Little something I’ve been working on…

Thought I’d post a little tour down movie sheet lane on WDLXTV-Live I shot last night, in case you haven’t already seen it. The code works fairly well and is currently under beta testing, it will be ready for the public soon. The theme is by PsychoTHC.

There are three modes:

  • sheet – 1280×459 banner

  • wall – 500×720 wall
  • std – 1280×720 full screen sheet

I go through them in the video in that order, then reverse when I change listing format. Enjoy :D

Now would be a good time to hunt down some excellent movie sheet generating software. :) Thanks go out to Titi for providing the Movie sheet templates, which only required a slight amount of tweaking to work on the Live…and again to Titi for getting the ball rolling in the first place, without his jumpstart my code my code would’ve sat neglected–yet almost there.

For more information visit:

Oliver Montero
March 25th, 2010 08:24


Can’t wait to try it!!!!

March 25th, 2010 09:16

…can’t wait too! (;

what about network drives. will “movies on an NAS Server” be supported without having a copy of the sheets on an USB pen?
That would be great!!!!

<<< edit: affirmitve, although they don’t work 100% for some reason through ‘Network shares’. Even using the same test set. Anything you xmount will work like local though. –b-rad >>>

March 25th, 2010 15:55

Good news !!

Their are some issues with psychothc_mod_05_4.osd.bin, WDLXTV_LIVE- and

If all works together is excellent ! (for the moment my solution to have all working is to use psychothc_mod_05_3.osd.bin instead of the last revision).

Where are we going to tune the MSheet application? In the S00custom-options ??

Thanks for your good work B-RAD

March 25th, 2010 19:22

darn! this negates my buying an ASIRE REVO R3610 HTPC last week and installing XBMC on it :(

curse you B-Rad, why must you make the WD TV LIVE so desirable again?! :)

March 26th, 2010 04:14


Go a wd tv live this week and canno wait for his to be working – I have been looking around the “tinterweb” and seen the great movie viewing stuff (backdrops) and didnt realise it wouldnt work ion the live. Do you know when it is ready ?? :)

March 26th, 2010 04:52

looks great, finally got NFS working on WHS last night, so really looking forward to this update.

Any rough timescales ?


March 26th, 2010 14:44

any chance to get it working with full 1920×1080 sheets?

<<< edit: the OSD is 720p, you can try and supply 1080p sheets and maybe they’ll appear clearer. –b-rad >>>

March 27th, 2010 00:07

Looks legend! Sheets at last

March 27th, 2010 01:27

Quiiiiiiiiick!!! :-)

March 27th, 2010 16:38

I never did own the orig wdtv so never seen the
movie sheet thing. Guess I have seen it now
given the vid you posted.

Sounds Interesting, Downloaded the Movie Sheet Maker and played..

I was just happy having wdtvlive = my 1st ever
standalone thing bought that plays HD content..

March 27th, 2010 21:15

movie sheet support will be intergrated into your firmware? seriously. been trying to get msheets working for over a month. OMG! my wife will be sooooo happy. please tell me this will work with my Gen2. I am currently using your firmware and love it. any thoughts on release times? I can beta test!

March 28th, 2010 00:25

This is awsome!

Do you know when that release may be available? Can’t wait trying it.


March 28th, 2010 16:07

1) You mention that the themes need a little tweaking to work on the Live. If we start generating movie sheets now. Is there anything special we need to do to them?
2) Also, as superherodad mentioned. Will support be ‘built-in’ to your code, or will we need to do something further to get it working other than copying the movie sheets into the folders?
3) At the moment, I am using my computer as a server for the WDTV Live streaming from my externals. You mentioned ‘mounting’ the drives. Is that pretty straight forward and easily accomplished through your code?
4) Lastly, I have not patched my WDTV yet, and will probably wait until this is available. It sounds like all I need is a USB stick to do that, correct?
Thanks for your time!

<<< edit: Ask on the wdlxtv forums, much detail there. –b-rad >>>

March 28th, 2010 18:49

Just picked up a WDTV Live the other night. Anxiously awaiting movie sheet integration before I upgrade the firmware.


March 29th, 2010 11:49

I give a guess that the “play from usb dvdr” stored
avi`s, mkv`s etc issue will never be solved!!

