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post #151 of 426
Hi,

We are testing another firmware release that should be available for download by next week. I don't know what other IMS issues it may address, but Youtube will be fixed yet again.

With regards to streaming playback, the player treats network folder shares as a network drive and does not distinguish it from local files. Therefore playback should be the same as long as the bandwidth is enough. Fast forward/rewind will not be as smooth as on a local drive since these functions are especially sensitive to network throughput or lag.

Over a wired LAN network, if the folder share host is able to keep up a good flow rate, you should be able to see very good results that most of the time is indistinguishable from playing from a local drive.
post #152 of 426
I received me EP350 from Amazon yesterday. I didn't have an extra drive to throw in yet, so I watched an MKV from my external drive. It played fine and fast forwarded fine as well.
I'm going to hook it up to my wired network this afternoon, and see how it plays from my PC.

Which uPNP servers are anyone using? I was considering plex but am not sure if it will work?

Many Thanks
post #153 of 426
does the EP-350 support PGS subtitles on mkv files? if not, can this be added on a future firmware?
post #154 of 426
I used handbrake to rip DVDs and make mkv/H.264 video files with the option to use same FPS as source.

I've used these for years with vlc and an old computer,

This is my first media player and it seems variable frame rates (FPS same as source) videos drives the player crazy. Using the remote for changing audio tracks or skipping to the next file and some other buttons cause the videos to run fast or lock up.

I really like having a media player vs using an old computer to watch movies. I really don't want to re-rip DVDs just to have the FPS set to a number. Any ideas or am I out of luck?

Roy
post #155 of 426
I have a Samsung TV and when I plug in the EP350 HDMI to it, the optical output of the TV is no longer active. I have several devices connected to the TV and only one connection to the 5.1 amp. It makes it nice and simple. If I plug in the EP350 I have to move the audio outputs of the DVD player, etc to the 5.1 amp instead of the TV. (More buttons to push to watch different devices.)

A second inconvenience I am having is if I am watching a movie with AAC or mpeg audio, I have to switch from raw output to LPCM. Then when I watch a movie with AC3 or DTS, then I have to change the output to raw. Maybe this is related to the first problem.

Hopefully I am missing something simple so I can go back to simple.

The EP350 is a great box!

Thanks,
Roy
post #156 of 426
I've played a bit with it some more and re-ripped a couple of DVDs. Ripping with the FPS set to 29.97 lets the video files play perfect. Setting FPS in handbrake as "Same as source" the video files do not play correctly.

If you press the "Display" info button on the "Same as source" video, it shows that the FPS of the bad video file is 0 FPS. The good 29.97 video shows 29 FPS.

Reading in other places basically says my vfr library is out of luck. It must be a constant frame rate for most media boxes.

I admit that I only checked the feedback on amazon, the ad copy and a downloaded copy of the user manual for the EP350 before buying it. I am also bummed as I have a collection of about 900 or so DVDs and the prospect of re-ripping to fix this is more than I want to think about. Before you ask; I had made this media collection over a span of years before I bought this media player.

Please consider a feature update or failing that please add a note to the line in the ad copy and the manual with the exception of VFPS.

Quote:


A Universal Media Player
Based on the Realtek 1073 digital media processor, the EP350 provides flawless playback for all of today's popular media file formats up to 1080p - no more guessing whether a video you just got is supported!

Video Files - AVI, MKV, MP4, M2TS, MOV, DAT, VOB, IFO, MPG, TS, TP, WMV, ASF, RM, RMVB, FLV, and ISO

This is not a put down of the EP350 as it is a wonderful box. I just don't see a fix for me and I just hope I can save someone else a little pain.

Thanks,
Roy
post #157 of 426
I'm having trouble finding the dimensions and weight of these products. I've looked in the manual and online. Can anyone tell me what they are, please?
post #158 of 426
New 8/30/2011 firmware for the EP350 and EP250 was recently released. It brings some minor tweaks in terms of usability, such as defaulting to repeat all instead of repeat-off, language translations, and etc. The most important update is changes to the Internet content area. Most notably, Youtube now not only works but will by default play the highest resolution available for a particular video. So for example if a video is available in 360 all the way up to 1080p, the player will play the 1080p version.

Download the firmware from our support web site at http://content.miccastore.com/
post #159 of 426
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Originally Posted by schaq8 View Post

I'm having trouble finding the dimensions and weight of these products. I've looked in the manual and online. Can anyone tell me what they are, please?

