Best way to control CyberLink PowerDVD by Neeo

I am running an HTPC with powerdvd 17 and would love to control the Software by Neeo.

So far the solutions i ran into are the following:

 

FLIRC

FLIRC is an universal IR receiver that connects to the HTPC by USB and mimics a keyboard.

There is a detailed manual on what FLIRC is and how it works: FLIRC MANUAL

Some of the users of planet Neeo (also Andy ) already use FLIRC. There are some preinstalled profiles to choose from. For example a standard "Media Player".

However there is no preset for powerdvd in the GUI of FLIRC nor do we have a related driver in the Neeo library.

I also understand that FLIRC can be used in a generic keyboard mode (advanced pairing) to overcome the lack off a preset. This mode can be used to translate any IR signal to a  keyboard press.

In the manual for advanced pairing they state: "Then, email us or start a forum thread and share what you've found. We'll bring official support for your device or application into the GUI."

So to get most from this solution 2 things would need to be done.

  1.     Create a FLIRC profile with all the hotkeys for powerdvd
  2.     Create a Neeo driver with all the commands from the hotkey table

I have also attached a table with all the hotkeys for powerdvd as pdf.

 

In addition to the table i would love to have one additional Command for starting powerdvd. I could then start powerdvd through a keyboard combination that executes the Programm (additional software e.g. "Hot Keyboard" would be needed)

Also i found that one crutial command is not available with my version of powerdvd 17 or higher.

Crtl+X      Close/shut down CyberLink PowerDVD programm

However the Programm could be closed by Alt+F4.

 

PowerDVD Remote App

Get access to the protocoll used by the powerdvd remote app.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cyberlink.remotecontrol_free

I was not able to find an API for this protocoll but maybe someone from Neeo could get n touch with them.

This is my personal preference, as the software would be controlled over IP and most of the controlls needed are supported through the app.

 

What do you think would be the most reliable way to control powerdvd (with all the specific commands)?

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  • Hi Andy ,

    i have contacted FLIRC and was told that a preset for PowerDVD will be added to the GUI.

    Can you please prepare a corresponding driver and contact Jason from FLIRC? So he could integrate the IR codes directly into the software of FLIRC. In this way you would not have to train the IR codes during the setup of FLIRC.

    You can contact Jason via this e-mail address: support@flirc.zendesk.com

    I have told him about this thread.

    BTW: I think that if NEEO teamed up with FLIRC, there could be a few more great drivers.

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  • I don‘t know if this works with the current version of power dvd, but I used always Eventghost fo this scenario, no need to use IR or FLIRC.

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      • Markus M
      • Markus_M
      • 1 yr ago
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      Fonzo 

      Thank you for contributing another way to control PowerDVD.

      Can you please explain in more detail how this is supposed to work?

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      • Fonzo
      • Fonzo
      • 1 yr ago
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      Markus M In Eventghost you define an input trigger and and output event. For Power DVD there was a eventghost plugin available, but i don‘t know if this works with the current version of power dvd. Normally a HTPC has a IR Input for the MCE Remote. So you would take MCE Remote as Input and as Event power dvd plugin. If the plugin doesn’t work just launch the power dvd app from event ghost and set the keystrokes from your list to every command send from NEEO.

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      • Markus M
      • Markus_M
      • 1 yr ago
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      Fonzo Thank for the explanation. Unfortunately my HTPC has no IR built in. 

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      • Fonzo
      • Fonzo
      • 1 yr ago
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      Markus M Ok if you don‘t have IR Input you could use forward action from NEEO to your HTPC, then no IR is necessary. I myself use foward action from NEEO to IP-Symcon. IP-Symcon is connected to Event Ghost as described here. Advantage is you don’t need your HTPC in sight of the NEEO brain because the command to power dvd are  send via network and forward action and not via IR signal. You could control in this way every HTPC in your house without line of sight to the NEEO brain.

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  • Fonzo I already placed an order for a flirc before your first comment.

    Fonzo said:
    you could use forward action from NEEO to your HTPC, then no IR is necessary

    That means that I still need a driver that contains all commands. So i have to ask Andy either way to write a driver.

    I think the method of using FLIRC is the most convenient (for me) because no other coding/ setup will be required.

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      • Fonzo
      • Fonzo
      • 1 yr ago
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      Markus M I hope for you that this can then be used quickly via flirc. If that works, it's definitely the simplest plug & play solution.

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      • Andy
      • Andy
      • 1 yr ago
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      Markus M Fonzo

      I'm afraid we cannot write a driver for this. For FLIRC, there are the commands available on NEEO. But that's all. There is simply no source for more commands. Most of the advanced FLIRC codes are generic and not assigned to a specific command by default.

      You can configure the FLIRC dongle via computer to execute more commands. You can tell the FLIRC dongle which IR command executes what. This way you can fully control the commands with NEEO, even if we are not offering these commands. You could e.g. teach the FLIRC our MCE Keyboard commands. But all of this would just work for you.

      Also, if you buy an RC6 MCE dongle/remote instead of the FLIRC, you can use Keyboard commands out of the box with NEEO. There we are already offering these commands.

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      • Markus M
      • Markus_M
      • 1 yr ago
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      Hi Andy 

      PowerDVD offers different options/ commands than MCE. So the already existing driver for FLIRC do not cover the commands I would love to have.

      As you said FLIRC can learn IR codes. What I need is a driver for NEEO that contains all the commands from the list above. And I think for the codes you can a) contact Jason and agree on IR codes or b) you can generate some random IR codes which than have to be learned by FLIRC. 

      Don't you think this is possible? 

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      • Andy
      • Andy
      • 1 yr ago
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      Markus M Fonzo

      If in anyway possible, our IR drivers should always work out of the box without any further knowledge. To tell the customers that they have to buy a FLIRC dongle, explain them how to teach the commands, or where to download the prepared config file and load it into the FLIRC, etc would be too much. I'm sorry! Because of this, everybody needs to do this individually. Depending on what commands you need, I would recommend to teach it one of the following NEEO drivers: 

      Microsoft MCE Media Center (Advanced)

      Contains mostly Media Player and navigation commands. Still, you would have a nice interface with transport buttons and correct names for shortcuts.

      Microsoft MCE Media Center (Keyboard)

      This set also contains much more advanced, full keyboard commands. 

      Hope this helps! And thanks for understanding why we cannot offer such a driver.

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      • Markus M
      • Markus_M
      • 1 yr ago
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      Andy Thank you.

      I understand your concers about the individual setup.

      First of all i am looking forward to the FLIRC preset for PowerDVD. I will than use the drivers you mentioned to get some andvanced functionality.

      And for the future im looking forward to fully customizable Neeo drivers...

      e.g. adding and renaming buttons, entering and/ or learning custom IR codes

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