MediaCenter again!

Hello everybody!
It’s been a loooong long time since my last post, i’m really sorry about it but university takes away so much time :/

But aaaanyway let’s talk about my GSoC.

Finally we have a working mediacenter, yayy!! =)

Let’s see the most important things i’ve implemented so far:

  • MediaCenter API: the API makes it possibleΒ  to have applets communicating each other. This way the player can inform the playback control applet about the current seek time, while the playlist updates the player’s queue. The API can of course be used to write new applets in the future πŸ™‚
  • Bypassing Phonon: due to the purposes of the MediaCenter, Phonon could not be used to handle the whole playing queue. The mediacenter, actually, is designed to be able to handle mixed queues containing different kind of media sources like audio files, optical discs, videos and pictures. Since Phonon only handles audio and video stuff i had to completely bypass the Phonon queue and create my own internally in the mediaplayer applet. I still have to think about moving this queue handling out of the specific mediaplayer applet moving it at the API level.
  • The playlist communicates with the player and keeps the queue up to date. Even though the playlist applet supports multiple playlist handling, i focused on the single playlist mode, so i still don’t know whether it’s already all-working-fine when switching through playlists :p. Anyway the multiple playlists behavior is disabled by default :p. The playlist applet supports cover fetching and manages all the supported media types: Audio, Video, Picture, Optical Discs.
  • The mediabrowser applet supports now folder navigation. We now have a browsing widget that allows actions like “go back”, “go next”, “go up”. The mediabrowser will soon support pluggable models. The first model i’ll work on as soon as possible will be a youtube-navigation model that will allow the user navigate through videos via the browser. The mediabrowser will show a list of available models at startup allowing the user choosing between local browsing and youtube browsing for example. The youtube dataengine is there already! πŸ™‚
  • The mediaplayer applet currently correctly switches between audio/video playing and picture showing. I still need to verify whether my code is enough light while showing pictures. The Xine backend of Phonon is still broken for the VideoWidget and this is disappointing :/. In addition to this i don’t like how the videos are rendered in the VideoWidget while it is hosted by a QGraphicsProxyWidget. The fullscreen mode of the mediaplayer applet is working but has no utility at the moment since we don’t have a dashboard that can go over it and show playback controls and stuff. By the way this issue has been currently “workarounded” with a specific shell i wrote for the mediacenter πŸ™‚
  • The Plasmediacenter Shell: this is a stand-alone application that can be freely used instead of putting the containment and the applets on your screen :). The Plasmediacenter can be set fullscreen so that also the playback controls still remain over the mediaplayer applet. Have a look atΒ  it πŸ™‚

Let’s have a look at some screenshot of the Plasmediacenter:




And that’s all folks! Stay tuned for the next updates!! πŸ™‚

P.S.; An icon is needed for the shell (/me stares at nuno ;).

Still alive!

Heyo people, it’s been a while since my last post. I’ve been really busy with my exams and unfortunately i’m still a little :/. Anyway i’m back to my GSoC and currently i’m playing with the API. Don’t remember whether i already mentioned about but i’m writing a simple API to allow writing new media applets in the future =). Today i’ll show you what i achieved so far with containment and handlers in supporting 2 new media applets I’ve just integrated:

As you might have noticed we now have the browser from the left (still), a playback control from the top and the playlist from the right. Still no playing stuff though :/. That’s because i have to finish the api even if i already have some basic one which allows the applets to communicate each other without DBus, at least in this particular containment. I’m looking forward to seeing spectrum analysis in Phonon so that maybe i’ll be able to integrate some nice effect and/or share it with amarok. Today probably i’ll start playing with the mediaplayer applet, i also have to make some performance test since i plan to have a fullscreen video widget.

We’ll see, stay tuned =)

Media Center quick update

I’ve just implemented the very first working version of the handlers i (together with notmart) chose to use for at least the media applets in the media containment. I like the effect and you can have a look at it as follows here. What you see is the leftmost part of the containment as you’ll get it on your screen. We chose to put the browser appearing from the left avoiding to clutter the desktop making it appearing only as user requests to show it by moving to the glowing side.

Enjoy πŸ™‚

Semantically back (from Nepomuk Coding Sprint)

And i’m back home here in Italy after a beautiful weekend with beautiful people. The Nepomuk Coding Sprint was a success and i really hope to enjoy it again. I just have to say that the trip was not as good as the stay there. The agency thought it was Fribourg in Switzerland and not the good one in Germay which is called Freiburg. The bad thing is, in fact, that in italian they are both called “Friburgo” :/. Anyway after re-calculating the trip and spending more times in train than in Germany we, me and Francesco, arrived there a bit late the 19th. Unfortunately, due to the mistake by the agency we had to leave on sunday early in the morning and so we fully enjoyed just 1,5 days instead of 3. But it was the most amazing 1,5 days that i’ve ever spent :P. I’d say thanks to Albert, Daniel, George, Lukas, Marcel, Mathieu, Peter, Sebastian Faubel from Gnome, Tobias, Tom and, last, but not least, to the friendly host Sebastian Trueg which took care of all of us both in staying there and programming xD.

