Originally Posted by sapest
Sharon (et al)
Could you describe you thoughts on the interface the MG-35 delivers to the TV? My interest is only in video streamed from a host PC. Are you presented with anything beyond a bare bones file - like listing of file names? How can you navigate to a different folder, or can this be done? Does the remote offer any friendly features? backlit? mutiple ff or rev speeds? ET or time remaining indicator? (while watching the program) skip ahead button that can be programmed?
Was it the HDD that made you go with this device over say the ADS Tech MediaLink or the Pinnacle ShowCenter 200?
The interface from the MG is like this. When it turns on you get two options..Eiether the local hd if installed or network if hooked up.
If you choose HD, you'll see files as you setup when you dl'ed them from the PC. I make 3 folders..music, photos, movies at the root. I put all my ripped dvds into each respective folder than put them under the MOVIES folder.
So if you choose HD, you'll see the three folders, click on movies, click on the dir's of the movie you want and you'll see the list of files exactly as your ripped. If you click on the TS.vob file, and you have the whole dvd ripped, it will start playing the folder JUST as if the dvd were in a drive. Menus, govt warnings, trailers, all of it.
If you jsut rip the main title, you'll prob see the TS .IFO and a few vobs. (maybe one other file but you wont care). That way you have fewer vobs, less excess space taken up *and* if you click on the TS.IFO file it will go directly to playing the movie. You will get chapter navigation but NO menus, no govt warnings, trailers, etc.
Its prety small and simple. Got your standard dvd type stuff on it..menu/title
, repeats, subtitles, video, audio, etc. It has screen size so you can zoom in x3. Includes also a volume, contrast/br button, time search and file info.
Its not backlit, its very simple. It also includes a power button. For a small remote tho, its prety mighty.
I've just ordered a harmony 880, but it will be a few days b4 i get it. Im not sure if it will work w/ the MG..although im really hoping it will. Bec if you lose this remote its near impossible to run the MG w/o it.
Hope that helps.
Oh btw..i think there is a manual link someplace around here. Search in the forums for MG-35 MANUAL. Be warned its simple.