The EP350 is 7.5"(W) x 7.25"(L) x 2.5"(D). Weight depends on whether a drive is installed but is about 2 pounds empty.

I'll get the dimensions and weight for the EP250 when I get to the office tomorrow.
post #160 of 426
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Originally Posted by Jack@Micca View Post
New 8/30/2011 firmware for the EP350 and EP250 was recently released. It brings some minor tweaks in terms of usability, such as defaulting to repeat all instead of repeat-off, language translations, and etc. The most important update is changes to the Internet content area. Most notably, Youtube now not only works but will by default play the highest resolution available for a particular video. So for example if a video is available in 360 all the way up to 1080p, the player will play the 1080p version.

Download the firmware from our support web site at http://content.miccastore.com/
I just tested it, youtube now loads fine.

was it imposible to make an option for the default resolution of youtube videos? or at least a buffer bar to show how much of the video has loaded.

I know I might be the minory here but I can only get 2mb around here
post #161 of 426
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jack@Micca View Post

New 8/30/2011 firmware for the EP350 and EP250 was recently released. It brings some minor tweaks in terms of usability, such as defaulting to repeat all instead of repeat-off, language translations, and etc. The most important update is changes to the Internet content area. Most notably, Youtube now not only works but will by default play the highest resolution available for a particular video. So for example if a video is available in 360 all the way up to 1080p, the player will play the 1080p version.

Download the firmware from our support web site at http://content.miccastore.com/

Is this version still in beta?
post #162 of 426
Can the EP350 decode DTS-HD & Dolby TrueHD and output multichannel LPCM through HDMI? I've been trying to get this working but all I get is 2-channel LPCM.
post #163 of 426
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Originally Posted by Rudy1 View Post

Can the EP350 decode DTS-HD & Dolby TrueHD and output multichannel LPCM through HDMI? I've been trying to get this working but all I get is 2-channel LPCM.

Hi,

Due to licensing constraints, we are currently only passing through the DTS-HD and TrueHD streams instead of providing full multi-channel decoding into PCM.

If you want to have multi-channel output and do not have a DTS-HD or TrueHD capable receiver, you can change the setting to output the 5.1 core from these streams.
post #164 of 426
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Originally Posted by Jack@Micca View Post

Hi,

Due to licensing constraints, we are currently only passing through the DTS-HD and TrueHD streams instead of providing full multi-channel decoding into PCM.

If you want to have multi-channel output and do not have a DTS-HD or TrueHD capable receiver, you can change the setting to output the 5.1 core from these streams.

Thanks, Jack. I'll do that.
post #165 of 426
Jack,

I have 2 slim Micca HD players that have had similar issue, both of them when they are turned on show 2 screens which are black and white. If any video media is played it also is split screen played twice and in B&W.
Is it possible to send these back to you guys for repair? and what would be the cost.
Thanks
Ike
post #166 of 426
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Originally Posted by mangomonroe View Post

Jack,

I have 2 slim Micca HD players that have had similar issue, both of them when they are turned on show 2 screens which are black and white. If any video media is played it also is split screen played twice and in B&W.
Is it possible to send these back to you guys for repair? and what would be the cost.
Thanks
Ike

Ike,

Sounds like you don't have the players setup correctly in terms of output mode. How do you have the players connected to your TV, using HDMI or the white/red/yellow AV cable?
post #167 of 426
They have been setup right as they worked well for 6 months before all of a sudden with in a copule of weeks of each other they started with the above mentioned problem
post #168 of 426
Hi,

I would still check the settings, because it would be very weird for both units to start having the exact same issue. However, if by chance the products have gone bad, contact our support at support@miccastore.com and we'll take care if it through our extended exchange program.
post #169 of 426
I know this is not the right thread, but couldnt find a thread on the new EP600.

I am confused between the EP600 and the pivos technology aios media center HD. Anyone using either ?

Jack, I think you would recommend EP600, could you please tell me why ?

My focus is to get the best player with maximum features, I am not much concerned about the internal HDD bay etc. Definately require smooth youtube, etc. and 7.1 / 1080p.

Any advise would be highly appreciated. Many thanks.
post #170 of 426
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Originally Posted by xplora View Post

I know this is not the right thread, but couldnt find a thread on the new EP600.

I am confused between the EP600 and the pivos technology aios media center HD. Anyone using either ?

Jack, I think you would recommend EP600, could you please tell me why ?

