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Thanks for joining the conversation! Why not introduce yourself here? Tell us a little bit about who you are, what you do, what your setup looks like, or anything you feel comfortable sharing!

I'll start us off.

I'm Scott. I used XBMC back on the original XBOX, and didn't really pick it back up until I installed it on a computer I used as my HTPC some time in 2012. In January of 2013, I found Cinema Experience and decided it was the coolest thing ever. I went hunting for content all over the internet and found a few people who were making or had made trivia slides for Home Theaters, but some of those slides had errors, and all of them had older data. After PMs went unanswered, I decided to learn Photoshop and start making slides of my own and share them with the community. In February of 2013, I released the first Classic sets, and I've been addicted ever since. I decided that I wanted to create a single website where all of my content lived, so that members of the community didn't have to search through endless threads to get the content they wanted to use.

After fighting through numerous server and host issues that I won't bore you with here, I started taking donations from the community to help offset the cost of hosting and storage. I hooked up with gamephoenix, and we combined our efforts to create a single website to house both my content, and his. That website evolved into a subscription based model, which was to be used for our joint project, dubbed CinemaVision, and for helping out other projects around the community.

Circo from EmuMovies ran across the CinemaVision website and decided he had to be a part of what we were doing, and help us take it to the next level. With the contributions from members of the community, and contributions out of our personal pockets, we've been able to do just that. In addition to having more resources to develop content, we also were able to hire a very good developer that's a current member of Team Kodi. I'm very proud of the work we're doing here, and hope that the community grows exponentially with like-minded folks who want to see some really cool things happening with Kodi and any other platforms that want to be involved!

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I'm Matt. I run a small media production company in the midwest US.  I've been cutting trailers and other content for my movie nights for a long time. 

I built a house a few years ago and built a media room.  I used popcorn hour for a long time to display my media, but when I discovered CE I knew that I had to transitioned to a kodi based system.  I only used it for a short period of time before realizing that it was no longer being developed.  When I discovered CinemaVision I got that same excitement as the first time I saw CE.

I can't wait to see the add-on released and to come up with new ways to improve my movie watching experience.

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I'm Jeff. I decided to "cut the cord" and get rid of cable back around 2009 or 2010. That naturally led me to the joy of HTPCs. I stumbled upon AVSforum and found others who shared my love for trying to perfectly recreate that movie theater experience in our own homes. I started running the Home Theater Experience script in XBMC. That evolved into Cinema Experience when Giftie took over. But ever since migrating to Kodi, and perhaps even a bit before, Cinema Experience stopped working properly on my system. I had set up a separate install of XBMC Frodo on my machine just to be able to still enjoy movie night. I am thankful for the work that the team has done so far. The UI is so much more intuitive and user-friendly than HTE or CE ever was. The ability to see the visually see the timeline and sequence of videos is a huge improvement. So glad to be a part of this community. Keep up the great work!

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GamePhoenix here, some of you might recognize me from the AVS Forum. I used to make slides under the name HT SlideVision. I was originally inspired after seeing all the works people had created in AVS and decided I’d have a go at it. About 2 years after starting I ran across Ragnarok, who proposed a partnership. Since then we’ve been working together to generate content and figure out how to bring the community together.

 

I currently don’t use Kodi for Home Theater as I have a pre HDMI 1080i 55” TV. I put together my own pre-shows using a USB stick and a BD player. Right now I’m In the begging process of learning Kodi and the CinemaVision add-on so I can help support it as needed.

 

I live in the mid-west have 2 daughters 20 and 15 years of age. I work in IT and am a Home Theater enthusiast. My role in CinemaVision up to this point has been mainly as a slide developer but I hope to learn more of the admin and support roles to help lighten the load of our fearless leader so he can make more of the content we all love to watch.

As you can see from my pictures, I have a bit of a problem with the aspect ratio of slides on my TV. I used to have a solution for that, been a while since I've had a Home Theater Party so I really haven't messed with it for a while.

 

 

 

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Hey! I'm arithine, I found xbmc in around 2010 but didn't have enough HD space to make much use of it. I got back into it about the time the name changed and have since spent countless hours poking, prodding, and tweaking it to perfection. I mostly watch TV but feel I need something like cinemavision for completeness sake, and even though I won't use it nearly as much as some of you I really look forward to  crafting my sequence(s) as maticulessly as everything else.

