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Title: New Feature Of Firmware 1.02.19 Play To
Post by: gschmidt on March 18, 2010, 10:56:30 AM
Hi there,

I am new here and I don't know where to put this topic really.
So I hope this is the place....

Today I installed FW 1.02.19
On my Vista laptop I opened the network and try to open the webpage of the WDTVLIVE device
http://192.168.10.176:54611/web (http://192.168.10.176:54611/web) in my browser.

this code was given:

26B
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC '-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN' 'http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd' (http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd')>

<html xmlns='http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml' (http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml')>
<head>
<meta http-equiv='Content-Type' content='text/html; charset=UTF-8' />
<title>WDTVLIVE Settings</title>
</head>
<body>
<p align="center"><font size="6"><strong>WDTVLIVE Settings</strong></font></p>
<form method='GET'>
<div>
<p align="center">
<font size="6">Friendly Name:
<input type='text' name='friendly_name' value='WDTVLIVE' maxlength='20' />
<input type='submit' value='Apply' /></font>
</p>
</div>
</form>
<h3></h3>
</body>
</html>
0

This was in previous FW not possible yet but then I tried http://192.168.10.176:54611 (http://192.168.10.176:54611)
Now the code was:

<root>

<specVersion>
<major>1</major>
<minor>0</minor>
</specVersion>

<device>
<pnpx:X_hardwareId>VEN_011A&DEV_0001&REV_01 VEN_0033&DEV_0005&REV_01</pnpx:X_hardwareId>
<pnpx:X_compatibleId>MS_DigitalMediaDeviceClass_DMR_V001</pnpx:X_compatibleId>
<pnpx:X_deviceCategory>MediaDevices</pnpx:X_deviceCategory>
<df:X_deviceCategory>Multimedia.DMR</df:X_deviceCategory>
<deviceType>urn:schemas-upnp-org:device:MediaRenderer:1</deviceType>
<dlna:X_DLNADOC>DMR-1.50</dlna:X_DLNADOC>
<INMPR03>1.0</INMPR03>
<friendlyName>WDTVLIVE</friendlyName>
<manufacturer>Western Digital Corporation</manufacturer>
<manufacturerURL>http://www.wdc.com (http://www.wdc.com)</manufacturerURL>
<modelDescription>WD TV HD Live Media Player</modelDescription>
<modelName>WD TV HD Live</modelName>
<modelNumber>WDBAAP</modelNumber>
<modelURL>http://www.wdc.com (http://www.wdc.com)</modelURL>

<iconList>

<icon>
<mimetype>image/jpeg</mimetype>
<width>48</width>
<height>48</height>
<depth>24</depth>
<url>icon_logo4wmc_48x48.jpg</url>
</icon>

<icon>
<mimetype>image/jpeg</mimetype>
<width>120</width>
<height>120</height>
<depth>24</depth>
<url>icon_logo4wmc_120x120.jpg</url>
</icon>

<icon>
<mimetype>image/png</mimetype>
<width>48</width>
<height>48</height>
<depth>24</depth>
<url>icon_logo4wmc_48x48.png</url>
</icon>

<icon>
<mimetype>image/png</mimetype>
<width>120</width>
<height>120</height>
<depth>24</depth>
<url>icon_logo4wmc_120x120.png</url>
</icon>
</iconList>
<serialNumber>N/A</serialNumber>
<UDN>uuid:e2b219da-0090-a972-2ed2-3a62cac8bdcb</UDN>

<serviceList>

<service>
<serviceType>urn:schemas-upnp-org:service:AVTransport:1</serviceType>

<serviceId>
urn:upnp-org:serviceId:urn:schemas-upnp-org:service:AVTransport
</serviceId>
<SCPDURL>MediaRenderer_AVTransport/scpd.xml</SCPDURL>
<controlURL>MediaRenderer_AVTransport/control</controlURL>
<eventSubURL>MediaRenderer_AVTransport/event</eventSubURL>
</service>

<service>
<serviceType>urn:schemas-upnp-org:service:ConnectionManager:1</serviceType>

<serviceId>
urn:upnp-org:serviceId:urn:schemas-upnp-org:service:ConnectionManager
</serviceId>
<SCPDURL>MediaRenderer_ConnectionManager/scpd.xml</SCPDURL>
<controlURL>MediaRenderer_ConnectionManager/control</controlURL>
<eventSubURL>MediaRenderer_ConnectionManager/event</eventSubURL>
</service>

<service>
<serviceType>urn:schemas-upnp-org:service:RenderingControl:1</serviceType>

<serviceId>
urn:upnp-org:serviceId:urn:schemas-upnp-org:service:RenderingControl
</serviceId>
<SCPDURL>MediaRenderer_RenderingControl/scpd.xml</SCPDURL>
<controlURL>MediaRenderer_RenderingControl/control</controlURL>
<eventSubURL>MediaRenderer_RenderingControl/event</eventSubURL>
</service>
</serviceList>
<presentationURL>web</presentationURL>
</device>
</root>

My browser said that the XML file seems to have no associated stylesheet.

What is this Code?

Greetzzz,

Gerben
Title: Re: webpage of WDTVLIVE Firmware 1.02.19
Post by: extremedigital on March 18, 2010, 12:17:21 PM
Hello gschmidt, i too installed FW 1.02.19 today..

That code is from new feature enable Windows 7 'Play To'


Now on Windows 7 Machine Network page WDTV is seen as 'Media Device' click on it you get webpage where you can edit the 'friendly name'

I looked into what 'Play To' means....basically now you can stream directly from Windows Media Player to WDTV... Here's how....

Goto Windows Media Player on Windows 7 machine...click 'Stream' ---> Allow Devices to access my media, it will take you to setting page where you will see WDTV as one of the devices make sure that it is enabled.

Now in WDTV goto Media Servers.....simple your shared library video, music and photos can be 'streamed'

Not sure what this makes a difference than accessing them via Network Shares, but it is good to have a new feature...


PS the new 'option' mode of switching between file, thumbnail and preview views is coming in very useful....

