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How to Configure CinemaVision


This guide will teach you how to configure CinemaVision.

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The Big Picture

At the end of this guide, you will have configured CinemaVision from a fresh install, and set up a custom Sequence.

What you will need:

  1. Kodi installed and configured on an HTPC, with content scraped into the local Kodi database (not streaming).
  2. A place to store your CinemaVision content (either local or network storage).

What Is Demo Mode?

When CinemaVision is installed, it uses streaming content from YouTube, iTunes and the CinemaVision website by default. We wanted to show people what CinemaVision can do without any configuration whatsoever. If you're not planning on using custom content that you select and building out your own preshow, you can run in CinemaVision in Demo Mode. You'll know you're in Demo Mode when you see this message in the lower right corner of the Sequence Editor:

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If you want to customize your preshow experience, you must follow the instructions below.

Set Up Your Source

Before you install the CinemaVision add-on, you need to add the disk that you'll use to store your CinemaVision content as a source in the Kodi File Manager. Your CinemaVision content can be stored on local disk, or on network storage. If you plan to use network storage, make sure that you've correctly configured permissions so that Kodi can read and write to the network location.

  1. Open the Kodi File Manager.
  2. Select Add Source.
  3. Select Browse.
  4. Browse to the root drive or share that you wish to use to store your CinemaVision content and press OK.
  5. Name the source and press OK.

Now that we have the source added in Kodi, lets test our ability to write to that source.

  1. Open the Kodi File Manager.
  2. Select the source that you just created, which points to the root drive that will be used to store your CinemaVision content.
  3. Browse to the location which will contain your CinemaVision content.
  4. Create a new folder called CinemaVision.
    1. Press C on the keyboard.
    2. Choose Make new folder.
    3. Name the folder CinemaVision.

If the CinemaVision folder isn't created, you should modify the permissions on the share to allow Kodi to write to the share, or set up authentication with the correct permissions.

Install the Add-on & Extras

The CinemaVision add-ons can be installed from the official Kodi repository using the Kodi Add-on Manager. To install the CinemaVision add-on, follow these instructions:

  1. Open the Kodi Add-on Manager.
  2. Select Install from repository.
  3. Select Program add-ons.
  4. Select CinemaVision.
  5. Select Install.

Now that we have the main add-on installed, lets install the extras. The extras can be installed from the official Kodi repository, or directly from the CinemaVision add-on settings. Please keep in mind that you must be running Kodi 15+ to use the CinemaVision Launcher.

To install the CinemaVision Launcher add-on from the CinemaVision add-on settings, follow these instructions:

  1. Open the CinemaVision add-on settings.
  2. Select the General menu.
  3. Scroll to Extras.
  4. Select Install context menu add-on.

To install the CinemaVision Launcher add-on from the official Kodi repository, follow these instructions:

  1. Open the Kodi Add-on Manager.
  2. Select Install from repository.
  3. Select Context menus add-ons.
  4. Select CinemaVision Launcher.
  5. Select Install.
  6. When prompted, choose Yes to install the CinemaVision Launcher.

To install the CinemaVision Service add-on from the CinemaVision add-on settings, follow these instructions:

  1. Open the CinemaVision add-on settings.
  2. Select the General menu.
  3. Scroll to Extras.
  4. Select Install service add-on.

To install the CinemaVision Service add-on from the official Kodi repository, follow these instructions:

  1. Open the Kodi Add-on Manager.
  2. Select Install from repository.
  3. Select Service add-ons.
  4. Select CinemaVision Service.
  5. Select Install.
  6. When prompted, choose Yes to install the CinemaVision Service.

Download Your Content

We are now ready to download our content and extract it to the appropriate folder. You can also create custom folders to house content. For this guide, we'll download the following files to the appropriate folders:

Download and extract the file linked below to %CVROOT%\Trivia.

Download StreamingSoundtracks.com (CD Quality, 128k MP3).pls from the file linked below to %CVROOT%\Music.

Download and extract the file linked below to %CVROOT%\Ratings Bumpers\MPAA.

Download your choice of Audio Format Bumpers from the links below to the appropriate folder in %CVROOT%\Audio Format Bumpers.

Once we have the content we want to use downloaded and extracted to the appropriate folder, we need to Update content again so that CinemaVision catalogs the new content (streaming or local) and any changes into the CinemaVision database for use during the Sequence. Be sure to Update Content any time a change is made to the files in the %CVROOT% folder.

  1. Open the CinemaVision add-on settings.
  2. Select the Content menu.
  3. Select Update content.

Create a Custom Sequence

For this guide, we'll make a very simple custom Sequence that will play 10 minutes of trivia, 2 trailers from iTunes, an audio format bumper, the ratings bumper, and the feature. To create a custom Sequence, you need to open the CinemaVision Sequence Editor.

  1. Open the Kodi Add-on Manager.
  2. Select Program add-ons.
  3. Select CinemaVision.

Once the Sequence Editor loads, we need to create a new Sequence.

  1. Press C on the keyboard to bring up the context menu.
  2. Select New to begin creating a new Sequence.

Now we need to add Modules to our new Sequence.

  1. Add the Modules in order, from left to right.
    1. Add a Trivia Module.
    2. Add a Trailers Module.
    3. Add an Audio Format Bumper Module.
    4. Add a Features Module.
  2. Edit the settings of the Trivia Module.
    • Set Music to the StreamingSoundtracks.com (CD Quality, 128k MP3).pls playlist file downloaded earlier in this guide.
  3. Edit the Trailers Module, and select Content filter(scrapers).
    • Select the iTunes scraper and move it to the top of the list.
    • Scroll to the left and disable all of the scrapers except iTunes by unchecking the boxes, and press OK.
    • Set Count to 2, and press Backspace on the keyboard to save the Module.

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Your sequence should now look like this.

Now we need to account for multiple features that have been added to the Kodi queue. To do this, we'll create a conditional loop using the Command Module.

  1. Add a Command Module to the end of the Sequence, and edit the settings of the Command Module.
    • Set Command to Back.
    • Set Argument to 4.
    • Set Condition to Feature queue is full, and press Backspace on the keyboard to save the Module.

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Your sequence should now look like this.

Now if CinemaVision determines that there are multiple features in the Kodi queue, it will loop back to the beginning of the Sequence and play your Sequence with the next feature until the Kodi queue is empty. Lets save our new Sequence.

  1. Press C on the keyboard to bring up the context menu.
  2. Select Save As... to save the Sequence with a custom name.
  3. Name your Sequence, and press OK.
  4. If you'd like this Sequence to be one of your default Sequences, choose Yes when prompted and select either 2D or 3D.

That's it! You should be all set. Enjoy your preshow experience!


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