Boxee

Implement an Auto play next item for videos in a folder and in the watch later queue

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  • Type: Improvement
  • Status: Open
  • Priority: P2 P2
  • Resolution: Unresolved
  • Fix Version/s: Product
  • Component/s: Playback > OSD
  • Labels:
    None
  • Severity:
    Major
  • Version:
    1.0.2.16619
  • Number of attachments:
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Ben Pazdzierski added a comment - 23/Dec/10 4:54 AM
Hi there,

I just bought the boxee box and I'm quite happy with it but there is ONE big major thing which I really don't understand why this feature has not been implemented.

Since XBMC has this feature for YEARS now it's not possible to enqueue several video files to a playlist within boxee.

Examples:
1) I want to watch a movie which is split in 2 files: cd1.avi and cd2.avi. Both files are in the same folder. I start cd1.avi and expect to start cd2.avi automatically if cd1 is done.

2) I want to watch a season of my favorite tv show. All episodes are in the same folder and I start watching e01. When e01 is done I expect Boxee to continue playing the other files in the right order: e02, e03 etc.

XBMC's solution:
While browsing in library or file mode: right click (or context menu - "C") over a season/show/movie and select play, xbmc will then play all the files in order.

Also you have the option to select "add to queue" and every single file which is in the queue will be played after the other.


This is a big/major/epic fail, since boxee is based on XBMC. I also doubt this feature will take too much time to develop, since it's already there in XBMC!

I also mentioned in the settings (Media - Music) an option called "Auto play next item", which would solve the problem instantly for videos as well....

It would be satisfactory though, if the "watch later"-option would handle multiple files like I mentioned in my examples.

I'd love to read a statement from you guys.

