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MPAA Colors Ratings


These MPAA ratings videos mimic the style that has been used by the MPAA since the early 1980's, featuring a colored background that makes it easy to identify the rating of the film. The files marked with (3DSBS) are 3D Side-by-side versions of the rating cards, for your 3D movies.

The following ratings are included in this set:

  • G: All ages admitted.
  • PG: Parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.
  • PG-13: Parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.
  • R: Restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.
  • NC-17: No one 17 and under admitted.
  • NR: This film has not yet been rated.

 


 

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How do you install these so that CinemaVision can randomly select them without losing other styles?  CV only shows "Classic" when I click on ratings style.  I moved  the directory over directly as it was labeled.  The same problems occurs with Retro and Vintage.  CV only sees "Classic" and that's not the CV pack labeled classic but the MPAA basic directory CV unpacked that I put Blue version stills in.

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Nevermind.  I figured it out.  The style directories go inside the MPAA directory. 

 

I've noticed that Kodi (for some reason) will not let the video MPAA ratings "finish" (it cuts them off before they fully fade out).  I've noticed this with other video shorts as well.  The sound in Kodi also fails to kick in fast enough for the first word in some short videos at the start end as well (this on FireTV 4K units).  That seems to be a bigger problem with these "short" bumpers than with say a full movie (that often has a long leader and is normally ended before the credits finish).  I had to move back to an older (Isengard) version of Kodi as well since the newer ones won't play some of my movies smoothly anymore for some odd reason (something changed in the engine) so even if Kodi fixes the behavior, I probably won't ever see it (I can't have 1/5 my movies not playing and Team Kodi are almost 100% unresponsive to bug reports, etc.). 

If I use image based MPAA ratings, it's not an issue (picture viewer versus video I guess).  I don't suppose we could see some image based ratings packs instead of the movie ones?  I see no visible difference other than Kodi cutting out the end of the video before it fully fades out.

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44 minutes ago, VonMagnum said:

How do you install these so that CinemaVision can randomly select them without losing other styles?  CV only shows "Classic" when I click on ratings style.  I moved  the directory over directly as it was labeled.  The same problems occurs with Retro and Vintage.  CV only sees "Classic" and that's not the CV pack labeled classic but the MPAA basic directory CV unpacked that I put Blue version stills in.

If you extract the archive to your %CVROOT%\Ratings Bumpers\MPAA directory, it should extract the files in the appropriate directory. When you extract all the MPAA packs, for example, you should see:

%CVROOT%\Ratings Bumpers\MPAA\Classic
%CVROOT%\Ratings Bumpers\MPAA\Colors
%CVROOT%\Ratings Bumpers\MPAA\Retro
%CVROOT%\Ratings Bumpers\MPAA\Vintage

The Ratings Bumper movies should be under their respective Style directory. Once you have everything extracted, you'll want to go into your CinemaVision Add-on Settings and set the Styles to use. By default, it's set to random. You'll find those settings under the Feature menu item.

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Macs don't extract "to" directories very easily (it's not like WinZip).  You typically extract and then MOVE things if that's the case.  As I said in my edit above, the problem was that they go inside the MPAA directory not alongside it. 

Meanwhile, as discussed in the edit above, I'm creating image versions of the MPAA ratings bumpers (VLC snapshot and save) as Kodi insists on stopping the video playback before the rating is fully faded out (Image display version doesn't have this issue and I doubt Kodi will fix the behavior any time soon or ever plus newer Kodi versions already bungle playback of some of my movies that played fine in 15.2 Isengard (no idea what they did to the engine to screw playback up, but it doesn't like Apple encoded movies very much anymore).

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25 minutes ago, VonMagnum said:

Macs don't extract "to" directories very easily (it's not like WinZip).  You typically extract and then MOVE things if that's the case.  As I said in my edit above, the problem was that they go inside the MPAA directory not alongside it. 

