High Definition Multimedia Players

 

       Music Jukebox User Guide

        Based on V2.0.7 - 2 May 2012    

Updated 8 May 2012

   
   
   

 
 

 

 

 
 

 

Introducing the Mede8er Music Jukebox for X2 series

 

 
 

After the incredible success or the V2 Movie Jukebox the boys at Mede8er felt that it was time to offer a Music Jukebox that would work with multi-codec music collections and across home networks. We are proud to state that this dream has been achieved and we are sure that you will get much pleasure from this new functionality. As the Jukebox relies on the embedded Music files 'Tag' information and correct image sizing for its functionality, we feel that it is critical that you spend the time to correctly Tag your music collection. Please read this this User Guide for correct Music Jukebox operation.

 

X2 -- MED400X2 / MED450X2 / MED500X2

The latest Firmware can be found here

 

Demo Videos

Music Jukebox Demo

Saving Playlists Demo

 

Demo Collection (10sec / track)

You can download this Demo to check the Jukebox functionality (It is complete with music.db so no need to scan it - Just make a Favourite Link and make sure you turn the Jukebox View 'on'  in the Setup Menu)

Music_demo_final_28_feb2012

 

   

 
     
 

Music Jukebox Features

 

 
  Direct MP3 Scan  
  Supports mp3, OGG, Monkey's Audio, Flac, AAC, wma, m4a files when scanned with Tagscanner  
  Works on local drives and Network shares  
  Displays Tag information in the Music Player  
  Screensaver with Album Artwork  
  QPL (Quick Play List) Function  
  Make and Save Mede8er m3u Playlists on the GUI  
  Supports Playlist Creator 3 - 'Non extended information' m3u Playlists  
  Search Album Year  
  Search Artist by drop list or Text input  
  Search Genre  
  Search Track Keyword  
  Supports .cue files play function (Album based)  
  Large collections supported  +- 40 000 tracks  
 

Supports the Auto View function

 
 

Easy Drop List selection with Right / Left Nav Alpha Jump

 
 

Results filtered by Album or Title option

 
  Easy Setup for Multiple Music Jukeboxes  
  iTunes DRM m4a not supported  
 

WMA DRM and advanced profile not supported

 

  

  Basic MP3 direct Scanner Operation  
   

This is not a general scanner like the default Realtek included on the Home Page so note that the Music collection cannot be mixed with Video content so please separate these. Navigate to the root folder of your Music Collection and press the 'Menu' button and select the option 'Add to Favourites'. Press the 'Blue' button on the remote to go to the Favourite page. On the Favourite page select the Icon Shortcut of the Music Collection you just made and press the 'Menu' button and select the 'Scan Folder' Option - the firmware will automatically detect the music files and then scan all the MP3 tags and build a music.db (music database) file and save it to the root folder of your collection. All non MP3 tags will be ignored. Your Music Collection can be in a nested folder arrangement.

Approx scanning time =  48 sec /1000 tracks

 

 
  Multi Codec Scanner Operation    
   

 

 

 

 

 

This is not a general scanner like the default Realtek included on the Home Page so note that the Music collection cannot be mixed with Video content so please separate these.

 

A free Windows PC program called Tagscanner together with a special Mede8er Script Update script Sort Albums by Artist is used to scan the music collection and to export the Tag information to a file named TrackList.xml. Once you have installed Tagscanner then download the Mede8er Script and copy it to the 'Script' folder in Tagscanner ie C:\Program Files\tagscan5.1.610\scripts

 

If you cannot get Tagscanner to install for some reason you can try the Portable Version  Remember you still need to install the Mede8er Script.

 

Tagscanner User Manual by Narayan Aras

 

Once you have completed using Tagscanner to tag and arrange your music collection you must export the tag information to a file called Tracklist.xml. Go to 'List Maker' page in Tagscanner and select 'ALL' the files in your scanned collection and then select the Mede8er script on the right hand side and then select 'export' . The Tracklist.xml will be saved to the root of your Music Collection.  

 

In X2 GUI Navigate to the root folder of your Music Collection and press the 'Menu' Button and select the option 'Add to Favourites'. Press the Blue button on the remote to go to the Favourite page. On the Favourite page select the Icon Shortcut of the Music Collection you just made and press the 'Menu' button and select the 'Scan Folder' Option - the firmware will automatically detect the Tracklist.xml file and then scan it and build a music.db (music database) file and save it to the root folder of your collection. Your Music Collection can be in a nested folder arrangement.

