I’ve got a cool idea and I need your help

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.

18 Comments

  1. I like this Idea. BTW, I use Vplayer. Also, it would be great if you add an offline sync for network-located files.
    Thanks a lot! 🙂

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    • Cool!

      Offline sync for network files?

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      • Yes, the ability to select a movie or a tv show (maybe an entire season) located on a network shared folder to be cached locally on the android device without having to perform a manual file copy etc.

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        • It’s definitely possible, but I think the file transfer would be very slow, so I’m not sure if anyone would actually want to use it.

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  2. Sounds great, go for it. I personally use Dice Player and MX Player which are the best in my opinion.

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  3. BS Player (not the free edition), is the one i have got the best experience with.

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  4. I also use Vplayer as well for my media files. Id agree with Sofiane a offline pin system like the google apps for off network would be awesome.

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  5. I use MX Player….. It seems to be the best I’ve used. But, I still can’t seem to get network files to play. IS IT JUST ME when I think that NETWORK SUPPORT should be the NUMBER ONE PRIORITY for Mizuu. PLEASE MAKE THAT FUNCTION WORKABLE!!!!! Then make it “pretty.”

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    • Jim, it’s working for almost everyone I’ve talked to. You haven’t told me about your experiences, so I just assumed that it was working for you or that you hadn’t tried it yet. Send me an e-mail of what you’ve tried, and I’ll help you get there.

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  6. Sounds good. I use aVia player on my Logitech Revue and MX Player on my Nexus 7.

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  7. Nothing but MX Player Michell.

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  8. MX Player

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  9. Great idea.
    MX Player, DICE Player, BS Player.

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  10. The MX Player is very nice!

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  11. I’m mostly using Dice player or MX Player, and from time to time I use BS Player. And I fully support your idea 🙂

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  12. vlc player

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  13. Mx Player.

    I’d like to see this. It’s very similar to xbmc, It would be a nice addition though. Especially when pause is pressed.

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