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post #61 of 209
Hi everyone.

Maybe someone of you can give me some advise. I bought yesterday the S380 player (in Australia) and was happy that it could even play DVD's with a european country code. But when I connected my 1 TB USB NTFS drive it couldn't play everything. For example it couldn't play .jpeg or .mp3 files and the weirdest thing was that it played some .avi files but not all of them.
Is it maybe because I don't use a HDMI cable?

I'm really lost at the moment so if somebody could help me it would be great.

Thanks.
post #62 of 209
Check page 25 of the manual, there it lists media format compatibility:

http://esupport.sony.com/US/perl/mod...80#/manualsTab

In particular, in will play .avi files that contain xvid encoded video only (which likely means it won't handle divx for example).

jpeg and mp3 it should handle though - maybe you've got some corrupt files? Try different jpegs and mp3s to see if it happens on all of them or just some.
post #63 of 209
Hi Brad,
thank you for your reply.

Is there any chance to see if the file is actualy a XviD.avi or an DivX.avi? Is it possible to convert from DivX.avi to XviD.avi?

Regarding the jpeg / mp3 issue. I went trough several folders but it couldn't find/play any of them...
post #64 of 209
Purchased a very large drive to handle my very large files from my Sony Handycam CX 150.

Sony support was of no help They assumed the drive did not have it's own power supply.

I upgraded the firmware of the hard drive AND the firmware of the BluRay player.

Any suggestions?
post #65 of 209
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Originally Posted by Kareen View Post

Hi Brad,
thank you for your reply.

Is there any chance to see if the file is actualy a XviD.avi or an DivX.avi? Is it possible to convert from DivX.avi to XviD.avi?

Regarding the jpeg / mp3 issue. I went trough several folders but it couldn't find/play any of them...

How to convert divx to xvid

I've never tried it but it looks like it would be easy.
post #66 of 209
Anyone have any tips for quickly finding a specific movie or TV show on Amazon VOD? I don't see a search option, and the only sort option I see is "Default." Am I missing something? It's pretty tedious having to scroll through screen after screen of selections just to find the one I'm looking for.

EDIT: I received a couple of internet content updates on my 380 yesterday and there's a search option in Amazon VOD now. What a big improvement.
post #67 of 209
Hey guys! A freind of mine just picked up this player and i am going to burn some dvd's from mkv files and was wondering once he puts the dvd in what menus does he go through to start playing the disk?
I have a JVC and Sammy and i know some players have different menus to play mkv dvds.

I just need the Sony version walkthrough for him.

Thanks!
post #68 of 209
Edit: oh, burned on a DVD - not sure, actually haven't tried that, so not sure what UI you'd see, sorry.

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Originally Posted by me who didn't read carefully
Its pretty easy, you plug in your USB drive / stick (there are ports in front and back), the main menu (assuming you don't have a disk inserted) will show Music, Videos, Photos, etc. - pick Videos, then pick either the front USB or rear USB selection, you'll see the file list, then pick the file, badaboom badabing, you're rolling.
post #69 of 209
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Originally Posted by Wallet Boy View Post

I bought this unit from Amazon - one of their Warehouse Deals. It is my first Blu-ray player and I love it so far.

The picture is very clear and sharp on my Bravia, and I wired it into my router and have had very good results with Netflix (which is now fully searchable), Pandora, Amazon (which is especially fantastic and clear), YouTube, and a few others that I've tried.

I haven't noticed any noise at all and I sat pretty close to it while watching Back to the Future on Blu-ray and Tropic Thunder on DVD. It is slower to load than a DVD player, which I understand is normal, but it wasn't anything crazy. My Toshiba DVD Recorder takes almost just as long to load (20-30 seconds or so).

The only issue I've had is that when I stop the movie with the disc still inside, and then press 'Play' again when I'm ready to start watching again, it takes me back to the main menu. I'm not even turning the power off, but maybe I am doing something wrong - I can't imagine the player would go back to the main menu every time it gets stopped.

I am very happy with it - it sounds like Sony has worked out most of the bugs in the last few months and I've had a great time with it so far.

if u stick a USB flash in it, it'll load slightly faster
post #70 of 209
The AVI movies can be played via DNLA. I tried to burn them into a DVD as ISO9660 format for S380 to play. But player said cannot find available files. Is there any specific format to burn data DVD ?
post #71 of 209
I have a question. When playing Queen Rock Montreal, which has a DTS-HD HR 96khz audio track using the "mix" setting having the player decode the audio and send PCM to my Denon, it displays 96khz when I press the display button, but when I check the Denon receiver to see what it is receiving, it says 48khz. If I bitstream to the receiver, the Denon displays 96khz. There is definitely an audible difference. Has anyone else had any experience with this type of situation? There isn't a setting for frequencies, unlike my S360, but that won't didn't send DTS-HD tracks as PCM, only bitstreamed.
post #72 of 209
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Originally Posted by turbofox View Post

I like this player for these features. I like the quietness of no fan. However have you noticed how hot this thing gets after a few mins? I hope this doesn't become a problem in the future

