be cached in a local file and XBMC would have no knowledge of where that local file came from or what it was for. Now, XBMC will log where an art file comes from and where it is cached. In addition, XBMC will log what kind of file it is, whether it is a poster, a banner, clearart, or whatever.  This means, as this framework is extended, skinners will be able to use locally cached art in numerous different views, regardless of whether the art type is banner, thumb, or other. Users will be able to change the art, simply by placing a new art file in the folder where the media is located and letting XBMC automatically note that the file has changed. And MySQL users will no longer have to worry about pathsubstitutions, as each client will maintain its own thumbnail cache that gets registered in the bigger database.

This means XBMC needs to recache all your lovely art, which will be done as you browse each item in your library. You’ll notice the first time you browse a listing the art will take a bit longer than usual to come in, but once recached, everything will be nice and snappy again. At the moment, only the smart links to your various image files are part of the May Cycle; however, as XBMC starts to take advantage of these improvements, libraries and skins should experience dramatic improvements in the months ahead.

Confluence Updates

In the shift from Dharma to Eden, Jezz_X was tasked with making media more easily accessible from the home screen with Confluence. Now, as more devices like the Raspberry Pi become available, the goal is to make the default skin Confluence as streamlined and efficient as possible, while continuing to make the media quickly accessible. To that end, you’ll note a number of changes this cycle. First of all, throughout XBMC, users will be greeted with a single, uniform, clean background image that may be altered at the user’s preference (Note: the code to change the background image is not available in this snapshot, so keep an eye out for nightlies and the June cycle). The default font has been switched to Android’s Roboto font. Weather forecasts as well as the home screen “recently added” lists have been bumped up to 10 scrollable items, and the Music category has gotten “recently added” albums. Finally, a “global search” bar has been added to the home screen so that those who have a lot of media can go directly to whatever they are looking for. (At the time of this writing, however, the global search bar has been know to cause some issues, at least on the Windows side, so be careful when trying it out.) Update: At the time of this writing, in order to use global search, users must install it as an addon in Addons->Program Addons.

Our first second 64bit platform

On the platform side, Davilla has drastically updated the build process for OSX. As of this cycle, XBMC for PPC is no longer available. On the upside however, XBMC is now a 64bit program in OSX and users may feel a measurable performance increase. Given how long XBMC4Xbox has lasted, PPC holdouts should probably not fear too much about this shift, as, if demand continues to exist, I have no doubt that a builder somewhere will continue to build XBMC for PPC. Note: while this transition has occurred in code, the automated alpha build available below is still only 32bit. Keep an eye out next month and in nightlies for the first build by our buildbot in 64bit. Update: It appears that 64bit Linux users have actually been enjoying 64bit XBMC since 2008, thereby making OSX our second 64bit platform. Apologies for the earlier misstatement.

Conclusion

That covers some of the more notable and easily visible changes in this cycle. For a full list of all the May changes, feel free to take a look at our list of May milestones. Also, keep an eye out for the June Cycle. Or, if you are feeling a bit brave and a bit lucky, just start downloading now! At the moment, builds available are on the Windows and OSX platforms. Given the additional complexities of distribution, builds for iOS and Linux are not yet available.

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Discussion - 65 Comments

  • Raphael Barros Jun 05, 2012 

    Please, please, PLEASE!!!! Make the confluence menu customizable!!!I konw it’s not your call, but please ask to Confluence staff =)

  • Dry_Flood Jun 05, 2012 

    Good Work Guys!

  • Chris Jun 05, 2012 

    “Given the additional complexities of distribution, builds for iOS and Linux are not yet available.”
    Is the plan that iOS and Linux builds will be available eventually? The April cycle never did have a build for these platforms.

  • elupus Jun 05, 2012 

    “While XBMC is still unable to display and navigate native Bluray menus, users will be able to view a list of video files that display the video duration in the folder and select whichever video he or she would like to watch.” Hmpf.. A bit harsh, we support some bluray menus (HDMV) ones to be more specific.

  • Daniel Jun 05, 2012 

    Is the image caching going to break If I’m running 2 different builds? If I play around with the may cycle on my windows laptop that shares a mysql database with my linux htpc, is my htpc going to have issues with the new image caching changes to the database?