WOW nice feature i been reading a little more about 'Play To' ... basically it can auto convert formats that the reciever cannot play normally... BUT BEST OFF ALL YOU CAN SEND FROM YOUR WINDOWS 7 PC DIRECT TO WDTV PLAYS IMMEDIATELY......

http://www.hack7mc.com/2009/01/how-to-use-windows-7-play-to.html (http://www.hack7mc.com/2009/01/how-to-use-windows-7-play-to.html)

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/products/features/play-to (http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/products/features/play-to)

Title: Re: webpage of WDTVLIVE Firmware 1.02.19
Post by: gschmidt on March 18, 2010, 12:26:20 PM
Thanx man,

Don't have a W7 yet....I thought it was a start of WD to control the WDTVLIVE with a web application....haha

Greetzzzz,

Gerben
Title: Re: webpage of WDTVLIVE Firmware 1.02.19
Post by: extremedigital on March 18, 2010, 12:33:53 PM
Thanx man,

Don't have a W7 yet....I thought it was a start of WD to control the WDTVLIVE with a web application....haha

Greetzzzz,

Gerben

It is ...you can send direct from WINDOWS 7 MACHINE....WOW you need to make this topic name 'WINDOWS 7 PLAY TO'
Title: Re: webpage of WDTVLIVE Firmware 1.02.19
Post by: extremedigital on March 18, 2010, 12:59:51 PM
From my tests i can 'Play To' anything in my Library from any Windows 7 machine on same network ....

All plays automatically as long as the WDTV is switched on....

It cannot not send to if WDTV is in standby.

Everything plays so far apart from mkv as Windows 7 library does not include it even though windows media player can play it with right codecs installed on your pc  :-[

I keep testing.....
Title: Re: webpage of WDTVLIVE Firmware 1.02.19
Post by: NoSubstitute on March 18, 2010, 01:30:07 PM
AFAIK Windows 7 PlayTo feature uses DLNA to send the media to the WDTVLive.
Since DLNA doesn't support mkv, nor flac, you will not be able to stream those media that way.

If you're looking to stream flac music from your Win7, I suggest installing the musicplayer foobar2000 and its upnp-plugin, which does support flac!

There is a programmer working on a upnp-plugin for VLC, but it's not finished yet. You'll find him if you search for Google Summer Code project and vlc upnp. Bug him to get back to coding! :-)
Title: Re: webpage of WDTVLIVE Firmware 1.02.19
Post by: extremedigital on March 18, 2010, 02:16:48 PM
AFAIK Windows 7 PlayTo feature uses DLNA to send the media to the WDTVLive.
Since DLNA doesn't support mkv, nor flac, you will not be able to stream those media that way.

If you're looking to stream flac music from your Win7, I suggest installing the musicplayer foobar2000 and its upnp-plugin, which does support flac!

There is a programmer working on a upnp-plugin for VLC, but it's not finished yet. You'll find him if you search for Google Summer Code project and vlc upnp. Bug him to get back to coding! :-)

Hi NoSubstitute..thanks for info, to be honest its not a big deal streaming mkv to the wdtv it would just be nice to be able to do so...i found a registry patch which allows it to be seen in windows media centre but so far not coming up in windows media player library where you 'play to' from

Sending mp3, is probably the coolest feature of this Send To....also sending family videos in mp4 is great as well all from the comfort of your armchair.....computer desk, laptop, etc LOL

Also creating music playlist on your pc is possible and then sending to the wdtv to auto play......

There is also the potential in been able to send to the box from 'non shared' drive..... this can be two-way or just one-way as in the wdtv box cannot see the files but you can send to it on a local network..........you can also have multiple boxes on the same network hence why you can change the 'friendly name'


Imagine a situation where your wife and kids are upstairs and you can start the film for them automatically...without having to move from your pc.....

Title: Re: webpage of WDTVLIVE Firmware 1.02.19
Post by: gschmidt on March 18, 2010, 02:19:41 PM
Hmmm....maybe I have to switch to W7 then!
I want to play my mp3/m4a library using the WDTVLIVE and control it with my laptop.
Can W7 Play To also be used as a jukebox, where I can add music to a playlist that allready runs?
Title: Re: webpage of WDTVLIVE Firmware 1.02.19
Post by: extremedigital on March 18, 2010, 02:36:47 PM
Hmmm....maybe I have to switch to W7 then!
I want to play my mp3/m4a library using the WDTVLIVE and control it with my laptop.
Can W7 Play To also be used as a jukebox, where I can add music to a playlist that allready runs?

Hi gschmidt, yes you can use your laptop to control the WDTV Live now, anything in your library can be sent or your can create a playlist or, add to the queue already sent to the box...(of course you can also clear the list and start again easily)...so yes it works 100% perfect like a jukebox...

please can you modify your first post to change the title of this to something like....... 'New Feature Of Firmware 1.02.19 Play To' so more people will read this thread


Please if anyone else has window 7 can they test this new feature and post findings...
Title: Re: webpage of WDTVLIVE Firmware 1.02.19
Post by: gschmidt on March 18, 2010, 02:44:42 PM
Great....I will buy an upgrade to W7 for sure now.
This is what I was looking for since I bought the WDTVLIVE.

What is the WDTVLIVE osd looks like when you are using play to?

Thanx man!
Title: Re: webpage of WDTVLIVE Firmware 1.02.19
Post by: extremedigital on March 18, 2010, 02:50:51 PM
Great....I will buy an upgrade to W7 for sure now.
This is what I was looking for since I bought the WDTVLIVE.

What is the WDTVLIVE osd looks like when you are using play to?

Thanx man!

nothing changes on WDTV Live, you just leave on...goto to our pc and send the media direct to box....it starts playing about 3 seconds automatically after you send...

so if music changes to music view, if video changes to video view same with pictures...

when it finishes playing the box goes back to last menu it was on...

very simple and easy to use....this is an amazing feature...
Title: Re: New Feature Of Firmware 1.02.19 Play To
Post by: gschmidt on March 18, 2010, 02:55:50 PM
My music library is now stored on a USB disk attached to the WDTVLIVE
Can I share this disk with the Windows Media Player and return it with PLAY TO?
Title: Re: New Feature Of Firmware 1.02.19 Play To
Post by: extremedigital on March 18, 2010, 03:03:13 PM
My music library is now stored on a USB disk attached to the WDTVLIVE
Can I share this disk with the Windows Media Player and return it with PLAY TO?

Yes....my music library is stored on a XP machine, but i added to library on the windows 7 machine....you can add from any location local or networked even usb disk attached to the WD TV live and send it back via Play To...


(normally windows 7 will not allow you to add networked location direct to a library, but the trick is window media player or media center will add a networked location for you no problem)
Title: Re: New Feature Of Firmware 1.02.19 Play To
Post by: gschmidt on March 18, 2010, 03:12:31 PM
Halleluja....praise W7 & new WD Firmware...no need of reading Custom Firmware topics anymore!
So this topic should not be in "custom firmware" anymore then?
Title: Re: New Feature Of Firmware 1.02.19 Play To
Post by: extremedigital on March 18, 2010, 04:26:21 PM
YIPEEEE cracked it kinda......

