Knowledge Base



Help Commands PDF Print E-mail
Common Commands

Amulet includes built in help screens that list the main voice commands. You can call up these help screens at any time if you are not sure what to say next. You can also easily access the included help videos for a walk through many of Amulet’s capabilities.

SHOW HELP
HIDE HELP
WHAT CAN I SAY

Use these commands to display the starting help window. The window automatically closes after 30 seconds, or you can use the HIDE HELP command to close it yourself.

Help Pages

SHOW MUSIC HELP
SHOW MOVIES HELP
SHOW PHOTOS HELP
SHOW TV HELP
SHOW GUIDE HELP

Displays specific help for the areas listed.

Help Videos

SHOW HELP VIDEOS
GO TO HELP VIDEOS

Displays the Amulet help videos screen, where you can choose a video to view.

Individual Videos

WATCH VIDEO AMULET INTRODUCTION
WATCH VIDEO AMULET REMOTE HARDWARE
WATCH VIDEO GENERAL HELP
WATCH VIDEO MUSIC HELP
WATCH VIDEO SPEECH PROFILE HELP
WATCH VIDEO TROUBLESHOOTING HELP
WATCH VIDEO TV AND VIDEO HELP
WATCH VIDEO TV GUIDE HELP

Starts playing one of the help videos immediately.

 
The Amulet Logo colours PDF Print E-mail
Voice Remote

The circular logo at the top of your Voice Remote lights up in different colors, to show what the remote is doing. The table below summarizes what each color means.

RED ON

Microphone on, listening for speech commands

RED FLASHING

Unable to establish wireless microphone link: check USB dongle is plugged in, and remote hasn't moved out of range

GREEN ON

Plugged in to USB cable and fully charged

GREEN FLASHING (SLOW)

Plugged in to USB cable and currently charging

GREEN FLASHING (FAST BURST)

Entering deep sleep mode (press the green Media Center Start button to wake it up again)

DARK BLUE ON

Transmitting a built-in Media Center remote keystroke

LIGHT BLUE ON

Transmitting a learned keystroke

LIGHT BLUE FLASHING (MEDIUM)

In learning mode, waiting for a key stroke

LIGHT BLUE FLASHING (FAST)

In erase mode

LIGHT BLUE FLASHING (FAST BURST)

Successful learning or erasing

AMBER FLASHING

Failed to learn or erase a button, low battery, memory full, or general error

PURPLE FLASHING

In pairing mode, waiting to pair with a new USB dongle

 
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.

 
Will Amulet's wireless technology interfere with my existing Wi-Fi network? PDF Print E-mail
General

While Amulet does use the same 2.4 GHz band as wi-fi networks, it uses a proprietary chipset which automatically detects and routes around other transmitters in the same band. This happens dynamically, so that even a new hotspot coming online in the middle of a voice transmission won’t cause any audible interference – and Amulet won't interrupt your wifi activity.

 
Media Center Navigation PDF Print E-mail
Common Commands

Amulet lets you easily navigate to most standard Media Center screens, in addition to the Amulet pages.

While some of these commands have already been listed, for convenience the full set of Media Center navigation commands is summarized here.

GENERAL PAGES

GO TO START [PAGE]
GO TO SCREEN SAVER [PAGE]
GO TO VISUALIZATIONS [PAGE]
GO TO MORE PROGRAMS [PAGE]
GO TO INTERNET RADIO [PAGE]
GO TO FM RADIO [PAGE]

Displays the selected Media Center page.

MUSIC PAGES

GO TO MY MUSIC
GO TO MY MUSIC ARTISTS
GO TO MY MUSIC ALBUMS
GO TO MY MUSIC SONGS

Displays the standard Media Center Music Library page, with the appropriate view selected.

TV PAGES

GO TO LIVE TV
GO TO TV GUIDE
GO TO MY TV PROGRAMS
GO TO MY RECORDED TV
GO TO RECORDER STORAGE SETTINGS
GO TO SCHEDULED [TV] RECORDINGS

Displays the requested Media Center TV page.

VIDEO PAGES

GO TO MY VIDEOS
GO TO MOVIE LIBRARY

Displays the Media Center Videos or Movie Library page.

PHOTO PAGES

GO TO MY PICTURES
GO TO SLIDESHOW SETTINGS

Displays the Media Center pictures or slideshow settings page.

 
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