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Originally Posted by cxhardy View Post

I have a lot of content in .iso format on a Seagate network drive (not USB). I can see and play .mp4 and .mkv files using the Seagate as a Media Server. But, the WD Live does not see any .iso files over the network.
Selecting a Media Server as your content source on the WD Live is a DLNA client. DLNA servers do not normally support .iso files which are disk images. They support single title video files like .mpg or .m2ts or .mkv or mp4 -- what ever your device tells them they support or what is listed in the device profile for your device on the DLNA server (assuming the DLNA server is sophisticated enough to have device profiles). Video files that your device cannot understand are trans-coded by the DLNA server into a format your device supports -- not the best of situations. I like DLNA as long as it doesn't have to do any trans-coding and use it for all my BluRay BD.m2ts files.

I said DLNA servers do not normally support .iso files because I was just reading that Mezzmo (a very good and very inexpensive PC-based DLNA server) supports DVD.iso video:
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DVD + ISO streaming

If you have many ripped DVDs and ISO files, then Mezzmo is perfect for you! Streaming ripped DVDs and DVD ISO files is easy with Mezzmo. Mezzmo will automatically find all your ripped DVDs and DVD ISO files and add videos from them into your Mezzmo library. Then simply stream these videos to your devices just like you stream any other video.

If you want to stream DVD.iso directly to the WD Live with full support for DVD menus, you select Windows Network Shares as your content source. You should see all the DVD.iso in the shared folders. I have hundreds of DVD.iso for TV shows on my servers that I watch this way. The biggest problem I had with that was getting the PC shares configured properly when I switched from Win-XP to Win-7 for my server. So when you say Seagate network drive is that a stand-alone network drive or is it on a PC -and- do you have the shares configured properly. The WD Live and the server have to be on the same workgroup.
post #2852 of 4686
Cxhardy: only DVD menus are supported, not Bluray.
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Default is Setup > Video Settings > DVD Menu > On. Media servers do not support ISO so you need to connect via shares instead (use the red button).
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I have a question. I have a WD live and just updated the orginal firmware. I am looking to get the cool UI of movie sheets.

1. Do I need to flash to a custom FW? If so which one?

2. Are the movie sheets generated by like imdb or something? For instance say a new movie comes out in 2 months.. How does it update the info for that ?
post #2855 of 4686
1) No, movie sheets are supported by stock firmware.

#2 depends on what you're talking about when you say "Cool UI movie sheets."

2) The WD's built-in Gallery View is very Movie-Sheet-like. The WD will prepare these views using the "Get Content Info" function in the menus. But if you're talking about something different, then it's most likely a custom theme in use. And for those themes, YOU have to generate the movie sheet content, the WD doesn't do it itself.
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Ok. Those ones where you can scroll through the covers of the movie and then it gives you a detail description of what the movie is a about etc etc
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That's all done using stock firmware.
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Hmmmm interesting. Do you have some sort of guide? Everywhere i see it says to flash to custom fw.

I updated my wd live to the newest fw
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Originally Posted by Holiday121 View Post

Hmmmm interesting. Do you have some sort of guide? Everywhere i see it says to flash to custom fw.

I updated my wd live to the newest fw
 

 It sounds like you want to use a theme on your SMP. There are three of them. Mojo, Darklight and CoCo They can be found here. Just scroll through a couple of pages to find them. They all should have directions on how to load it onto the SMP. Just don't try using IE as it doesn't work, I use Google Chrome with no problems. Just follow the directions by the Author and you should have no problem.

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Ok thanks. I am at work on my phone now so will have to look into it on Monday more since I work 12 hours today and tommorow. Thanks for the help. I been debating on getting a xbmc setup but going to see how well this works out first .
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Originally Posted by DJWikiera View Post

 It sounds like you want to use a theme on your SMP. There are three of them. Mojo, Darklight and CoCo They can be found here. Just scroll through a couple of pages to find them. They all should have directions on how to load it onto the SMP. Just don't try using IE as it doesn't work, I use Google Chrome with no problems. Just follow the directions by the Author and you should have no problem.

There are more than three themes for the SMP. Just search on WD's Forums and you will find them. Alot of the themes for the SMP or the Hub will work vice-versa.

I use Simple theme that was written for the SMP on both the SMP and the Hub...Halloween time I use Zombieland !
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Now for the info on the movies. Like say I add a new iso movie to my hard drive. How does it obtain the info for it? Do I manually do it or ?
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Both, you can set it for Auto or Manual. To do it yourself you have to hit "options" then "Get Content Info"

Or with alot of Custom Themes you can use Thumbgen to create your own.
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I can't wait to get home and mess with it now. I'm probably going to need to buy a nas and some hard drives. Anyone have any suggestions
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I've been using a few Synology DS212j's without problems for over a year now. I've had no problems with WD REDs, WD EZRX or WD EZRS.

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Dang these storage devices are expensive. Really upping the cost in doing this. Why not just run 2 external hard drives
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For my SMP I use 3 WD 2tb Elements via D-Link 7 port USB Hub with no probs....
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Originally Posted by Holiday121 View Post

Dang these storage devices are expensive. Really upping the cost in doing this. Why not just run 2 external hard drives

You can always make your own.
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 You can use USB drives if you wanted. Just one example of a NAS that works well. All depends how you want to do things.

