View Full Version : Boxee performance for photos

October 22nd, 2008, 06:38 PM

I have around 600 photos stored in 12 directories, stored in an external HD connected to ATV (through the USB connector). I have created a local source in Boxee, that access my pictures directories in my external HD

Each time I try to see my pictures through the Boxee pictures menu, wether Boxee completely freeze or slow down considerably.

Does anyone face the same issue ?

Thank you.


P.S: I have the last Boxee version, Apple TV 2.2, Mac Intel, Leopard, Wireless network, no Airport, no time capsule

November 3rd, 2008, 03:16 PM
Yes, I have experienced something very similar with a directory of several thousand jpegs. It seems to have something to do with the creation and display of the thumbnails because I don't have the same problem when I access the photos through the web interface.

November 3rd, 2008, 03:23 PM
are these high or low res photo's..if you only add one directory does boxee freeze..:)

November 3rd, 2008, 03:46 PM
These are 5 and 8 megapixel photos. There is a single directory in my case. It seems that not only does the creation of the thumbnails bring it to a near halt, but accessing the directory after the thumbnails have all theoretically been created (assuming that's how it works) slows things down considerably as well. As I mentioned, using the web interface to call up the photos and avoiding the ui entirely seems to work without a problem.

November 3rd, 2008, 06:44 PM
I also get the performance issues you guys are talking about, I'd be happy if there was a way to turn thumbnail generation off!

More annoyingly, I can't seem to display JPGs over a certain size either - even though the thumbnails generate and display just fine! When I click the photo for display I just get a black screen.

I updated to the latest Launcher (0.5) and Boxee (0.9.3964) last night. Many of my smaller photos display, but all the ones taken with my Sony Cybershot camera just give a black screen. These photos are around 3.5-5mb JPGs with a resolution of 3648x2736.

The problem happens in both Boxee and XBMC. In Boxee, I get the following in the logs when trying to view the picture.

in boxee.log:
[hit 'play', on photo]
08:29:54 T:2684407808 M: 29192192 INFO: Loading skin file: SlideShow.xml
08:29:54 T:2684407808 M: 27037696 ERROR: Control 1 in window 12007 has been asked to focus, but it can't
08:29:54 T:2684407808 M: 27000832 INFO: Loading skin file: SlideShow.xml
[hit 'menu']
08:43:33 T:2684407808 M:108445696 INFO: Loading skin file: BoxeeBrowseWindow.xml
08:43:37 T:2684407808 M: 86065152 ERROR: CBrowseWindowConfiguration::UpdateFiltersByPath, unsupported path, path = /Volumes/500gbSeagate/photos/2008.07.05 - My Return Trip/2008.08.06 - Japan - Tokyo/

in xbmc.log
08:51:53 T:2684407808 M: 85131264 INFO: Loading skin file: SlideShow.xml
08:51:53 T:2684407808 M: 85118976 DEBUG: Load SlideShow.xml: 42.30ms
08:51:53 T:2684407808 M: 85118976 DEBUG: Alloc resources: 42.80ms (42.66 ms skin load, 0.11 ms preload)
08:51:53 T:43200000 M: 85110784 DEBUG: Running thread 43200000
08:51:53 T:43200000 M: 85106688 DEBUG: thread start, auto delete: 0
08:51:53 T:2684407808 M: 85106688 DEBUG: Loading the current image /Volumes/500gbSeagate/photos/2008.07.05 - My Return Trip/2008.08.06 - Japan - Tokyo/DSC00761.JPG
08:51:56 T:43200000 M: 11120640 DEBUG: PICTURE: loaded image and created texture. height: 2736, width: 3648
08:51:56 T:43200000 M: 41082880 DEBUG: Finished background loading /Volumes/500gbSeagate/photos/2008.07.05 - My Return Trip/2008.08.06 - Japan - Tokyo/DSC00761.JPG
08:51:58 T:43200000 M: 43122688 DEBUG: Duration: 688 (transistion out length 149)

Does anyone else get this? It sounds very similar to a problem mentioned here:

But I've tried this suggested fix of setting the photo display resolution lower (in XBMC) and it made no difference, still a black screen for large photos.

November 10th, 2008, 06:38 PM
just bumping this thread - I'd be really curious to know if anyone else has this issue where some large photos won't display, even though the thumbnails generate fine...