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post #31 of 131
Guys,

I'll update the EP950 stock situation in the EP950 thread instead of here.
post #32 of 131
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Originally Posted by Tiddles88 View Post


@ Brian B

but you cannot mark files you've watched.

Sorry, but just to be clear. If I have multiple TV shows there is no way to know which new episodes have been watched or not?

I think this is the only thing holding me back from the plunge...

Brian
post #33 of 131
Thread Starter 
@ Brian B

There is no feature for the 600 to tell you what has been watched, however, you can look at the file properties of the file in Windows to figure out what has been watched. As an actual feature though, the 600 doesn't have it. As I mentioned, it has resume, so if you play a TV show you've watched and it tells you to resume, that's a clue right there. I think the playback options outweigh the importance of this feature.
post #34 of 131
I'm still struggling with my HTPC setup working on two TVS: one with HDMI and the other with component. Every time I get it working on both a couple of days passes and something is amiss again.

I am eyeing the EP950, but lately about 99% of the use is watching TV episodes. I need someway to know when I have a day off and want to watch a bunch of TV what I've watched and what is old and XBMC does this.

Does the Dune do this? If so, that might be the answer.

The $$ doesn't really matter anymore--I just want something that works so I can go on with the rest of my life. I've been dealing with operational quirks with the PC for many years and I think it is finally time to go to a set top box.

Don't need 3D, but a good interface is nice and stability is most important for accessing multiple drives in the NAS.

Brian
post #35 of 131
Thread Starter 
Apart from that resume option, the Micca is a great fit for what you want. I think the only playback solution that remembers what you've watched is a HTPC. I'd forgo that feature in terms of playback. I was going to build a HTPC, but with all the new CPU's and APU's coming out I decided to go with streamers again. Still I'd weight that one feature against all the benefits of the Micca option.
post #36 of 131
I've just about decided to buy this player...
Just a few more ques I need answered...

Has anyone here had a problem w/a particular video file type?

There many types of WMV files. I have a portable player that
will play WMV3 not WMV9. Will this device play them all?

Are you able to bookmark video & audio files?

Can I erase files through the menu or do i have to connect
it to my computer?


Thanks
post #37 of 131
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Originally Posted by zanmet View Post

Can I erase files through the menu or do i have to connect
it to my computer?

Yeah, this might be the answer for me. If I watch a TV episode is there an easy way to delete, so I know that the next one is new?

B.
post #38 of 131
I have a Dune player that I've been happy with. I'm looking to get a second media player, but Dune has recently jacked up their prices.

This Micca sounds like a decent option. All I use my Dune for is streaming bluray iso's via a MOCA connection from a networked HP Mediasmart Server. I use NFS rather than SMB. Will this Micca perform this duty well?
post #39 of 131
Thread Starter 
@ zanmet

I'll test some windows media and let you know, still .wmv isn't a popular codec, the scene never uses it and its only really used for porn rips, and even then .mp4 is slowly taking over for 720p and above. Yes you can bookmark files, the 600 has a bookmark button from which you can resume.

@ Brian B

You build a library of your media as a database which the 600 accesses (the database is on the device your media is on), then you can delete and search freely. Deleting a file deletes the entry in the 600's database, not the actual file.

@ willscam

I am uncertain. The 600 supports samba which the manual notes, not sure about NFS. Still, I would be surprised if it didn't.
post #40 of 131
"@ Brian B

You build a library of your media as a database which the 600 accesses (the database is on the device your media is on), then you can delete and search freely. Deleting a file deletes the entry in the 600's database, not the actual file."

So if I'm adding new TV shows every day how does the database get updated? Do I have to do it every time I use the unit or is there a way to auto update in the middle of the night say...?

B.
post #41 of 131
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Brian B View Post

"@ Brian B

You build a library of your media as a database which the 600 accesses (the database is on the device your media is on), then you can delete and search freely. Deleting a file deletes the entry in the 600's database, not the actual file."

So if I'm adding new TV shows every day how does the database get updated? Do I have to do it every time I use the unit or is there a way to auto update in the middle of the night say...?

B.

The manual doesn't say. It probably rescans and updates every time you insert/reinsert the HDD/USB.
post #42 of 131
But I'm connected to a server--no inserting of USB or HD...so then what?

B.
post #43 of 131
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Originally Posted by Tiddles88 View Post

The manual doesn't say. It probably rescans and updates every time you insert/reinsert the HDD/USB.

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Originally Posted by Brian B View Post

But I'm connected to a server--no inserting of USB or HD...so then what?

