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post #2611 of 2730
Got help from the forum at brite-view.com.Using SMB connection, my mac can see the sata drive connected to Cinematubemini(CTM) by sata port, and CTM, is networked to to Mac by ethernet cable.
post #2612 of 2730
Can this unit play .mp4 1080p/60fps files on an external hardrive?
post #2613 of 2730
Will there be any future upgrades to onboard gigabit nic on the CinemaTube. I'm kinda surprised with the specs and what all it does that when it's all about data throughput pushing 1080 data it didn't come out originally that way.

Thanks and great product!
Sonny G TX
post #2614 of 2730
For brightview

Apparently some of the new mkv's have a different header compression and they don't play on the Cinematube. I've got the last firmware and at first i though that it's a problem with that specific mkv. Unfortunately a few other files have appeared and after reading a little, I found out about this problem.

The only way around is to modify the files with mkvmerge software and i really don't want to do this with every file, in couple of months when probably most of the mkv's will have this problem.

I hope this can be fixed with an update, otherwise I'll be left with a nice black piece of furniture.
post #2615 of 2730
Quote:
Originally Posted by thesilviu View Post

For brightview

Apparently some of the new mkv's have a different header compression and they don't play on the Cinematube. I've got the last firmware and at first i though that it's a problem with that specific mkv. Unfortunately a few other files have appeared and after reading a little, I found out about this problem.

The only way around is to modify the files with mkvmerge software and i really don't want to do this with every file, in couple of months when probably most of the mkv's will have this problem.

I hope this can be fixed with an update, otherwise I'll be left with a nice black piece of furniture.

I'm sure Brite-view would love to fix this bug but apparently they need an upgrade from the chip's SDK developer before they can make their own fix. So we'll see how that goes.
post #2616 of 2730
Torrent file Shogun Assassin 1080p mkv did not play video, only audio.Similar for both cinemago and patriot box. Same file played in VLC by mac mini . Must be related to what is said here. Tried to convert to mp4 without success. Handbrake stopped after 30 minutes.
post #2617 of 2730
Quote:
Originally Posted by strpyw View Post

Torrent file Shogun Assassin 1080p mkv did not play video, only audio.Similar for both cinemago and patriot box. Same file played in VLC by mac mini . Must be related to what is said here. Tried to convert to mp4 without success. Handbrake stopped after 30 minutes.

You don't have to use Handbrake or reconvert anything. It's a one or two minute process using MKVMerge, which is a command-line tool, so I'd think it would be available on the mac.
post #2618 of 2730
Can I use brite-view firmware for the viewsonic vmp70 since they look identical?
post #2619 of 2730
If you are using the latest version of MKVMerge, you will need to de-select the option for header compression and this should fix this current issue.
post #2620 of 2730
I am unsure if it has the same hardware as the CinemaTube BV-5005. If you attempt to load our software onto that unit, there is no guarantee that it will work, and it may potentially affect your warranty with ViewSonic.
post #2621 of 2730
To All,

I am happy to announce the release of the CinemaTube & CinemaTube Mini/CG Beta Firmware Upgrade.
  • New User Interface
  • Movie Cover Thumbnail Support
  • Brightness, Contrast, Saturation, Hue tuning during video and photo playback
  • 10-second Skip during playback
  • Music and Photo Shuffle
  • Support for M3U Play List format for Music and Photo
  • Support H.264 profile main@ L1.2 & L3.0
  • (All) Media types added; under "File Manager"
  • Added Yahoo Weather, Finance and Picasa
  • Torrent download removed

SHA 1 Hash: F3A6904E2A255E4944F4F83C0777972D960A8371

You can download the new beta firmware from our servers here. For performing the USB update, please copy the two files install.img and install.img-sig.txt to the root directory in the USB HDD. You can view a video showing the upgrade screen on YouTube here.
post #2622 of 2730
I believe Briteview is the house brand of Zinwell Taiwan. I saw Zinwell Taiwan at a tradeshow promoting the Cinematube Brand. If I am correct which I am confident I am then that means the Viewsonic firmware is interchangable with the Zinwwell Cinematube model.
post #2623 of 2730
Quote:
Originally Posted by brite-View View Post

To All,

I am happy to announce the release of the CinemaTube & CinemaTube Mini/CG Beta Firmware Upgrade.
  • New User Interface
  • Movie Cover Thumbnail Support
  • Brightness, Contrast, Saturation, Hue tuning during video and photo playback
  • 10-second Skip during playback
  • Music and Photo Shuffle
  • Support for M3U Play List format for Music and Photo
  • Support H.264 profile main@ L1.2 & L3.0
  • (All) Media types added; under "File Manager"
  • Added Yahoo Weather, Finance and Picasa
  • Torrent download removed
SHA 1 Hash: F3A6904E2A255E4944F4F83C0777972D960A8371

You can download the new beta firmware from our servers here. For performing the USB update, please copy the two files install.img and install.img-sig.txt to the root directory in the USB HDD. You can view a video showing the upgrade screen on YouTube here.

