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Media NAS / Servers - 2-way Control4 Driver Setup Info

Author: administrator account Reference Number: AA-00228 Views: 27869 Created: 2013-05-15 01:57 Last Updated: 2016-04-20 14:15 50 Rating/ 2 Voters

Introduction

This document reviews the procedure for setting up 2-way movie metadata communications & feedback between a supported VidaBox Media System & a Control4 controller.  It is also a supplemental to REPLACE pages 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 of the "Extra Vegetables My Movies Driver" PDF, and also help clarify any inconsistencies shown in the documentation.

Applies to

This article is applicable for supported Media Systems as listed here:

Part 1 : Initial Setup

A. Please have the following ready:

  • VGA or DVI monitor
  • USB Keyboard
  • USB Mouse

These will need to be connected into the unit for initial configuration, and if you need help, we can remotely login and walk through the setup!

B. Make sure "Sheet B" of the instructions is complete.

C. After "Sheet B" is followed and the software is licensed and set up, proceed to archive the first DVD / Blu-ray onto the system.  After the disc archival is completed, then please proceed below. 

Part 2 : Setup - VidaBox Media System-to-Control4 2-way Metadata Driver


For 2-way Control4 communications, the VidaBox Media System uses the Extra Vegetables' My Movies Collection Management driver. First, download this driver and review the documentation here:

IMPORTANT: It is NOT the "VidaBox" driver from Extra Vegetables. Use the "My Movies Collection Management" driver, as linked above.
Our "Drop-n-Rip Archiving" software is simply an OEM / customized version of "My Movies Collection Management"

IMPORTANT: You MUST register / log in at Extra Vegetables to download these drivers + PDF documents. Registration is free and will also allow you to access Extra Vegetables' Support!




Next, check your emails for the assigned C4 Key(s) for activating the "My Movies" 2-way integration driver. (It is a long series of numbers and letters.)
IMPORTANT: This key is emailed to you, and may be on the PAID copy of your invoice.


Next, reviewing the Extra Vegetables documentation to complete the C4 requirements.  However, note the following Page replacements below:

Replacement Pages for Extra Vegetables Documentation

Please note the following page replacements / clarifications versus the Extra Vegetables Documentation:

Replacement Page 5 

"Purchasing My Movies"

  • Purchasing My Movies IS NOT NECESSARY.  Every VidaBox system sold is FULLY LICENSED and REQUIRES NO ADDITIONAL PURCHASES for it to work when you purchase the Control4 driver package together with your system.

"My Movies Version Numbers Supported" / "Drop-n-Rip Archiving Version Numbers Supported"

//end of replacement Page 5


Replacement Pages 6 & 7

"Configuring My Movies"

  • The system is already preconfigured for Optimal performance with the Control4 driver.  No changes need to be made.

//end of replacement pages 6 & 7


Replacement Page 8

"Remote Control Server"

  • In order for the integration to work, we need to get the "API Key" is needed.  (You'll need to connect a keyboard/mouse/monitor to the system first.)  Follow these steps to obtain this key during the initial setup:
  • Double-click on DASHBOARD on the desktop




  • Click on Drop-n-Rip Archiving Tab



  • Click on SETTINGS on the right hand side



  • On the pop-up, click on REMOTE CONTROL SERVER



  • You'll then see the (5) digit / character API Key above. You can use this key, as-is, or press CHANGE to change it to another randomized key.

//end of replacement page 8


Replacement Page 9

Additional Set up for Dune Players

  • Follow "Sheet C" of the included instructions - it contains information needed for the metadata / cover art to appear on the Dune HD's TV interface. 

Scanning Current Content

  • By this point, the first Blu-ray/DVD should have completed archiving.
    • If so, proceed below.
    • If not, wait until the first disc is archived, then proceed below.
  • Once the disc is archived, proceed with Page 10 on the Extra Vegetables' PDF documentation to complete driver setup.

//end of replacement page 9

  • Part 2 is now complete. After archiving your first movie, you should see metadata appear on your Control4 interface.

Part 3 : Setup - Dune HD-to-Control4 Driver

To support playback, use Dune HD Media Players.
For 2-way Control4 communications, the VidaBox Media System uses the Extra Vegetables' Dune HD Media Player driver.

First, download this driver and review its documentation here:

IMPORTANT: Please check your emails for the assigned C4 Key(s) for activating the "Dune HD" integration driver. (It is a long series of numbers and letters.)
This key is emailed to you, and may be on the PAID copy of your invoice.

Side note: If you wish to use another 3rd party media player, such as Popcorn Hour / Popbox units, VidaBox will not be able to provide any direct support for these units. All questions must be referred back to the vendor of the respective devices.  For more details / to buy the PCH drivers, see here:

For Additional Support

For further assistance on all of these Control4 drivers, please contact Extra Vegetables here:
http://extravegetables.com/helpdesk/

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