  • Anonymous Jun 05, 2012 

    Video/PC levels switch for the internal player’s renderer? (16-235 / 0-255 ) That can’t be more than a day of work at best, for a hugely important feature for anyone taking HT in HTPC seriously.

    Thanks

  • Robert Jun 05, 2012 

    Video/PC levels switch ? (16-235 / 0-255 ) That can’t be more than a day of work at best, for a hugely important feature for anyone taking HT in HTPC seriously.

    Thanks

  • Anonymous Jun 05, 2012 

    w00t! Great to hear that alternative image types (clearart, clearlogo, landscape, etc) will be supported natively!

  • BORIStheBLADE Jun 05, 2012 

    When will XBMCbuntu see any of these past two updates?

  • zim Jun 05, 2012 

    Please clarify: does this mean I should look for a specific build for this new funcitonality? Or should I assume that the first nightly of the month has all the new features, and the nightlies for the rest of the month are bug fixes for that new stuff?

  • Zebraitis Jun 05, 2012 

    Feedback: GREAT work on the improved library responsiveness!

    After making the move to Eden, and then a quick hop to a centralized MySQL DB, library responsiveness was slow.

    (Slow, but an acceptable trade-off for simplified multi-system management.)

    This monthly update shows dramatic improvement, making access to a 2000+ library suprisingly quicker.

  • Mark Harper Jun 05, 2012 

    WOW!!!!!!! 64 bits!!! niceee!!

  • Jakes Jun 06, 2012 

    any news on XBMCbuntu on 12.04 LTS?

  • Make_i3 Jun 06, 2012 

    Nice work! I liked the blue bubbles in the background :)

    However, it seemed that the new Audio Engine reserves WASAPI HDMI audio (AMD) so exclusively that my external players (TMT 5 and VLC) configured in Playercorefactory didn’t output any audio at all. I also tried to Alt-tab from XBMC to VLC with same result, no audio. Sorry, no logfile available because I already reverted back to April alpha build. And oh, it seemed that I had to refresh manually almost every movie in my collection to get fanart and posters. Refreshing library didn’t help. I guess this transition in image caching is going to develop a little bit from here :)

  • Anonymous Jun 06, 2012 

    @Robert

    Robert :
    Video/PC levels switch ? (16-235 / 0-255 ) That can’t be more than a day of work at best, for a hugely important feature for anyone taking HT in HTPC seriously.
    Thanks

    If you don’t want the devs to ignore your requests, I highly recommend that you avoid suggesting something is easy or quick to implement (even if it is). That’s a great way for you to get them to ignore every future request you make.

  • Henrik Jun 06, 2012 

    The 24p audio sync problem reportedly isn’t fixed yet. Will further improvements to AudioEngine handle this?

  • spiff Jun 06, 2012 

    @robert what are you doing here posting then? go invest that day towards scratching your itch and share with the community when you are done.

  • Atix Jun 06, 2012 

    The ability to add information to a movieset would be so nice. Please think about this

    Thanks

  • Tiny Clanger Jun 06, 2012 

    I’m running xbmc-live with the unstable PPA. I’ve just run apt-get update / apt-get upgrade — nothing.

    How do we move up to this release on Linux without compiling it ourselves and losing the ability to update via apt-get in the future? Is there a new PPA for monthly cycle releases?

    I’m not asking for a whole new build of XBMCbuntu, just the monthly build on a PPA :)

    Thanks

  • Piethein Strengholt Jun 06, 2012 

    Jakes :
    any news on XBMCbuntu on 12.04 LTS?

    Yes, we’re working on that. There’s a preview version available on my website: http://www.xbmcfreak.nl/en/showtime-xbmcbuntu-precise-version/

  • Tiny Clanger Jun 06, 2012 

    (PS: the Wiki page on nightly updates doesn’t even mention how to get nightlies for Linux, even though it has instructions for every other platform. Has the PPA been abandoned completely?)

  • Harley Jun 06, 2012 

    With these new image caching functions does that mean that you could now easily add the ability for XBMC to have an option to automatically display different Movie FanArt images when movies are highlighted in the home screen, and same for TV Shows and Music FanArt when highlighted in the homescreen, instead of one like now have to keep a manually sorted folder for these type of backdrops if you want the corrent type of backdrop to be displayed when highlighted in the home screen? :)

    By the way, the word PowerPC should not be shorted and written as “PPC” :P

  • joe thomas Jun 06, 2012 

    Seems thumbs and fanart is borked. takes a very long time for it to load and it no longer loads in any of my android streaming apps…even the official xbmc remote for android is not loading them and the tv library is no longer detected by xbmc remote app. I think I’m going back to Frodo A1 for awhile until bugs are gone. I did like the AE though.

