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Originally Posted by Nesto1 View Post

I literraly read through every page of this thread(very time consuming hehehe)

New to the whole SMP and NAS world. Have a few questions

This will be my setup:

WDTV >> 5port 10/100 switch >> Router >> NAS - all wired

The wife got me a Seagate GoFlex Home NAS (2TB) for Xmas. I got it all setup on my network and am currently sharing movies to my Xbox(all are .AVI files since Xbox doesn't play nice with other file types)

My WDTV will arrive tomorrow so hopefully everything will go smooth.

Now, I'm using a Mac - so hopefully someone else here is using a Mac for all their stuff and can help

What is a good Movie Sheet maker(like ThumbGen) for the Mac? I saw some movie sheets a few pages back and that is exactly how I want mine to look like.

When converting my media, I will be using MacX DVD ripper pro. I did a test run last night with a DVD and ripping to MKV took almost 40 minutes(Setting vid bit rate at 1400/core 5.1 audio file size ended at 1.75GB for a 90 min movie). Is this the best file type to rip to, or is there another that will keep roughly the same picture quality/audio quality but be faster? The software can do pretty much any file type.


From all the posts I've seen, the majority of people have their files setup as such:

Movies
-->Movie A(Folder)
---->Movie A.fileextension

Where each movie has it's own individual folder on the NAS. Is this the best way(need to know before I go converting all my movies)

Ahead of time, thank you for any responses/help on my questions.

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Originally Posted by coldengrey15 View Post

You've the same exact Seagate Goflex Home Hard Drive that I have. I can not seem to get the shares to allow recursive folder shares eg: Separate Folders for EACH Movie Title. It seems to only allow a root folder and you have to put everything loose inside..???

* Have you or anyone else figured out how to get the Seagate GoFlex Home to Allow sharing Root Directory WITH Multiple Separate Movie Folders????
I even tried putting all media in the virtual 'public' partition and still will not share Root Folders with sub folders for separate movie titles..

* If the Seagate simply will NOT do, are there any other external ethernet Hard Drives that WILL allow proper folder structure to be shared for movies in separate title folders?
Perhaps the Western Digital?

Thanks and sorry for semi-hijack/off-topic....

I also use a 2TB go-flex. I n the Public folder I have one TV folder, which I point the WDTV library source to. Inside is a Rip folder, a New folder, and an Archive folder. The Archive has a folder for movies and one for each TV series. They have separate folders by season. I could rip directly into New, but I like to make sure they get named correctly first, and I record some things before I know if I'll ever actually watch them, e.g. if they get canceled early on. Once watched, files are moved to the archive (really just an instant rename since on the same drive).

So on the WDTV, Videos shows me the one top-level folder, and I can drill to the folder I want. Since I don't leave my network on overnight, I may have to force the WDTV to re-scan with "clear media library".

I have also used the go-flex share features to share content with remote users - very slick feature, though painfully slow over my DSL...

I don't use any metacontent - maybe that requires separate folders per movie?

My MKVs are about 1.4GB per 42-minute (edited) SD show recorded at 2nd-best quality mode...

CC
post #2342 of 4686
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Originally Posted by coldengrey15 View Post

You've the same exact Seagate Goflex Home Hard Drive that I have. I can not seem to get the shares to allow recursive folder shares eg: Separate Folders for EACH Movie Title. It seems to only allow a root folder and you have to put everything loose inside..???

* Have you or anyone else figured out how to get the Seagate GoFlex Home to Allow sharing Root Directory WITH Multiple Separate Movie Folders????
I even tried putting all media in the virtual 'public' partition and still will not share Root Folders with sub folders for separate movie titles..

* If the Seagate simply will NOT do, are there any other external ethernet Hard Drives that WILL allow proper folder structure to be shared for movies in separate title folders?
Perhaps the Western Digital?

Thanks and sorry for semi-hijack/off-topic....

Well I did some searching and found these

http://forums.seagate.com/t5/GoFlex-Net-GoFlex-Home/WDTV-box-cannot-see-GoFlex-Home/td-p/78740

http://community.wdc.com/t5/WD-TV-Live-Streaming-Discussions/Seagate-Goflex-2TB-Network-Drive-only-found-as-Media-Library/td-p/301128
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The library gives me exactly what I want - structured access to my MKVs/MP4s with zero extraneous files/folders. What does the "dashboard" buy you? It seems totally worthless to me...

CC
Edited by cc_in_oh - 1/13/13 at 7:52am
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I do not see the WDTV Live SMP listed on Netflix Super HD.