My focus is to get the best player with maximum features, I am not much concerned about the internal HDD bay etc. Definately require smooth youtube, etc. and 7.1 / 1080p.

Any advise would be highly appreciated. Many thanks.

Hey,

Thanks for being interested in our product. I would say what sets the EP600 apart from other 1185 based media players is the build quality, and firmware.

The EP600 is a solidly made device using top quality materials. It's solid, doesn't rattle, flex, or squeak. It is completely silent during use since it does not have a cooling fan. The remote control is also a very ergonomic design and very well made.

The firmware is more than a re-skin of the default Realtek firmware, with numerous tweaks and changes to the way users can control and navigate the playback functions. There has been many revisions of the EP600 firmware, so it is very mature and very stable.
post #171 of 426
Hey Jack,

Thanks for the prompt reply and fair comments.

One of the main reasons why a product becomes successful is its active support and you sure are doing a great job representing Micca to solve queries.

Many Thanks

Cheers mate.


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Originally Posted by Jack@Micca View Post

Hey,

Thanks for being interested in our product. I would say what sets the EP600 apart from other 1185 based media players is the build quality, and firmware.

The EP600 is a solidly made device using top quality materials. It's solid, doesn't rattle, flex, or squeak. It is completely silent during use since it does not have a cooling fan. The remote control is also a very ergonomic design and very well made.

The firmware is more than a re-skin of the default Realtek firmware, with numerous tweaks and changes to the way users can control and navigate the playback functions. There has been many revisions of the EP600 firmware, so it is very mature and very stable.
post #172 of 426
Hi,
I'm very interested on buying a Micca Media player. I'm not sure if it will be Micca MPlay HD, EP350 or EP600.
First of all, I need to know if these models can play .mts files recorded from my Canon HF20 camcorder.
I'd like to know if my Samsung TV (UN40D5500) is compatible with the players.
And the last question, maybe stupid, is if I can connect a blu ray reader or writer in the esata port or usb port, and if yes, if it looses quality.
post #173 of 426
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Originally Posted by Paulo Andrade View Post

Hi,
I'm very interested on buying a Micca Media player. I'm not sure if it will be Micca MPlay HD, EP350 or EP600.
First of all, I need to know if these models can play .mts files recorded from my Canon HF20 camcorder.
I'd like to know if my Samsung TV (UN40D5500) is compatible with the players.
And the last question, maybe stupid, is if I can connect a blu ray reader or writer in the esata port or usb port, and if yes, if it looses quality.

Hi,

All of the players you listed will be able to play MTS files. But please post a MediaInfo "TEXT" output for one of the files created by your camcorder and I'll be able to give you more info.

All of the players should also be compatible with your Samsung TV through the HDMI port, no issues there.

The EP600's external-facing SATA connector can accept a Blu-Ray ROM drive. However, it will not be able to playback commercial Blu-Ray disks since it lacks the proper licensing to decode encrypted disks. The Blu-Ray ROM support is mainly useful for people who may wish to burn their home videos onto a Blu-Ray disk. The EP600 should provide similar video playback quality as any other high quality Blu-Ray player. The main loss of quality would be caused by the disk authoring process, which is largely dependent on the authoring software you use.
post #174 of 426
Jack
Like a low profile box such as the EP 600 but what are the dimensions? Can't find in spec sheets, user manual etc.
post #175 of 426
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Originally Posted by warunek View Post

Jack
Like a low profile box such as the EP 600 but what are the dimensions? Can't find in spec sheets, user manual etc.

Hi,

This is an omission on our part. The dimensions are:

Dimensions
- Size: 6.3"(W) X 4.5"(L) x 1"(D)
- Weight: 1lb

So the unit is somewhat larger than a bare 3.5" hard drive, but not by that much.
post #176 of 426
I wanted to share the following with those who have no choice but to rely on a WiFi network for streaming videos to their media players.

While we do sell a 802.11n WiFi dongle for all our EP-series media players, the WiFi performance are sometimes not stable enough for streaming higher bitrate 1080p videos. This is a problem not just with our players, but with media players in general since USB WiFi dongles require some resources from the core decoder/processor to perform networking duties. With the 1185 processor, the situation has improved noticeably from 1073-based players as the processor now has more resources to spread around.

However, the best WiFi solution we've found is to off load the networking piece altogether to an LAN-WiFi bridge like the TRENDnet TEW-640MB, which we've been testing for a couple of months now with a variety of our players. It is able to consistently maintain a 15-30mbps connection over 2.4GHz 802.11n, which is typically good enough for most 1080p MKV/AVI/MP4 videos. Full bit-rate BD ISOs will still be problematic, however, and only a hard line connection will work well enough.