B.

the manual say

5.0 media library
green button- show the operation menu to add or delete files in library (delete only remove from media library , it does not delete from storage

file manager
green button- shows the operation menu to copy ,delete,move,rename files on storage device or add the select file/folder to the media library

network settings
in server mode use the red button, add, modify or delete network shortcuts

all this settings includes the re-scan option

in case you wondering a 3TB re-scan takes less than 5 seconds, scanning a new hd with 3TB in full takes 10 seconds

hope that helps.
post #44 of 131
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Originally Posted by canton160 View Post

the manual say

5.0 media library
green button- show the operation menu to add or delete files in library (delete only remove from media library , it does not delete from storage

file manager
green button- shows the operation menu to copy ,delete,move,rename files on storage device or add the select file/folder to the media library

network settings
in server mode use the red button, add, modify or delete network shortcuts

all this settings includes the re-scan option

in case you wondering a 3TB re-scan takes less than 5 seconds, scanning a new hd with 3TB in full takes 10 seconds

hope that helps.

Ok, so what you are saying that re-scanning is a simple procedure via a few button pushes?

Thanks,
Brian
post #45 of 131
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Originally Posted by Brian B View Post

Ok, so what you are saying that re-scanning is a simple procedure via a few button pushes?

Thanks,
Brian

correct Brian

very simple.
post #46 of 131
Hi all,
i just bought the EP600 G2 to use as a media hub for me to stream my blu ray rips from my Synology DS712+ NAS. Both the Synology and the Micca are using gigabit wired ethernet connections to a gigabit switch.

I primarily bought the EP600 G2 to get movies to stream from my NAS to my TV and to allow for the DTS-MA light to turn on in my receiver. The fact that the PS3 wasn't able to get that light going bothered me so much, idk why but it did lol. Anyway, most of the movies play fine, but I tried playing a rip of Gladiator Extended Edition last night, its a 1080p rip with the DTS MA 7.1 track and 2 other audio commentary tracks. The file is in an MKV container and is roughly 45GB in size.

For some reason, when playing that movie, it seems to slow down and not play as fluidly as I want. I can't for the life of me figure out why. I don't think the Synology has a problem playing the file, it has a pretty high transfer rate, so I don't think it's a bottleneck issue. Then again, almost all of the other files I've played are significantly smaller in size. I haven't updated the firmware yet, do you think that would help?

Any thoughts as to what settings I should have turned on/off? Please let me know. I want to grow to love this device and if it can play my high file size blu ray rips, I will.

thanks for your help!
post #47 of 131
Thread Starter 
@ alsobob23

Yes, update the firmware, then try playing that file off a local USB harddrive. What are the results?
post #48 of 131
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Originally Posted by alsobob23 View Post

Hi all,
i just bought the EP600 G2 to use as a media hub for me to stream my blu ray rips from my Synology DS712+ NAS. Both the Synology and the Micca are using gigabit wired ethernet connections to a gigabit switch.

I primarily bought the EP600 G2 to get movies to stream from my NAS to my TV and to allow for the DTS-MA light to turn on in my receiver. The fact that the PS3 wasn't able to get that light going bothered me so much, idk why but it did lol. Anyway, most of the movies play fine, but I tried playing a rip of Gladiator Extended Edition last night, its a 1080p rip with the DTS MA 7.1 track and 2 other audio commentary tracks. The file is in an MKV container and is roughly 45GB in size.

For some reason, when playing that movie, it seems to slow down and not play as fluidly as I want. I can't for the life of me figure out why. I don't think the Synology has a problem playing the file, it has a pretty high transfer rate, so I don't think it's a bottleneck issue. Then again, almost all of the other files I've played are significantly smaller in size. I haven't updated the firmware yet, do you think that would help?

Any thoughts as to what settings I should have turned on/off? Please let me know. I want to grow to love this device and if it can play my high file size blu ray rips, I will.

thanks for your help!

Try to play same file with a hard drive attached in micca.
If problem occour its not the synology, by the way do you use double cat6 output from ds712+ to your switch.
Also can you try synology double cat6 conect to router without switch.
Also try using a full ISO rip i experience some issues with mkv remux with other players.
Good luck.
post #49 of 131
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Originally Posted by Jack@Micca View Post

Hi,

I do know that slow-motion and A-B repeat are features that exist in the reference firmware. However, they are not in the firmware for the EP600/EP950. I've sent in an inquiry to see if they can be added.

These are not commonly requested features, however.

Thanks for the reply on this Jack! We can't imagine why it isn't requested more. Slow motion seems like "Media Playback 101" to us. Even decades old VHS players could do slow motion!!!!!!!
A lot of the players based upon the RT1185 on that bay site have these as you can see from the pictures of their remotes which have the appropriate buttons.
We would think about getting one of those to test, but not sure about the support we'd get. Sincerely doubt if there would be the help that even this thread is giving everyone.