Sony PlayStation 3
Apple TV with 1080p
Roku with 1080p
Nintendo Wii U
Windows 8
Blu-Ray Players and Smart TV's with existing Netflix 1080p support

Does this look like it will change or does it mean investing in a new streamer?
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Some folks on the WD forum say Super HD is already working...
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I have this in our master bedroom and it does a great job playing movies off our network. I was thinking of getting another one for the kids to watch movies and v shows as well. The issue is we have R rated movies which i don't want our kids to watch. I have heard from others to just move the movies to a folder and put a password on it. I have enabled parental controls but it only lets me lock down the online content and not the folder. Can someone point me to the right direction to get this working? If the wd live doesnt allow this will the mede8er or dune player allow me to lock folders?

Thanks for any help

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Originally Posted by jradams76 View Post

I have this in our master bedroom and it does a great job playing movies off our network. I was thinking of getting another one for the kids to watch movies and v shows as well. The issue is we have R rated movies which i don't want our kids to watch. I have heard from others to just move the movies to a folder and put a password on it. I have enabled parental controls but it only lets me lock down the online content and not the folder. Can someone point me to the right direction to get this working? If the wd live doesnt allow this will the mede8er or dune player allow me to lock folders?

Thanks for any help

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If you're using LOCAL storage (USB), there's no way to restrict what is shown.

If you're using NETWORK storage (NAS), then all you should need to do is move the age-inappropriate content to its own share, and make that share accessible only via the User ID and password you assign.

The above is what I do on my 20+ TB of NAS.

The Living Room WD uses a user ID that cannot access the R-Rated share(s).
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Originally Posted by jradams76 View Post

I have this in our master bedroom and it does a great job playing movies off our network. I was thinking of getting another one for the kids to watch movies and v shows as well. The issue is we have R rated movies which i don't want our kids to watch. I have heard from others to just move the movies to a folder and put a password on it. I have enabled parental controls but it only lets me lock down the online content and not the folder. Can someone point me to the right direction to get this working? If the wd live doesnt allow this will the mede8er or dune player allow me to lock folders?

Thanks for any help

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I use Hanewin NFS on our NAS and restrict access to the NFS shares by IP. This way the folder isn't even visible.
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Sorry to sound dumb. But how do I add a username and pw to the shares. I do have the folders setup. But I dont see a spot for me to sdd a username to the folders. This would be a network share off windows 7.

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Originally Posted by jradams76 View Post

Sorry to sound dumb. But how do I add a username and pw to the shares. I do have the folders setup. But I dont see a spot for me to sdd a username to the folders. This would be a network share off windows 7.

Doing it on Windows 7 is (IMHO) tedious, but possible.

You'd need to create specific Windows Users using the control panel.
Add passwords to the users at the time you create them.

Then when you set up the shares, share them ONLY with the users you specify.

Basically, it's

RIGHT CLICK on the folder you want to share.
Share With...
Specific People...

.. and select the user that's appropriate to that share.

In this case, you would NOT select "Everyone," which is what most people are typically doing.
post #2351 of 4686
Could you kind folk who own this device (WD TV Live or Hub) tell me if this device does full multi-channel decoding into PCM? Thank you!
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Thank you I will give it a try.

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Are there any hardware updates planned for the WDTV series? Any news on the next generation of players?
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Anybody else have a problem with Pandora getting a nasty drop in sound quality, which only a hard reboot can clear? Pandora logs in, the station comes up, but it sounds static-filled and horrible; it's utterly unusable.

I can't quite nail down the trigger (I think it MAY be playing my DVD ISOs... even then the problem is only intermittent). After the reboot, everything works normally.
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Yeah, I've seen that not only with pandora, but with differing follow-on movie files, particularly those with AAC audio which requires the WD to send PCM out the HDMI. I think the WDs audio processor gets left in a "dirty" state when trying to go from one audio type to another.

For me it's been VERY rare.
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Originally Posted by iatacs19 View Post

Are there any hardware updates planned for the WDTV series? Any news on the next generation of players?

They were hinting at something here Link but i havent had time to watch.

"Now Playing: CES 2013: Will There Be A New WD TV Live?