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Hello All.

  My name is Ronnie and Im from Appomattox Virginia. I have always liked high tech toys and gadgets as a hobby. About ten years ago I bought my first projector which was an infocus x1a. Looked terrible now that I think about it but at the time I was the only house around with a ten foot diag. screen. For some reason I put the projector away when I moved to a new house and didnt pull it out again til a couple months ago.One of the grandkids saw it in a closet and started the process of playing a cartoon on the side of the house. Of course they flipped out and thought it was the coolest thing in the world. So the next weekend all 5 grandkids came down to what the young twins came home talking about and movie night was born.

I have used xbmc for about five years and have stayed pretty up to date with addons and improvements.I use it for all my movie watching and to keep up with my music collection. I have a 60 inch with surround sound in the living room and kodi is part of the family. I have a HTPC hooked up and an antenna and I can watch anything I want,whenever I want for free.I love the lack of a monthly bill.

I just started messing with CE a couple weeks ago and loved it. I never had a need for anything like this before but It really added tho the experience of outside movie night.I guess I should explain that over the last couple months I have been turning a section of my backyard into a outside theater and the crowd has been growing as much as the project.I have retired the old 800 lumen infocus and upgraded to a optoma projector with 3200 lumens. I have also upgraded to a real 18 foot diag. movie screen. I also have 5 outdoor yamaha speakers and a 12 inch sub with full 5.1 surround. This is a growing project.I still have the speakers sitting on the ground and the projector sitting on an old milk crate.Im going today to buy a 15 foot steel pipe to concrete in the ground to mount my projector on. That way people can sit closer to the screen without blocking the projector.My quick release mount should be here tomorrow from amazon.So as you can see my theater is a work in progress just like CinemaVision. I have been watching your progress and your youtube videos closely and am very excited to try it out. The ease of use and added simplicity will be very much appreciated. I am doing an adults night on fridays and a kids night on saturday so anything that can make the experience better with less work is a winner in my book. My wife Katrina and I would be happy tohelp if you need any beta testers for this project. In the mean time, glad to be a member and cant wait. Im posting a few pics of my setup so far .I will keep yall updated if anyone is interested.Thanks,  Ronnie and Katrina Tucker (R&K Backyard Theater)

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Hello.  I'm new to the whole scene.  I am another who recently cut the cable, much to my wife's chagrin, but argued it was costing too much and they watched everything on Netflix anyway.  I've always ripped my movies to keep the kids from damaging them and used to run a Dell PowerEdge 2850 to serve them up.  It was a jet engine in a closet for sure.  After the 2850 gave up the ghost we didn't have anyway to stream our movies.  I then noticed that most everything my wife was watching on Netflix were shows that were on regular television.

To get the movies back online, I ended up getting a Pogoplug on sale for less than $15.  It has a built in UPnP server so we could stream them to the PS3.  At this time the PS3 was pretty much the hub of the entertainment center with Blu-ray, gaming, streaming Netflix, Spotify and movies across our LAN.  Although it works, my PS3 is getting up there in years and I didn't really care of the way the movies were presented over the LAN.  It was just a list of names.

My wife started getting frustrated with being a season behind on all her shows, so I bought an antenna and a SiliconDust HDHomeRun 2 tuner device and installed Windows Media Center on our desktop.  That went on for about a season, but my wife didn't like that she had to watch her recorded shows on the computer, and I didn't blame her.  I also wanted to upgrade to Windows 10 on the desktop and Windows Media Center is not supported by that OS, so I bought a Minix Neo Z64 to play with.

I upgraded the OS on the Minix to 8.1 with Media Center.  Working like a champ in regards to recording shows.  Tried integrating my movies into WMC and I just didn't like it.  I didn't like that there was an option to delete my movies and also wanted something cleaner in regards to presentation.  So I tried Emby.  Unfortunately Emby was too much for the little Minix, so I uninstalled that and tried Kodi.  Kodi runs smooth so far and upon doing more research I found the Cinema Experience add-on.  It looked like I was going to have to do some hacking to get it to work, plus I found out that it's basically went dark.  That's when I found Cinema Vision.  I uninstalled Cinema Experience and installed Cinema Vision.  Wow, what an improvement.  Great interface and I'm having a blast even setting it up.  Thanks guys for a wonderful add-on.

