Emby Plugin  

Developer: Glenn's Plugins     Like this plugin? Show your appreciation!
Category: A/V and IR Equipment
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Plugin ID: com.GlennNZ.indigoplugin.EmbyPlugin
Latest release: v0.1.3 released on May 16, 2022
Requires: Indigo v2022.1.0 or higher
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Hi all,

Announcing the release of an Emby Plugin for Indigo.

  • Enables monitoring of a Emby Client from within Indigo (with rapid response)
  • Enables Remote Control of Emby Client from within Indigo with ActionGroup Commands
  • Local copies of Fanart and Thumbnail Artwork to use within refreshingURL Control Page

Download/Uptodate version: [url]https://github.com/Ghawken/EmbyPlugin.indigoPlugin/releases/latest[/url] or from within the plugin - Update/Force Update

For those that are unaware Emby is a Media Server solution (essentially open source) competing against Kodi (completely open source) and Plex.
([url]https://emby.media/[/url]) Emby arguably has the best image quality through use of MadVR ([url]http://forum.doom9.org/showthread.php?t=146228[/url] - for some interesting reading/2000 page thread about image quality!)

This Indigo Plugin needs a Emby Server Plugin installed (which is available in the Emby Plugin Catalog - called FrontView+ API)

See install post for instructions.

Many thanks to community - and particularly DaveL for GhostXML - which I have gutted and reused as a base here after recently getting familiar with it and also for getting me off backside into plugin packaging rather than scripts etc.

Details/Rationale of Implementation

This plugin utilises a Emby Server Plugin I have written for another C# app for Emby Server. (FrontView+API)

The downside of the approach I have taken is that we get information from a single Emby Client only set at the Server level by this Emby Server Plugin. (but this Indigo Plugin doesn't have to authenticate & then regularly grab all session data to get info for a single client)

The upside is because the server has to do and send very little - only one little clients info - the communication is very quick and lightweight. (my Emby Server request average 1-2ms only to complete)

For my personal use - I typically interested in monitoring one Emby Client only - but I want it quick - and this Plugin is the solution to speed.

So currently these scenarios all happen within 1/2 second or so [i]eg[/i]. doorbell rings - lights on/Emby pauses; I pause Emby playback - Pause lightening scene runs Playback restarts --> lights off etc.

Having even 5-20 second delay for those actions for me is a deal-breaker - hence this solution (which did require getting to grips with Emby-Server API/Plugins)

Happy to hear other thoughts - and wouldn't be too much work to enable multiple clients - but it would slow, slow, slow down the response times.. (although I could change the Emby-Server Plugin to server multiple clients as an additional solution)

Anyhow - hopefully of some value - and consider it a work in progress.



Step 1: From within Emby Server - install FrontView+API from Catalog

* Step 2:* Once FrontView+API Plugin is installed on Emby Server: Go to it Settings - *Plugin - FrontView+API Settings * to select your Emby Playback client that we will be monitoring in Indigo: (Yes we monitor a single Emby Client only - see announcement thread about details and reason why)

Step 3: Then or before - doesn't matter - install EmbyPlugin via download instructions - double click the indigoplugin File.

Step 4 Then Create a new Emby-Plugin Device

Enter the URL for your Emby Server and the port in the format as shown above.


The Plugin then creates a number of custom states relating to the current status of that monitored client. (as you can see above)

The Plugin also enables Action Groups for Remote Control:

It also creates a local copy of Fanart and Thumb artwork for use in Control Pages via Refreshing URL.

[i]/Library/Application Support/Perceptive Automation/images/EmbyPlugin/Fanart_art.png /Library/Application Support/Perceptive Automation/images/EmbyPlugin/Thumbnail_art.png [/i]

Also updating them to blank artwork if no file is playing.

This enables you to very easily add the artwork to ControlPages - which update with time/artwork playback/and have functional remote control buttons. Like these two examples - I whipped together it less than 2 minutes

The speed of the connection and the updates - enables very responsive lights on Pause, Lights off Playback started, Movie Scene setting etc - essentially there is no delay.

Consider this very much a work in progress - but though would post as I continue to update.


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Released on: May 16, 2022
Requires: Indigo v2022.1.0+
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Released on: July 8, 2017
Requires: Indigo v5.0.0 thru v2022.2
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0.1.0 Fixs for emby server 3.2.2 changes (update FrontView EmbyServer Plugin to version 1.0.40) Less debug logging unless specifically enabled (was saving a verbose debug log) 0.1.1 Add Logo as possible artwork Saved with Thumbnail and Fanart

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Released on: Dec. 18, 2016
Requires: Indigo v5.0.0 thru v2022.2
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Requires: Indigo v5.0.0 thru v2022.2
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Released on: Dec. 16, 2016
Requires: Indigo v5.0.0 thru v2022.2
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