Cheers
Ben
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Ben Pazdzierski added a comment - 23/Dec/10 4:54 AM Hi there, I just bought the boxee box and I'm quite happy with it but there is ONE big major thing which I really don't understand why this feature has not been implemented. Since XBMC has this feature for YEARS now it's not possible to enqueue several video files to a playlist within boxee. Examples: 1) I want to watch a movie which is split in 2 files: cd1.avi and cd2.avi. Both files are in the same folder. I start cd1.avi and expect to start cd2.avi automatically if cd1 is done. 2) I want to watch a season of my favorite tv show. All episodes are in the same folder and I start watching e01. When e01 is done I expect Boxee to continue playing the other files in the right order: e02, e03 etc. XBMC's solution: While browsing in library or file mode: right click (or context menu - "C") over a season/show/movie and select play, xbmc will then play all the files in order. Also you have the option to select "add to queue" and every single file which is in the queue will be played after the other. This is a big/major/epic fail, since boxee is based on XBMC. I also doubt this feature will take too much time to develop, since it's already there in XBMC! I also mentioned in the settings (Media - Music) an option called "Auto play next item", which would solve the problem instantly for videos as well.... It would be satisfactory though, if the "watch later"-option would handle multiple files like I mentioned in my examples. I'd love to read a statement from you guys. Cheers Ben
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Rafael Mizrahi [Boxee] added a comment - 23/Dec/10 5:13 AM
can I summarize your issue into "Implement an Auto play next item for videos in a folder " ?
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Rafael Mizrahi [Boxee] added a comment - 23/Dec/10 5:13 AM can I summarize your issue into "Implement an Auto play next item for videos in a folder " ?
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Ben Pazdzierski added a comment - 23/Dec/10 7:29 AM - edited
the meaning of my feature request is to add various files into a queue.
And the queue has to be played continuously.
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Ben Pazdzierski added a comment - 23/Dec/10 7:29 AM - edited the meaning of my feature request is to add various files into a queue. And the queue has to be played continuously.
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Rafael Mizrahi [Boxee] added a comment - 23/Dec/10 8:53 AM
This issue is awaiting review from Boxee Product Management.
If you are keen to have this feature implemented, please Comment and Vote for it.
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Rafael Mizrahi [Boxee] added a comment - 23/Dec/10 8:53 AM This issue is awaiting review from Boxee Product Management. If you are keen to have this feature implemented, please Comment and Vote for it.
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Peter Aquinde added a comment - 07/Jan/11 4:15 PM
Yes, I'd like this feature too. Moreso if the BB would pre-cache the next video so there wouldn't be the lag of the buffering between videos.
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Peter Aquinde added a comment - 07/Jan/11 4:15 PM Yes, I'd like this feature too. Moreso if the BB would pre-cache the next video so there wouldn't be the lag of the buffering between videos.
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Mario Lopes added a comment - 09/Jan/11 6:11 AM - edited
if you hit the ok button only that file is played, but if pressed the play button the boxee play all files from that file and only stops on last one.
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Mario Lopes added a comment - 09/Jan/11 6:11 AM - edited if you hit the ok button only that file is played, but if pressed the play button the boxee play all files from that file and only stops on last one.
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allen kacarik added a comment - 10/Jan/11 3:02 AM
Please add auto play next item in the video options.
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allen kacarik added a comment - 10/Jan/11 3:02 AM Please add auto play next item in the video options.
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Some Guy added a comment - 11/Jan/11 8:24 PM
ok maybe i'm an idiot and missing something here, but when i'm browsing files and i'm in a folder, pressing play when on a file does absolutely nothing. Pressing ok, then pressing play, does absolutely nothing. Only pressing ok gets results.
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Some Guy added a comment - 11/Jan/11 8:24 PM ok maybe i'm an idiot and missing something here, but when i'm browsing files and i'm in a folder, pressing play when on a file does absolutely nothing. Pressing ok, then pressing play, does absolutely nothing. Only pressing ok gets results.
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Ian Odette added a comment - 14/Jan/11 7:03 PM
Yeah, I have to agree here. When I'm navigating through files the directional buttons and the okay button are the only inputs available to me.
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Ian Odette added a comment - 14/Jan/11 7:03 PM Yeah, I have to agree here. When I'm navigating through files the directional buttons and the okay button are the only inputs available to me.
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Mats Remman added a comment - 02/Feb/11 9:44 AM
Agreed here, I have tons of small clips my kid likes to watch, and the Popcorn i would just press "play" and it would play from current and then all files. Now on Boxee, the workaround was to create a m3u file then play this.

