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3db's Avatar 3db 04:18 PM 07-26-2014
I bought this app for the Playbook and it works very well. It works with my WD TV SMP and my Roku3




JRock3x8's Avatar JRock3x8 07:58 PM 07-26-2014
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That's why I use themes...
is there an easy how to on how to do that?

I looked at this but it seemed pretty daunting :

http://community.wd.com/t5/WD-TV-The...us/td-p/578508
Otter0911's Avatar Otter0911 09:19 PM 07-26-2014
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Originally Posted by JRock3x8 View Post
is there an easy how to on how to do that?

I looked at this but it seemed pretty daunting :

http://community.wd.com/t5/WD-TV-The...us/td-p/578508
It's really not daunting at all. That's the Simplicity theme which you would need to learn Thumbgen which I haven't used but I hear it's not too hard to learn.
There are themes that don't use Thumbgen and just use the metadata generated by the WD. I use the Simple theme which doesn't use Thumbgen, Screenshots are here...

Screenshots! Media Players WD's etc.
JRock3x8's Avatar JRock3x8 06:16 AM 07-27-2014
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It's really not daunting at all. That's the Simplicity theme which you would need to learn Thumbgen which I haven't used but I hear it's not too hard to learn.
There are themes that don't use Thumbgen and just use the metadata generated by the WD. I use the Simple theme which doesn't use Thumbgen, Screenshots are here...

Screenshots! Media Players WD's etc.
So I googled how to update the firmware (not to Simple) and found a few scary comments : Box won't reboot, lost audio on certain files...

You Tube

Thoughts? Also thumbgen is a program that works on PC, not on the WDTV right? I'm less concerned about futzing with stuff on the PC then I am on the WDTV.
Otter0911's Avatar Otter0911 07:21 AM 07-27-2014
Yes, thumbgen works on your PC.

Using a theme and updating Firmware are two different things. The video you show is for updating the Live to a custom firmware from b-rads-wdlxtv.
WDFan1970's Avatar WDFan1970 07:34 AM 07-27-2014
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So I googled how to update the firmware (not to Simple) and found a few scary comments : Box won't reboot, lost audio on certain files...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIYzwARS8Eg

Thoughts?
That's not even a WDTV SMP. That's the old WDTV Live HD. And that's not stock firmware upgrades, that's changing to third-party "Hacked" firmware.
JRock3x8's Avatar JRock3x8 08:27 AM 07-27-2014
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Originally Posted by WDFan1970 View Post
That's not even a WDTV SMP. That's the old WDTV Live HD. And that's not stock firmware upgrades, that's changing to third-party "Hacked" firmware.
sorry I don't understand the differences. Is Simple a WD supported firmware? Is Simplicity?
Otter0911's Avatar Otter0911 10:18 AM 07-27-2014
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Originally Posted by JRock3x8 View Post
sorry I don't understand the differences. Is Simple a WD supported firmware? Is Simplicity?
To keep it basic... Firmware is provided by WD to change the operating system to fix errors to add apps or to improve the device. A Theme is written to change the appearance/display of the device.
mr266's Avatar mr266 10:34 AM 07-27-2014
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Originally Posted by JRock3x8 View Post
is there an easy how to on how to do that?

I looked at this but it seemed pretty daunting :