This 'Play To' gets more and more interesting....once you have set up the WDTV as a device to play to using windows media player

Then basically if the media is on local drive and is recognised format eg .jpg .mp3 .mp4 you can 'right click' on the file select Play To ----> WDTVLIVE and the media will automatically play..so no need to use window media player to send anymore !!!!

So now i am transfering all my jpg pictures, mp3 and mp4 home movies to one windows 7 pc so they can be sent to any wdtvlive in my network...

Attach your networked drives (internal or usb external) to this one pc and all your movies can also be sent to your WDTV Live simply by 'right clicking' on the file and Play To


Now the issue with mkv as not a recognised format.....all i had to do was rename the file as .wmv ..NOW IT IS RECOGNISED and can be streamed direct to WDTVLIVE...wow also the WDTV will still see the .wmv file and play as normal anyways so no issue there....i never knew that this was possible to change the extension from mkv to wmv without any issue...

So i have a perfect solution where you can use the WDTV Live as normal, or i can send ALL media from windows 7 server machine...


PS that includes moviesheet jpg pictures LOL it works as well !!!!

 
Title: Re: New Feature Of Firmware 1.02.19 Play To
Post by: SoNic67 on March 18, 2010, 07:55:57 PM
Looks like this in Win7.
Title: Re: New Feature Of Firmware 1.02.19 Play To
Post by: Whoheart on March 18, 2010, 11:35:59 PM
Hi there,

I am new here and I don't know where to put this topic really.
So I hope this is the place....

Today I installed FW 1.02.19
On my Vista laptop I opened the network and try to open the webpage of the WDTVLIVE device
http://192.168.10.176:54611/web (http://192.168.10.176:54611/web) in my browser.

And 192.168.10.176 is your wdtvlive?

If I try that with the IP number for mine I get nothing but a time out error (ie, there is nothing in the device which replies)
Title: Re: New Feature Of Firmware 1.02.19 Play To
Post by: NoSubstitute on March 18, 2010, 11:42:36 PM
YIPEEEE cracked it kinda......
...
Now the issue with mkv as not a recognised format.....all i had to do was rename the file as .wmv ..NOW IT IS RECOGNISED and can be streamed direct to WDTVLIVE...wow also the WDTV will still see the .wmv file and play as normal anyways so no issue there....i never knew that this was possible to change the extension from mkv to wmv without any issue...
...

LOL - Great news that it could be tricked that easy! :-)
Never bothered to try it, since I wanted to play FLAC and not movies. If you have any flac music, try renaming one of them to .mp3 and test. If you don't have any, I will try that when I come home in 10 or so hours.
Title: Re: webpage of WDTVLIVE Firmware 1.02.19
Post by: Whoheart on March 18, 2010, 11:45:49 PM
Hello gschmidt, i too installed FW 1.02.19 today..

That code is from new feature enable Windows 7 'Play To'


Now on Windows 7 Machine Network page WDTV is seen as 'Media Device' click on it you get webpage where you can edit the 'friendly name'

So are you saying that if there is a Windows 7 machine on the network the wdtv live suddenly has a webpage?

(I'm obviously assuming we are talking about the normal prerelease firmware, not a custom job)
Title: Re: webpage of WDTVLIVE Firmware 1.02.19
Post by: extremedigital on March 18, 2010, 11:58:00 PM
Hi Whoheart, yes if you have a Windows 7 machine on your netwok, suddenly the wdtv live has a webpage....thanks SoNic67 for the picture

This feature activates on normal stock prerelease firmware no hacks needed....

i haven't any flac music but i will try and see if i can get hold of any and test, otherwise i wait your results...


To be honest i am waiting to see what this 'back door' will open once the firmware guys get their hands on it, but it is def a windows 7 feature only...saying that it kinda makes any custom firmware remote control unnecessary now..

This is very useful for music guys, my wdtv live is hooked up to my home amplifer, but i don't have to switch on my projector / or tv to send music to it...i can from windows 7 pc directly....the crazy thing is that you can be playing something else on that pc but stream different media to other wdtv / pc in your house totally independently...

I am currently streaming from a netbook via wifi which is easy to carry around the house  for example
Title: Re: webpage of WDTVLIVE Firmware 1.02.19
Post by: Whoheart on March 19, 2010, 12:44:20 AM
Imagine a situation where your wife and kids are upstairs and you can start the film for them automatically...without having to move from your pc.....

Imagine them being able to use the remote ;)
Title: Re: webpage of WDTVLIVE Firmware 1.02.19
Post by: chuckie on March 19, 2010, 03:20:51 AM

Imagine them being able to use the remote ;)

PAH! New-fashioned witches' brew....  :D :D :D
Title: Re: New Feature Of Firmware 1.02.19 Play To
Post by: timw on March 19, 2010, 08:18:29 AM
If I understand correctly, this is just providing the control interface for a uPNP/DLNA media renderer. Hence it should work with anyuPNP controller.

Whether that is true or not, I can contol my WDTV from my iPod touch using PlugPlayer with this release so something is providing that interface. In earlier releases I had some control but I couldn't play movies but with this firmware I can.
Title: Re: New Feature Of Firmware 1.02.19 Play To
Post by: extremedigital on March 19, 2010, 09:17:27 AM
If I understand correctly, this is just providing the control interface for a uPNP/DLNA media renderer. Hence it should work with anyuPNP controller.

Whether that is true or not, I can contol my WDTV from my iPod touch using PlugPlayer with this release so something is providing that interface. In earlier releases I had some control but I couldn't play movies but with this firmware I can.



Hi timw as Plug Player is a paid for app i have not downloaded yet.....please confirm that with the app you can now use your ipod touch / iphone to play a movie via your library NICE...

if so then the door is open for other apps to use uPNP/DLNA..hence the wdtv is now a true full blown media renderer
Title: Re: New Feature Of Firmware 1.02.19 Play To
Post by: Whoheart on March 19, 2010, 11:30:11 AM
Surely the WDTV Live has been a DNLA client from the start.

(Get the TownkyBeam plugin to explorer and stream pictures from flickr or youtube videos directly from internet explorer)
Title: Re: New Feature Of Firmware 1.02.19 Play To
Post by: timw on March 19, 2010, 01:05:13 PM
Hi timw as Plug Player is a paid for app i have not downloaded yet.....please confirm that with the app you can now use your ipod touch / iphone to play a movie via your library NICE...

if so then the door is open for other apps to use uPNP/DLNA..hence the wdtv is now a true full blown media renderer
Let me do some more testing. I can definitely start movies, but I haven't had a chance to try anything else yet (e.g. FF/REW etc).
Title: Re: New Feature Of Firmware 1.02.19 Play To
Post by: extremedigital on March 19, 2010, 01:12:14 PM
Surely the WDTV Live has been a DNLA client from the start.

