Monday, July 31, 2006

Version is out featuring support for the Xbox 360

We are pleased to announce availability of version of the TVersity Media Server. In this version we bring you support for the Xbox 360 as well as support for searching and for smart playlists.

A full description of changes in this release is available at

You can download the new version at

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Playlists in TVersity

Starting from version 0.9.5 TVersity supports video and photo playlists in addition to M3U and PLS audio playlists. The format for video, image and audio playlists can be PLS, M3U, RSS and ATOM.

Unlike previous versions where TVersity expected to find MP3 audio files inside M3U and PLS, recent versions check the actual format of each playlist item and based on it decide where in the library it should be placed. If a playlist is comprised of audio files then as before it will be placed in the playlist section of the audio library. Unlike before, the image and video library now also have playlist sections and so playlist comprised of video items only or image items only will be placed under the corresponding playlist sections. Mixed playlists are also allowed and will be placed in the video section.

You may even mix URLs and local files into the same playlist creating any kind of collection you see fit and you can also nest playlists within one another. This kind of flexibility, designed to let you truly personalize your media, is above and beyond any other media server out there.

Here is an example of a video playlist file in PLS format:

Just give it some name and save it in the same folder as the items inside it and it will work as expected.

If you wish to place the playlist in a different folder you will need to include a full or relative path and not just the file names. Here is an example:

If you prefer RSS files, it will look like:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<rss version="2.0">
<title>A Test RSS Playlist - Be Cool</title>
<description>Nothing in particular</description>
<title>Be Cool - 1</title>
<enclosure url="D:\My Movies\BE_COOL_WS\VIDEO_TS\VTS_01_1.VOB" length="" type=""/>
<title>Be Cool - 2</title>
<enclosure url="D:\My Movies\BE_COOL_WS\VIDEO_TS\VTS_01_2.vob" length="" type=""/>
<title>Be Cool - 3</title>
<enclosure url="D:\My Movies\BE_COOL_WS\VIDEO_TS\VTS_01_3.vob" length="" type=""/>

Here it is in Atom feed, taking into advantage the fact that each entry can have more than one link associated with it:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<title>Test Atom with Enclosures</title>
<title>Be Cool</title>
<link rel="enclosure" href="VTS_03_2.VOB" length="162344448" type="video/mpeg" title="Bee Cool 1"/>
<link rel="enclosure" href="VTS_03_3.VOB" type="video/mpeg" title="Bee Cool 2"/>
<link rel="enclosure" href="VTS_03_4.VOB" title="Bee Cool 3"/>

<title>Some other Movie</title>
<link rel="enclosure" href="..\other\VTS_03_2.VOB"/>
<link rel="enclosure" href="..\other\VTS_03_3.VOB"/>
<link rel="enclosure" href="..\other\VTS_03_4.VOB"/>

A similar playlist can be constructed in RSS with the Media RSS extensions by Yahoo using the media:group element from those extensions.

Please note that in all the XML files, the title, length, and type are optional. Moreover they are almost always ignored for local files since the information is taken from the file itself and so they are meaningful only for URLs.

Backup your URLs

Recently a few users have been asking us if it was possible to back up the URLs they added to TVersity. While we do plan to add an export and import feature to the TVersity GUI, it is possible already now to backup your URLs from the command line. Step by step instructions for doing it are available at the announcements forum.