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post #31 of 419
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Originally Posted by Gary J View Post

It is a client app in Google TV with the Plex server on a PC and works quite well. Also the client app on my Android cell phone. I believe also it supposedly can be finagled to work on UPnP devices but I have not attempted that. It does nifty things like a bookmark on your browser (or extension in Google Chrome) will snag video links off of a web page and it will be in your client libraries ready for play. Your library can also have folders from your PC, other Plex servers and stuff in the cloud.

I have been meaning to test out Plex for some time (it is actually on my to do list)
post #32 of 419
I think right now, with both a, say, C-200, and Google TV you have the best of all worlds.
post #33 of 419
So, is the A300 a dud? I know a lot of people already have the 200/210 so don't feel the need to upgrade, but the lack of enthusaism for the 300s just seems odd. I was excited about the possibility of replacing my Neo550 with it, but that was mainly because of the NMJv2 doing scraping and eliminating my need to do it manually.
post #34 of 419
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So, is the A300 a dud? I know a lot of people already have the 200/210 so don't feel the need to upgrade, but the lack of enthusaism for the 300s just seems odd. I was excited about the possibility of replacing my Neo550 with it, but that was mainly because of the NMJv2 doing scraping and eliminating my need to do it manually.

There really was no reason to get excited since the upgrade to the 8646 was marginal at best. For the most part the A300 has done well for me. There are definitely some bugs though (i.e. Audio, etc...). If you had ever used NMJ on the 200 series you can understand why no one was expecting NMJv2 to be a game changer
post #35 of 419
I have an A-300 on order that should ship next week. This will be my first experience with streaming from local storage, so I have nothing to compare it to. Should be interesting!

Jeff
post #36 of 419
Is the A300 offered at amazon yet?
post #37 of 419
Not yet. Their still back-ordered. I have no idea what the poster above was thinking - "lack of enthusiasm" - as their orders exceed their production capacity.
post #38 of 419
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Originally Posted by pepar View Post

Not yet. Their still back-ordered. I have no idea what the poster above was thinking - "lack of enthusiasm" - as their orders exceed their production capacity.

Its for people that already have players. There is no BANG to the 300 series like there was for the 200 series, the advantages are minimal over the 200 series so was not as exciting. They are still a hot selling item just not a craze the 200 series brought.
post #39 of 419
Not sure I agree. If you are buying your first one, why wouldn't you buy the 300? Going from none to the 300 is a huge bang. Upgrading, as has been mentioned, is not a driving force.
post #40 of 419
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Originally Posted by pepar View Post

Not yet. Their still back-ordered. I have no idea what the poster above was thinking - "lack of enthusiasm" - as their orders exceed their production capacity.

I meant the lack of enthusiasm on this board. Nobody had posted in this thread for over a month!
post #41 of 419
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I meant the lack of enthusiasm on this board. Nobody had posted in this thread for over a month!

That is normal not many PCH people hang out here. All owners usually stick to the NMT forums. AVS is a great place for dune owners and the other occasional media players.
post #42 of 419
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I meant the lack of enthusiasm on this board. Nobody had posted in this thread for over a month!

Gotcha. NMT is *the* forum for PCH, but I will be posting here when my unit arrives. And now that more and more are getting out there maybe there will be more interest in the thread.

Jeff
post #43 of 419
Wow I'm still sporting my 110. Good to see pch still going strong
post #44 of 419
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Wow I'm still sporting my 110. Good to see pch still going strong

What tools are you using to get your content onto your local storage and what formats do you use for movies and music?

Jeff
post #45 of 419
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What tools are you using to get your content onto your local storage and what formats do you use for movies and music?

Jeff

Essential Tools IMO:

For DVD:

DVD Fab Free Edition (deals with current copy protections that sometimes DVD Shrink has issues with)
DVD Shrink (everyone needs this, great tool)

DVD rip ISO's. ISO's can be full disks or just main movies. benefits: single file, original quality, easy to burn to physical media. supported widely....


For BD:
AnyDVD is the gold standard and expensive.
A lot of folks like ClownBD and MkvMerge.

I like MakeMKV. I have good results with the PCH C-200, XBMC and Boxee. Its free, its easy, again original quality including lossless.

FYI. ripping to .ts files doesn't support chapters so thats one of the reasons MKV's are quite popular as a container. we are not transcoding the video just changing containers during the rip.

Music: FLAC or ALAC take your pick. I used to use the FLAC and then I bought a iPhone 3 years ago and batch converted everything to ALAC and have not looked back.
post #46 of 419
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Originally Posted by pepar View Post

Gotcha. NMT is *the* forum for PCH, but I will be posting here when my unit arrives. And now that more and more are getting out there maybe there will be more interest in the thread.

Jeff

Yeah, NMT is where all the action is, but I am definitely for having a more robust PCH interaction on AVS (got too many forums that I try to monitor lol)
post #47 of 419
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Originally Posted by sean_w_smith View Post

Essential Tools IMO:

For DVD:

DVD Fab Free Edition (deals with current copy protections that sometimes DVD Shrink has issues with)
DVD Shrink (everyone needs this, great tool)

DVD rip ISO's. ISO's can be full disks or just main movies. benefits: single file, original quality, easy to burn to physical media. supported widely....


For BD:
AnyDVD is the gold standard and expensive.
A lot of folks like ClownBD and MkvMerge.

I like MakeMKV. I have good results with the PCH C-200, XBMC and Boxee. Its free, its easy, again original quality including lossless.