When browsing music files, you will get track x/y - when browsing video and pressing "play" i'd like the same, playing video x/y of folder.
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Mats Remman added a comment - 02/Feb/11 9:44 AM Agreed here, I have tons of small clips my kid likes to watch, and the Popcorn i would just press "play" and it would play from current and then all files. Now on Boxee, the workaround was to create a m3u file then play this. When browsing music files, you will get track x/y - when browsing video and pressing "play" i'd like the same, playing video x/y of folder.
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allen kacarik added a comment - 18/Feb/11 2:13 PM
please add an auto play next item feature for video options. This feature already exists for music files, why can't we have this feature yet for video files. WD Media Player has this feature.
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allen kacarik added a comment - 18/Feb/11 2:13 PM please add an auto play next item feature for video options. This feature already exists for music files, why can't we have this feature yet for video files. WD Media Player has this feature.
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Js Tanguay added a comment - 27/Feb/11 9:12 AM - edited
I want to watch all my video clips in one button press. Please add this feature like xbmc. Play button press on a folder must start all video.
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Js Tanguay added a comment - 27/Feb/11 9:12 AM - edited I want to watch all my video clips in one button press. Please add this feature like xbmc. Play button press on a folder must start all video.
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dave added a comment - 03/Mar/11 11:45 AM
I'd like this as well. It would be especially useful for "home movies" which are typically many short videos which are sorted in chronological order.
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dave added a comment - 03/Mar/11 11:45 AM I'd like this as well. It would be especially useful for "home movies" which are typically many short videos which are sorted in chronological order.
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Bran Carps added a comment - 08/Mar/11 3:22 PM
Auto playing the next file in a folder is a fundamental, no-brainer capability all media software/players.
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Bran Carps added a comment - 08/Mar/11 3:22 PM Auto playing the next file in a folder is a fundamental, no-brainer capability all media software/players.
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Glenn A. Olsen added a comment - 15/Mar/11 3:26 AM
Really need this! The lack of this "feature" renders my Boxee useless when it comes to watching all my AVCHD files.
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Glenn A. Olsen added a comment - 15/Mar/11 3:26 AM Really need this! The lack of this "feature" renders my Boxee useless when it comes to watching all my AVCHD files.
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allen kacarik added a comment - 02/Apr/11 10:42 PM
It's been over 3 months and this feature request is still on Deferred and is still Unassigned. Were only asking for a simple feature that already existed on the original xbmc. Please ad least ad this to version 1.2.
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allen kacarik added a comment - 02/Apr/11 10:42 PM It's been over 3 months and this feature request is still on Deferred and is still Unassigned. Were only asking for a simple feature that already existed on the original xbmc. Please ad least ad this to version 1.2.
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Guillaume MONTAGNANA added a comment - 09/Apr/11 10:00 AM
Just installed Boxee and thought i was dumb not finding where was the continuous play function... So i'm not dumb, it's just missing. Why having a queue if it can't be played continuously ??
My shitty old media center does it by default...
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Guillaume MONTAGNANA added a comment - 09/Apr/11 10:00 AM Just installed Boxee and thought i was dumb not finding where was the continuous play function... So i'm not dumb, it's just missing. Why having a queue if it can't be played continuously ?? My shitty old media center does it by default...
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Mick Liet added a comment - 14/Apr/11 8:29 PM
This is a killer for me. This is my 6th media player (MediaGate - 3 versions, WDTV, HDX1000) and the first I have encountered that doesn't allow this functionality. I have folders full of music video files which I would like it to just player (ideally with a random/shuffle option, but I can live without that and create a playlist if I have to), series of kids cartoons which are like 5-10 mins each and the kids just want to start at the top, multi-part movies, and just folders of random hove videos.
I very nearly returned the player today (purchased yesterday) and suffer 15% return penalty from the store I got it from but decided to see if there are options. I really hope this happens soon. Until it does my trusty HDX1000 is being put back on the main TV and this moved to the one that is never used.
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Mick Liet added a comment - 14/Apr/11 8:29 PM This is a killer for me. This is my 6th media player (MediaGate - 3 versions, WDTV, HDX1000) and the first I have encountered that doesn't allow this functionality. I have folders full of music video files which I would like it to just player (ideally with a random/shuffle option, but I can live without that and create a playlist if I have to), series of kids cartoons which are like 5-10 mins each and the kids just want to start at the top, multi-part movies, and just folders of random hove videos. I very nearly returned the player today (purchased yesterday) and suffer 15% return penalty from the store I got it from but decided to see if there are options. I really hope this happens soon. Until it does my trusty HDX1000 is being put back on the main TV and this moved to the one that is never used.
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Tor-Petter added a comment - 21/Apr/11 2:47 AM
How can this feature be down-prioritized? This is mediaplayer 1-0-1, and I have never had any mediaplayers that dont have this feature... Now my Boxee is waiting for better times in the bedroom while my WDTV-live is back on my main TV...

This feature should really not be hard to implement in the upcomming update...