Details

24:47


I think the answer is no, unless there is something in that video.
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Is it possible to get full metadata and backdrop images without the media library? I have the XML files that were created by my media manager software on my pc but it doesn't seem to pick up anything but the DVD cover art.
I don't mind switching to the media library but I am concerned with my large library over the network feeling bogged down. Thanks for any help!
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Yes, it's possible to have metadata and backdrops without using the media library.
The difference is that, without the media library enabled:

Only the GALLERY view will make use of the metadata. *ALL* other features will be unavailable (Sorting / Filtering / Searching / Proper Title ordering / etc.)
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Is the media library ok over network? I am concerned about it being really slow to set up. I'm also worried if it loses connection to the network drive that it will have to re-inventory everything. Can anyone tell me anything about their experience with Media Library from a NAS drive? Thanks.

Update: I added my video folders to media library. It seems to be working ok, but I have a question. Is there a way to get it to associate the metadata with the folder instead of the video file itself? My structure is as follows Videos (Folder) -> Movie Title (Folder) -> Movie File/Video_TS folders. With this structure I only get metadata for my mkvs and only once I have gone into the folder to the file. Thanks for the help!
Edited by Wamblej - 1/17/13 at 5:18pm
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Originally Posted by Wamblej View Post

Is there a way to get it to associate the metadata with the folder instead of the video file itself?
No.
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Originally Posted by WDFan1970 View Post


I have two hubs and one SMP. I move them back and forth between wired and wireless depending on where they're being used at any given time...


The WD Remote app works on all of them either way for me.

Howdy all...been ages since I've participated (things had been going so well for so long) however I've made some changes at my end and so I have a few questions regarding this feature and a few others (I apologize for not splitting them up...hope it's OK)


1. WD TV LIVE REMOTE APP:

I have the app installed on both an iPad2 and Android phone (Galaxy S3)...the iPad2 can readily see my main floor SMP but is unable to see the other upstairs device....conversely the Android can see the upstairs device but is unable to see the main floor device. In both situations, the app is unsuccessful attempting to execute any commands for the remote...I press a button and after a second or two the red circle with slash through it flashes at top of screen (where device tab is). I have not been able to find any posts/comments anywhere about this scenario (usually app can't locate devices...) If I don't have any settings to make on the SMP's themselves, what am I supposed to be looking for ? ...nothing jumps out at me in router settings (DLINK DIR655) I'll muddy things up a little further and say originally I think iPad2 could see BOTH...however, because it still wouldn't execute commands I assumed it might be because the SMP's had same name...iPad2 app showed "WDTVLIVE(2)" ...I renamed one of them to WDTVLIVEG and now I have the situation I just described...would be nice to resolve because I've increased use of NETFLIX and keying in searches with regular remote just isn't going to cut it.
(I should add that main is wireless...and upstairs SMP is tethered with 500 mbps POWERLINE)

2. speaking of NETFLIX:

test driving for only 3-4 days but have already had issues where there is no audio initially and I do workaround I located by exiting and playing a regular video and then going back into Netflix...I have also had loading hang and interface hang a couple times and had to physically pull plug on SMP, etc, etc, etc Most of these issues appear to have been reported ages ago, has WD never addressed probs or do they come and go depending on how clean various firmware updates are ?? Are there better interfaces through other DLNA devices I may possess ?
NOTE: for anyone unaware, you can increase your Netflix video quality settings within your account !!! ...I didn't know this last year and cancelled my trial after one day because PQ was so piss poor !

3. NAS usage

I finally broke down and incorporated NAS (a work in progress) I have QNAP 419P II with four WD 3TB reds (RAID5...mainly because it seemed like best compromise for capacity and protection)...right away I really like ability to define user specific shares (because we otherwise have no parental controls avail to us)....however after being accustomed to navigating device with my drives physically attached by USB, I am hugely disappointed and frustrated with the slow loading of the covers in gallery view. I have read some posts regarding a lack of cache/buffering when setup is this way where it would otherwise utilize space on USB connected drive(s)....do any of you longtime NAS users have any word from WD about whether they expect to be able to remedy this issue ?? Saddens me after all the coin I just dropped for this new configuration : (
(any comments about my use of RAID5 ?? ...seems awfully slow writing but I guess I can live with that, better than all the copying and syncing (Syncback SE) I was having to do to maintain multiple harddrives and devices.


Thanks for your time guys...I appreciate anything you're able to add.

moo
post #2362 of 4686
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Originally Posted by Wamblej

Is there a way to get it to associate the metadata with the folder instead of the video file itself?
No.

If this is the case do most people who use only the WDTV Live SMP have all of their individual movie files in one folder? Or do you enter the folder to see the movie details every time?

Can I rename a background file to get at least the background to show when I am in the folder view (and not on the file itself)? Thanks.
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Originally Posted by Wamblej View Post

Can I rename a background file to get at least the background to show when I am in the folder view (and not on the file itself)? Thanks.
Nope...
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Originally Posted by WDFan1970 View Post

Doing it on Windows 7 is (IMHO) tedious, but possible.