The TEW-640MB is frequently available for $30 on sale through Newegg.com, and other times it's available for about $45. It has 4 100mbps ports so you can connect other devices such as game consoles, TV, or AV receiver to it as well.

We are not affiliated with Newegg or Trendnet, but found that this was a good device in our testing, so we wanted to share.
post #177 of 426
Thanks, Jack,
Here's the media info text:


General
ID : 0 (0x0)
Complete name : G:\\Filmadora\\STREAM\\AVCHD\\00110.MTS
Format : BDAV
Format/Info : Blu-ray Video
File size : 655 MiB
Duration : 3mn 50s
Overall bit rate mode : Variable
Overall bit rate : 23.9 Mbps
Maximum Overall bit rate : 24.0 Mbps

Video
ID : 4113 (0x1011)
Menu ID : 1 (0x1)
Format : AVC
Format/Info : Advanced Video Codec
Format profile : High@L4.0
Format settings, CABAC : Yes
Format settings, ReFrames : 2 frames
Format settings, GOP : M=3, N=15
Codec ID : 27
Duration : 3mn 50s
Bit rate mode : Variable
Bit rate : 22.6 Mbps
Maximum bit rate : 22.7 Mbps
Width : 1 920 pixels
Height : 1 080 pixels
Display aspect ratio : 16:9
Frame rate : 29.970 fps
Color space : YUV
Chroma subsampling : 4:2:0
Bit depth : 8 bits
Scan type : Interlaced
Scan order : Top Field First
Bits/(Pixel*Frame) : 0.364
Stream size : 621 MiB (95%)

Audio
ID : 4352 (0x1100)
Menu ID : 1 (0x1)
Format : AC-3
Format/Info : Audio Coding 3
Mode extension : CM (complete main)
Codec ID : 129
Duration : 3mn 50s
Bit rate mode : Constant
Bit rate : 256 Kbps
Channel(s) : 2 channels
Channel positions : Front: L R
Sampling rate : 48.0 KHz
Bit depth : 16 bits
Compression mode : Lossy
Delay relative to video : -67ms
Stream size : 7.03 MiB (1%)


All the 3 models can play iso files from blu ray and dvd? Does it loose quality? And they can output audio 5.1 and 7.1?
If I connect an external hdd in a usb port or esata port, my blu ray videos (decripted from commercials blu rays) can loose quality or they will have the same quality as a commercial blu ray disc played by a blu ray player?
post #178 of 426
Jack.

the vertical port on the left side of the ep-350 is the SD card reader?

do you have any ilustration of the way the card is suppoused to go there? I mean wich way up or wich side facing front...

thanks in advance.
post #179 of 426
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Originally Posted by Paulo Andrade View Post

Thanks, Jack,
Here's the media info text:

This video will play just fine on all three players. If you don't need the networking features of the EP series, the MPLAY-HD is a cost effective player that'll do what you want.

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All the 3 models can play iso files from blu ray and dvd? Does it loose quality? And they can output audio 5.1 and 7.1?

Yes, all three handles Bluray and DVD ISO playback, and the playback quality should be comparable to a good quality Blu-Ray disk player.

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If I connect an external hdd in a usb port or esata port, my blu ray videos (decripted from commercials blu rays) can loose quality or they will have the same quality as a commercial blu ray disc played by a blu ray player?

If the files retain the original video stream from the disk, then the video quality will be similar to a Blu-Ray player. If any recoding is done to the video stream, then there will be a visible degradation.
post #180 of 426
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Originally Posted by Jack@Micca View Post

This video will play just fine on all three players. If you don't need the networking features of the EP series, the MPLAY-HD is a cost effective player that'll do what you want.

Yes, all three handles Bluray and DVD ISO playback, and the playback quality should be comparable to a good quality Blu-Ray disk player.

If the files retain the original video stream from the disk, then the video quality will be similar to a Blu-Ray player. If any recoding is done to the video stream, then there will be a visible degradation.

Jack, thank you very much for the support,

The MPlay HD device can read SD, SDHC and MS cards and the EP600 only SD and SDHC?
Does the two units accept usb powered external hdd?
How many tb can be supported in each usb port? And in the esata port?
Is the EP600 Realtek processor better than the MPlay or the same?
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