Meanwhile, as discussed in the edit above, I'm creating image versions of the MPAA ratings bumpers (VLC snapshot and save) as Kodi insists on stopping the video playback before the rating is fully faded out (Image display version doesn't have this issue and I doubt Kodi will fix the behavior any time soon or ever plus newer Kodi versions already bungle playback of some of my movies that played fine in 15.2 Isengard (no idea what they did to the engine to screw playback up, but it doesn't like Apple encoded movies very much anymore).

You know, I had no idea Macs treated archives differently. That's good to know. :) I have the template for all of the ratings bumpers if you'd rather I make you PNGs. Not sure why the playback is derpy, I haven't ever seen that myself, or heard that from users. I wonder if it's something with the refresh rate of those videos versus your specific setup.

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7 minutes ago, Ragnarok said:

You know, I had no idea Macs treated archives differently. That's good to know. :) I have the template for all of the ratings bumpers if you'd rather I make you PNGs. Not sure why the playback is derpy, I haven't ever seen that myself, or heard that from users. I wonder if it's something with the refresh rate of those videos versus your specific setup.

There may be a way to specify where it extracts that i don't know about, but there's no interface to the Unzip program that comes with a Mac.  If you double click on a zip file, it just extracts where it's at.  I do know that it also doesn't compress in a version PCs like either (I had to get a separate program to make fully PC compatible Zip files in order to edit Kodi skins and zip them back up again). 

VLC had the option for PNG in it.  I did notice that the 3D videos ratings seemed to have some kind of distortion in the right channel.  I'm not sure if that was intentional or not (letters appeared to bend as it played).  I don't have a 3D projector to test it yet (will be ordering a 1080p 3D one in the next month or so to replace my aging Panasonic 720P model).

It could be the refresh rate.  My Panasonic plasma (living room system) can adjust its refresh rate so I could try it and see what happens, I suppose.

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I tried setting Kodi to sync to display refresh and also change display refresh to match the movie.  Both seem functional here, but neither would let those animations play until they fully faded out to black (always stops them about 3/4 dark and moves on, which is par for the course for other movies that don't have a bit of lead out on them.  For example, I have some various snickers commercials that end with "Get some nuts!" or something like that and it will cut out "uts" on some of them in the audio (depends on how long it goes after he finishes saying that).  No setting I could find would change how Kodi played it back. 

Maybe it has to do with streaming content (from my Mac server) or even FireTV rather than local (hard drive) content as I just tried playing one of those ratings video from my Mac server running Kodi Isengard and it played until it blacked out here and I selected the SMB interface rather than local file drive.  Either that or external hardware (HDMI switch box with optical output port that I use in that room with an older Technics Surround unit since my preamp is a high-end analog only one and that allowed me to add surround sound to my high-end stereo system without interfering with stereo playback and/or fully analog sources (i.e. my turntable plugs straight in; even the volume dial is powered with a motor for remote control rather than digital volume).  The only way I could test that is to plug it straight into the TV bypassing the switcher unit.  Maybe I'll try that later.  But I would tend to think even if there were a delay, the delay would be constant (i.e. if the playback suddenly ended, the lack of output would also be delayed allowing it to finish).  I know the Technics decoder delays start of audio sometimes (it's a late 1990s unit so it's pretty slow to lock signal), but that shouldn't affect the HDMI output that doesn't use it going to the TV and audio doesn't mean video. Whatever it is, it's clearly a problem with my particular hardware for some reason. 

As long as CinemaVision updates continue to work with Isengard, I'll manage (Krypton broke something with playback of some of my movies and Team Kodi doesn't seem interested in bug reports these days, at least from me).  I had to go back to Isengard or maybe 60-100 out of 600 movies no longer play (stutter/stuck).  They all worked fine in Isengard (and do again once I reinstalled).  Those were Apple sourced so I don't know if FFMpeg or something in Kodi doesn't like Apple codecs or it just doesn't do error handling as well (many will work if I delete subtitles or closed caption files; Top Gun needed its stereo track deleted; oddly redownloading it and reinserting a copy of the stereo track didn't break it so it looks like something was wrong with the stereo track and yet my Mac, older AppleTV and Isengard Kodi play it just fine.  It's very strange.

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