(Get the TownkyBeam plugin to explorer and stream pictures from flickr or youtube videos directly from internet explorer)

Hi Whoheart, true you have been able to stream to the wdtv via twonky before, the difference is that it is now totally built in windows 7 and windows media player...

I never really used the twonky side of things with the wdtv , but the stream is started from the pc now, rather than you have to goto the box and connect to the stream....



Also as timw seems to be confirming PlugPlayer on the ipod touch now seems to be able to autostart a movie etc remotely when it didn't before, so it is def different behaviour...

if you have a windows 7 machine try it yourself and see what you think
Title: Re: New Feature Of Firmware 1.02.19 Play To
Post by: timw on March 19, 2010, 01:13:19 PM
Surely the WDTV Live has been a DNLA client from the start.

(Get the TownkyBeam plugin to explorer and stream pictures from flickr or youtube videos directly from internet explorer)
Again, if I understand correctly, a client doesn't necessarily have to present an externally accessible control interface. Previously, there was some sort of interface and I could play audio, but I couldn't play movies. With this update I can now use my touch to browse my server then tell the WDTV to play the movie, all from the touch. TwonkyBeam may be doing something similar, but this didn't work with PlugPlayer before.
Title: Re: New Feature Of Firmware 1.02.19 Play To
Post by: extremedigital on March 19, 2010, 06:07:56 PM
Hi timw as Plug Player is a paid for app i have not downloaded yet.....please confirm that with the app you can now use your ipod touch / iphone to play a movie via your library NICE...

if so then the door is open for other apps to use uPNP/DLNA..hence the wdtv is now a true full blown media renderer
Let me do some more testing. I can definitely start movies, but I haven't had a chance to try anything else yet (e.g. FF/REW etc).

Hi timw, thank you very much for this info, i can confirm that yes you can use plugplayer to use your ipod touch (also iphone) as remote control...

To play mkv your windows 7 library must be 'tricked' so you need to change from mkv to wmv on server pc ( i will try to find a patch to allow it to see mkv)

Also you can use the scrolling bar to fast forward / rewind or jump to a exact time.

Also the volume control works as well !!!

I have never paid for an app for itouch but this worth the 2.99 we have 3 itouch in the house i will install on all of them.

Now the itouch is best ever remote control for WDTV Live...of course you can also use the ipod to send media to any windows 7 pc as well

hmm if works on itouch i am sure there will be an android app as well...

i am really surprised that more people not testing this feature..this is on 'normal' firmware as well
Title: Re: New Feature Of Firmware 1.02.19 Play To
Post by: extremedigital on March 19, 2010, 06:39:35 PM
Good news, using windows media player 11 on windows xp or vista you can also now recognise the wdtv as a device to allow streaming to.

You cannot auto send from the xp or vista pc to the wdtv ...you go to wdtv and select media server and browse and play as normal...


BUT since plugplayer can see any Media Server on your network (that will include nas drive) you can use it as remote control to send wdtv live from any windows pc including xp and vista running media player 11 or windows 7 running media player 12

I have not tested out plugplayer using a nas but i am sure it will work with nas drive like wd tv my world drive, mac, linux etc upnp media server
Title: Re: New Feature Of Firmware 1.02.19 Play To
Post by: gschmidt on March 19, 2010, 11:26:39 PM
Hi,

Since I have installed FW 1.02.19 my Vista Laptop asks to install a driver for the WD TV Live!
Where can I find that driver? It cannot be found when I ask vista to search and install,
Finally it asks for a the WDTV Live CD????

Anyone familiar with this problem?
Title: Re: New Feature Of Firmware 1.02.19 Play To
Post by: gschmidt on March 20, 2010, 02:46:15 AM
Hey Extremedigital,

Can you help me out, I have a W7 laptop, I followed your steps,
But when i send a mp3 with "play to" WDTVIVE tries to connect with mediaserver, but never pass that stage!

Howcome?
Title: Re: New Feature Of Firmware 1.02.19 Play To
Post by: extremedigital on March 20, 2010, 05:22:55 AM
Hey Extremedigital,

Can you help me out, I have a W7 laptop, I followed your steps,
But when i send a mp3 with "play to" WDTVIVE tries to connect with mediaserver, but never pass that stage!

Howcome?


Hi gschmidt,  not sure why not working..... make sure all your network is called 'workgroup'

In Control Panel -->>Network And Internet -->Network and Sharing Center -->Advanced sharing setting

Turn on public  folder sharing, Turn on media streaming, Turn off password protected sharing

hopefully that will help
Title: Re: New Feature Of Firmware 1.02.19 Play To
Post by: gschmidt on March 20, 2010, 05:45:17 AM
only had to turn off password protected sharing.
Does the WDTVLIVE need to select the Media server of W7?

When I try to connect in WDTVLIVE to the W7 media server it says: There is no media in current folder

Title: Re: New Feature Of Firmware 1.02.19 Play To
Post by: extremedigital on March 20, 2010, 06:10:26 AM
only had to turn off password protected sharing.
Does the WDTVLIVE need to select the Media server of W7?

When I try to connect in WDTVLIVE to the W7 media server it says: There is no media in current folder




Hi gschmidt yes you need to add your media to W7 media library...the quickest way is to open media player and add the media folders to music , pictures and video...it takes a little while for it to scan all your media in

in windows 7 media player ---click on stream ---> tick allow remote control of my player and tick automatically allow devices to play my media

i hope that helps
Title: Re: New Feature Of Firmware 1.02.19 Play To
Post by: gschmidt on March 20, 2010, 07:13:49 AM
As a test I added on my local disc a directory to the music library.....this plays on the laptop
but when i use play to WDTVLIVE it finds the WDTVLIVE but keeps on trying to connect???
Title: Re: New Feature Of Firmware 1.02.19 Play To
Post by: gschmidt on March 20, 2010, 08:04:00 AM
I followed all your steps, still there is the connect to mediaserver problem.
Can you connect from your WDTVLIVE to the W7 Media server? because I get the error
There is no media in current folder.

is this a security error of W7 laptop?

When I share in W7 Laptop a directory of the ext3 formatted USB disk attached to my WDTVLIVE
the message is:
It is added to the library but cannot be shared!
Title: Re: New Feature Of Firmware 1.02.19 Play To
Post by: extremedigital on March 20, 2010, 09:00:44 AM
I followed all your steps, still there is the connect to mediaserver problem.
Can you connect from your WDTVLIVE to the W7 Media server? because I get the error
There is no media in current folder.

is this a security error of W7 laptop?

