So, one of the great things about Mizuu is its ability to make you forget about boring file names and focus on stuff like the actual movie or episode names. This – among other things – is what makes media center software great, and I’d like to attempt to make the full experience even better in Mizuu.
Currently, the way it works is that you launch Mizuu, look through your collection and then choose a video to play – after that, the job is being handed over to the video player you’ve selected, and all the great information is gone: You’re left with the file name again.
In Android, it’s possible to add additional meta data to these kinds of “jobs”, i.e. playing a video. The most essential piece of meta data is the actual location of the video file, but the jobs – so called Intents – can include much more than that. This means that Mizuu could essentially tell video players about the video file they’re about to play, i.e. the title, plot, release year and even a path to the cover file. Some video players – like MX Player – already supports a very basic implementation of this by supporting titles, but it could get a lot better.
As I’m sure you can imagine, this could lead to a much richer experience for users. This kind of information could be overlayed on top of the video playback if the user taps on the screen, or there could be an info option or something similar that could show the detailed information.
I’d like to contact the developers behind some of the most popular video players about this idea, and I’d love to get some help in that aspect.
I’d really appreciate it if you could tell me which video player(s) you’re using, and perhaps also let me (and the other devs) know what you think of this idea. Like I said, I’ll be contacting the developers of the video players about this, but I reckon that it’d be even better if you – the users – could also contact the developers about it, and possibly link to this post that explains the idea.
TL;DR: Help me make your experience better by letting me know which video players you’re using.
Update: I’ve contacted the developers of all mentioned video players now, and will await their replies.