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Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   08-01-2015, 07:35 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 62
Posted By smitbret
Best would be a Chromebox+FLIRC (if you need a...

Best would be a Chromebox+FLIRC (if you need a remote control) running Kodi. Least Expensive would be Raspberry Pi2+FLIRC running Kodi. Either one is more than capable of playing back any 1080p...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   08-01-2015, 05:18 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 513
Posted By smitbret
QFT. My strategy completely. Incidentally,...

QFT. My strategy completely.

Incidentally, I picked up the original X-Men for 4.99 last week from Amazon and it doesn't rip correctly. I have AnyDVD HD which I usually use in conjunction with...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   07-30-2015, 12:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 149
Posted By smitbret
Yeah, that's dead now. The only way I've...

Yeah, that's dead now.

The only way I've found to get NetFlix and Amazon Prime on Kodi is via PlayOn.
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   07-30-2015, 09:49 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 149
Posted By smitbret
What version and what plugin?

What version and what plugin?
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-29-2015, 05:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 142
Posted By smitbret
A FlexRAID array will look just like another...

A FlexRAID array will look just like another single drive on the system. If you want to share the content you'll need to setup network sharing through the OS and then share the appropriate folders.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-25-2015, 12:44 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 2,485
Posted By smitbret
I think this is pretty true. I have Seagates and...

I think this is pretty true. I have Seagates and WD Greens in my FlexRAID and much prefer the Seagates to this point. However, none of them are the 3TB Seagates. Those specific drives are the new...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-25-2015, 10:08 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 254
Posted By smitbret
That's because he is targeting the Roku. Devices...

That's because he is targeting the Roku. Devices have different restrictions on things like maximum bitrate, B-Frame Support, Profile, Level, supported audio tracks, etc. Many older devices won't...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-23-2015, 02:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 254
Posted By smitbret
I run my BD Rips through Handbrake because I like...

I run my BD Rips through Handbrake because I like to have multiple audio-tracks and I have to re-encode for 2-channel AAC and usually for DD 5.1 so I just set Handbrake and let the computer run for a...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-23-2015, 02:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 98
Posted By smitbret
I use a couple of them and neither has DIRECT...

I use a couple of them and neither has DIRECT line of sight. One of them is used on a RaspPi2 that is velcroed to the back of the TV. The other is on the back of a Chromebox in a cabinet with open...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   07-20-2015, 09:47 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 185
Posted By smitbret
What is DVDClone? Did you mean DVD Cloner or...

What is DVDClone?

Did you mean DVD Cloner or CloneDVD? CloneDVD will certainly do a lossless rip of a DVD. Personally, for DVDs I like to use the old DVD Shrink+AnyDVD. Either of those methods...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-20-2015, 09:41 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 116
Posted By smitbret
Optionally, they could add a 2nd or 3rd PPU and...

Optionally, they could add a 2nd or 3rd PPU and rebuild. Then pull all PPU drives. That would guard against 2 or 3 failures.
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   07-17-2015, 03:25 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,284
Posted By smitbret
If you are thinking of Kodi, naturally the best...

If you are thinking of Kodi, naturally the best place is www.kodi.tv

If you just want some general ideas to point you in the right direction, this site is hard to beat: http://assassinhtpcblog.com/
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-06-2015, 08:28 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 1,700
Posted By smitbret
It's worked fine for over two years for me. I...

It's worked fine for over two years for me. I have recovered with no problem in the past.
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   07-03-2015, 11:44 AM
Replies: 1,108
Views: 61,182
Posted By smitbret
I have both. The RaspPi2 works just fine but the...

I have both. The RaspPi2 works just fine but the Chromebox works a little better and a little smoother. Just a little more HP under the hood.
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   05-25-2015, 06:46 PM
Replies: 8,009
Views: 431,033
Posted By smitbret
When I run into BDs with multiple playlists, I...

When I run into BDs with multiple playlists, I set Any DVD to run its SpeedMenu option and open the BD in Power DVD. The menu tells you which playlist appears to be correct. It has been correct 100%...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   05-18-2015, 05:41 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,581
Posted By smitbret
Another vote for the Raspberry Pi 2. Add the...

Another vote for the Raspberry Pi 2. Add the following:
$15 WiFi adapter
$8 PSU
$20 FLIRC remote receiver
$10 DirecTV Remote Control
$5 for the VC-1 (some Blu-Rays) and MPEG-2 (DVD playback)...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   05-03-2015, 02:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 323
Posted By smitbret
I don't know why you think Windows is a poor...

I don't know why you think Windows is a poor choice for a modest home server. I find that Windows 7 Pro works great for a headless system. Add TightVNC Server for remote access and you are pretty...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   04-29-2015, 09:43 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 323
Posted By smitbret
Just stay with Windows 7 and add SnapRAID/Drive...

Just stay with Windows 7 and add SnapRAID/Drive Pool or Drive Spaces that comes with Windows 8.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   04-25-2015, 12:46 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 128
Posted By smitbret
I see at least a couple of potential issues in...

I see at least a couple of potential issues in your workflow. You'll have to forgive me if I miss something obvious as I am not very familiar with the Apple ecosystem and have never used MKVtoMP4. I...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   04-25-2015, 12:22 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,257
Posted By smitbret
QFT. I have a Chromebox in the Living Room...

QFT.

I have a Chromebox in the Living Room and a RaspPi2 in the bedroom, both running OpenELEC. Other than boot up time (4 sec vs. 17 sec) there is literally no difference in HTPC performance...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   04-08-2015, 04:24 PM
Replies: 8,009
Views: 431,033
Posted By smitbret
UP American Hustle Ironman Ironman 2 ...

UP
American Hustle
Ironman
Ironman 2

ImgBurn or TsMuxer +AnyDVD HD did them without a problem for me. Bad drive?
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   04-08-2015, 01:47 PM
Replies: 8,009
Views: 431,033
Posted By smitbret
I did not know that. I am typically not a...

I did not know that.

I am typically not a "run out and get it the first day of release" kind of guy so that would probably explain why I haven't had any trouble, yet.

Good to know.
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   04-08-2015, 07:38 AM
Replies: 8,009
Views: 431,033
Posted By smitbret
The most surefire I have found to do this is to...

The most surefire I have found to do this is to have AnyDVD HD with SpeedMenu enabled and then load the BD or DVD into PowerDVD. Instead of getting the regular menu you get an abbreviated menu with...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   04-07-2015, 01:01 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 668
Posted By smitbret
All of the media is imported into Mezzmo, the...

All of the media is imported into Mezzmo, the metadata is collected and then the playlist are built. The same playlists go to every device unless I want to restrict them. That way if someone likes to...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   04-05-2015, 07:52 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 668
Posted By smitbret
Mezzmo DLNA media server to a couple of Kodi...

Mezzmo DLNA media server to a couple of Kodi locations (Chrome box and RaspPi) and through my Dish Network Hopper and Joeys. Not all of the metadata is supported by all of the boxes but art, plot,...
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