http://community.wd.com/t5/WD-TV-The...us/td-p/578508
I'm running the Simplicity Theme by Devicious, and am very happy with it. You would have to use the B-Rad OS upgrade, but both of these things are actually very easy to do, and only daunting because there's a lot of old info out there. Basically (very basically) you down load the B-rad files, update one file to put in your SMPs IP address, run that file and move the other files on to a thumb drive which you will keep plugged in to the SMP. The theme will also reside on the thumb and the covers will go in a file with each movie (wherever those movies are...PC or external drive). As far as thumbgen, it's actually pretty easy and I was able to play around with it and understand it in the course of a couple hours (and I usually need step by step instructions).
RVD26's Avatar RVD26 01:44 PM 07-27-2014
The B-rad WDLXTV software is pretty simple to install.
I sometimes struggle with things like that, but it was pretty simple for me to install.
Thumgen took a little while for me to get it exactly how I like it.
The only thing is, the support for WDLXTV has fallen off somewhat and there are issues which have not been fixed and may not ever get fixed.
It's a shame b/c this player has been the best in terms of playing all formats without issue.
I just bought an Amazon Fire TV and although it runs quicker, it struggles to play certain files.
JRock3x8's Avatar JRock3x8 03:11 AM 07-28-2014
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The B-rad WDLXTV software is pretty simple to install.
I sometimes struggle with things like that, but it was pretty simple for me to install.
Thumgen took a little while for me to get it exactly how I like it.
The only thing is, the support for WDLXTV has fallen off somewhat and there are issues which have not been fixed and may not ever get fixed.
It's a shame b/c this player has been the best in terms of playing all formats without issue.
I just bought an Amazon Fire TV and although it runs quicker, it struggles to play certain files.
see that's why I ultimately went with the WDTV. I read all the complaints about people not getting proper surround sound...

So all I really use my WDTV for is MKV rips - am I going to have any issues with those if I try that B-rad upgrade?
spongebob's Avatar spongebob 07:41 AM 07-28-2014
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Originally Posted by JRock3x8 View Post
So I googled how to update the firmware (not to Simple) and found a few scary comments : Box won't reboot, lost audio on certain files...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIYzwARS8Eg

Thoughts? Also thumbgen is a program that works on PC, not on the WDTV right? I'm less concerned about futzing with stuff on the PC then I am on the WDTV.

Will this work on my WDTV Live + ?

thx

bob
RVD26's Avatar RVD26 08:16 AM 07-28-2014
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see that's why I ultimately went with the WDTV. I read all the complaints about people not getting proper surround sound...

So all I really use my WDTV for is MKV rips - am I going to have any issues with those if I try that B-rad upgrade?
You'll have no issues if you upgrade.

Sent from my Samsung Galaxy S5
WDFan1970's Avatar WDFan1970 02:34 PM 07-28-2014
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Will this work on my WDTV Live + ?

thx

bob
No, Thumbgen runs on your PC, not your WD.
mr266's Avatar mr266 03:24 PM 07-28-2014
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Originally Posted by JRock3x8 View Post
see that's why I ultimately went with the WDTV. I read all the complaints about people not getting proper surround sound...

So all I really use my WDTV for is MKV rips - am I going to have any issues with those if I try that B-rad upgrade?
Nope. I use mostly MKV and all work fine.
wco81's Avatar wco81 09:21 AM 07-29-2014
New to this product.

Amazon shows several models. Is there a good overview comparison of what's out there?
Nickff's Avatar Nickff 09:39 AM 07-29-2014
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Originally Posted by wco81 View Post
New to this product.

Amazon shows several models. Is there a good overview comparison of what's out there?
http://www.wdc.com/en/products/homeentertainment/mediaplayers/

At least one does not have a Netflix app if that matters.
wco81's Avatar wco81 09:51 AM 07-29-2014
Are there any performance differences?

Do they all support HD audio, DTS HD MA and the Dolby TrueHD?
shawnwalters's Avatar shawnwalters 06:19 AM 07-30-2014
I have just started ripping my blu rays again after a 4 year hiatus. I used to use YAMJ and play the movies on a Popcorn Hour. I no longer have the popcorn hour, and just have a file directory of movies stored on my movie server. How do I get WD TV to recognize the movies as box covers and not just a list of file names? I tried changing the view, and making sure titles are named right. They are .m2ts files. Speaking of which, is there a better container to use?
spongebob's Avatar spongebob 08:02 AM 07-30-2014
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I have just started ripping my blu rays again after a 4 year hiatus. I used to use YAMJ and play the movies on a Popcorn Hour. I no longer have the popcorn hour, and just have a file directory of movies stored on my movie server. How do I get WD TV to recognize the movies as box covers and not just a list of file names? I tried changing the view, and making sure titles are named right. They are .m2ts files. Speaking of which, is there a better container to use?
What software do you use?