I've tried about 8x to download this beta firmware........The download [Firefox/IE] starts, stops at 7% and quits. The resulting zip file [install.img.zip] found on my desktop cannot be opened as it's invalid. Anyone else getting the same problem?
post #2624 of 2730
Quote:
Originally Posted by ozonepilot View Post

I've tried about 8x to download this beta firmware........The download [Firefox/IE] starts, stops at 7% and quits. The resulting zip file [install.img.zip] found on my desktop cannot be opened as it's invalid. Anyone else getting the same problem?

Finally managed to get the file through my NAS box....did a hash check, copied the 2 files to my thumb drive, and did the upgrade. The CT went through a couple of screens on loading/installing the f/w, and reboot after a minute or so. The result on my HDTV is the Brite-View logo which is still on, and the USB LED still flashing after a 20 minute wait. Looks like the device is bricked. Any ideas of what to do besides sending the device back to BV??
post #2625 of 2730
Quote:
Originally Posted by ozonepilot View Post

Finally managed to get the file through my NAS box....did a hash check, copied the 2 files to my thumb drive, and did the upgrade. The CT went through a couple of screens on loading/installing the f/w, and reboot after a minute or so. The result on my HDTV is the Brite-View logo which is still on, and the USB LED still flashing after a 20 minute wait. Looks like the device is bricked. Any ideas of what to do besides sending the device back to BV??

Device is bricked. After waiting all this time for a ~44MB file to take effect, I decided to turn off the device as no progress whatsoever was in effect. The remote power on/off did not work, neither did the power button on the device itself work. I had to pull the power plug from the device itself. I even plugged it back in after a minute or so to see what that would do. Nothing. It still gave me the BV logo on screen. Definitely bricked. So much for this device. Now looking at a Nixeus FusionHD [Sigma chip] to buy. I'll definitely not load up any beta firmware any more either!
post #2626 of 2730
Somewhere in this thread is a post on rescuing the CT from a bad flash.....probably not bricked
post #2627 of 2730
Quote:
Originally Posted by ozonepilot View Post

Device is bricked. After waiting all this time for a ~44MB file to take effect, I decided to turn off the device as no progress whatsoever was in effect. The remote power on/off did not work, neither did the power button on the device itself work. I had to pull the power plug from the device itself. I even plugged it back in after a minute or so to see what that would do. Nothing. It still gave me the BV logo on screen. Definitely bricked. So much for this device. Now looking at a Nixeus FusionHD [Sigma chip] to buy. I'll definitely not load up any beta firmware any more either!

I experienced the exact same issue with my (BV-5005HD). Tried numerous installs & re-downloading the file a few times, same results. I wonder why some users are successful upgrading & others are not.

Went back to FW: IPB10106251 (July 8th) using the bootstrap method.

Official Bootstrap guide from Brite-View
http://brite-viewforum.com/blog/wp-c...ide_Page_5.jpg
post #2628 of 2730
I tried the new firmware and same thing, it didn't take. I also reverted to the older one and all is working again...
Dave
post #2629 of 2730
Quote:
Originally Posted by dade33056 View Post

I experienced the exact same issue with my (BV-5005HD). Tried numerous installs & re-downloading the file a few times, same results. I wonder why some users are successful upgrading & others are not.

Went back to FW: IPB10106251 (July 8th) using the bootstrap method.

Official Bootstrap guide from Brite-View
http://brite-viewforum.com/blog/wp-c...ide_Page_5.jpg

I read dbrons reply, found the post he was referring to, and also found the bootstrap method [as you posted]. I was determined to get the beta back in, so I tried again......it installs fine but hangs after on a re-boot. Had to download the July f/w. Tried that, and nothing happened. I'm still stuck on the screen where it says to download the f/w, and plug in your thumb drive with a couple of arrows on the screen. The drive is fine as after about 10 seconds, the CT begins to read it, but still stuck on that screen for the past half-hour. Sorta tired of all this especially downloading files which seem to take forever to complete. All hashes are fine as well as I read the hash on the thumb drive to be absolutely sure it's correct prior to install. The CT power LED never turns on, only the USB LED flashes. Thank god for the satellite dish. At least that works! LOL! I've also submitted an email to CT themselves and see if they offer up any solution! Thanks!


edit: managed to get the July f/w installed and leaving it there! LOL!
post #2630 of 2730
You need to unplug the CT. and usb. After 30sec, hold down the power button and plug back in (keep the power button depressed) When you see that bootstrap screen you can let go of the power button, then plug in your pen drive with the Jun 8th fw.
Dave
post #2631 of 2730
Quote:
Originally Posted by dbrons View Post

You need to unplug the CT. and usb. After 30sec, hold down the power button and plug back in (keep the power button depressed) When you see that bootstrap screen you can let go of the power button, then plug in your pen drive with the Jun 8th fw.
Dave


Yup did all that as noted on the bootstrap method, and also waited until the screen came on.......I had first left the flash drive in the device figuring it would work, but took it out and tried it again with better results this time 'round. Thanks!

