Version 1.0.13 Pushed to the Kodi Repository
This version contains several bug fixes, including a fix for the iTunes trailer scraper. We'll begin working on all of the new development on February 1st. Thanks for the support!
CinemaVision Add-on Release
The CinemaVision Add-on is now on the official Kodi repository! Find it under Program Add-ons, and don't forget to install the CinemaVision Launcher if you're on Kodi 15+. We'll still release test builds in the Downloads section on the CinemaVision website. You have to register to be able to download the test builds, but anyone can get it and become a part of the process.
While this thread is specifically for the Kodi CinemaVision add-on, we wanted to tell you a little bit about our community. In an effort to keep folks from having to browse through thousands of forum posts to find the content they want to use, we've built an improved CinemaVision website. All of the content that we create and release will be available on the website. You must register to download the content, but we promise we won't unnecessarily spam your inbox and we will never sell your information. We want to get people excited about all of this, and build a community around it to encourage people to create and share content. If you want to collaborate with others in the community to create new content, or weigh in on some things that we're working on designing for the community, you can do all of that on our new website. We'll even host content that you create and upload at no cost to you.
RedCarpet Club members get access to all of the content on the site, from Standard Definition for your mobile or less powerful devices, to Ultra High Definition 4k content for your powerhouse of a home theater and everything in between! RedCarpet Club memberships help us pay for things like hosting, storage, licensing, templates, and add-on development. You do not have to purchase a RedCarpet Club membership to download the content, but doing so will remove limitations imposed on things like the number of simultaneous downloads, the maximum downloads you can have per day, and get you perks like discounts for commissioning custom content!
We've built an ever-growing Guides section on the CinemaVision website. Viewing the Guides requires registration, but registration is absolutely free. Here are some of the more important Guides that will help get you started.
How to Configure CinemaVision This guide will teach you how to configure CinemaVision.
How to Launch CinemaVision This guide will teach you the how to use different methods to launch your CinemaVision Sequences.
Understanding CinemaVision Modules & Sequences This guide will teach you about CinemaVision Modules & Sequences.
Understanding CinemaVision Actions This guide will teach you about CinemaVision Action Files and how to integrate them with your home automation solution.
Naming Convention Best Practices These are the best practices when naming files for use with Kodi.
INSTALLING THE ADD-ONS
UNINSTALLING THE ADD-ONS
DISABLING THE ADD-ONS
CONFIGURING THE ADD-ONS
CONFIGURING THE EXPERIENCE
PLAYING THE EXPERIENCE
SKIN INTEGRATION & DEVELOPER INFORMATION
CINEMAVISION SEQUENCE FILES (.cvseq)
CINEMAVISION URL FILES (.cvurl)
CINEMAVISION ACTION FILES (.cvaction)
PLAYLIST FILES (.pls)
KNOWN ISSUES, ERRORS AND BUGS
REPORTING ISSUES, ERRORS AND BUGS
What is the CinemaVision add-on?
The CinemaVision add-on is a direct replacement for the Cinema Experience add-on. It will recreate the same experience you get when you go to the movie theater, and allow you to easily customize and share your theater preshow with the community. You can use the default configuration right out of the box, or create your own configuration including video bumpers, trivia (video and still), trailers, audio format bumpers, ratings bumpers, commands and actions.
Why are you trying to replace the Cinema Experience add-on?
The last developer of the Cinema Experience add-on, giftie, has been MIA for about a year as of this writing. Last we spoke to him, he was dealing with real life issues, and didn't have time to continue development. After listening to the issues that the community was having, we decided to take responsibility and pay a Kodi developer to write an add-on from the ground up. We wish giftie, Nuka1195 and anyone else who helped maintain the original Home Theater Experience and Cinema Experience scripts the very best, and will do our best to carry on their legacy in this new add-on.
Update: He's alive! We're happy to report that giftie reached out. He's very happy that we picked up where Cinema Experience left off, as he doesn't have time to continue development. If and when he's ready, we're happy to have him help us move CinemaVision even further forward.
What versions of Kodi will work with the CinemaVision add-on?
Currently, only Kodi versions 14+ will work, and we will not be adding support for older versions of Kodi. We plan to follow the release cycle of OpenELEC. When OpenELEC releases a new stable version, all support for previous versions will be dropped going forward. We want to continue to develop using the latest and greatest features that Kodi has to offer, and to keep development costs down, we have to minimize the platforms we support. Doing this will ensure the best possible experience for everyone, from our developers to our user base.
Will CinemaVision work with streaming content?
Eventually, yes. Currently, no. CinemaVision only works with content that is scraped into your local Kodi database. We plan to explore adding support for streaming content in the future, but that won't happen for a while, as we have other priorities.
Will home automation support be included?
We have included support for a large and growing number of home automation solutions including Event Ghost, RPi.GPIO, Z-Wave, Philips Hue and anything else that works similarly. You can even launch custom scripts, Kodi add-ons (with arguments) and launch any application installed on your HTPC directly from our action files.
How difficult will the CinemaVision add-on be to configure and get working?
It won't! Our goal is to have the add-on work straight out of the box with CinemaVision content. If you want to change that content, you're absolutely free to do so. We have a ton of content available on our website, and are adding more all the time. We're also making it easy for you to share your entire preshow configuration with the community.
How difficult will the CinemaVision add-on be to customize?
Again, it won't! We've hired a fantastic developer who is a member of the Kodi team. We took all of the feedback from the community, and handed it to him. As a result, he's created something that's incredibly simple from an end-user perspective that we absolutely love, and we think you will too.
Okay, this sounds really cool. How do I get the CinemaVision add-on?
There are two places that you can go to get CinemaVision. Download the latest stable release from the Kodi Add-on Repository. For the bold, go to the Downloads section on the CinemaVision website to get the latest development build! You have to register to be able to download files from the CinemaVision website, but anyone can get it.
I have a great idea for a feature, how do I get it added?
We have a feature list (that we haven't made public yet) for the initial release of the CinemaVision add-on. It includes everything that is currently included in the Cinema Experience add-on, and several new features that we think will enhance the movie theater experience of the add-on. That said, unless your feature is something that we simply cannot avoid adding to the initial release, please don't expect it to be added until a future version. You are more than welcome to post your ideas for improvements in this thread, or on our website.
Important Note: Please do not try to contact our developer via PM or another method. He can't accept feature requests from anyone but us. If we decide to move forward adding a feature that you suggested, he will only work on that feature if the request to do so comes from us. All contacting him directly does is slow down development of the add-on, and not give us the opportunity to add that feature to our development road map.