ModernMedia UI

  • Version: 1.2
  • Released: 9/28/18
  • Size: 546 KB
  • Compatibility: Windows 10 / 8.1 / 8 / 7 (x64, x86)
  • Requirements: Windows Media Center
    Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5

This handy tool makes it simple to configure advanced options for Windows Media Center. All of those nearly forgotten and almost unheard-of registry edits that let you customize the native UI have finally been compiled in a single, easy-to-use application. Go beyond the basic settings and give yourself the best configuration possible.

Interface

  • Startup Animation: Allows the startup animation to play every time WMC is launched.
  • Startup Sound: Allows the startup sound to play every time WMC is launched.
  • Always on Top: Forces WMC to stay on top of all other windows when in windowed mode.
  • Print Screen in Full Screen: Allows use of the Print Screen key when WMC is in full screen mode.
  • UI Timeout¹: Amount of time the seekbar and information hinting bar, which appears when media playback begins, are displayed on screen.
  • Now Playing Timeout¹: Amount of time the information bar is displayed on screen.
  • Tray Icon Timeout: Amount of time the WMC tray icon waits before exiting. On Windows 10, setting this to a large value may help restore normal functionality of the green button on a remote to properly launch WMC. For example, a value of 3600 would cause the icon to stay open for one hour after WMC is closed; a value of 86400 would keep it open for one day.

Graphics

  • Overscan: If enabled, the edges of the image will be cropped slightly. If disabled, the full display will be visible with 1:1 pixel mapping.
  • Digital Display Optimization: Improves picture quality for digital displays like LCD, plasma, LED and OLED instead of traditional analog TVs.
  • Enhanced Video Scaling: Allows a more efficient and more precise scaling operation in the audio/video pipeline, which may result in a sharper image on some GPUs.
  • Hardware Acceleration²: Utilizes dedicated graphics processing from a GPU or iGPU instead of software-based CPU rendering for video playback. Turning this setting off may resolve freezing or crashing while WMC is running in full screen mode on Windows 10 build 1709 and later, especially when using integrated graphics.
  • Low Bit Depth Support: Improves performance with faster channel changes and reduced pixelation, particularly on extenders.
  • Color Space: Determines the black levels used for video output in WMC. Select Full for expanded blacks (0-255) or Limited for default video levels (16-235). Your display must also be configured to match this value.
  • Maximum Resolution: Sets a maximum vertical resolution, above which WMC will generate a warning concerning high resolution support. NOTE: In some cases, events such as turning on/off the TV/monitor or AVR, logging in via Remote Desktop, rebooting the computer or waking from sleep may force a change in output resolution, causing this value to be reset.
  • Allow WMC to Override Custom Display Settings: If checked, enables default behavior. If unchecked, registry key for display settings (bit depth and resolution) will be locked to prevent values from being overridden by WMC, which may generate high resolution warnings more frequently on displays with a resolution higher than 1080p.

Playback

  • Live TV Buffer¹: Amount of time to store the live TV buffer.
  • Instant Replay Interval: Amount of time to skip back when pressing the replay button.
  • Skip Ahead Interval: Amount of time to skip forward when pressing the skip button.
  • Fast Forward Rates¹: Rate of speed for each of the three fast forward levels.
  • Rewind Rates¹: Rate of speed for each of the three rewind levels.
  • Slow Motion Rate¹: Rate of speed for slow motion playback.
  • Weak Signal Threshold¹: Maximum percentage of dropped packets allowed in the video stream before a message indicating a weak TV signal is displayed. Higher values may prevent erroneous messages but could also result in dropped frames or other video artifacts if there is actually a signal strength problem.
  • Network Throttling²: Allows throttling of network performance when using multimedia applications in Windows, leading to potential packet loss on extenders.
  • CC Edge Color: Sets the text edge color of Closed Captioning.
  • CC Text Opacity: Sets the text opacity of Closed Captioning.
  • CC Background Opacity: Sets the background opacity of Closed Captioning.

Recording

  • WTV Filename Format: Sets the naming format for filenames of recorded TV shows. Valid options include any combination of the following: %Cs (channel callsign), %Ch (channel number), %Cn (channel name), %Ca (network affiliation), %Dt (local time formatted as yyyy_MM_dd_HH_mm_ss), %Do (original airdate formatted as yyyy_MM_dd_HH_mm_ss), %Et (episode title) and %T (program title). Separators such as dashes and underscores are also allowed.
[1] Setting also applies to extenders [2] Setting affects all multimedia applications in Windows
Graphical user interface of ModernMedia UI.