When I share in W7 Laptop a directory of the ext3 formatted USB disk attached to my WDTVLIVE
the message is:
It is added to the library but cannot be shared!

Sounds like it's a issue with the sharing from the laptop...


Check your firewall is not blocking sharing...can you access the shared folders on a different pc / laptop on your network ?

Also check Control Panel --> Network and internet ---> Network and sharing center   you are on home network, not public

Control Panel --> System and Security --> System Workgroup is called 'workgroup'
Title: Re: New Feature Of Firmware 1.02.19 Play To
Post by: gschmidt on March 21, 2010, 12:57:39 AM
Got it!!....W7 Pro does the trick!
Great feature...hihi.....

Greetzzz,

G
Title: Re: New Feature Of Firmware 1.02.19 Play To
Post by: extremedigital on March 21, 2010, 08:25:04 AM
Got it!!....W7 Pro does the trick!
Great feature...hihi.....

Greetzzz,

G


Phew ...great news it is a very nice feature....next thing if you have an ipod touch try using plugplayer as the controller
Title: Re: New Feature Of Firmware 1.02.19 Play To
Post by: Whoheart on March 21, 2010, 10:40:05 AM
Well "Twonkybeam" is a free plugin which works in Internet Explorer - and allows you to stream videos from youtube, or pictures etc - from the browser - you find a video and then you click on a play button bar in the browser and the WDTV Live springs into action playing it.
Title: Re: New Feature Of Firmware 1.02.19 Play To
Post by: extremedigital on March 21, 2010, 01:57:12 PM
Well "Twonkybeam" is a free plugin which works in Internet Explorer - and allows you to stream videos from youtube, or pictures etc - from the browser - you find a video and then you click on a play button bar in the browser and the WDTV Live springs into action playing it.


Hi Whoheart, thanks for the tip, yes i can confirm that the free Twonkybeam plugin for internet explorer does indeed work from any windows machine xp, vista or w7...very quick and easy to install and sees the 'friendly name' of the wdtv live, when you open the toolbar ...(default is WDTVLIVE)..so means you can have more than one on your network

The trick with youtube is just to do a search but NOT play the video..but 'right click' on the preview window and 'Twonkybeam To' This works even with youtube HD videos so no more need for a workaround just send from your pc. unfortunately it doesn't seem to work with quicktime so no apple trailers


For sure it seems to be using the same dlna upnp that the Windows 7 'Play To' is also using...

So far you can use:-


'Play To' to send media from any windows 7 machine.

'Twonkybeam' to send media from the internet using internet explorer (hopefully more browsers to follow)

'PlugPlayer' to use a ipod touch or iphone as a remote control (includes volume, fast forward and reverse slidebar) to control your media and send media from your library.


So now the final frontier seems to be 'Beam / Stream / Play To' your entire desktop  as a live media stream to the wdtv live via your network...just like msn remote desktop/skype screen sharing....Its means that you can do anything from your pc and use the wdtv live as a slave box to view on your hdtv...after that anything you can do on your pc technically you can do on your wdtv, browse the internet, facebook, twitter, download to attached drives etc etc the list goes on
Title: Re: New Feature Of Firmware 1.02.19 Play To
Post by: NoSubstitute on March 21, 2010, 04:52:05 PM
I've noted elsewhere that foobar2000 has a upnp plugin for playing music to media devices, including WDTVLive.
Since I never liked the WMP interface and most my music is FLAC, I prefer foobar2000 for music.
Title: Re: New Feature Of Firmware 1.02.19 Play To
Post by: extremedigital on March 22, 2010, 04:14:13 PM
I've noted elsewhere that foobar2000 has a upnp plugin for playing music to media devices, including WDTVLive.
Since I never liked the WMP interface and most my music is FLAC, I prefer foobar2000 for music.

Hi NoSubstitute, yes i read your previous thread where you mentioned the foobar200 upnp for flac music...so the list goes on...read my next post for some interesting news. i am not a huge fan of the wmp interface myself, even though i must say that the windows 7 version is not bad at all.
Title: Re: New Feature Of Firmware 1.02.19 Play To
Post by: extremedigital on March 22, 2010, 05:10:33 PM
After many hours of racking my brains i am giving up on the 'final frontier' for now as i have tried every trick i could think for to beam the entire desktop from a pc as a video stream to the wdtv live...the closest i got to was using vlc to capture the screen to a file (mp4) and then i tried to 'Play To' the wdtv live....unfortunately it just froze at that point... :-[

i found the Play to controller in Program Files --> Windows Media Player --> WMPDMC.exe   but was unable to use it to launch manually any media  :(

Other things i tested out was mapping an networked drive so it looks like a local drive...i was then able to select a file and click 'Play To' but then again it froze, so it looks like no direct access from window explorer for networked drive  :-[

Also i have not found a way to tie in mkv files into wmp12 library without renaming them to wmv  :-\

It looks like we are back to the vital component in remote controlling the wdtv live is a Digital Media Controller (DMC) software.....


Now onto something of a little interest......i came from a xbmc background but when i discovered the wdtv gen 1 last year i never looked back gave up all the glitz for the sheer convenience and picture quality you get from this box of tricks.

However you can argue with the library on the xbmc, so i tried a little test, installed the lastest version of xbmc on my server pc, ticked the options to share video and music through upnp and allow control over the xbmc via upnp ran the library to pickup my media (note xbmc only creates library for video and music but not for pictures)...

We were off to a good start when xbmc was able to see the usb drive attached to the wdtv apart from my other drives....

More great news the wdtv live was able to see and use the xbmc library in media servers..inc FLAC ...thats one for you to try out (NoSubstitute)

Now the real test whilst xbmc doesn't yet have a digital media controller built in, I was able to use the plugplayer app on the ipod touch to send from the xbmc to the wdtv with full control of volume and fast forward/reverse via the sidebars as usual...so some success at last  :D !!

Now if only xbmc had a built in (dmc) then you would really get the best of both worlds.......the browse using eye candy of xbmc on a laptop/pc as the controller and the 'PlayTo' the wdtv live...


Title: Re: New Feature Of Firmware 1.02.19 Play To
Post by: thumbgen on March 22, 2010, 11:36:38 PM
I bought the WDTV to be able to enjoy my movies "without PC" :D 
Otherwise I just connect an Aspire Revo (XBMC) via HDMI directly to the TV and job done :)

Title: Re: New Feature Of Firmware 1.02.19 Play To
Post by: extremedigital on March 23, 2010, 12:41:07 PM
I bought the WDTV to be able to enjoy my movies "without PC" :D  
Otherwise I just connect an Aspire Revo (XBMC) via HDMI directly to the TV and job done :)



Thanks thumbgen i really appreciate your comments..i know i am exactly the same i 'gave up' on htpc once i discovered the WDTV...i like the way it is soo easy and i think the picture quality is AMAZING...if i was still using xbmc it would also have to be the Aspire Revo. Like i said i have uninstalled it for nearly 2 years now.