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Tor-Petter added a comment - 21/Apr/11 2:47 AM How can this feature be down-prioritized? This is mediaplayer 1-0-1, and I have never had any mediaplayers that dont have this feature... Now my Boxee is waiting for better times in the bedroom while my WDTV-live is back on my main TV... This feature should really not be hard to implement in the upcomming update...
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Mick Liet added a comment - 21/Apr/11 4:16 AM
I returned the Boxee to the store ... was willing to suffer the penalty. Boxee Box needs a few of these sorts of issues including being more in line with the PC/linux versions.
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Mick Liet added a comment - 21/Apr/11 4:16 AM I returned the Boxee to the store ... was willing to suffer the penalty. Boxee Box needs a few of these sorts of issues including being more in line with the PC/linux versions.
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nordel added a comment - 22/Apr/11 6:38 PM
I agree - this is a very important and fundamental feature! I would like to be able to play video files in a folder alphabetically or in random order, with the ability to hit 'next' to play the next file. Would also like to be able to create video file playlists.
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nordel added a comment - 22/Apr/11 6:38 PM I agree - this is a very important and fundamental feature! I would like to be able to play video files in a folder alphabetically or in random order, with the ability to hit 'next' to play the next file. Would also like to be able to create video file playlists.
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innovativevsregressive added a comment - 28/Apr/11 5:49 PM - edited
Much needed especially for viewing home movies.

Pressing the play/pause button would be a great implementation of this feature. List of videos from camcorder/mobile phone, pressing play results in all videos playing one after another.
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innovativevsregressive added a comment - 28/Apr/11 5:49 PM - edited Much needed especially for viewing home movies. Pressing the play/pause button would be a great implementation of this feature. List of videos from camcorder/mobile phone, pressing play results in all videos playing one after another.
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Vamsi Krishna added a comment - 12/May/11 3:36 AM
Very Very Very disappointing to see 1.1 f/w released without this change. I cannot imagine a video playback functionality without this feature.
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Vamsi Krishna added a comment - 12/May/11 3:36 AM Very Very Very disappointing to see 1.1 f/w released without this change. I cannot imagine a video playback functionality without this feature.
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Andre Pavini added a comment - 13/May/11 5:24 PM
Me to Vamsi Krishna "Very Very Very disappointing to see 1.1 f/w released without this change. I cannot imagine a video playback functionality without this feature."
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Andre Pavini added a comment - 13/May/11 5:24 PM Me to Vamsi Krishna "Very Very Very disappointing to see 1.1 f/w released without this change. I cannot imagine a video playback functionality without this feature."
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allen kacarik added a comment - 14/May/11 8:01 PM
Can we please see some progress on this issue. What we desire is a simple feature that already exists for audio files, i can't imagine it's that difficult in comparison to some of the other issues the boxee team is handling. It would be nice if we can ad least see some progress for this issue, such as being added to Fiona 1.2, or 1.3.
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allen kacarik added a comment - 14/May/11 8:01 PM Can we please see some progress on this issue. What we desire is a simple feature that already exists for audio files, i can't imagine it's that difficult in comparison to some of the other issues the boxee team is handling. It would be nice if we can ad least see some progress for this issue, such as being added to Fiona 1.2, or 1.3.
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David Lasher added a comment - 19/May/11 5:38 PM
As a "feature" which should be standard on all media players, can we at least see SOME sort of activity about this issue? At the very least, an option to auto play the watch later queue would be satisfactory.
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David Lasher added a comment - 19/May/11 5:38 PM As a "feature" which should be standard on all media players, can we at least see SOME sort of activity about this issue? At the very least, an option to auto play the watch later queue would be satisfactory.
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Jason LaPrell added a comment - 23/May/11 9:31 AM
I too vote for this. If you're playing files in a folder, boxee should automatically play the next file in that folder. It seems odd, Boxee uses Youtube leanback, so videos on youtube play in queue. I have a lot of (hundreds) cartoon "shorts", about 5 to 10 minutes each my daughter likes to watch. It's annoying to have to be ready every 5 minutes to go to the next file, if I am trying to get other stuff done around the house at the same time. Please Boxee team, implement this simple feature.
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Jason LaPrell added a comment - 23/May/11 9:31 AM I too vote for this. If you're playing files in a folder, boxee should automatically play the next file in that folder. It seems odd, Boxee uses Youtube leanback, so videos on youtube play in queue. I have a lot of (hundreds) cartoon "shorts", about 5 to 10 minutes each my daughter likes to watch. It's annoying to have to be ready every 5 minutes to go to the next file, if I am trying to get other stuff done around the house at the same time. Please Boxee team, implement this simple feature.
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haveringcottage added a comment - 23/May/11 11:58 AM
I WOULD LOVE TO SEE THIS
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haveringcottage added a comment - 23/May/11 11:58 AM I WOULD LOVE TO SEE THIS
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stephan schill added a comment - 09/Jun/11 10:15 PM
This, for me, is the only thing boxee is missing. I love being able to do a 'play all' when I put a dvd in with a full tv season.
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stephan schill added a comment - 09/Jun/11 10:15 PM This, for me, is the only thing boxee is missing. I love being able to do a 'play all' when I put a dvd in with a full tv season.
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Steve Felicetti added a comment - 10/Jun/11 6:01 PM
Please add this feature. I can understand the need to trim down the application for a stable commercial release, but this is a basic function that should exist. Plenty of folks have commented here...can you at least offer a temporary fix?
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Steve Felicetti added a comment - 10/Jun/11 6:01 PM Please add this feature. I can understand the need to trim down the application for a stable commercial release, but this is a basic function that should exist. Plenty of folks have commented here...can you at least offer a temporary fix?
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Tuyen Ngo added a comment - 14/Jun/11 9:58 PM
This is just plain dumb that my $200 freaking box cant do something as simple as auto play after over 6 months. You can setup Jura but can't add this feature. Wtf?!?
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Tuyen Ngo added a comment - 14/Jun/11 9:58 PM This is just plain dumb that my $200 freaking box cant do something as simple as auto play after over 6 months. You can setup Jura but can't add this feature. Wtf?!?
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Tor-Petter added a comment - 11/Jul/11 1:01 PM
Extremely disapointing to see that this issue is not planned in the next firmwares. Every other box I have used had this feature from day one.