Approx scanning time = 20 sec /1000 tracks

 

Tagscanner is a very powerful Music Tag editing program (the best in our opinion) written by Sergey Serkov and it will allow you to arrange/tag and clean up your music collection in order to get the best out of the Mede8er Jukebox. Sergey has put huge effort in developing and maintaining this program. We therefore strongly suggest you make some financial contribution for his efforts on the Tagscanner Website

 

 
  Root of Collection  
   

The 'Root' of the music collection is the folder that will be scanned and linked to the Favourites Page

The music collection 'Root' will contain the Tracklist.xml (if used), Music.db and m3u files eg

 

Music Collection     <------------------ Root Folder

Music Collection/Music Folder1

Music Collection/Music Folder2

Music Collection/Music Folder3

etc

Music Collection/TrackList.xml

Music Collection/Music.db

Music Collection/Playlist1.m3u

Music Collection/Playlist2.m3u

etc

       
  Tagscanner Screens  
  1  

Music Renamer -- Copy Music Tag info to Filename  

 

  2  

Tag Editor -- Edit the Music tag information

 

  3  

Tag Processor --

 

A)  Get Tag Data from Online Source 

B)  Generate Tag from Filename

C)  Tag Fields Mixer

D)  Text File to Tag

 

  4  

Export XML file

 

 

  Music Box Sets / Double Albums  
   

For Music Box Sets or Double Albums you have two options

 

a) Different 'Album' name for each CD (each CD in their own folder)  

 

b) Same 'Album' name for all tracks (tracks for all Albums in one folder)

   & insert a prefix in the 'Filename' for each CD

   eg 1- xxxxxx 2- xxxxx for the sorting order.

 

 
  Album Artist Field  
   

To avoid the database mixing up the same Album name by different Artists we suggest you use the 'AlbumArtist' tag Another advantage of using the 'Albumartist' tag is that the Artist will be displayed after the Album name on the 'All' page and any Album based page.     

 
  Mixed Artist in a Album  
   

For mixed Artists in a Album you must add 'Various' (or whatever name you want) to the 'AlbumArtist' tag for each track. If you do not then each Track will become a Album.

 

 
  Embedded Album Art  
   

IMPORTANT: If you are using embedded art it should be optimized otherwise the V2 GUI can be very slow.
We suggest you use Tagscanner
to Batch your collection

 

 

A) Open Tagscanner Setup and Select the TAG's option and change the settings as foll

 

1. Coverart Filename   ----->  folder

2. Custom size of covers  --------> 230 x230    Quality 85%

 

 

 

B) On the Tagscanner GUI select the custom image option and it will display 230x230(Custom)

 

C) Scan your collection with Tagscanner and select all the files and select 'Save' and Tagscanner will resize all the embedded images.

 

 

The preferred method is to use a image named folder.jpg in each folder. The folder.jpg will take priority over embedded art and will also show on the Screensaver.

 

Ideal image size is 230 x 230 pixels at 72 dpi in jpg format saved with compression setting of 85%.

 

a) For easy Batch processing we suggest a free program called Fastone Photo Resizer 

b) For normal image manipulation, correct aspect ratio cropping and resizing of the folder.jpg we suggest a free program called Photoscape  Photoscape demo

 

 

 
  Suggested 'Filename'  naming convention    
   

We suggest you use the following 'Filename' naming convention  (This is not compulsory but suggested)

 

a) Normal Albums

 

%track% - %title% 

 

b) Double Albums / Box Sets

 

1 - %track% - %title%

2 - %track% - %title%

 

You can use Tagscanner 'Music Renamer' function to do this. Note you must firstly make sure that all the Tag Info is updated and correct before you do the Filename renaming.

 

 
  Arranging your collection    
   

Your collection can be located on your local Hard Drive, USB Drive or Network Share. The advantage of using a Network share is that you can access one central collection with multiple Mede8er's thus making it ideal for a Multi-Room setup.

 

If you have a big music collection it makes sense to split it up into main categories. This gives you the advantage of being able to better manage your collection in smaller bits as you can still scan the total collection with the added advantage of separate separate shortcut links on the Favourite Page

 

So in this example you would have a main folder with sub folders

 

eg

Music Backup_all

Music Backup_all/Flac

Music Backup_all/Hits_etc

Music Backup_all/Music

 

You can make a Favourite shortcut link to each of these folders.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Favourite Links and Scanning    
   

Before you can 'Scan' a folder you must add it to the Favourite Page. Navigate to the Folder in the Media Library and focus on the folder you want to add and then press the 'Menu' button on the remote and select the option 'Add to Favourites'. The Favourite link will be created and if successful a confirmation 'tick' will be displayed top left of the screen. If you get a 'x' then it means the link already exists or the link cannot be made. 

 

Press the 'Blue' button on the remote to go to the Favourite Page. Focus on the Favourite Shortcut and press the 'menu' button and you see options

 

 
   
Scan Folder

- Scan the folder to make a Mede8er database (Music.db).

Remove - Remove the Favourite Link. This option just removes the link and does not delete the source files.
Genre - Change the default folder image into a Genre artwork image for the Favourite Link.
Lock - Lock the Favourite Link so that it is Pin Code Protected.
Unlock - Unlock a 'Locked' Favourite Link.

 
   

If you get a warning message "Set NAS to 'off' for Scan" then you must first switch 'off' the NAS function in the Setup Menu and then scan the collection.

 

 

 

 

Scan Folder

 

Genre Artwork for Favourite Shortcuts

 

Set NAS to 'off' for Scan

 

  Using the Music Jukebox  
 

1

Setup ------> Misc  ------> Set 'JukeBox View' to 'on'

AutoView - We suggest you set this to 'on' 

 

 

 

2

Select a Favourite Shortcut Icon and press 'Enter'  ------> the Music Database will be imported and opened. 