However this uPNP/DLNA is soo strangly addict...believe me once you start using it to control the wdtv you don't want to go back...


It even lead me to expirement with this unholy trinty of XMBC --> Apple Ipod Touch/ Phone ---> WDTV

Last week i had a home network of 5pcs, 2 laptops and a netbook that all shared folders with each other, sharing files on 4 usb external drives and a wd my world network drive.....  great nothing special there

i also happen to have 3 ipod touch's (yes my kids are spoilt) even though i normally don't like apple stuff especially itunes !!  :-X as it is a closed system but you just can't argue with the touch interface, kids love browsing facebook, youtube and playing the free apps... but that all its function was... ok apart from the music side of things LOL (ps i also have a zii egg android developers kit as well )


.....and my WDTV Live connected to my home theater system and projector, phew yesss...the live is much better than my original wdtv box because at least i can put my drives back on my network..  ;D


Today i can because of new uPNP/DLNA firmware and software not only i can use any of my pcs or laptops or to control my whole house, find a film, music or picture and play it instantly on the projector, i can also use my ipod touch / phone, android egg / phone or any other complaint wifi device to find music and send to my home amp downstairs, or video to any other pc or tv in the house, from what ever room i am in at the time in other words i have created a 'zone system' overnight without any extra cabling or hardware, i can even choose any music or photo in my library and send to any ipod touch either from itself or from any pc...suddenly no need to use closed system itunes to play music on ipod when i am in my home network..

To top things off with the Twonkybeam plug-in i can send media from my internet browser to any pc, ipod, or the tv via the wdtv..sending a video from youtube or a picture from facebook and seeing in on my projector screen is just madness..


So it is not just about enjoying movies 'without a pc' anymore, it is about not even having to see the pc or the renderer just press play and watch...you don't even have to be near the box as the controller is wifi..and is your ipod, or pmp or your phone ..etc etc etc



I can even put the whole system behind a cupboard or wall no need to see it and control everything via wifi....last week if i lost my remote control i couldn't do anything with the WDTV Live, now i have soo many ways to control it i might just lose it becuase i forgot the last time i actually had to use it.

If i decide i want to make an 'extra zone' for example to be CRAZY in my bathroom all i need is an extra wdtv, connect to my wired or wireless network and control with my 'normal' wifi remote which just happens to be my mobile as well...

Please don't get me wrong i am *STILL* a huge fan of how well the wd tv live works as a standalone box, and how great it will look with the new moviesheets etc etc combined with my osdmod of choice.


BUT......Believe me that the crazy world we moving to next, and i can see why WD have updated the Live with the 'Play To' compatiblity because if you are not uPNP / DLNA ready you will be old news in the next 1 to 2 years, our simple live box has just gone from a great media player to one that could seriously rival any current high end installation
Title: Re: New Feature Of Firmware 1.02.19 Play To
Post by: extremedigital on March 24, 2010, 05:55:48 PM
Twonkybeam demo video


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBJ8eKp9PJg



Sorry this was the only video i could find for Plugplayer shows music only but you can also use to control movies to wdtv live on new firmware


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


Alternative player for Android devices

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6QBjfEFnUk

Title: Re: New Feature Of Firmware 1.02.19 Play To
Post by: extremedigital on March 24, 2010, 06:15:55 PM
Windows 7 'Play To' demo, couldn't find a good video in the real world so to speak but i will add one later but this should give you an idea of what is possible right now including using the wdtv live as the digital media renderer


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z998RRVT_RY&NR=1
Title: Re: New Feature Of Firmware 1.02.19 Play To
Post by: gschmidt on March 25, 2010, 12:40:24 AM
I tested Twonky Mediamanager! Works great.
I think it has a better interface than WMP12
Title: Re: New Feature Of Firmware 1.02.19 Play To
Post by: extremedigital on March 25, 2010, 07:24:35 AM
I tested Twonky Mediamanager! Works great.
I think it has a better interface than WMP12

Hi gschmidt, i argee with you, i tried Tviesty and Twonky, and i think Twonky is great...

Don't forget in the WD 'white light' version of the mybook world nas drive it is running Twonky internally, which makes me think , i hope WD add that built in function directly into the WDTV Live box....and then make either it's remote a digital media controller or built into the box itself, since in the DLNA world either you 'control' or you get  'controlled'.


a few videos of Twonky running...in this one just sustitute the Zyxel for a WDTV Live

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qV_scXA-hLQ


In this one you can stream from your mobile phone using an android app

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Ro6hTfiD_c



Perhaps some of our clever firmware guys here could work on putting a digital media server and controller directly into the wdtv

Title: Re: New Feature Of Firmware 1.02.19 Play To
Post by: cgmark on March 26, 2010, 05:49:50 AM
The play to support is nothing more than WD making good on the requirements for DLNA certification. Their previous support was lacking. If you want to access the dlna features from any windows OS then download the upnp tools here:
http://opentools.homeip.net/dev-tools-for-upnp (http://opentools.homeip.net/dev-tools-for-upnp)
Title: Re: New Feature Of Firmware 1.02.19 Play To
Post by: extremedigital on March 26, 2010, 08:10:30 AM
The play to support is nothing more than WD making good on the requirements for DLNA certification. Their previous support was lacking. If you want to access the dlna features from any windows OS then download the upnp tools here:
http://opentools.homeip.net/dev-tools-for-upnp (http://opentools.homeip.net/dev-tools-for-upnp)


Hi cgmark, you are right the previous support was lacking and all they have done is bring it up to spec so to speak.

The thing is that upnp/dlna has been around for a while, just that most people (me included) had no idea it was there...

For example i am sure most people with a nokia n95 mobile phone do not know they can use dlna to send media from that phone to a wdtv live ...i didn't until i started researching this whole dlna thing.

http://vodpod.com/watch/481658-nokia-n95-8gb-receives-dlna-certification


Thanks for that website with the tools, do u think they could be useful in building in better upnp support into custom firmware for the wdtv...i am no programmer myself but i am def going to look into this more....
Title: Re: New Feature Of Firmware 1.02.21 Play To
Post by: extremedigital on March 31, 2010, 10:44:17 PM
Hi guys now that firmware 1.02.21 is now official more people can get to test out the 'Play To' feature.

the one issue most will have though is how to get it to work with mkv files.. i will repost my answer here again to make it easier (hopefully)

The trick is:-

First thing make sure your windows media player can play mkv files ie install the right codecs, eg ffdshow or coreavc.