FYI. ripping to .ts files doesn't support chapters so thats one of the reasons MKV's are quite popular as a container. we are not transcoding the video just changing containers during the rip.

Music: FLAC or ALAC take your pick. I used to use the FLAC and then I bought a iPhone 3 years ago and batch converted everything to ALAC and have not looked back.

If I had to fool with all of that crap I'd have given it up long ago.


AnyDVD HD -> ISO = done
post #48 of 419
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Originally Posted by Gary J View Post

If I had to fool with all of that crap I'd have given it up long ago.


AnyDVD HD -> ISO = done

I prefer AnyDVD + Clown_BD for Blu-rays

MakeMKV or AnyDVD for DVDs

Nice and easy (of course your method requires a few less steps but for my setup I have no need for full disc blu rays)
post #49 of 419
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Originally Posted by dbone1026 View Post

I prefer AnyDVD + Clown_BD for Blu-rays

MakeMKV or AnyDVD for DVDs

Nice and easy (of course your method requires a few less steps but for my setup I have no need for full disc blu rays)

Ok for the few I might archive but for temp saving for a one-time viewing AnyDVD HD and done.
post #50 of 419
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Originally Posted by Gary J View Post

Ok for the few I might archive but for temp saving for a one-time viewing AnyDVD HD and done.

Yeah, unfortunately for me my one time viewing may not occur until months or more after I actually rip. Using Clown_BD actually only takes maybe 5-10 more minutes then just using AnyDVD and really only a few more clicks
post #51 of 419
I like that PCH will read the full ISO, read an ISO that has been "built" with only the main movie, lossless audio and, if necessary, subtitles, read those three elements in a folder structure, or read an array of formats and containers.

With respect to which workflow one chooses, it seems a balance between simplicity during the ripping process and storage space at the back end. Everybody looks at it differently and arrives at their solution.

Jeff
post #52 of 419
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Originally Posted by pepar View Post

I like that PCH will read the full ISO, read an ISO that has been "built" with only the main movie, lossless audio and, if necessary, subtitles, read those three elements in a folder structure, or read an array of formats and containers.

With respect to which workflow one chooses, it seems a balance between simplicity during the ripping process and storage space at the back end. Everybody looks at it differently and arrives at their solution.

Jeff

Pretty much but the tools mentioned are the ones that are widely used and known to work. I recommend not straying too far....

One that wasn't mentioned is handbrake which can re-code videos to reduce space, or to play on a iphone, etc....

Sean
post #53 of 419
Thanks, Sean. I've ben taking my cues from Damian on this and I have the full complement of tools that have been discussed and some that haven't. If it interests you - and you don't already know, it is possible to rip SACD ISO's as well as DVD, BD and DVD-A.

Jeff
post #54 of 419
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Originally Posted by pepar View Post

Thanks, Sean. I've ben taking my cues from Damian on this and I have the full complement of tools that have been discussed and some that haven't. If it interests you - and you don't already know, it is possible to rip SACD ISO's as well as DVD, BD and DVD-A.

Jeff

Yes someone finally cracked SACD. Haven't ripped any myself.

Did you remove the rip lock speed liimits on your drive you plan on ripping with?

that can certainly speed thiings up.
post #55 of 419
Drive ... in the PS3? I get consistent 2.2MB/s data rate ripping to ISO. Ripping to DSD is very slow especially for mch with DST.

Best to output ISO and save the wear and tear on the increasingly scarcer "proper" PS3's and do the heavy stuff on PC.
post #56 of 419
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Originally Posted by pepar View Post

Drive ... in the PS3? I get consistent 2.2MB/s data rate ripping to ISO. Ripping to DSD is very slow especially for mch with DST.

Best to output ISO and save the wear and tear on the increasingly scarcer "proper" PS3's and do the heavy stuff on PC.

I think you misunderstood what I was saying. nothing to do with SACD. Many PC BD/DVD drives have artificial slow downs in them to make ripping DVD's slower. you can often remove them with firmware hacks. It makes my drive 4x faster ripping DVD's. I can rip a DVD in 4 minutes.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riplock

google your DVD drive model # for more info on that unit.
post #57 of 419
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Originally Posted by sean_w_smith View Post

I think you misunderstood what I was saying. nothing to do with SACD. Many PC BD/DVD drives have artificial slow downs in them to make ripping DVD's slower. you can often remove them with firmware hacks. It makes my drive 4x faster ripping DVD's. I can rip a DVD in 4 minutes.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riplock

google your DVD drive model # for more info on that unit.

Thanks.

Jeff
post #58 of 419
Just finished making some overlays and mini mods for Eversion/evZap ..
Here's a quickie video of it in action:

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

And, the link to the thread over on NMT
http://www.networkedmediatank.com/sh....php?tid=58729
post #59 of 419
Thanks. My A-300 ... my first networked media appliance .. is shipping soon. While I am technically inclined, I must admit to being a bit confused about what runs on the new Flash-based system. I *thought* that YAMJ was HTML-based. I need a NMJ for Dummies book.

Jeff
post #60 of 419
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Originally Posted by pepar View Post

Thanks. My A-300 ... my first networked media appliance .. is shipping soon. While I am technically inclined, I must admit to being a bit confused about what runs on the new Flash-based system. I *thought* that YAMJ was HTML-based. I need a NMJ for Dummies book.

Jeff

HTML and Flash.


NMJ != YAMJ They are totally different programs. pick one and use it.

YAMJ is far better
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