bob
JRock3x8's Avatar JRock3x8 08:17 AM 07-30-2014
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What software do you use?

bob
MakeMKV is the bomb.
Otter0911's Avatar Otter0911 09:24 AM 07-30-2014
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Originally Posted by shawnwalters View Post
I have just started ripping my blu rays again after a 4 year hiatus. I used to use YAMJ and play the movies on a Popcorn Hour. I no longer have the popcorn hour, and just have a file directory of movies stored on my movie server. How do I get WD TV to recognize the movies as box covers and not just a list of file names? I tried changing the view, and making sure titles are named right. They are .m2ts files. Speaking of which, is there a better container to use?
Are you using Media Server or Network Shares?

If just using server it will not show thumbnails or xmls...
shawnwalters's Avatar shawnwalters 09:30 AM 07-30-2014
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Originally Posted by Otter0911 View Post
Are you using Media Server or Network Shares?

If just using server it will not show thumbnails or xmls...
I currently use ANY DVD but am thinking of switching to makemkv and use mkvs instead of ts/m2ts that I use now.

And i think I'm currently using media server. Is network share the way to go for box covers? And does wdtv make them for you? I saw posts from years ago that said it doesn't. But have no clue if that's still accurate.
WDFan1970's Avatar WDFan1970 09:54 AM 07-30-2014
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Originally Posted by Otter0911 View Post
Are you using Media Server or Network Shares?

If just using server it will not show thumbnails or xmls...
That's true for XMLs, but not for Covers. If the Media Server understands covers, the WD will display them.
The only server I've ever used is Twonky, and it does handle covers.

But that said, I still use Network Shares anyway for the Media Library functionality.
Otter0911's Avatar Otter0911 10:51 AM 07-30-2014
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Originally Posted by WDFan1970 View Post
That's true for XMLs, but not for Covers. If the Media Server understands covers, the WD will display them.
The only server I've ever used is Twonky, and it does handle covers.

But that said, I still use Network Shares anyway for the Media Library functionality.
That's right, my fault...I have my server on list and forgot you can change the view to view covers.
shawnwalters's Avatar shawnwalters 11:14 AM 07-30-2014
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Originally Posted by WDFan1970 View Post
That's true for XMLs, but not for Covers. If the Media Server understands covers, the WD will display them.
The only server I've ever used is Twonky, and it does handle covers.

But that said, I still use Network Shares anyway for the Media Library functionality.
Thanks. So all I have right now is just a directory of movies. No xml no html etc. Do I need to use a box cover creator like yamj then wdtv will show them?
spongebob's Avatar spongebob 05:16 PM 07-30-2014
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MakeMKV is the bomb.

For .2MTS files? I was asking about that.

thx
bob
shawnwalters's Avatar shawnwalters 06:17 AM 07-31-2014
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Thanks. So all I have right now is just a directory of movies. No xml no html etc. Do I need to use a box cover creator like yamj then wdtv will show them?
Well Im an idiot. So I made JPGs for a few movies I had, and named them the same as the m2ts file and the thumbnails showed up immediately. So it looks like I just need to created the images myself and keep them in the movie folder.

Is there a script that will auto create the thumbnails on a batch run or something?

Thanks
RVD26's Avatar RVD26 10:25 AM 07-31-2014
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Well Im an idiot. So I made JPGs for a few movies I had, and named them the same as the m2ts file and the thumbnails showed up immediately. So it looks like I just need to created the images myself and keep them in the movie folder.

Is there a script that will auto create the thumbnails on a batch run or something?

Thanks
Thumbgen
JRock3x8's Avatar JRock3x8 11:18 AM 07-31-2014
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Originally Posted by shawnwalters View Post
Well Im an idiot. So I made JPGs for a few movies I had, and named them the same as the m2ts file and the thumbnails showed up immediately. So it looks like I just need to created the images myself and keep them in the movie folder.

Is there a script that will auto create the thumbnails on a batch run or something?

Thanks
what skin/version are you using? I also have jpg's but nothing shows up for me.
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