Second rename the file from .mkv to .wmv and you should find that the files should now work with 'play to' they should also now be picked up by windows media player library.


Now hopefully when b-rad updates his WDLXTV-Live firmware to 1.02.21 things would be perfect as i can finally get back to playing around with moviesheets as well
Title: Re: New Feature Of Firmware 1.02.19 Play To
Post by: msujdog on April 01, 2010, 04:40:47 PM
A question about "Play To".

With the new firmware, I've managed to get Play To working perfectly.   However...

My main computer/server is in my kitchen.  My WDTV Live is in my basement.  I would like to turn on music or a playlist and have the music be playing in both locations at the exact same time.  From the best I can tell, this is not possible.  When starting "Play To", WMP brings up a new window showing you the files that are streaming.  It does not output to your computer's speakers.

Now, what you can do is go back to the original WMP and click "play" to get the files playing on your computer, but they may not be sync'ed up correctly.  I had to run to my basement, listen, then run back and try to adjust the computer to be in sync with the basement stream.

Am I missing something, or is it not possible to get multiple outputs with "Play To"?

Title: Re: New Feature Of Firmware 1.02.19 Play To
Post by: extremedigital on April 01, 2010, 05:03:05 PM
A question about "Play To".

With the new firmware, I've managed to get Play To working perfectly.   However...

My main computer/server is in my kitchen.  My WDTV Live is in my basement.  I would like to turn on music or a playlist and have the music be playing in both locations at the exact same time.  From the best I can tell, this is not possible.  When starting "Play To", WMP brings up a new window showing you the files that are streaming.  It does not output to your computer's speakers.

Now, what you can do is go back to the original WMP and click "play" to get the files playing on your computer, but they may not be sync'ed up correctly.  I had to run to my basement, listen, then run back and try to adjust the computer to be in sync with the basement stream.

Am I missing something, or is it not possible to get multiple outputs with "Play To"?





Hi msujdog i was just thinking earlier today that it would be great to be able to sync more than one output using 'Play To'. However as far as i can tell that limitation comes from the windows 7 part as it only allows you to send to one source at a time.....


The only way i can think of syncing up is to run multiple play to streams, pause them and and drag all the slides back to beginning and try and quickly start them. Not ideal at all....


Perhaps there will be a third party app that allows this to be synced
Title: Re: New Feature Of Firmware 1.02.19 Play To
Post by: live4fun on April 02, 2010, 06:19:55 AM
I am wondering how i could send music to the wdtv from my laptop mac book or my girlfriends machine which runs linux?

Is this a proprietary ms protocol or can I use mac or linux software to direct output of my music from my machines to the wdtv.

I'd love to use the wdtv like an external sound card. Can any one give me directions how to achieve such a behaviour without running windows?

Thx in advance for any helpful advice.
Title: Re: New Feature Of Firmware 1.02.19 Play To
Post by: extremedigital on April 02, 2010, 09:01:43 AM
I am wondering how i could send music to the wdtv from my laptop mac book or my girlfriends machine which runs linux?

Is this a proprietary ms protocol or can I use mac or linux software to direct output of my music from my machines to the wdtv.

I'd love to use the wdtv like an external sound card. Can any one give me directions how to achieve such a behaviour without running windows?

Thx in advance for any helpful advice.


Hello live4fun, check this link for a fairly old but hopefully still revelent list of options you have


http://www.rbgrn.net/content/21-how-to-choose-dlna-media-server-windows-mac-os-x-or-linux (http://www.rbgrn.net/content/21-how-to-choose-dlna-media-server-windows-mac-os-x-or-linux)

your options for a free dlna server runing on linux is more limited than windows, but twonky server (paid for) can run on linux.

i don't have a linux machine so i cannot confirm for sure myself if it works, but i am sure perhaps someone else on here can give you more options
Title: Re: New Feature Of Firmware 1.02.19 Play To
Post by: live4fun on April 03, 2010, 01:36:41 AM
As far as I see the list of servers it only helps me to decide which server to put in my network to pull from.

Sit in front off my tv set with attached wdtv live, browsing and playing media.

But I don't see how that list helps me to find a way to push audio to the wdtv live.
Play music on my laptop and have the wdtv live play it on my stereo hocked up to it's spdif connector.

Perhaps I am missing a point and you could push me in the right direction :)
Title: Re: New Feature Of Firmware 1.02.19 Play To
Post by: NoSubstitute on April 03, 2010, 01:45:10 AM
...
But I don't see how that list helps me to find a way to push audio to the wdtv live.
Play music on my laptop and have the wdtv live play it on my stereo hocked up to it's spdif connector.
...

Yes, you were missing a few points and haven't read the thread closely enough.
Both WMP12 and Foobar2000 will push music to the WDTVLive using UPnP.
Title: Re: New Feature Of Firmware 1.02.19 Play To
Post by: live4fun on April 03, 2010, 01:52:18 AM
...
But I don't see how that list helps me to find a way to push audio to the wdtv live.
Play music on my laptop and have the wdtv live play it on my stereo hocked up to it's spdif connector.
...

Yes, you were missing a few points and haven't read the thread closely enough.
Both WMP12 and Foobar2000 will push music to the WDTVLive using UPnP.


Problem is as i mentioned earlier i am running osx and linux on my machines.
So I need a program to push my audio from those machines to the wdtv live.
If my girlfriend and me would be running windows 7 my problem would be solved.
So I am now locking for an option to use the same interface windows 7 uses on the wdtv live's side to push media to from osx and linux.

Title: Re: New Feature Of Firmware 1.02.19 Play To
Post by: extremedigital on April 03, 2010, 03:35:44 AM
...
But I don't see how that list helps me to find a way to push audio to the wdtv live.
Play music on my laptop and have the wdtv live play it on my stereo hocked up to it's spdif connector.
...

Yes, you were missing a few points and haven't read the thread closely enough.
Both WMP12 and Foobar2000 will push music to the WDTVLive using UPnP.


Problem is as i mentioned earlier i am running osx and linux on my machines.
So I need a program to push my audio from those machines to the wdtv live.
If my girlfriend and me would be running windows 7 my problem would be solved.
So I am now locking for an option to use the same interface windows 7 uses on the wdtv live's side to push media to from osx and linux.