I learned much about Nepomuk, it’s really a great technology and people should be aware of its possibilities. I had the chance to work on Raptor together with Lukas and Francesco staying near each other (even on the same laptop :P) and we implemented some basic stuff for the real purposes Raptor was designed for. But i won’t talk about the details in this post.

I just want to share with you some photos i took there πŸ˜›



Some raptor tests with nepomuk πŸ™‚

Albert, Lukas, Me

Albert, Lukas, Me

Saturday night in a pub: from the left Albert, Lukas and me.

Francesco is hungry

Francesco is hungry

At some point we got so hungry that we started drawing food on our own xD

Some of us programming

Some of us programming

That’s it guys, Sebastian is a great host, and i hope to see you again soon. Unfortunately i won’t go to Akademy due to university :(.

Rating your medias

Heyo everybody! πŸ™‚

Just 2 days before attending the Nepomuk sprint i found some time to play with the amazing features it offers. Just few lines of code and the rating stuff is now available for my MediaBrowser. When using Nepomuk::Resource in your app remember to do Nepomuk::ResourceManager::instance()->init()Β  otherwirse your Nepomuk::Resource might make your app crashing πŸ˜› (thanks Lukas for the hint).

The implementation is still young but i really plan to add a model to the MediaBrowser in order to only browse among rated medias so that statistics will be easy to do and stuff like “Most Rated Videos” will be available also for your local collection.

But now enjoy the vid. Still sorry for the low quality but youtube is not wide-videos-friendly πŸ˜‰

As you may have noticed the Grid mode needs lots of polishing and i have to find a nice way in order to not overcrowd the view. In addition to this i should start better following nuno’s mockups πŸ™‚

And now cheers and looking forward to meeting all of you joining the Nepomuk sprint!

Browsing your medias

And finally i’m back blogging again. It has been a busy period the last two weeks. University elections and exams (the latter didn’t go so well :/) took away my time. Fortunately the great guidance by notmart and aseigo helped me defining my work in the incoming days. Currently i’m focusing on something i just talked about in the past but never showed you something. Today you have the chance to see the high work in progress status of something i’m getting excited about: the mediabrowser applet! πŸ™‚

You’ll find lots of similarities with your beloved folderview but this applet has the aim to help you browsing only media contents and interact together with other media applets such as the mediaplayer, the playlist, the playback controls and so on. I’ve had an interesting meeting with notmart and aseigo and we defined some guidelines to follow while developing this kind of applets (media applets). I’ll soon start the development of the MediaContainment which will handle your media applets in order to give you a great experience while listening to your favourite music or watching your favourite action movie πŸ™‚

But now just have a look!

Sorry for the low video quality πŸ™‚

Things to do are still a lot but stuff is taking into shape. The browser already supports both grid and list view and i like the hover effect which makes use of an animated item. Differently from folderview we decided to use a QGW for each item. I know you could say this is too heavy but it’s still fast enough. Anyway i’ll try to optimize it trying to just allocate the visible items (which is hard enough especially with the grid view). Everything you see is available under playground/base/plasma/MediaCenterComponents so you can already give it a try.

The local file browsing is only one of the possible browsing mode that the browser will allowΒ  (currently it only allows local browsing though). As some of you may already have noticed i wrote a quick dataengine capable of looking for videos from YouTube. The mediabrowser will make use of dataengines in order to allow the so called “Remote Browsing” (better names suggestions are welcome πŸ™‚ . Using Remote Browsing you’ll be able to look for your favourite Youtube videos just browsing through them in the same way you do for your local medias. Mediabrowser will let you choose the browsing mode you want and then will change his contents to fit your needs. The Remote Browsing, for example, will show you a line edit for searches, an engine chooser (not only YouTube is in my mind) and then the results will be shown like your local files: a nice thumbnail together with video information (length, title, author…).

Ok that’s it for today, i just need to study also :/

Hope you’ll like my work πŸ™‚

Cu and cheers!


The GSoC official period started and i’m back again to the Media Center. Today i’ll show you a one-night-coded engine πŸ˜› After notmart’s suggestion (great mentor, great) i got a pretty nice working version of a YouTubeEngine!! πŸ™‚ You can easily use it to query YouTube for videos. Try the following queries for example πŸ˜› (and thank sebas for the query suggestions!)

asian backstreet boys

asian backstreet boys

numa numa guy

numa numa guy

Remember to prepend “query/” to your queries as from the screenshots. Each source will have a key for each video id found. And with each id you’ll be able to retrieve a Plasma::DataEngine::Data containing video informations accessible through the keys specified in the docs (title, comment, keywords). I’ll add new keys asap but it’s already pretty nice and working. I need to do more checking stuff on the queries though.

Aaanyway, enjoy!