My new favourite MCE add-in has to be the very slick looking Media Browser add-in.

It beats the pants off Microsoft’s new Movie Library offering in 7MC and really does put them to shame, but

having lived with Media Browser for a while and having recently tested out my extenders again properly I have a big wish list item

for the Media Browser developers!

It seems Media Browser does not support both DVD rips VOB’s in VIDEO_TS folders and DVR-MS / MPG files, as does the old My Movies UI for example. 

Let me explain:

If you have a movie folder E.G.


And in that folder you have a DVR-MS file which is a copy of the main movie only for native extender playback.


And then you have a subfolder, which contains the entire ripped DVD disc in VOB’s.


the original My Movies UI it knows if you are on an extender or on the Media
Center PC. If your on the PC it will play the ripped VOB’s in the
VIDEO_TS folder and you get the full DVD movie experience, menu titles
and extra’s etc. If your on an extender if knows to play just the DVR-MS
file instead.

Media Browser does not do this and it really needs to!

you have Transcode 360 installed with Media Browser and you play a film from Media Browser on
the extender, it starts transcoding the VOB’s regardless and does not play the
extender friendly DVR-MS file you already have present in that folder.

This is a massive show stopper for me now with Media Browser. If you would also like to see this functionality added please head over to the Media Browser forums and voice your request. No doubt the dev’s over there are doing a fantastic job and I hope they are open to new suggestions.

360 works but is too flakey, the better transcoder created by Vader only works with the native VMC DVD Library so has it’s limits currently, so a solid solution is needed which is
DVR-MS files for extenders and WTV files moving forward in to 7MC.

DVR-MS files are quickly and easily created from DVD rips with Video Redo Plus. The My Movies UI is so dated now, so I
really hope the Media Browser developers can add this functionality?

Apparently this issue has been raised before on the forums in the past but has not be deemed a priority ?

Looking forward to your comments on this one!

4 thoughts on “I love Media Browser but this is a show stopper!”
  1. This isn’t really something that would help me as I convert my files to something that is extender compatible and I’m done. I would however like the Configuration Utility allow me to name network shares as folders. It doesn’t allow you to add them so I’m still having to setup .vf files for my kitchen PC. Not a lot of fun after using the utility

  2. I love MediaBrowser.
    More important though, my girlfriend LOVES media browser. Media browser is why she actually SUPPORTS my HTPC efforts and may happily let go of the Tivo. None of my other attempts has come close winning her over.
    – BeyondTv
    – MythTv
    – Etc, etc, etc.
    That having been said, i can see how the lack of this feature will soon start driving me nuts. With the price of hard drives having fallen through the floor over the last year i’m looking at my DVD binder (500+ already backed up on 4.7gb media) and thinking that for a bit over $100 i could transfer most of those directly into my HTPC…

    I’ve just started using MediaCenter now that win7 has come out. I grabbed a student upgrade at $30 and now have it up and running on an older system (Win7 Home Prem 64bit on a single core AMD @ about 2ghz with 1.5gb Mem). Ive used

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