Hopefully, this could be added. If you could make a player with such huge potential and make it stable, I believe you could easily and very rapidly corner the market.

Thanks again for the help!
post #50 of 131
I wouldn't compare something like a media streamer to a VCR. Videotapes are analog, in order to do slow motion you just slow the tape down. With a digital streamer, reading the data slower doesn't mean the frames will come up on your screen slower.
post #51 of 131
canton, tiddles,
I have upgraded the firmware and noticed that while streaming it works a lot better now, but at 23:50 of the movie, it slowed down for a few frames.. so I still gotta figure it out. I haven't connected a usb drive to it yet, will do so in the morning. As far as whether I have both ports on the synology plugged in, I don't. However, as I understand it, I don't need to. At the most, I'm transferring 40Mb/sec, with a gigabit connection and cat 5e cables, that should be more than enough bandwidth.

I will continue to test, hopefully I can fix this. I love watching Gladiator
post #52 of 131
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Originally Posted by alsobob23 View Post

canton, tiddles,
I have upgraded the firmware and noticed that while streaming it works a lot better now, but at 23:50 of the movie, it slowed down for a few frames.. so I still gotta figure it out. I haven't connected a usb drive to it yet, will do so in the morning. As far as whether I have both ports on the synology plugged in, I don't. However, as I understand it, I don't need to. At the most, I'm transferring 40Mb/sec, with a gigabit connection and cat 5e cables, that should be more than enough bandwidth.

I will continue to test, hopefully I can fix this. I love watching Gladiator

with link aggre cat5, you will double the speed and avoid any possible issues.
but remember it only takes 1 second of speed drop to get frames lost.

http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/nas/n...ation-reviewed.
post #53 of 131
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Originally Posted by canton160 View Post


with link aggre cat5, you will double the speed and avoid any possible issues.
but remember it only takes 1 second of speed drop to get frames lost.

http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/nas/n...ation-reviewed.

Hmm ok I will set up the link aggregation tonight and test. I know I'm so close and that's gotten me SO excited. I was messing with an ISO of transformers dark of the moon today, it was gorgeous! Thanks guys will post my results tonight!
post #54 of 131
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Originally Posted by alsobob23 View Post

Hmm ok I will set up the link aggregation tonight and test. I know I'm so close and that's gotten me SO excited. I was messing with an ISO of transformers dark of the moon today, it was gorgeous! Thanks guys will post my results tonight!

did it work well with aggre link streaming?
And with direct Hard drive?
post #55 of 131
I was going to buy one of these (EP600 G2) and I noticed that it disappeared from both Amazon and the Micca store. Anybody know what's going on?

-Rob
post #56 of 131
This player uses HDMI 1.4a right?

Having very strange dark picture during playback in 3D and 2D connecting it to my Mitsubishi Adapter that only supports 1.4a signals. Funny connecting it to the TV directly the picture looks flawless, but 3D won't work that way for me. There definitely something wrong here.
post #57 of 131
Does ep600 and ep900 can display hebrew subtitles?
post #58 of 131
How does the Micca EP600 handle TV shows with multiple seasons? Does it display it with thumbnails like it does with movies?
post #59 of 131
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Originally Posted by rowbarre View Post

How does the Micca EP600 handle TV shows with multiple seasons? Does it display it with thumbnails like it does with movies?

i think so
thumbnails is supported in music, videos and pictures.

you can chose what you want to be showed

-all movies
- video files
-bd /dvd
-flash animation
-name
-size
-most viewed
-recently added

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Originally Posted by edanr View Post

Does ep600 and ep900 can display hebrew subtitles?

UPDATE: i don't how to recognize hebrew language, but yes the movie masters and commanders has 24 types of subtitles and yes it support hebrew

take a look at this video i made, in beginning check the MENU LANGUAGE and see if you spot hebrew language, if is not there don't worry , its not a issue because the micca support loads of subtitles that GUI doesn't have.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QERaR7nzWCQ
Edited by canton160 - 6/14/12 at 5:01pm
post #60 of 131
i check a few blu rays that have loads of subtitles, heres what is support (it can support more languages but i haven't tested yet)

english
russian
estonian
latvian
lithuanian
bulgarian
chinese
croatian
czech
arabic
greek
hungarian
iceland
indonesian
hebrew
korean
polish
portuguese
romanian
slovenian
thai
turkish
french
spanish
italian
german
dutch
danish
finnish
norwegian
swedish
japanese
hindi
vietnam

hope that helps
regards
canton
Edited by canton160 - 6/14/12 at 5:29pm
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