Just wondering why the beta didn't work in the first place tho'.
post #2632 of 2730
[quote=brite-View;19276784]To All,

I am happy to announce the release of the CinemaTube & CinemaTube Mini/CG Beta Firmware Upgrade.
  • New User Interface
  • Movie Cover Thumbnail Support
  • Brightness, Contrast, Saturation, Hue tuning during video and photo playback
  • 10-second Skip during playback
  • Music and Photo Shuffle
  • Support for M3U Play List format for Music and Photo
  • Support H.264 profile main@ L1.2 & L3.0
  • (All) Media types added; under "File Manager"
  • Added Yahoo Weather, Finance and Picasa
  • Torrent download removed

How do you do the 10-second skip (what button) and video tuning? Is there an up-to-date detailed user guide on-line?
post #2633 of 2730
I have a very irritating problem with this device.

When it is turned off, almost any signal from my cablebox(DVR) remote turns it (back) on.

Stranger is that the identical signal doesn't turn it off (again). To turn it off I need to use the CinemaTube's own remote.
post #2634 of 2730
Anyone mind taking a picture of the new UI?
post #2635 of 2730
[quote=mgroups;19283381]
Quote:
Originally Posted by brite-View View Post

To All,

I am happy to announce the release of the CinemaTube & CinemaTube Mini/CG Beta Firmware Upgrade.
  • New User Interface
  • Movie Cover Thumbnail Support
  • Brightness, Contrast, Saturation, Hue tuning during video and photo playback
  • 10-second Skip during playback
  • Music and Photo Shuffle
  • Support for M3U Play List format for Music and Photo
  • Support H.264 profile main@ L1.2 & L3.0
  • (All) Media types added; under "File Manager"
  • Added Yahoo Weather, Finance and Picasa
  • Torrent download removed

How do you do the 10-second skip (what button) and video tuning? Is there an up-to-date detailed user guide on-line?

It seems like there are some potentially-good ideas here, but the CT forum regulars are going to be PISSED OFF that there's no change to subtitle support.

We definitely need some kind of user guide for all this new stuff.

And how about video shuffle?
post #2636 of 2730
A word of caution, the Briteview Cinematube Forum already has a lot of comment on this BETA software, most of it negative........
post #2637 of 2730
Quote:
Originally Posted by Alexdad54 View Post

A word of caution, the Briteview Cinematube Forum already has a lot of comment on this BETA software, most of it negative........

Yeah, it sounds pretty flaky. A lot of people are bricking their units (although CT allows you to revert to a previous firmware) and the people who get it to work aren't exactly raving about it either. I'm taking a pass on this one.

EDIT: Also, they're releasing 44MB(!) firmware update with a whole new UI, but they haven't even fixed the MKV header compression issue or the subtitle issues that people have been complaining about forever. That's super-lame, and doesn't say much for Brite-view's commitment to its existing customer base.
post #2638 of 2730
Quote:
Originally Posted by scratchie View Post

... or the subtitle issues that people have been complaining about forever.

Could you tell me what are the issues people are having with subtitles?

I have had this device for about a month and I find that it is hit or miss if subtitles work at all. Although it seems they are more likely to work when they are in .srt files then when they are .sub files
post #2639 of 2730
Quote:
Originally Posted by Opinionated View Post

Could you tell me what are the issues people are having with subtitles?

I have had this device for about a month and I find that it is hit or miss if subtitles work at all. Although it seems they are more likely to work when they are in .srt files then when they are .sub files

I haven't been following it very closely but people have been complaining about subtitles for as long as I've been reading http://www.brite-viewforum.com/ . I seem to recall complaints about the size/font/color options (or lack thereof) as well as support for specific files.
post #2640 of 2730
For me I have some MKV's with forced subs that don't work. I don't know the technical term but if the sub is embedded in the MKV it doesn't seem to work very often but if it's a separate file in the same folder as the MKV with the same name, they do work.

There may be other issues as well, but I have had a few foreign film MKV's where the forced sub didn't work and I had to go out and download an srt file and rename it the same as my MKV for it to work.
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