If you’ve used X-Box Video, you’ll know it’s a clunky and feature-poor piece of programming. Especially if you compare it to Zune or Windows Media Player, both very capable programs full of features, you will find that you miss them when using XBV. So, to help Microsoft, I present here three very quick interface changes that will go a long way to helping make the program more useful to users.
First, the TV Show collection:
To the left, I added a genre list. This is present in Zune, which lets you edit video metadata (something X-Box Video still hasn’t figured out how to do), and categorize video files into TV shows, seasons, and episodes. Top right, the search box, which makes more sense here than top left. It’s here the search box is in a number of other programs. You get pivots to see all, new, recent, unwatched, and favorite programs. The drop down lets you resort your TV Shows. Easy. Maybe even on the left we could add under genre ‘ratings’ for parental ratings, or in the ‘sort by’ dropdown.
Also note, there’s a playlist section for playlists of video files. If you’re having a party, create a music video playlist. Or binge watching, create a TV Show playlist of several seasons of your favorite show.
Same thing as above, with more content on-screen, and better sorting, including genres.
Finally, the personal collection:
Again, better than the current X-Box Video with better organization and streamlined interface. To the left, user-metadata supplies the categorization so you can see your videos by location (city, state, country, and even neighborhood in a city), date filmed, people tagged in the video, and collections (your groupings for specific vacation videos). How much sense does this make?
Now the question is how soon such changes will make it into XBV.