Helium 0.5.0 is available. It contains a lot of improvements and some new features such as
- Volume control on the player
- Possibility to play a media file on a different renderer than the currently selected
- Option to start the on-device media sharing
- Some more settings
Get it on this site or via apps.formeego.com. I’ve also updated the documentation to reflect the changes.
If you just upgraded to Ubuntu 12.04 and your PS3 or Sony TV stopped showing videos, the work-around is to uninstall gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad-multiverse. See bug 672439 for the details.
The bright side is that for the first time ever, we have a recent Ubuntu shipping the latest version of Rygel.
Today I pushed a new version of TweakUp to the Nokia store, fixing a small cosmetic bug and including the translations that have been added on Transifex so far. Thanks to everyone who contributed a translation. Again, for the impatient, the new version is here, alongside with the signature.
Currently TweakUp only speaks English. I’ve modified the source and setup a Transifex instance to change that in a future release. Since the only two languages I can express myself in without sounding too stupid are English and German, my translation skills are a bit limited. So if anyone is interested in contributing a translation, feel free.
As I mentioned on several places already, due to the aim of getting the N9 DLNA-certified we had to introduce some restrictions. One of the most annoying limitation from an end user point of view is that you can’t share arbitrary videos or music which you may have put on your device. Another, though minor, issue is that it’s not possible to change the name shown in UPnP or DLNA clients on the network.
While it is possible to change all this by editing the configuration file, it is somewhat inconvenient to do this on the device. That’s why I’ve written a small application called TweakUp which allows all these settings (and a few more, see the screenshot) to be changed more comfortably. It is available in the Nokia Store and on this website. It has been signed with my public key 6BA1DF74.
Its source code is available at https://gitorious.org/helium/tweakup
Today we have reached step two of what we aimed for when using Rygel on the N9. This morning I got notified that it has been certified by DLNA as a M-DMS device. After a very long struggle (more than two years) with the sometimes nearly insane requirements DLNA imposes on a project, the weird tooling and the testing process, after all the effort that multiple people have thrown into this goal, by the end of last month, it looked like we were not going to make it. The reasons were very, very stupid and didn’t have to do anything at all with Rygel. Getting the news today was a great relief, a huge reward and a very fitting finish for working on this project.
A big thank you to Zeeshan and all the other people involved in making this happen.
Thanks to Chris we got ourselves a new logo and a new icon, making your favourite media server look even better in your player. It is already on master and will be used in the next stable release.
Helium is a UPnP control point that is supposed to accompany Rygel, but can of course work without it. It offers browsing of media servers, selecting a renderer from a list of devices available on the network and can (currently) play back a single media files from the current server listing to the currently selected renderer (by long-push). This is supposed to change in short-term, giving proper playlist and player controls. Also it needs to get aware of servers and renderers disappearing from the network and get some proper error reporting.
Where’s the code?
Current state is available at Gitorious
It looks like the PR1.2 update for the N9 is starting to get rolled out now, so your favourite MediaServer implementation will reach your phone soon.
A short hint if you’re eager to try it and you don’t see any files shared: For complicated and mostly non-technical reasons the device needs to assign so-called DLNA media profiles to images and media files. To start this, the device needs to go into idle mode once, so just let it rest for a while and all media created on the device should be available after that. This is a one-shot thing after the update, any files added afterwards will be fine.
Does any of my readers own or have access to a Samsung UE32B7070WW television and would be willing to help to debug a kind of weird browsing issue we’re seeing with this TV? Thanks.