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|Genres||media center browser, HomeMedia|
|Available at||Google Play|
Amazon Appstore for Android
|Price||Free or fee-based|
Browse your HomeMedia collection on your device and open the files on your pc. The app requires either HomeMedia Service or Windows Remote Service (with enabled HomeMedia remote and correctly specified paths to database and thumbs) running on the computer. This article will talk about HomeMedia Service as the server program.
- Browse your media files (which are in the HomeMedia database)
- Watch a trailer of a movie on your device
- Show information of a movie on the server
- Watch the media file on your device
- Download the media file to your device
- Start the media file on the server
- At least Android 2.1
- Latest HomeMedia version
For an installation guide of the server side, please see the main article on HomeMedia.
Download and install the HomeMedia APP. There are two versions available: a free version and an ad-free donate version. The free version is available on Google Play, AndroidPIT and Amazon Appstore for Android.
→ Main article: Permissions of HomeMedia APP
HomeMedia Service and the app communicate over the local network. Communications over 3G or 4G should also be possible.
Local network (WiFi)
If any port changes were made, you have to tell the app. Inside preferences choose Server settings and you're able to change the port.
For selecting a server are two ways available:
- Manually: Enter the IP address or pc name of your computer inside the field IP-Address
- Automatically: Click on Automatic Search. This triggers a search for running HomeMedia Services in the network. If your computer could not be found, try again.
After selecting your server you are ready to access your HomeMedia databases from your app.
3G or 4G
Connection over 3G or 4G should also work, but didn't have been tested. Notice: You have to do port forwarding of the HomeMedia Service port (by default: 8732 (TCP)). Furthermore you need to set your external IP address inside the app, since the automatic scan won't work.
HomeMedia APP [donate]
The donate version of HomeMedia APP includes the same features as the free version. The only difference is that it is ad-free. HomeMedia APP [donate] is available for download on Google Play and AndroidPIT.
See a demonstration video on YouTube.
Browse your HomeMedia movie collection on your mobile device. This component consists mainly of three parts: A list of movie genre, movies and the movie information itself.
First the movie genres of HomeMedia are listed. By long pressing on any genre you can search for a specific genre or just use your hardware keyboard. Selecting a genre will return a list of all available movies in that genre. Of course you can choose to display all movies (at the very bottom in the movie genre list).
List of movies
Inside the list of movies, you can search as well and change the order - you can sort the displayed movies either by their movie title, rating, duration or release year. Just press long on any movie to trigger the dialog.
When clicking on a movie in the list its cover will be shown in big and at the bottom is a movie cover gallery to browse through the other movies quickly. Click on a movie cover in the gallery to select that movie. Notice: If you did a search on the movie collection, this gallery will only contain those movies which where in the search result list. Swipe the movie cover to the right to get to the previous movie and to the left for the next movie in the list.
Click on the movie cover to see more information on the movie: title, duration, release year, plot. The play button will open the movie file in your media player. Hold long on the play button to obtain additional features.
- Watch trailer: Searches YouTube for a trailer of the movie-release year combination. The trailer link is opened on your device (not the PC!).
- Show info: Show the information on the movie on the PC directly. This opens a screen which contains all the information (can be closed with ESC). By default this feature is triggered when opening the information of a movie - you can disable this in the preferences. Swiping to the next/previous movie in the list will update the information on the screen.
- Close info: If you want to close the movie information shown on your PC, select this feature. Notice: As soon the app exits the movie details (e.g. because it opens the remote), the movie information on the PC is closed by itself.
- Play on device: this will open the movie on your device within a 3rd party application (if any available)
- Download to device: this will download the movie to your device (directory is 'sdcard/banamalon/movies/%genre%/%file%')
HomeMedia TV series
Browse your HomeMedia TV series collection on your mobile device. This component consists mainly of three parts: A list of TV series, seasons and episodes.
The TV series of HomeMedia are listed as banners (you can disable this in preferences). By long pressing on a TV series, you can search for a specific TV series. Or use your hardware keyboard.
Selecting a TV series will give you a list of all available seasons in that TV series.
Inside the list of seasons, you'll find all available seasons and their posters (you can disable this in preferences). By long pressing on a season, you can search for a specific season. Or use your hardware keyboard.
Selecting a season will give you a list of all available episodes in that season.
Inside the list of episodes, you'll find all available episodes and their episode image (you can disable this in preferences). By long pressing on an episode, you can search for a specific episode. Or use your hardware keyboard. Furthermore you can play the episode on your device: this will open the episode on your device within a 3rd party application (if any available). Or you can choose to downlaod the episode to your device (directory is 'sdcard/banamalon/series/%series%/%season%/%episode%').
By clicking on an episode you'll play that episode file in your media player.
Browse your HomeMedia music collection on your mobile device. This component consists mainly of four parts: A list of music genres, artists, albums and tracks.
First the music genres of HomeMedia are listed. By long pressing on any genre you can search for a specific genre. Or use your hardware keyboard.
Furthermore you can choose to display:
- All albums: Returns a list of all available albums; selecting an album will list you the tracks of that album
- All artists: Returns a list of all available artists; selecting an artist will list you the albums of that artist
- All years: Returns a list of release years; selecting a decade will list you the artists of that year
- All decades: Returns a list of decades (1980's, 1990's, ...); selecting a decade will list you the artists of that decade
Selecting a music genre will give you a list of all available artists in that genre.
Inside the list of artists, you'll find all available artists and their posters (you can disable this in preferences). By long pressing on an artist, you can search for a specific artist. Or use your hardware keyboard.
Selecting an artist will give you a list of all available albums of that artist.
Inside the list of albums, you'll find all available albumsand their covers (you can disable this in preferences). By long pressing on an album, you can search for a specific album. Or use your hardware keyboard.
Selecting an album will give you a list of all available tracks of that album.
Inside the list of tracks, you'll find all available tracks. By long pressing on an track, you can search for a specific track. Or use your hardware keyboard. Furthermore you can play the track on your device: this will open the track on your device within a 3rd party application (if any available). Or you can choose to downlaod the track to your device (directory is 'sdcard/banamalon/music/%artist%/%album%/%track%').
By clicking on a track you'll play that track file in your media player.
This section will cover the preferences you can choose to make in the HomeMedia APP.
The server settings are necessary to connect the app with HomeMedia Service which is running on your PC.
You need to change the port if you did so in HomeMedia Service. Furthermore you'll need the IP address of your PC. Either enter it manually or perform an Automatic Search: Click on the refresh button to start the search (if the PC is not already listed). It will check your local network for PCs which have HomeMedia Service running. If your PC is not listed, make sure nothing is blocking the port or HomeMedia Service itself on the PC.
You can also enter a server manually by clicking on the add button (+ button). A window will pop up, where you can enter the name (to display) and IP address of the PC.
Note: When you opened HomeMedia APP from a remote app, like MPC - Remote or WIN - Remote, make sure to set the server settings' port either to Windows Remote Service's main port (Remember: HomeMedia remote has to be enabled!) or HomeMedia Service's port. Depends on which server program you have running.
You can force the screen orientation and/or enable fullscreen mode. To save some more space, you can remove the titlebar.
HomeMedia has quite some settings, first of all you can choose which component (movies, TV series or music) is displayed first, default is movies. Furthermore you can select for each part to show images (TV series, movies and music). To save some space you can disable the movie gallery while displaying the cover or information of a movie. When Movie info on Server enabled, it will automatically show you the information of the movie also on the PC (you can close that window with ESC or within the app).
You can also decide to only list the unwatched media elements.
Use Default Music Settings to specify which is shown first when entering the music collection of HomeMedia. By default the music genres are shown.