I was initially a little worried about this, but the unit and discs are not warm or hot after watching a normal length (2 hr.) movie. For the record, my S360 which had a fan did not make any noise at all. Overall, I prefer the build of that machine, but the S380 is much faster and the navigation much smoother.
post #73 of 209
Target has the S380 on clearance sale for $98. I bought one for the bedroom (I have an S370 on the main TV). I'm guessing an S390 is coming out soon (and probably matching 490 and 590.)
post #74 of 209
The AVI movies can be played via DNLA. I tried to burn them into a DVD as ISO9660 format with no multi-session and finalize session. But player said cannot find available files. Is there any specific format to burn data DVD ?
post #75 of 209
Rename the files from .avi to .mkv. I also have the best luck with ISO/UDF format.
post #76 of 209
Hi

I was wondering if anyone may be able to offer me any advice. I recently purchased a Sony BDP-S380 Blu-Ray Player with the approved Sony wireless dongle to enable me to update the player over the internet and make use of the video streaming feature iplayer, Love Film etc.......

However having recently had a reminder that there is a new firmware version available I try to download it. The player starts the download runs for a few steps and then stops and displays the following message "Communication with the sever interrupted. Please try later" This happens every time i try!

I know the player is connecting to both the router and the internet, because when I log on to the router the player is listed as an online client and I can also watch iplayer without a problem, proving the internet connection.

If anyone can shed any light on this problem and any possible ways to resolve it, it'd be much appreciated.

The main reasons for buying this player were its ability to update online (due to having no facility to burn an update file to disk and update this way) and its Love Film streaming feature, which I can't currently use until I manage a successful update.

Many thanks in advance for any advice you may be able to offer.
post #77 of 209
have you tried to update it with a cat5 wire and no wireless?
post #78 of 209
what was the recent update for?
post #79 of 209
Geez, my S380 called for another update today. That's two updates less than two weeks. I wonder if the October update broke something?
post #80 of 209
From the Sony web site:
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This utility upgrades the Blu-ray Disc player firmware to version M06.R.0550 and provides the following benefits:
Improvements over firmware version M06.R.0415:
  • Improves BRAVIA┬« Internet Video connectivity
post #81 of 209
I just bought a Sony BDP-S380 and installed Sony's Media Remote app (v2.3.2) for the iPhone.

I got Netflix working (which required registering the player with Sony's website for some bizarre reason) but I can't get the remote working.

The app finds my Blu-ray player and the player says it is registered, but when I hit the registration button on the app is says "registration failed".

I can't think what I could be doing wrong.

I have updated the S380's firmware and it seems to work fine in all other respects.

The player is wired (not wireless)
post #82 of 209
train_depot,

Do you have your iPhone connected to the same network that your player is on? It has to be connected to your wi-fi in order to find the player.

If it is connected, then you might not be hitting the right screen in the BD player settings in order to properly register the iPhone. I made that mistake when I first tried to connect mine.

See THIS LINK for step-by-step instructions. If you do something out of order it won't work.
post #83 of 209
RedZeppelin

You were right, I was using the wrong screen on the BD player. Seems there are two places on the menu where you "register" and they're not the same (even though it says your device is now registered!). I don't know why Sony had to make it so bleedin' complicated.
post #84 of 209
Yeah, it's tougher than it needs to be. Glad you got it working, though! The Media Remote app makes life easier, especially when you want keyboard input.
post #85 of 209
Since the most recent update I'm having frequent network problems with my S380. About every other time I turn it on it won't connect to my network. Rebooting it usually fixes the problem, but it's annoying. I never had that problem before.

Anyone else experiencing that?
post #86 of 209
OWNERS!!

when you play a 24p mkv/m2ts file to this machine will it switch its output to match the source or as with many other players does it stick at 60hz??

also does streaming these files work over a network to a nas?

many thanks
post #87 of 209
Hello, can somebody confirm for that this BDP-S380 can play SACD or not? since I got different information online, how is the sound? I know you shouldn't expect more for this money, but how it compares to PS3 in picture quality and sound? and also can this player output bit-stream audio?
Many thx.
post #88 of 209
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Originally Posted by fubird View Post

Hello, can somebody confirm for that this BDP-S380 can play SACD or not? since I got different information online, how is the sound? I know you shouldn't expect more for this money, but how it compares to PS3 in picture quality and sound? and also can this player output bit-stream audio?
Many thx.

Haven't tried SACD, but it says it works - don't have a PS3 to compare to, but it works great - high resolution 7.1 formats are supported (DTS MA, Dolby TrueHD).

Edit: oh, I did have trouble reading a couple burned Blurays from a friend - but could have been bad burns, not sure.
post #89 of 209
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Originally Posted by Brad Horstkotte View Post

Haven't tried SACD, but it says it works - don't have a PS3 to compare to, but it works great - high resolution 7.1 formats are supported (DTS MA, Dolby TrueHD).

Edit: oh, I did have trouble reading a couple burned Blurays from a friend - but could have been bad burns, not sure.

Nice to see you here again, Brad. I prefer to use bitstream output to let my SR7005 do the decode job, but looks like this player can also do it great. Is bitstream output an option in the menu?
BTW, what is the difference b/w S380 and S580? they are only $30+ difference, should I spend this $30 more for S580 or just get the cheapest S380?
post #90 of 209
The 580 has WiFi, 3D and 1G of RAM built-in.
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