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!

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11 Responses to “Browsing your medias”


  1. 1 Oripi June 11, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    That looks great, for me a Media Center is really missing in KDE 4. Please consider adding a podcast manager, there isn’t currently a good Qt4 podcast manager. I’m using Miro for this purpose but it’s not well integrated and really slow !

  2. 2 Adriaan de Groot June 11, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    Please drop by the kde-hardware-devel mailing list as well to coordinate with Bart, Fredrik, Kevin and myself around networked media devices; after all, who keeps their content local when it could be shared off of a NAS?

  3. 4 illogic-al June 11, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    How about, instead of “Remote Browsing” you call it “Net Flix!”
    Wait, that might be copyrighted. How about “Net Flicks!”
    or Media BoX!

    Flix Browser? Flix Box? Ok. Bored again.

  4. 6 TheBlackCat June 11, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    Wow, that looks incredible. Any change Dolphin and Folderview will get effects like that?

    It would be great if other local data engines could be written in addition to local file browsing, such as browsing playlists from software that provides the appropriate data engine.

  5. 7 Dread Knight June 12, 2009 at 1:56 am

    Looks really great. I love the effect, hope other KDE apps will get it as well.

  6. 8 Aaron Seigo June 12, 2009 at 3:35 am

    > I love the effect, hope other KDE apps will get it as well

    krunner has it in 4.3 (along with a nicer vertical listing)


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