  • alejandro Jun 06, 2012 

    thanks guys!

  • atlind01 Jun 06, 2012 

    @zim
    there is a separate link for monthly releases, for Windows it is http://mirrors.xbmc.org/snapshots/win32/
    and for OSX it is http://mirrors.xbmc.org/snapshots/osx/

  • Bob Jun 06, 2012 

    Harley, why not? That’s been used for a long time. The Wikipedia article says: “PowerPC (short for Performance Optimization With Enhanced RISC – Performance Computing, sometimes abbreviated as PPC) is a RISC architecture…”

  • SadMac Jun 06, 2012 

    I am also upset by the lack of a Linux monthly build :( Pretty sure an official one doesn’t exist, as I’ve Googled extensively.

  • dandirk Jun 06, 2012 

    Lots of good work, I am running an openelec nightly build based off of xbmc master from a week or 2 ago. AE has solved MY big annoyances with XBMC on Linux: 1. Bitstreaming/improper PCM conversion of HD Audio. 2. Stereo Audio via HDMI (YouTube, XBMC menus etc).

    The lack of a new XBMCbuntu build or supported PPA for monthly releases is really disappointing. I always prefer to use native xbmc but most of the time forced to openelec due to easy to install/use builds with important updates.

  • Robert Jun 06, 2012 

    @Anonymous

    I don’t disagree with your point at all. However, if you look at the history of this request, it’s been asked numerous times going back to 2009. Many people have asked in may ways, both blunt (tired of asking like me), and more strategic methods appealing to the desire to improve the product etc. It just doesn’t catch enough momentum which is the frustrating thing. People say to just adjust brightness and contrast. That’s like saying “we don’t need HD audio, just buy better speakers and turn up the volume to get the most out of regular DTS”

    In all honesty, I don’t think I’ll ever use the internal player if it can’t baseline to video levels. Who really has an HD Audio receiver connected to a home theater with a PC monitor rather than a TV? Surely if you have a decent audio setup taking advantage of HD Audio then you’ll also be concerned with video and NOT have a PC monitor for the setup. So if you have a TV and are using XBMC’s default player, then you have black and white crush which looks awful. For this reason we must use external players so the entire HD Audio support (though terrific and long overdue) is a moot point if video levels are hardened at 0-255. At least for me..

    my 2 cents

  • natethomas Jun 06, 2012 

    Robert :

    That’s like saying “we don’t need HD audio, just buy better speakers and turn up the volume to get the most out of regular DTS”

    I suppose this is probably not the time to reiterate my long standing argument backed by a number of double blind studies that suggests that you really DON’T need HD audio, because it’s impossible to tell the difference between 1.5mbps DTS and DTS-HD with properly calibrated speakers. These sugar pills are delicious!

    With that said, spiff has already pointed this out to you. It’s been 3 years since 2009. If you REALLY wanted this, 3 years is plenty of time to learn to code in C++ to the point where you can look through the code and begin to try to figure out how to fix black levels. Since you did not take the time to learn how to do that, I’m afraid you are stuck with the things that the people who DID decide to learn how to code deemed important. I personally think HD Audio is a waste of time, but gnif, dddamian, and many others clearly thought it was a big enough deal that they put the effort in and learned how to code XBMC. And because of their efforts, they’ve been invited to join the Team and their code is now being used for the benefit of all. In this way, the open source community advances.

  • S Chr Jun 06, 2012 

    Been running most of this (via Alpha 2 under windows and 12-06-04 for iOS) and am very, very impressed.
    AE is great. And the new thumbnail caching has revolutionized my MySQL setup’s performance.
    Well done, guys. Donating.

