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Old 02-12-2013, 04:22 AM - Thread Starter
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I have recently upgraded to a Panasonic 3D TV which has a built in media centre. I have installed Serviio on my PC and its running fantastically. However, I want to add my 3D Blurays to the PC in order to play them whenever in any room etc.

I have backed up my Blurays in .ISO format on the PC and have created a virtual drive to mount them on when needed. I have shared this drive across my network and it can be accessed no problem. The problem is that it opens the drive like a directory rather than a film. I can watch the film, but only on upscaled 3D as I have to select the .mt2s (in 2D) file manually rather than seeing it as if I had put a film in the drive.

Im not asking for Serviio help, as it appears its not the program for me just yet. I am looking for a way to get around this, if its possible. Is there anything else I can install which will allow me to share a drive across a network in the correct way?

What I really want is something I can install, which will allow my TV to "see" the drive as a Bluray drive and not a directory of folders..

At this point I am not able to buy any additional hardware and I would like to avoid ripping my films down to H-SBS as I dont want the quality loss.

Have I got options?

Thanks in advance
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Old 02-12-2013, 07:33 AM
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Hey

I have recently upgraded to a Panasonic 3D TV which has a built in media centre. I have installed Serviio on my PC and its running fantastically. However, I want to add my 3D Blurays to the PC in order to play them whenever in any room etc.

I have backed up my Blurays in .ISO format on the PC and have created a virtual drive to mount them on when needed. I have shared this drive across my network and it can be accessed no problem. The problem is that it opens the drive like a directory rather than a film. I can watch the film, but only on upscaled 3D as I have to select the .mt2s (in 2D) file manually rather than seeing it as if I had put a film in the drive.

Im not asking for Serviio help, as it appears its not the program for me just yet. I am looking for a way to get around this, if its possible. Is there anything else I can install which will allow me to share a drive across a network in the correct way?

What I really want is something I can install, which will allow my TV to "see" the drive as a Bluray drive and not a directory of folders..

At this point I am not able to buy any additional hardware and I would like to avoid ripping my films down to H-SBS as I dont want the quality loss.

Have I got options?

Thanks in advance

Honestly, I know you don't want to get any additional hardware but I think the only real solution to properly playback blu-ray ISOs is a Dune or PCH media player. If you're really constrained financially at the moment you can look for a Netgear Neo 550 that's supposed to handle ISOs reasonably well also and it wasn't all that well received so you might be able to pick one up at a discount or a used one.

I'm personally a very happy Dune owner but with Cinavia bringing an end to blu-ray menu support in media players I regret ripping to ISO - I should have gone the MKV route from the outset which is a format seemingly every media player supports with more and more of them also supporting HD sound. Only forced subtitles still pose a problem for many players but if you plan ahead and only rip forced subtitles you can get around that by leaving subtitles on by default.

I would take a look long at how many titles you have ripped and consider whether it's worth your while to redo them to give you more flexibility in terms of media player playback - for me it's a no-go (I don't have the energy to start over and my Dune player works great) but if you haven't put too much time into it, it could be the way to go.
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Thanks for the reply. I know hardware is the simple route, but I simply cant afford it right now. I do have my eye on a Dune unit, they look fantastic, but I cant help thinking there must be a solution for this somewhere. I have found a plug in for windows media centre, which allows it to see iso's, automatically mount them to a virtual drive and play them. However, extender support was disabled while he fixed some code... That was 2 years ago! I would also prefer to not have to go back to WMC just for isos, but if it was a solution I would.

Most of my media is mkv, but for 3D I really want to avoid converting films from the native iso to h-sbs for quality reasons. In 2d the difference is minimal, but I feel the difference in 3D is worth trying to retain if possible but it seems over a network its not possible without a media player, which I just cant get my head around!
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