Guess I got used 2 copy stuff I want to watch =
from dvdr`s copy over via LAN to wdtvlive.

Maybe store stuff dvdr is old fashoined nowerdayz :(

wintvlives lan

<<< edit: My optical drive kicked the bucket. Its a bit hard for me program something which i don’t own, not to mention the motivation of working on something that doesn’t apply to me anymore. I’ve said many times, IF an external usb optical drive finds its way into my hands, then I’ll work on it. Plus anyways there is optical drive support in UMSP which is built in. –b-rad >>>

March 30th, 2010 01:36

what’s the easiest (windows / DOS) way to move each .MKV file into it’s own ‘same as the filename’ directory please?

Thank you.

<<< edit: learn to program? –b-rad >>>

March 30th, 2010 02:52

Dude, I can’t wait! Soon as I get my home theater polished off here w/ the MSheets final touches, I’m slipping you and Titi some keg moneys!

Oh, and where did you get that sick stage curtain background?

March 30th, 2010 03:54

Well I have an extra external USB optical drive that I’ll gladly send your way b-rad. I’m pretty sure it’s a DVD burner but at the minimum it’s a CD-RW and DVD-ROM. While a “play from DVD” feature doesn’t interest me in the least (seems like a step backwards tbh) I’d still donate the drive for the community and as a thanks for all you’ve done. I’m very excited about the movie sheets on WDTVLive too, I was actually regretting not getting a WDTV over the past few months for that exact reason.

March 30th, 2010 07:23

Umm why would you delete my comment and offer? I couldn’t care less whether you want the drive or not, like I said I think playing from DVD is a step backwards anyway, just wondering why you would delete the comment within a couple hours of it being posted.

<<< edit: exsqueeze me for not moderating comments non-stop 247365 ;) –b-rad >>>

March 31st, 2010 16:35

I have tried to get Msheet’s working with WDTV Live and only got it work in the Wall mode.

So I am looking forward to your release.

Any idea of when you will be releasing it?

It will be a great addition to the software and I really appreciate the time you are taking to do this!!!

March 31st, 2010 20:02

Gizmomelb ,

Create a batch file (movemkv.cmd) in the directory where your .mkv movies are.

Copy this into the batch file:

FOR /F “delims==” %%a IN (‘”dir *.mkv /b”‘) DO (md “%%a.dir” & move “%%a” “%%a.dir” & rename “%%a.dir” “%%a”)

Save it then run it.

Do this at your own risk as I take no responsabilty. I suggest you make a test directory with some small or fake mkv files first and see if this works for you.

March 31st, 2010 23:22

I have a question wdtv is constantly reset. I wonder Is there a setting I need to do in the config file

<<< edit: No clue. Ask on the wdlxtv forums. –b-rad >>>

April 1st, 2010 05:01


thank you very much for your help.

Achim Becker
April 1st, 2010 06:05

Why do you wnat to move your mkv’s to a directory of its own, is this necessary to use the movie sheets?

<<< edit: I’d rather have one dir per movie instead of one dir with 6X the files littering it up. Its up to you. –b-rad >>>

April 2nd, 2010 12:09

What music is playing in the video, its greeaaaat!

<<< edit: Its off a rare cd titled Gas off the em:t label, one of my prized possessions ;) –b-rad >>>

April 3rd, 2010 23:41

Thanks for the video. I was looking to find out what each of the modes were and your video showed me ! Giddy Up !

April 14th, 2010 05:49

Internet mp3 media streaming?

Is there a way to connect and play an internet mp3 media streams in WDTV-LIVE?


like an “add media server” function?

<<< edit: You can in the latest beta via custom UMSP channels, which you’ll find here. –b-rad >>>

April 22nd, 2010 09:57

Ok This looks great wherte can I download it?

<<< edit: –b-rad >>>

May 2nd, 2010 10:02

This looks great!! I’ve installed WDLXTV_LIVE- firmware, updated the WDTV Live with S00custom-options set to allow movie sheets, created all my movie sheets using a number of different generators (thumb gen and TVIXie better ones) and renamed and organised the files on my WD USB HDD (as per B-RADs demo folders which I downloaded) but no joy!?! Have I forgotten to do something?

<<< edit: debug your issues here: –b-rad >>>