Setting up a media centre:
Okay, so here is the short version of how to set up a media centre at home:
- Get all hardware. Raspberry Pi Model B, a high speed SD Card, a HDMI cable, a High Definition TV with HDMI input, USB power supply for Raspberry Pi, External Hard drive externally powered with movies on.
- Download a media centre image file. Many are available on the Internet, Google is your friend.
- Write the image onto the SD Card.
- Connect your Raspberry Pi to your TV via a HDMI cable.
- Connect a portable harddrive (with external power).
- Power everything up and start to use it.
- Connect it to the Internet and update your XBMC.
Or you can follow one of these links to set it up:
Raspberry Pi Media centre based on RaspDebian (Debian Linux on Raspberry Pi) and created by Sam Nazarko. I use this one.
Open Embedded Linux Entertainment centre build from scratch for multiple Linux platforms by the community.
- Buy a high quality high speed SD Card for your media centre, it will speed things up a little.
- On the Raspberry Pi things tend to be a little slow when used for a media centre, so be patient when operating the media centre.
- When your media centre stop responding, you can wait a moment or you can restart the Raspberry Pi by cycling the power.
- In the beginning it seems like effort, but you soon realize that you are using your Raspberry Pi media centre more than the other devices.
Okay so now you have a working media centre and you are connected to the Internet. What is next?
Add-ons! You can download from hundreds of add-ons and believe me, this is worth the effort. everything ranging from audio, video, applications, pictures and many more all including things like I-tunes, weather, programs, Internet TV, animation, books,
news, radio, google, facebook, flickr, wallpapers, skins and a whole lot more. Check it out and download your favourite ones.
Here is a selection of what I downloaded:
- YouTube by TheCollective. Obviously, to watch YouTube videos.
- MyEpisodes by Maxime Hadjinlian. Automatically set watched episodes on MyEpisodes.com.
- The Movie Database by Team XBMC. themoviedb.org is a free and open movie database. Everything about movies and it can retrieve metadata to give your movies a better user experience by downloading posters, fanart etc.
- The TVDB by Team XBMC. TheTVDB.com is a free and open TV Scrapper. Everything about tv series and full metadata.
- TheAudioDb.com for Music Videos by Team XBMC. The name says it all.
- Google by Rick Phillips. Search, view and save Google Images.
- Facebook Media by Rick Phillips. Browse your and your friends' facebook photos and videos.
- CU LRC Lyrics by Taxigps. Shows the lyrics of your MP3 music that are playing. You download the lrc files and save it as teh same filename as your mp3, just with the lrc extension.