Really Boxee... this cannot be that hard to implement????
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Tor-Petter added a comment - 11/Jul/11 1:01 PM Extremely disapointing to see that this issue is not planned in the next firmwares. Every other box I have used had this feature from day one. Really Boxee... this cannot be that hard to implement????
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Some Guy added a comment - 11/Jul/11 1:12 PM
could someone from boxee please give us SOME sort of feedback regarding this issue??
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Some Guy added a comment - 11/Jul/11 1:12 PM could someone from boxee please give us SOME sort of feedback regarding this issue??
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rickard hansson added a comment - 18/Jul/11 7:49 PM
I hear you all on this one, i cannot understand it either.
It is one of the most "standard" things in all other boxes, so why not in boxee software as well?
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rickard hansson added a comment - 18/Jul/11 7:49 PM I hear you all on this one, i cannot understand it either. It is one of the most "standard" things in all other boxes, so why not in boxee software as well?
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Bruno Fernandes added a comment - 18/Jul/11 8:03 PM
There are two separate issues being discussed here. From the OP, #1 is the first issue and should be treated automatically. If a single movie is split over multiple files, Boxee should play them all back to back as it has recognized that it is a multi-part movie. If this doesn't work, and Boxee has properly identified the movie is multi-part, this should be split off into its own bug ticket.

#2 is a feature request for something like dynamic playlist and to be properly implemented it shouldn't matter if files are in the same folder or not. It would in fact make no sense to have the same-folder limitation since Boxee's UI metaphor is not about folders. This should work with movies or any content and can be implemented itself as a number of features.

For items that are listed together in the UI, such as TV episodes, there can be a Play All item in the options menu. Additionally, when selecting a single file, the option to "Play all remaining episodes" could be used to play the selected episode and additional ones in order.

Watch Later items which are listed together should be able to be played sequentially with a similar option when clicking on any title.
 