  • Robert Jun 06, 2012 

    @natethomas
    This point is understood as well regarding freedom of opensource and how software makes advancements. I do have some tech abilities but I’m more on the systems/operations side. I’m not a developer so my time is best spent advancing my systems infrastructure than learning C/C++ just for a video toggle in an app I use with my spare time. I do however have opinions to share that takes only moments, not years ;)

    Either way, if I did learn coding that worked, it then has to be accepted by the XBMC team. Madshi tried to get MadVR integrated but ran into a wall for one reason or another when it came to cooperative integration. Could you imagine if I spent my spare time learning C/C++ in to include this little feature in the spirit of opensource and it got rejected! I’d have to build my own and merge each time just to get video levels :(

    I’ll just stick to external players and be without the cool D3D overlays.

  • Anonymous Jun 07, 2012 

    @joe thomas: As it says in the article, everything needs re-caching. This takes time. Once done, it’ll be nice and snappy. You may be one of the poor souls with out of date information (URLs) in their library – search the forums for remedies – there’ll be a script available over the coming weeks that will take care of things for folk in this situation – effectively updating the art URLs in the database whilst not changing other data.

    As for the android remote app, I believe it’s broken due to making assumptions about the path of thumbnails and the methods available to grab them (http-api) which are no longer available – I’m sure it’ll be fixed by the time Frodo rolls around. The iOS remote for example works perfectly, as it doesn’t make the same assumptions, being built mainly against the JSON-RPC api.

  • Cristian Jun 07, 2012 

    I’m running a XMBC Eden official release on my htpc and i use an external Media Player Classic for Hi10P files. I want to try this new may version but i’m scared to destroy all the work i’ve done.
    Is possible to install a nightly beside my normal release for testing it or it’s not a safe thing to do? I’ve searched the wiki but i haven’t found informations about that possible situation.
    Is pre-Frodo versions making changes to db that will result to create problems to an Eden version installation?

  • J Jun 07, 2012 

    Could you please make XBMC sync with google music … I think it will be an amazing option if it could do that. All the music does not need to be downloaded into XBMC but I think options should be given to play songs directly from your account on google music or download and sync it to xbmc player.

  • CrescentMoon Jun 07, 2012 

    Unfortunately this version does not work well on my PC (Windows). The video playback is incredibly choppy (2-3 FPS). I had to roll back to alpha1 which works perfectly.

  • vikjon0 Jun 07, 2012 

    I do feel that the skin gives a too basic feel for a default skin with the one background.
    Perhaps that will change? I do see the need a light skin but shouldn’t that be an optional setting?

  • Joey Jun 07, 2012 

    Really looking forward to PVR merge into XBMC mainline tree now, hopefully ETA is not too far in the future?

    PVR has got to be the 1# request feature last 5-years or so now, and the reason for the MediaPortal fork ;)

    Great work otherwise on finally merging AudioEngine, and improving image caching and Blu-ray playback :)

  • Rudolph Terblanche Jun 07, 2012 

    Do you guys maybe have an ETA of when the Pulse-Eight CEC stuff will be merged with the main branch. The only thing still keeping me from running the Dev builds.

    Like living on the edge, but without all the CEC fixes it isn’t worth it.

  • Joe Jun 07, 2012 

    @Make_i3

    Agreed. I had upgraded to the new AE and it was so exclusive that I wasn’t able to get any sound from anything else (including Emulators, Netflix, external players, and YouTube).

    I hope that gets fixed because I launch my emulators from XBMC.

  • Anonymous Jun 07, 2012 

    Anonymous :
    Video/PC levels switch for the internal player’s renderer? (16-235 / 0-255 ) That can’t be more than a day of work at best, for a hugely important feature for anyone taking HT in HTPC seriously.
    Thanks

    Is this an issue on Windows only? I’m running XBMC on Linux and have that option since years. All good TV’s have the ability to show the full PC-color-range anyway, at least on HDMI connections, and AFAIK a lot of videomaterial is produced in the 0-255 range nowadays, so you’d need the full range to get the full quality from those productions.

  • Stephan Jun 07, 2012 

    Anonymous :
    Video/PC levels switch for the internal player’s renderer? (16-235 / 0-255 ) That can’t be more than a day of work at best, for a hugely important feature for anyone taking HT in HTPC seriously.
    Thanks

    Is this an issue on Windows only? I’m running XBMC on Linux and have that option since years. All good TV’s have the ability to show the full PC-color-range anyway, at least on HDMI connections, and AFAIK a lot of videomaterial is produced in the 0-255 range nowadays, so you’d need the full range to get the full quality from those productions.

