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Song Selection PDF Print E-mail
Music Commands

PLAY SONG {SONG NAME}
PLAY SONG NUMBER {NUM}

SHOW SONG {SONG NAME}
SHOW SONG NUMBER {NUM}

Plays or shows a particular song by the currently selected artist.

{SONG NAME}

The name of a song in your music library by the most recently selected musical artist or band. For example, to listen to Beautiful Day by U2, you first select the artist with PLAY ARTIST U2 and then select the song, PLAY SONG BEAUTIFUL DAY.

If the song title is long, you can say only part of the song name and Amulet will find the best match.

{NUM}

When the song panel is displayed on the Amulet music page, each song listed has a number. You can select a song simply by saying the number of the song you want to choose, as an alternative to using its name.

If the song window isn’t visible, just say SHOW SONGS to open it.

EXAMPLES

PLAY SONG SOMETHING SO STRONG
PLAY SONG NUMBER 6

PLAY SOMETHING ELSE
PLAY ANOTHER SONG

Begins playing a randomly selected song by the currently selected artist. Use this when you are tired of the current song and want to quickly choose something else.

SHOW SOMETHING ELSE
SHOW ANOTHER SONG

Selects a song in the song window at random by the currently selected artist.

 
Amulet Buttons PDF Print E-mail
Voice Remote

Your Amulet Voice Remote includes these additional buttons and capabilities. See the next chapter for more information about how to program them.

Profile button

Press to identify the current speech profile. Pressing it again will switch to a new profile.

Music button

This goes to the Media Center Music Library. You can reprogram it to send a TV device code such as select source video input.

Device selection buttons

These colored buttons are also used to select one of four button keymaps for controlling other equipment.

 
Artist Selection PDF Print E-mail
Music Commands

PLAY ARTIST {ARTIST NAME}
PLAY ARTIST NUMBER {NUM}

Begins playing music by the selected artist. Loads the selected artist’s albums and songs for selection. Selection can be made either by artist name or number.

{ARTIST NAME} The name of an artist or band stored in your music library.

{NUM} The number of a musical artist in your music library, using the numbering scheme displayed by the command SHOW ARTISTS.

EXAMPLES

PLAY ARTIST CROWDED HOUSE

SHOW ARTIST {ARTIST NAME}
SHOW ARTIST NUMBER {NUM}
SHOW ARTISTS
HIDE ARTISTS

Displays albums and songs by the selected artist in the song window without interrupting the currently playing music, so that you can browse for more songs to play.

SHOW ARTISTS displays a list of all recognized artist names.

PLAY SOMEONE ELSE
PLAY ANOTHER ARTIST
SHOW SOMEONE ELSE
SHOW ANOTHER ARTIST

Chooses an artist in your collection at random, and shows or plays songs by that artist.

SHOW SONGS
HIDE SONGS

Show or hide the song name panel in the center of the screen.

This panel usually appears automatically when you select a new artist or album. This behavior can be changed in Amulet Settings.

 
Extra Functions PDF Print E-mail
Voice Remote

Your remote has two additional capabilities which are occasionally useful.

Deep Sleep Mode

If you are transporting your Amulet Voice Remote, buttons may be accidentally pressed in transit, or the remote may tilt enough to activate the microphone. If either occurs for an extended time, the battery will run down.

To avoid this, you can put the remote into a deep sleep. Press and hold the DVD Menu and TV Power buttons simultaneously, and the Amulet Logo will flash green twice. The remote is now asleep, and will ignore button presses and movement.

To wake it again, press the green Media Center start button in the center of the remote, or briefly connect the charging cable to a USB port.

Firmware Version Report

Your Amulet Voice Remote can report the current version of firmware it is operating. To do this, switch to the Windows Desktop and open Notepad or Wordpad.

Point the remote at your IR receiver and press and hold the Profile button in the upper right corner.

While holding Profile, press and release DVD Menu. The remote will send the version number as numeric characters which are then typed into the current document.

For example, “1*73” means the remote is using firmware version 1.73.

 
How Amulet identifies media files PDF Print E-mail
General

Amulet identifies these forms of media files:

  • Recorded TV programs, stored in .DVR_MS or .WTV files. The TV program name and information is derived from metadata stored within the file itself.
  • DVDs ripped to your hard disk, stored as VIDEO_TS sub‐folders. The DVD title is derived from a dvdid.xml file inside the folder or from the parent folder name if dvdid.xml is not present.
  • Videos, stored in .AVI, .MKV, .WMV and other files. The video title is the same as the video filename. The series title is taken from the parent folder where the video file is stored.
  • Home Movies, stored as motion‐JPEG .AVI files (most digital cameras record video clips in this format). The title name is taken from the filename, while the collection name is the same as the parent folder containing the video file.
  • Photos and other pictures imported to your hard disk, stored as .JPG, .BMP or .PNG files. The photo collection (slideshow) name is the same as the folder containing the images.

For video and DVD media, Amulet automatically looks up the title in online databases, to identify whether it is a film, TV series, or something else. This determines whether Amulet classifies the item as a Movie, TV Series, or Video in the Amulet user interface.

Below is a more detailed description of how Amulet identifies each video media type:

Movies

  • Anything recorded from TV, where the TV guide metadata identifies it as a movie
  • Any video files or DVD folders where the title gives a successful match at TheMovieDB.org
  • Movies are grouped according to genre, as reported by TheMovieDB.org

Recorded TV

  • Anything recorded directly from TV
  • All files with .DVR‐MS or .WTV extensions
  • Programs are grouped by program title, and according to episode
  • Additional program information is fetched from TheTVDB.com, where available

TV Shows

  • Anything recorded from TV which is identified as episodic in the TV guide
  • Any video filenames containing the phrase S##E##. For example, “House S03E12.avi” is Season 3, Episode 12 of the series House.
  • Any video filenames containing the phrase #x##. For example, “Weeds 2x06.avi” is Season 2, Episode 6 of the series Weeds.
  • The series name is taken as the parent folder name, and not from the filename itself
  • If the series name is present on TheTVDB.com, then additional episode and series information is downloaded, including full episode names where available

Home Movies

  • Any video filename of the form “abcd####”, for example “DSCF1234.AVI”
  • Any video filename of the form ”MOV#####”, for example “MOV00123.AVI”
  • Any video stored using motion JPEG compression internally
  • Videos are grouped according to parent folder name

Videos

  • Any video file or DVD folder not already classified as one of the preceding types is classified as a simple video
  • Videos are grouped according to parent folder name

For convenience, some TV programs may appear twice – once under Movies or TV Shows, and a second time under Recorded TV.

 
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