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Hmmm if it recognizes a hub that would sound like a better way. I can have this right next to my avr so running it over via Ethernet it not a priority. So USB is good enough. .

So many options now
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Originally Posted by Kelson View Post

The WDT Live does understand GPT partitions. I had a pair of 2TB Seagates in a dual enclosure and joined as a single 4TB volume (RAID 0) formatted as GPT. The WD Live had no problems recognizing it as a 4TB disk. I have always used stock WD firmware and never messed with the custom stuff. I hope all the flashing you have done with different FW has not irreversibly corrupted something.

I have the HF2-SU2S2, plugged into my Media-PC. The Mediasonic enclosure you have is just a drive-bay hub with no intelligence to offer any disk spanning. The WD Live will work with hubs but maybe it is not totally compatible with the Mediasonic's implementation or all that flashing has made it confused. I do find it interesting that it will work with 2TB drives and not 3TB drives. Make sure you have converted the 3TB drives to GPT.

I Did try to format as GPT. At least I think I had. how do I confirm my 3TB HDDs are formatted in GPT?

As for your HF2-Su2s2, its just the USB 2.0 version. Mine is the USB 3.0 version, without RAID. And yes, with the 2x Toshiba 2TB HDDs installed together with a single Hitachi 2TB HDD, the 2TBs HDDs are all recognised as individual drives, IE each has a USB symbol. However, the sole 3TB HDD installed is not recognised at all. When booting up the Mediasonic and WDTV Live, the bays lights all blink ust before the USB light on the WDTV Live. Once it comes on and stays on, the 3TB drive doesn't appear in the folder option of the WDTV Live.
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Are USB 2.0 fast enough to stream full bluray isos
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Originally Posted by Holiday121 View Post

Are USB 2.0 fast enough to stream full bluray isos

Yes
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Originally Posted by Holiday121 View Post

Are USB 2.0 fast enough to stream full bluray isos

The short answer is YES.

The long answer is: BD ISOs can be a pain. The WD will just play the longest M2TS file in the STREAM folder. *MANY* BDs have complex structures which means that the longest TS file may not be what you want to play.

My advice (and it's worth about 1 cent) is:

-Rip the main feature to its own M2TS file. I use DVD fab to do this.
-If you want chapter information, go to the chapterdb.org and download the chapter data.
-Mux the M2TS file and chapters into an MKV file using MKVmerge.
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All of which can be done with MakeMKV in one step, FYI.
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Originally Posted by rayweil View Post

I Did try to format as GPT. At least I think I had. how do I confirm my 3TB HDDs are formatted in GPT?
By opening disk management and right-clicking on the disc in question.
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Originally Posted by techflaws View Post

All of which can be done with MakeMKV in one step, FYI.

Yep, I use MakeMKV using WDTV profile.
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Originally Posted by rayweil View Post

I Did try to format as GPT. At least I think I had. how do I confirm my 3TB HDDs are formatted in GPT?
You have to get to the Disk Management console. I don't know about Win-8 but in Win-7 you rt-click on the Computer icon and select Manage then choose Disk Management in the left pane. In the lower window pane of Disk Manager (the graphical disk display), rt-click on the Disk button on the left side of the display for the disk you want to check and select Properties. You should see a simple window with 5 tabs -- the center tab is Volumes -- click that one. In the middle of that display you will see the entry for Partition Style -- it will either be Master Boot Record (MBR) or GUID Partition Table (GPT). This works whether the drive is internal or external and connected via USB or eSATA.
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As for your HF2-Su2s2, its just the USB 2.0 version. Mine is the USB 3.0 version, without RAID. And yes, with the 2x Toshiba 2TB HDDs installed together with a single Hitachi 2TB HDD, the 2TBs HDDs are all recognised as individual drives, IE each has a USB symbol. However, the sole 3TB HDD installed is not recognised at all. When booting up the Mediasonic and WDTV Live, the bays lights all blink ust before the USB light on the WDTV Live. Once it comes on and stays on, the 3TB drive doesn't appear in the folder option of the WDTV Live.
Yes, I know mine has just USB 2 -- I use it as eSATA. If you check your partition style as above and it is GPT, I don't have any ideas why the 3TB drive is not being recognized.
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Originally Posted by Holiday121 View Post

Now for the info on the movies. Like say I add a new iso movie to my hard drive. How does it obtain the info for it? Do I manually do it or ?

Holiday,

You might want to check out the WDTV forum. There are many themes you can download and discussions (and tutiorials) to get your going. I ended up downloading a program called ThumbGen to make my movie sheets but realized that the normal stock version works great for me. I just had not been using the media library. The forum is here:
http://community.wdc.com/t5/WD-TV-and-Home-Entertainment/ct-p/wdtv_home_entertainment
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Ok thanks I will. I just wasn't sure if I had to flash to a custom firmware to get what I was looking for. Lots of reading but most of it I don't understand.
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Originally Posted by Holiday121 View Post

Ok thanks I will. I just wasn't sure if I had to flash to a custom firmware to get what I was looking for. Lots of reading but most of it I don't understand.

Just keep asking questions...we all are here to help...
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