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Customise the EyeTV 2.3.1+ background Apps
EyeTV version 2.3 added a Front Row-esque full screen menu against a black backdrop, and then EyeTV 2.3.1 made it more unique with active moving backgrounds. I liked the original black theme better, so I had a look around and found that the new menu is actually a Quartz Composer document.

If you want to change how it looks, make sure Quartz Composer from the Tiger Developer Tools is installed, and find your EyeTV application in Finder. Control-click on it and choose Show Package Contents from the pop-up menu, then navigate into Contents -> Resources and open FSMenuBackground.qtz in Quartz Composer. There is also FSMenuBackground.qtz, which appears for 'One moment please' and 'No signal' messages. You should restart EyeTV to see the results of your changes. You should, of course, make backups before changing these files.

Don't get too fancy editing these, because it seems the composition is running constantly in the background (even when the menu is not displayed). I noticed this when I added my iSight to the background and the iSight's light didn't go off.
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Customise the EyeTV 2.3.1+ background
Authored by: siMac on Sep 18, '06 08:09:23AM

Brilliant, thanks!

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Customise the EyeTV 2.3.1+ background
Authored by: zpjet on Sep 18, '06 09:33:01AM

thanks, i noticed new eyetv is cpu hungry on my mini. now i deleted everything except gradient and made that one grey!

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Customise the EyeTV 2.3.1+ background
Authored by: Stecchino1 on Sep 19, '06 04:16:47AM

Thanks, I can give this a try. The new blue theme in 2.3.1. is ugly and Windows Media Center Edition-inspired. Not sure why El Gato went that direction.

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Customise the EyeTV 2.3.1+ background
Authored by: koelling on Sep 21, '06 02:04:06PM

It would be fantastic if they published an image input port on the composition so people could create live backgrounds including the currently playing show.

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Customise the EyeTV 2.3.1+ background
Authored by: ShaneHale on Nov 29, '06 02:33:35PM

Has anyone done this yet? I don't have Quartz Composer and would like to swap the background to something simular to FrontRow. If you have done this how about sharing the file!

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Customise the EyeTV 2.3.1+ background
Authored by: Dzine4U on Dec 31, '06 06:02:00AM

I have just been having a play with the EyeTV theme and thought I would share my results with you all. It's pretty close to looking like Front Row but I'm still struggling to find out how to change the colour and alignment of the text at the top of the screen from blue to white. Below are some screen shots and a link to download the required files. Hope this helps!

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EyeTV 2.4 ignores FSMenuBackground.qtz
Authored by: miketyson on Apr 20, '07 09:27:06PM

Has anyone managed to make this work under EyeTV 2.4? After customising the .qtz background image (FSMenuBackground.qtz), the menu background is just plain blue. It seems like 2.4 ignores FSMenuBackground.qtz if it has been modified, or something.

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EyeTV 2.4
Authored by: miketyson on Apr 20, '07 09:42:39PM

To answer my own question - it appears that the 'Animating BG' object needs to remain in place within FSMenuBackground.qtz for the background to be used. It can be disabled, to lower the rendering load, but it needs to be present. I wanted a static background, so I just added an image feeding a sprite, with a 'Rendering Destination Dimensions' object feeding the sprite's width/height. Then I deleted everything else except the 'Animating BG' object, which I disabled in its inspector.

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