For those of you have a large amount of local content, you’ve no doubt quickly realized that Windows MCE’s default handling of media leaves much to be desired.
Here enters MediaBrowser. Mediabrowser is a free program that handles organizing your video files complete with online metadata. It is incredibly simple to setup, quite stable, and practically essential for anyone interested in having the ultimate home theatre experience on their computer.
The amount of data that it can display for your collection is astounding. It can handle trailers for movies, episode plot details, and it even lets you search for actors in your collection.
For those of you who want to take the time to generate the metadata locally, there is a great program called MetaBrowser that can handle that for you. While it’s not free, it is definitely worth the $20 to help keep your collection permanently organized.
I highly recommend MediaBrowser to anyone who uses Media Center as a front-end for their home theatre systems.