The movies setup is pretty much done, but I still have a few bugs to iron out in my setup but it's getting there.  One step at a time.

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Winston here. I have been an XBMC user since my XBOX v1.0.  Have also been an avid supporter of the CinemaExperience add-on since it started back with a different name I can't remember and I intend to provide the same support now for CinemaVision.

Keep up the good work guys. It'll get there!

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Polargeek here been using a computer as a tv audio/video source since the late 1990's. First with self programmed interfaces and ridiculous control mechanisms like external number pads on crazy long 5 pin-din extensions.

Moved on to myhtpc and it's follow up meedio and then after it's demise bounced around and finally ended up on xbmc/kodi. I've also been rocking a roll your own DVR since the initial windows media centre release. Currently have three installed xbmc endpoints in my home using a mysql backend to provide access to 35 and growing terabytes of media.

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Well I guess I should throw my self in the ring here as well.  I've been using the xbmc platform since the original xbox days as well.  So long ago now lol.  I also used the CE extension for a bit.  After being out for a bit due to a new born, new wife and a whole lot of things going on where I moved more than I wanted I've finally settled into a place, my daughter is now 2 and my wife and I are celebrating the 1 year wedding anniversay on the 20th.  I'll toss up pictures of my current setup but heres a run down

TV: 55" Sony Bravia LED
Player: Raspberry Pi B with a 4GB SD
Utilizing CEC to control the pi  and powering off the tv usb port
Audio: Currently I'm using an old radio and speakers that still have really really good sound.  I'll eventually get a nice home theater system once money allows.  

I've been in the IT game since I was 5 building computers with my uncle.  I'm looking forward to helping grow this project and contribute in every way I can.

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I'm Rich, just found out about cinemavision because the cinema experience stopped working with my kodi, and now I'm hooked, not long downloaded it, but I am very impressed with the layout of the settings panel for Cinema Vision.

Hope I can contribute something to this in time.

 

  Rich

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Hey there, I've been a movie, computer, electronics, music, and guitar fan for as long as I can remember. I tried to use Cinema Experience a long time ago and gave up in frustration as it was very cool but difficult to properly implement.

Only recently found out that Scott and gamephoenix have not only resurrected the addon, but elevated it to a whole new level. And it works first time. Impressive! Thanks to all who are making this happen.

I've recently been able to build a proper home theater room in my basement and CinemaVision gives it that something special when friends and family are over to watch a movie. There's nothing like the real theater experience at home.

I have CinemaExperience running in Kodi on 2 devices:

 

Main Theater

Media Player: Raspberry Pi3 running LibreELEC 8.2.5 and Kodi v18 "Leia" RC3

Control: Harmony Ultimate Hub RF to USB FLIRC on the Pi

Audio: 5.1 Totem Acoustic Kin In-Wall + JL Audio ES-112 sub, Cambridge Audio Azure 751r receiver and 752bd bluray player

Video: Epson Pro Cinema 6030ub projector, Stewart FilmScreen Cima 110" screen

 

Managing Server

Windows 10 x64 running Kodi v18 "Leia" RC3 with drives shared to the theater Pi

All scraping is done on this computer (theater uses local nfo only)

 

Peanut

 

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Here are a few photos of the theater (sorry, I meant to edit the original thread but couldn't seem to):

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Hello Guys I'm Glen

Been Playing around with XBMC/Kodi for a good few years, i think i have also tried most other media solutions but KODI is my main HT Setup, got most of it sorted now and my collection is now at about 10tb of movies and TV all scraped and organised nicely :-)

 

I have been using cinema experience for a while now bug it was always a bit flaky and I could never get it to run just right so I would give up and then go back and try again a few months later.

I'm very happy now this add on has been revitalised and working again, I love having movie marathons with the wife, with nachos and popcorn (loving your machine peanut) and this addon just gives it that cinema feel.

I was a firefighter in the UK but I left to try a new life in Australia last year so I am currently living in Sydney studying at college and working at the international airport, I love messsing around with gadgets and electronics and love home theatre setups.

I am a big fan of home automation and have my house back in the UK wired with a couple of Km of Cat5 and Distributed HDMI and Audio aswell as lighting and heating automated using Z-wave, Lightwave RF, Heatmiser, Eventghost, some global cache GC100s and using Irule remote for control of the system , if I'm honest I really miss all my gadgets back home as out here we are in a rented house with barely enough plug sockets :-) I'm just having talks with a Home Automation company about distributing it here in Oz so hopefully I will get that up and running, but eventually we are heading back to the UK if the wife gets her way.

