Customizing FREEVO

By Dave Salvator  |  Posted 2003-04-10 Print this article Print

The next chore is to edit the file to get Freevo to operate with your hardware and to tell it your local channel lineup. Also, its important to point to the directories you want it to scan to find video clips, audio files, and digital pictures. Open using gedit or your text editor of choice, and perform a text-string search for the following entry:
Here is where you set the directory you want this menu option to reference. In our case, our config file looks like this:
DIR_MOVIES = [ (Movies & Video, /media/video) ]
This tells Freevo that our movies are stored in the /media/video subdirectory, and to call it "Movies & Video in the user interface. If you want to have subdirectories within this subdirectory, Freevo will let you navigate through the directory tree to find video clips stored in different subdirectories. Next, do a text string search to find the following text to tweak the directory pointer for music:
In our config, we set it to point to /media/music:
DIR_AUDIO = [ (MP3 Music, /media/music) ]
And finally, perform a text string search to find the following text to tweak the directory pointer for digital pictures:
Our entry for this points to /media/digital_pics
DIR_IMAGES = [ (Digital Pics, /media/digital_pics) ]
Theres also a directory pointer for recorded TV clips, as well as games if you want to run the MAME emulator for playing old-school coin-op and console games. Well chose not to configure that for now and save it for Part 2, but the same convention we just showed above applies. Youll need to download xmame and game ROMs separately, however. We also wanted to tweak the onscreen display (OSD) controls, and adjust the pointer, because the one supplied in the initial setup is wrong. So make this change: OSD_DEFAULT_FONTNAME = usr/local/freevo/skin/bluebold.ttf Now, the all-important TV device setup, without which Freevo wont be able to use the TV tuner card. Youll want to verify the device name using dmesg. To run this command, bring up a command-prompt box (Red Hat Menu=>System Tools=>Terminal) and type "dmesg

Dave came to have his insatiable tech jones by way of music—,and because his parents wouldn't let him run away to join the circus. After a brief and ill-fated career in professional wrestling, Dave now covers audio, HDTV, and 3D graphics technologies at ExtremeTech.

Dave came to ExtremeTech as its first hire from Computer Gaming World, where he was Technical Director and Lead (okay, the only) Saxophonist for five years. While there, he and Loyd Case pioneered the area of testing 3D graphics using PC games. This culminated in 3D GameGauge, a suite of OpenGL and Direct3D game demo loops that CGW and other Ziff-Davis publications, such as PC Magazine, still use.

Dave has also helped guide Ziff-Davis benchmark development over the years, particularly on 3D WinBench and Audio WinBench. Before coming to CGW, Dave worked at ZD Labs for three years (now eTesting Labs) as a project leader, testing a wide variety of products, ranging from sound cards to servers and everything in between. He also developed both subjective and objective multimedia test methodologies, focusing on audio and digital video. Before all that he toured with a blues band for two years, notable gigs included opening for Mitch Ryder and appearing at the Detroit Blues Festival.


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