 

 

 

3

Press the 'Menu' button  

 

   

Search options

All - Display all Albums
Genre - Drop list of all Genre Tags in the Collection
Year - Drop list of all Years in the Collection
Album - Drop List of all Albums in the Collection
Artist - Drop List of all Track Artists in the Collection
Search Track

- Keyword Track search by text input on Virtual Keyboard / MEDX2KEY USB Wireless Keyboard

Search Genre - Genre Search by text input on Virtual Keyboard / MEDX2KEY USB Wireless Keyboard
Search Artist - Artist Search by text input on Virtual Keyboard / MEDX2KEY USB Wireless Keyboard
Search Album - Album and AlbumArtist Search by text input on Virtual Keyboard / MEDX2KEY USB Wireless Keyboard
Playlist - List of all Mede8er Playlists in the collection
 
 

4

Search Function 

 

   

In order to perform a 'Search' function from the 'menu' button you must exit the Music Player by

pressing the 'Return' button on the remote.

 

 

 

5

Alpha Jump   

 

   

To jump to a Alpha character in the Drop List  ie - Genre - Album - Artist

 

a) Use the 'ABC' buttons on the Remote

b) Use the Left Right Navigation buttons on the Remote 

 

 

 
 

6

Music Player Page Jump    

 

 

 

Use the Left Right Navigation buttons to jump to the next or previous page in the Music Player 

 

 

 
 

7

QPL  - Quick Play List   
   

The 'Quick Play List' is a easy way to group and play selected Albums or Tracks. The QPL is a one time play facility and will be automatically cancelled one you exit the Music Player. Focus on a Album or Track and press the 'Green' button on the Remote Control and the QPL icon will be added to the Album or Track. To remove a QPL just focus on the Album or Track and press the 'Green' button and the QPL icon will be removed.

 

Once you are happy with your QPL selection pres the 'Play' button and the QPL list will be loaded and you can now select the first track you want to play and the press 'Enter'.

 

 

 

8

Saved Playlists    
 

 

The 'Saved Play List' is a easy way to make a Playlist via the GUI and save it so that it can be played at any time.

 

Focus on a Album or Track in the order you want them saved and press the 'Green' button on the Remote Control and the QPL icon will be added to the Album or Track. To remove a QPL just focus on the Album or Track and press the 'Green' button and the QPL icon will be removed. 

 

Once you are happy with your Playlist selection press the 'Menu' button and the screen will open and you will see a option 'Save Playlist'. Select this option and a text dialogue screen will open allowing you to rename the Playlist. The Playlist will be saved to the 'Root' folder of your collection. 

 

To play a saved playlist press the 'Menu' button and select the Playlist option and all available Playlists will be listed.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

9

Making Mede8er compatible m3u Playlist with Playlist Creator 3      

 

 

 

Download and install Playlist Creator 3 

 

Setup

Extended Information -- Uncheck the option ' Write extended information'

Playlist Details -- Select 'Relative and 'Use Forward Slash instead of back slashes'

 

Make your Playlist and save it to the 'Root' folder of your Music Collection in m3u format.

 

 

 

10

Album Art on Music Jukebox Screensaver    
 

 

 

If you use a folder.jpg image in each folder with max size of 250 x 250 pixel (recommended size is 230 x 230 pixel) it will be used in the Screensaver together with Album Tag information. For normal image manipulation, correct aspect ratio cropping and resizing of the folder.jpg we suggest a free program called Photoscape 

Photoscape demo

 

 

11

Add to Jukebox    
   

MP3 scan only

The V2 Jukebox has a facility that enables you to add Albums to a pre scanned collection. If you are adding multiple Albums the easiest way would be to make a new folder with a date eg 'new_6March2012' and copy your new Albums into this folder. Now focus on the new folder 'new_6March2012' and press the 'Menu' button and select the option 'Add to Jukebox' . The new Albums will be added to the data base.

 

Tracklist.xml

For Tracklist.xml it is probably a lot easier to just do a rescan. For those who want the facility you can follow these instructions. Make a new folder eg 'new' and copy your new Albums into this folder. Open Tagscanner and browse to this folder 'new' and scan it and then export a Tracklist.xml. Now in the X2 Media Library navigate to the 'new' folder and focus on it then press the 'Menu' button and select the option 'Add to Jukebox' . The new Albums will be added to the data base. Now copy the contents of the folder 'new' to the root folder.

 

 
 

12

Music Fan Art    

 

    Make a Fan Art image 1280 x 720 pixels in jpg format called 'fanart.jpg' and copy it to a Album folder. The image will then be automatically used as the backdrop when playing the Album.  
       
 

13

Shuffle / Random Play  
       

 

 

 

Next/Previous Track function is supported in Shuffle/Random Play mode in the Music Jukebox but you cannot use Shuffle/Random Play and then try to select some other track to play as it is Data Base driven and the Tag Info will go out of sequence. If you want to play some other track when in Shuffle/Random Play mode then you must firstly select the 'All' mode on the Repeat button and then select the Track. Also if you want to change back to Shuffle/Random Play mode you need to start at Track1 and then select it.

 

 

 

 

 

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