You'd need to create specific Windows Users using the control panel.
Add passwords to the users at the time you create them.

Then when you set up the shares, share them ONLY with the users you specify.

Basically, it's

RIGHT CLICK on the folder you want to share.
Share With...
Specific People...

.. and select the user that's appropriate to that share.

In this case, you would NOT select "Everyone," which is what most people are typically doing.

I use this video to setup my shares and it works great with all WDTVs and other devices.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQstgQ4eJCM

Tim
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New firmware out today. It's installing on my player now. I'll see what it does later.
Quote:
Version 1.13.18:
Resolved Issues:
• Supports Kannuu; easily discover where to watch your favorite programs.
• Supports myTV Arabic language television.
• Supports IVI.RU online TV shows and movies in Russia.
• Supports Hulu Plus and Skitter TV in US territories, commonwealths and insular areas.
• Supports Product Improvement Opt-In.
• Support 32x FF/RW for video and music playback.
• Support Movie filter.
• Resolved TV Shows content info is incorrectly sorted.
• Resolved ejecting USB drive causes problems with the Media Library.
• Resolved bad playback performance when scanning the Media Library.
• Resolved unable to play tracks when sharing playlists in Spotify.
• Resolved user interface lags when the network connection is being established.
• Resolved JSTV stream playback stops after streaming continuously for long durations.
• Resolved noticeable delay in UI recognizing button presses after restarting device.
• Resolved nested playlists folders make entire playlist folder appear blank in Spotify.
• Resolved long Blu-Ray ISO video loading time.
• Resolved unable to add similarly named share to the Media Library.
• Resolved unable to resume MediaMarkt videos.
• Resolved playback of certain True HD 1080P MKV files with multiple PGS subtitles locks up the device.
• Resolved rescanning metadata for TV shows reboots the device.
• Resolved audio loss and constant buffering issue when playing high bitrate Blu-Ray ISO from NFS share.
• Resolved some TuneIn streams do not play.
• Resolved TuneIn radio images are missing on the options menu.
• Resolved audio loss issue on .TS QAM recorded videos.
• Added message indication when USB device is being mounted.
• Added message indication when connecting to network.
• Resolved slow navigation issue when Auto Get Content is running.
• Resolved unable to get content info when file name contains "-" issue.
• Resolved unable to move curser when playing the last song on playlist in Spotify.
• Resolved screen flash issue with VOBSUB subtitles onMP4, M4V, and MKV videos.
• Resolved error message is not displayed when the network is interrupted in PlayJam.
• Resolved system menus missing down arrow to indicate additional menu items.
• Resolved reset location displays the wrong time zone issue.
• Resolved unable to get content info for file starting with "ENG".
• Resolved get content info retrieved English information when scraping German titles.
• Resolved some folders do not have thumbnails when filtering by TV Show in videos.
• Resolved spinning wheel is shown for the first few seconds while video loads.
• Resolved constant loading indicator is displayed when deleting playlists in Spotify.
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It would be extremely helpful to be able to see the Live menu screen on my PC or iPod Touch when the TV is off. Is there any way to make this happen?
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Originally Posted by andyross63 View Post

Official WD thread on the 1.13.18 firmware:
New Release - Firmware Version 1.13.18 for WD TV Live Streaming Media Player (1/24/13)
What a bunch of whining nits.
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Ok so I finally got metadata info to work with on my NAS, but for some reason some files are not being found.

Example - Brave, The Dark Knight and The Avengers, it will not pull in metadata. Out of 31 files, 4 movies won't pull metadata.

I have named them Brave (2012).mkv and The Avengers (2012).mkv, switched to Disney's Brave an dMarvel's The Avengers and still nothing.

Not sure what is going on with these.

Anyone have ideas on how to get them to show?
post #2370 of 4686
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Originally Posted by Nesto1 View Post

Ok so I finally got metadata info to work with on my NAS, but for some reason some files are not being found.

Example - Brave, The Dark Knight and The Avengers, it will not pull in metadata. Out of 31 files, 4 movies won't pull metadata.

I have named them Brave (2012).mkv and The Avengers (2012).mkv, switched to Disney's Brave an dMarvel's The Avengers and still nothing.

Not sure what is going on with these.

Anyone have ideas on how to get them to show?

Where does the device get the metadata info from? If they have a website you could see how they are named on the site, that may help.

Bill
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