 

 

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Hi, I am Corey

After years of Cable TV, I realized I was only watching 3 channels, so I put an end to it and started collecting media. Then my media collection got too big to keep track of, so I started backing everything up for easier access. That is when I discovered the world of XBMC (Kodi). I am looking forward to experiencing CinemaVision.

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I watched this amazing project almost since it began, so, time to drop some words about me, Roland.

I live in switzerland and I like to  listen to music and watch movies. For listening to music I prefer good old vinyl played on a good, but not exorbitant voodoo-tuned gear. Just deliciously balanced. ;)

Started to play with the raspberry pi and kodi as a fun side-project, and it rised to become our living-room mini-cinema central.

I try to integrate the projector, screen and audio devices seamless into the living room, to turn it magically from the normal room into a cinema-like ambiance with a simple button press on the harmony one with the help of some hue lights and so on...

CV is the perfect tool to bring this idea to perfection. So thanks a lot for your work, guys !

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Greetings from Canada!

I just discovered CinemaVision a couple weeks ago and LOVE it! I started using XBMC with version 10 or "Dharma" when I cut the cord back in 2010.

My setup is nothing exciting but it get's the job done. The room I use for most of my viewing is the Family Room. 65" Haier screen, Raspberry Pi 2 running OSMC (NFS booted off a Ubuntu VM), Denon AVR-S910W, Polk Audio 5.1 speakers(CS1 centre, M65T fronts, M40 surrounds, and PSW110 sub). My 12TB TV and Movie collection is stored on my Synology DS1812+. I have 4 other Raspberry Pi's through out the house all sync'd using MySQL.

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Hello from the Dutch man in Ireland. 

Just wanted to say that this is by far the best "non video" add on on my Kodi setup. I always wanted an "Cinema Experience" at my home theater, but the previous addon wasn't working with "streamed content" at least not in my home. 

This one is sublime, delicate and so easy to use. I had to figure out a bit how it works with the content in the folder structures. But once I got the hang of it.... I loved it. 
Keep up the great work, not only the addon creator, the website but also for the community with the hundreds of different content you created. Awesome. 

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I'm Scott from Easley, SC...I found CinemaVision while browsing the Kodi forums and love it.  We just completed our setup.  110" Seymour screen, Marantz SR5010, Polk tSX front speakers, Polk center, Polk 10" Powered Sub, Paradigm Monitor Surround 3 v7's...Run a 7.1 system.  Have a 4 TB WD My Cloud storing the movies.  Running a Nvidia Shield powering Kodi.

 

 

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Hey everyone!

I was around wayyy back when Cinema Experience was being developed. I was the original developer of the HTPC MEGA Pack with free updates. I was selling the crap out of them and then people started to get jealous and I was banned from AVSForum, XBMC forum, and all of the other places where I was adding content to help people build their home theaters. After no mods would hear me out I basically gave up on this entire hobby and got into game emulation.

Fast forward 7 years or so and I came across Cinema Vision. I decided to get back into the HTPC club and I am glad I did. I have so far incorporated my emulators with my HTPC experience. We are running a 72TB Synology server. 30,000 games or so including Xbox360, PS3, and WiiU. We decided that we were tired of paying bills so we made the first steps towards complete freedom and bought a 2003 Thomas school bus that we are going to turn into a tiny, smart home. The home will include voice commands for our home automation. We also recently got a rooftop deck made so that we can watch movies on the roof where ever we go.

Check out the project at Sasquatters

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On 8/20/2018 at 11:28 AM, DonaldSilver said:

Hi Everyone,

 

Donald Silverburgh here from Dallas, TA. Happy to join CinemaVision.

 

Peace

Welcome to the site.

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Hello Gang,

 

Tim here from NJ, in the process of building my little home theater and the CinemaVision seems to be a must-have.

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CinemaVision began in 2014 as a collaboration to create content for use with your home theater, offering movie trivia slides and video bumpers. It has since grown to be THE PREMIER WAY to create and customize your preshow experience. Download the CinemaVision add-on for Kodi today from the official Kodi repository, and easily create a sequence of trivia, videos, trailers, home automation triggers and more that will bring the experience of a movie theater straight to your screen!

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