Originally Posted by Eventidal
You have been asking a whole lot of questions at the same time and not everybody is having the expertise or experience. Some questions would have been answered if you would have read the manual or used google. Direct output is one of the key features for Zappiti media players. Regarding the movie wall you might have just had the wrong settings or slow internet. I don´t know why that laggy wall happened to you. Also I believe it´s quite rare that people would add personal videos to their movie wall. Again, if you had looked into the manual you would have found out to put different categories into different files or collections. Then you could simply load different collections at startup. Hope that helped, even if you sold your zappiti already....
I have an AT&T Gigabit home internet (1000MB Downstream, 1000MB upstream), averaging 900mbit/900mbit speeds any time of the day. So slow internet was not the case.
I even installed Zappiti Server on my Synology DS-918 which is connected to my gigabit LAN network, from which I can stream mkv's with 100+MB/s bitrates without any issues. So my LAN connection isn't a problem either.
Offline mode... Same issue.
Disabled auto-identification on startup... Same issue.
Enabled OpenGL hardware acceleration via Developer's Options... Same issue.
And it's not like I have a database of thousands of movies. I only have 107 movies.
With all the above done, every time I went into my picture wall, it would refresh all images as if they have never been loaded before. Same when clicking on a movie and going to the synopsis page. I could back out, go back in and the refreshing took place, each and every time.
When clicking on a group poster, sliding left and right among the different posters of the group, each and every time there is a brief pause as the cover art and info is loaded. Like I said, it's as if nothing gets cached and is loaded every time.
Maybe I am just spoiled by how Infuse works so fluidly that anything less, I find it laggy.
Direct Output was hit or miss. Some movies would play, others wouldn't.
I got tired of all the above that never bothered to deal with categories and returned the Zappiti back. Don't get me wrong. I really wanted to keep this player and I'm not trying to bash it in any way. It's just that one thing that I could not get over and at $250 for it, I just couldn't live with it.
I will definitely keep an eye out on this thread and see if any future firmware and/or hardware updates makes me want to give it another shot.