  • Robert Jun 07, 2012 

    @Stephan
    I’ve got a Sharp Elite, and it accepts the full range. It is also calibrated for the RGB Full output with EVRCP or MadVR set to video levels. IF i kept those at PC levels (0-255) and calibrated…. then what happens when I switch to a Bluray player or watch HDTV ? Other devices will be working from proper 16-235 TV levels, so everything will look off when viewing anything BUT my htpc media.

    If it’s a TV, then the oneoff device (PC) needs to be configured to work with the TV and all other devices connected to the TV. I’m doing that now with external players and configuration within those renderers. It’s just the internal xbmc player that looks off, so I stick with external and miss the slick internal player UI, info screen tightly integrated etc.

  • pittrek Jun 07, 2012 

    Please guys, fix the m3u playlist problem :-(

  • f-rat Jun 07, 2012 

    @Webmaster, please add a link for monthly releases (“mirrors.xbmc.org/snapshots”) in the XBMC->Downloads section. Thanks in advance!

  • Matt Jun 07, 2012 

    after looking at some of the other posts, it looks like there are no negative impacts on sql. dont quote me though, as im just skimming posts with ‘sql’ in them :P @Daniel

  • Anonymous Jun 07, 2012 

    CrescentMoon :
    Unfortunately this version does not work well on my PC (Windows). The video playback is incredibly choppy (2-3 FPS). I had to roll back to alpha1 which works perfectly.

    Likewise. Any clues to fix would be appreciated. Now, I’m off to the forums to search for a solution.

  • Anonymous Jun 07, 2012 

    CrescentMoon :
    Unfortunately this version does not work well on my PC (Windows). The video playback is incredibly choppy (2-3 FPS). I had to roll back to alpha1 which works perfectly.

    Same here. Anybody have an idea of what’s going on? Now, off to the forums I go…

  • Hoschi Jun 08, 2012 

    Yeah! I love the idea of the new audio selection system. Also the performance improvements of the skin and images cache sounds great. Keep going guys, great job! ;-)

  • fidomuh Jun 08, 2012 

    @Robert
    I gotta say Robert, I haven’t noticed any black/white crush. What system are you running on?
    When comparing XBMC on Linux (on AMD Fusion hardware) to a 800$+ BluRay player, the image quality is 99.99% the same. I do se a slight tint in the blacks, but that is more related to contrast on my TV, which has notorious issues with red tinting in the blacks.

    Are you using HDMI? Have you installed latest drivers? Are you using linux and the built-in drivers? (If so, you’re fucked, as they suck quite hard if you’re on AMD hardware.)

    Can you give a better description of the issue you’re experiencing? :)

  • fidomuh Jun 08, 2012 

    Choppy playback is most likely caused by the use of HD audio.
    I’m seeing the same on my Fusion hardware, so I’ve reverted to April as well.

    Is anyone else using AMD fusion and experiencing this ? :)

  • Vinster Jun 08, 2012 

    BORIStheBLADE :
    When will XBMCbuntu see any of these past two updates?

    same question here, I’d love to be able to get the XBMC Flicks Add-on working on my XMBCbuntu box….. . I have no issue on my Windows PC…

  • Stephan Jun 08, 2012 

    Stephan :

    Anonymous :
    Video/PC levels switch for the internal player’s renderer? (16-235 / 0-255 ) That can’t be more than a day of work at best, for a hugely important feature for anyone taking HT in HTPC seriously.
    Thanks

    Is this an issue on Windows only? I’m running XBMC on Linux and have that option since years. All good TV’s have the ability to show the full PC-color-range anyway, at least on HDMI connections, and AFAIK a lot of videomaterial is produced in the 0-255 range nowadays, so you’d need the full range to get the full quality from those productions.

    Hi,
    the higher class TVs I know store their color-settings seperate per input, so you can calibrate the TV for all the inputs and their connected sources like a BD-Player etc.. You could check, if your TV has those seperate settings per input. Apart from that I’ve seen (never owned one myself) BD-Players which have the appropiate color range settings as well, so that the TV’s and BD-Players color-ranges can be matched.
    In general, I’m not sure, but by my logic there shouldn’t a problem when the sources color range is smaller than the one of the display, but the other way around you won’t get the full picture quality, because you’re sending more colors than can be shown by the display.
    By your description (using external players) I’m quite sure that you’re running XBMC on Windows and as I said before, the color range setting is available on the Linux variant of XBMC, so you should try that (way better anyway, I’m just not sure about services like Hulu / DRM-stuff), if your TV can’t do seperate color settings for each of the input connections.