For movies or content that is not already listed together, they can be added to Watch Later or optionally a new dynamic playlist or Queue is created, Yes, I know the Watch Later is the new version of the former Queue. This dynamic version would be temporary and should be wiped any time the box is restarted. Basically you just "Add to Queue" (or whatever Boxee would prefer to cal it, such as "Playlist") as many items as you want. Then from the top level menu (or Home Screen) you'd be able to enter this dynamic list, just like you can with Watch later, and start it up.
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Bruno Fernandes added a comment - 18/Jul/11 8:03 PM There are two separate issues being discussed here. From the OP, #1 is the first issue and should be treated automatically. If a single movie is split over multiple files, Boxee should play them all back to back as it has recognized that it is a multi-part movie. If this doesn't work, and Boxee has properly identified the movie is multi-part, this should be split off into its own bug ticket. #2 is a feature request for something like dynamic playlist and to be properly implemented it shouldn't matter if files are in the same folder or not. It would in fact make no sense to have the same-folder limitation since Boxee's UI metaphor is not about folders. This should work with movies or any content and can be implemented itself as a number of features. For items that are listed together in the UI, such as TV episodes, there can be a Play All item in the options menu. Additionally, when selecting a single file, the option to "Play all remaining episodes" could be used to play the selected episode and additional ones in order. Watch Later items which are listed together should be able to be played sequentially with a similar option when clicking on any title.   For movies or content that is not already listed together, they can be added to Watch Later or optionally a new dynamic playlist or Queue is created, Yes, I know the Watch Later is the new version of the former Queue. This dynamic version would be temporary and should be wiped any time the box is restarted. Basically you just "Add to Queue" (or whatever Boxee would prefer to cal it, such as "Playlist") as many items as you want. Then from the top level menu (or Home Screen) you'd be able to enter this dynamic list, just like you can with Watch later, and start it up.
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Joern added a comment - 26/Jul/11 3:33 AM
I dont need some fancy options for playing files, all I need is for my boxee box to simply playing the next video file in a folder so I dont have to manually switch to the next cartoon for my child each 5 minutes. This is a huge lack and makes my boxee box more than less useless for my use.
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Joern added a comment - 26/Jul/11 3:33 AM I dont need some fancy options for playing files, all I need is for my boxee box to simply playing the next video file in a folder so I dont have to manually switch to the next cartoon for my child each 5 minutes. This is a huge lack and makes my boxee box more than less useless for my use.
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haveringcottage added a comment - 26/Jul/11 3:42 AM
Yes, come on guys, lets not run before we can walk!

I just want an option to "automatically play next item in list" - potentially a tick box on the video OSD.
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haveringcottage added a comment - 26/Jul/11 3:42 AM Yes, come on guys, lets not run before we can walk! I just want an option to "automatically play next item in list" - potentially a tick box on the video OSD.
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tronbrain added a comment - 26/Jul/11 1:58 PM - edited
One way to solve the problem is for Boxee to automatically "stack" multi-part videos while it scans. This should not be difficult, especially if the files are named with an obvious convention such as "Rugrats Part 1," "Rugrats Part 2," etc. It could be set as an option under settings to "Automatically stack multi-part videos when detected."

At the moment, a reasonable workaround is to stack the videos yourself.
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tronbrain added a comment - 26/Jul/11 1:58 PM - edited One way to solve the problem is for Boxee to automatically "stack" multi-part videos while it scans. This should not be difficult, especially if the files are named with an obvious convention such as "Rugrats Part 1," "Rugrats Part 2," etc. It could be set as an option under settings to "Automatically stack multi-part videos when detected." At the moment, a reasonable workaround is to stack the videos yourself.
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Daniel Moore added a comment - 17/Aug/11 6:07 AM
Definitely need auto-play. It is quite annoying having to select play on each one.
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Daniel Moore added a comment - 17/Aug/11 6:07 AM Definitely need auto-play. It is quite annoying having to select play on each one.

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  • Created:
    23/Dec/10 4:54 AM
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    17/Aug/11 6:07 AM