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How to Customize the STP-HD300 Media Player UI
Last updated: October 27, 2010, for firmware 20101022 0
It is possible to customize the STP-HD300's Media Player (standalone) UI by using Studio on a PC installation of SageTV to modify the interface.
To use Studio, see the Studio Information Resources.
Get the Base STV for the STP-HD300
Easiest way - download the zipped files:
To modify the existing HD300 UI, first download the following zip file containing the STV and its support files:
You can unzip this in your SageTV installation directory to create a working location for it -- unzip the file in the existing "STVs" subdirectory where SageTV has been installed, being sure to preserve the folder structure contained in the zip file. This will create a subdirectory named "Cheetah".
Or, copy the files from the HD300:
Telnet into the HD300 (login as 'root', no password). The HD300's STV is found in /sage/STVs/Cheetah. You will need to copy that entire folder tree if you wish to modify & use the STV from a different location, or you will have problems when trying to access the support files it needs (images & so on).
The files can be copied to a USB drive, which is mounted as a subfolder of /tmp/external. You could copy the STV files to your USB drive's subfolder.
Edit the Base STV
The name of the file to be loaded and edited in Studio is named as one of the following:
Note: The name of the STV in the file download is different from the one built into the HD300 so that if you load and use it, it is more obvious that you are using a custom STV.
You may want to use Studio's File -> Save As option to save the file as an differently named STV file with the .xml extension to help separate your working copy from the STV that can be used on the HD300.
When you are ready to test your edits on the HD300, use Studio's File -> "Save A Copy As..." option to save the file with a name ending in .opt.stv. This saves the file in a special format required for loading the STV on the HD300. Note: If you do not use the Save A Copy As option or do not use the .opt.stv extension, the file will not be loadable on the HD300.
Prepare to use the STV on the HD300
Copy the entire Cheetah directory tree to one of these locations:
Note: You must copy all the files because the support files (graphics & so on) will be expected to be found in the directory tree in and below the directory where the .opt.stv file is located.
Load the STV on the HD300
After editing & copying the new .opt.stv file and its support files, follow these steps to load the STV on the HD300 when used as a Media Player (not connected to a SageTV server):
If your edits have created a problem and you need to recover to the original STV, simply remove the USB drive, rename the network path location, or rename/delete the internal writable flash path for the STV and reboot the HD300. When it can't find the custom STV file, it will revert to the original STV.
Let me know if you run into any problems with the above instructions or have questions about some part that isn't clear.
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