  • Anonymous Jun 08, 2012 

    fidomuh :
    Choppy playback is most likely caused by the use of HD audio.
    I’m seeing the same on my Fusion hardware, so I’ve reverted to April as well.
    Is anyone else using AMD fusion and experiencing this ? :)

    I changed around my Audio Output Device settings in the System – Settings – Audio menu. Seems to have cleared things up. I had 2 SPDIF choices.

  • Robert Jun 09, 2012 

    @fidomuh

    System is Win7 32bit, AMD 6450, HDMI to onkyo receiver, hdmi from receiver to 1st HDMI input on Sharp.

    TV itself doesn’t matter, it does take the full 0-255, but IF I were to calibrate to that, then when I switch inputs on receiver (still sending out to 1st HDMI on sharp) then all other devices will be uncalibrated.

    Issue is… any dark scenes lose TONS of detail when the renderer operates at 0-255. Same with MPC-HC by default, it looks same as XBMC player. But when MPC-HC’s EVR-CP renderer is set to 16-235 (or MadVR is set to TV Levels) the image gains all the detail in the shadows and super bright spots gain a little extra detail rather than being flushed with white. The entire picture is represented more accurately, and you can actually see the objects in shadows. It’s not a unique issue, it’s discussed in many arenas outside XBMC, and I’m glad to see XBMC paying attention to video stuff with the whole 10bit feature. This is just a lingering sore spot.

  • wilson.joe Jun 09, 2012 

    For those looking for some themes that are compatible with the modded version of confluence lite head over to the forums where you able to get find links to them. They are also completely compatible with the git version -=The FreakyLinux Guy=-

  • cdub Jun 10, 2012 

    i can’t find an answer to this anywhere in the forums, FAQ section, etc. but i downloaded xbmc on my iphone 4s. it’s currently on eden, downloaded the espn, hgtv, and food network plug in and whenever i click on a video nothing happens. for a split second it will say “now playing” in the upper left hand corner but nothing actually loads. had the same issue across all of the plug ins i’ve downloaded so far. help anyone?

  • Henrik Jun 11, 2012 

    Nice! I had a movie that wouldn’t play properly last night. The video was stuttering now and then, and audio was off by a couple of seconds. The Audio Offset function didn’t work at all. The movie played perfectly in VLC. So I pulled the latest XBMC nightly, and voila! It worked! I still had the 24p 250ms audio delay problem, but I could adjust that. (VLC doesn’t have that problem either, by the way)

  • Gabriel Jun 11, 2012 

    I don`t know if anyone experienced this, but on the stereo video files, the sound goes to left and rear left instead of left and right. It’s like “shifted” 90 degrees to the left. Anyone encountered this kind of problem?

  • Pednick Jun 11, 2012 

    @fidomuh Actually my spdif/optical won’t even play down mixed files such as Internet streams etc, there’s no sound with this new HD audio engine. I understand it’s beta that’s why I’m mentioning it so it gets fixed.

  • Pednick Jun 11, 2012 

    What I think is happening is that this is not working: upmixing of stereo to full channel layout

  • Pednick Jun 12, 2012 

    Never mind had to change Audio output device and Passthrough

    output device to DirectSound:SPDIF-Realtek Digigital Output(Optical)(Realtek High Definition Audio), now everything works fine.

  • fidomuh Jun 12, 2012 

    @Anonymous
    Hmm.. I’ll look at that.. But I use hdmi, so I’m not sure I’ll have other outputs to choose from ;)

    But thanks for the feedback :)

  • Katana Jun 16, 2012 

    Hi10P at 720p runs fine on an Intel Dual-Core T4200 (2ghz x2) for me, dunno why other people have problems when I’m on a really underpowered CPU/integrated GPU.

  • purewitz Jun 18, 2012 

    Will there be an XBMX 11.0 Eden stable release update with this stuff or do we have to wait until XBMC 12.0 comes out?

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