Hi live4fun, as NoSubstitute rightly pointed out most media servers also have the controller function built in as well.

for a free option try cidero, however it has not been updated in a very long time

http://www.cidero.com/index.html (http://www.cidero.com/index.html)

if not twonky media server should also work with linux you can download a 30 day trial here

http://www.twonkymedia.com/TM_server_download.html (http://www.twonkymedia.com/TM_server_download.html)


However it doesn't have a controller built in like its big brother Twonky media manger, so you will need to use an external controller like the plugplayer app on the itouch or a phone like nokia e72 with controller built in..

hope this helps
Title: Re: New Feature Of Firmware 1.02.19 Play To
Post by: live4fun on April 03, 2010, 10:13:36 AM

Hi live4fun, as NoSubstitute rightly pointed out most media servers also have the controller function built in as well.

for a free option try cidero, however it has not been updated in a very long time

http://www.cidero.com/index.html (http://www.cidero.com/index.html)

if not twonky media server should also work with linux you can download a 30 day trial here

http://www.twonkymedia.com/TM_server_download.html (http://www.twonkymedia.com/TM_server_download.html)


However it doesn't have a controller built in like its big brother Twonky media manger, so you will need to use an external controller like the plugplayer app on the itouch or a phone like nokia e72 with controller built in..

hope this helps


Just checking if I got it right. I have to choose an UPNP Server. The server it self doesn't have the ability to send media to the wdtv.
For that I would need an controller. Which might be build into a server like twonky media manager or be a stand alone app I run on my laptop.

One more detail I am curious about. Is the media send from the server to the renderer (wdtv). So would I fire up an iphone app. Tell the server to stream data to the wdtv and can shut down the controller (iphone app).
Or does the controller iphone app download data from the server which it forwards to the wdtv and thus has to be running all the time?
Title: Re: New Feature Of Firmware 1.02.19 Play To
Post by: extremedigital on April 03, 2010, 10:33:30 AM




Just checking if I got it right. I have to choose an UPNP Server. The server it self doesn't have the ability to send media to the wdtv.
For that I would need an controller. Which might be build into a server like twonky media manager or be a stand alone app I run on my laptop.

One more detail I am curious about. Is the media send from the server to the renderer (wdtv). So would I fire up an iphone app. Tell the server to stream data to the wdtv and can shut down the controller (iphone app).
Or does the controller iphone app download data from the server which it forwards to the wdtv and thus has to be running all the time?


Hi live4fun, i did a little more research, and the free ps3media server run on windows, mac and linux.

Whilst it is written for ps3, as it is based on upnp it can be recognised by the wdtv.


Only thing like Twonky media server it has no built in controller, However i was able to use PlugPlayer on the ipod touch to send to the wdtv


http://ps3mediaserver.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=3217 (http://ps3mediaserver.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=3217)


Yes you got it right you don't need to have the controller built in but it is useful if you want to send directly from the media server.

The itouch plugplayer app can be closed down after the 'push' but will need to be on if you have a playlist of music for example as opposed to just one film.

Hope this helps


**edit** to be honest i wouldn't really reccomend ps3media server to go with the wdtv live i def had major problems with the new firmware it just got stuck and didn't want to play ball...

i think your best bet for linux are either twonky or xbmc..
Title: Re: New Feature Of Firmware 1.02.19 Play To
Post by: live4fun on April 03, 2010, 11:35:27 AM

Hi live4fun, i did a little more research, and the free ps3media server run on windows, mac and linux.

Whilst it is written for ps3, as it is based on upnp it can be recognised by the wdtv.


Only thing like Twonky media server it has no built in controller, However i was able to use PlugPlayer on the ipod touch to send to the wdtv


http://ps3mediaserver.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=3217 (http://ps3mediaserver.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=3217)


Yes you got it right you don't need to have the controller built in but it is useful if you want to send directly from the media server.

The itouch plugplayer app can be closed down after the 'push' but will need to be on if you have a playlist of music for example as opposed to just one film.

Hope this helps

Thx for sorting a few things out for me.
Title: Re: New Feature Of Firmware 1.02.19 Play To
Post by: extremedigital on April 03, 2010, 11:51:35 AM

Hi live4fun, i did a little more research, and the free ps3media server run on windows, mac and linux.

Whilst it is written for ps3, as it is based on upnp it can be recognised by the wdtv.


Only thing like Twonky media server it has no built in controller, However i was able to use PlugPlayer on the ipod touch to send to the wdtv


http://ps3mediaserver.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=3217 (http://ps3mediaserver.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=3217)


Yes you got it right you don't need to have the controller built in but it is useful if you want to send directly from the media server.

The itouch plugplayer app can be closed down after the 'push' but will need to be on if you have a playlist of music for example as opposed to just one film.

Hope this helps

Thx for sorting a few things out for me.


No problem, for another list of linux compatible media servers and controllers check here:-

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UPnP_AV_MediaServers (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UPnP_AV_MediaServers)

Kinsky looks interesting however i have not tested it out so cannot say how good it is

http://oss.linn.co.uk/trac/wiki/KinskyDesktop (http://oss.linn.co.uk/trac/wiki/KinskyDesktop)

and of course xbmc also run on linux and provides a great media server which can be sent to the wdtv via and external controller
Title: Re: New Feature Of Firmware 1.02.19 Play To
Post by: gschmidt on April 09, 2010, 06:39:23 AM
Hey Extremedigital,

Have you tested twonky media manager also? if so, were you able to send *.m4a files to the WDTVLIVE?
I can play m4a files with the build-in player of twonky but cannot send them to the WDTVLIVE.
however in WMP12 the "PLAY TO" option do send a m4a file to my WDTVLIVE.

Greetzzz,

Gerben
Title: Re: New Feature Of Firmware 1.02.19 Play To
Post by: extremedigital on April 10, 2010, 07:22:35 AM
Hey Extremedigital,

Have you tested twonky media manager also? if so, were you able to send *.m4a files to the WDTVLIVE?
I can play m4a files with the build-in player of twonky but cannot send them to the WDTVLIVE.
however in WMP12 the "PLAY TO" option do send a m4a file to my WDTVLIVE.

Greetzzz,

Gerben


Hi gschmidt, sorry it took so long to get back to you.

I don't have twonky media manager installed at the moment so i couldn't test out for you.

However have you tried to rename the m4a files to something like mp3 or .ogg and try to stream ?? this trick worked for me when i wanted to use 'Play To' for mkv files all i had to do was rename to wmv
Title: Re: New Feature Of Firmware 1.02.19 Play To
Post by: gschmidt on April 12, 2010, 06:13:35 AM
No problem man....I will give the rename option a try.

Greetzzz
Title: Re: New Feature Of Firmware 1.02.19 Play To
Post by: zuohuijuan on October 28, 2010, 09:56:14 PM
This file format MUST be added if you want to hit the Asian market with this device. Many imitation devices already support the RMVB format because asian http://www.uggsbootssole.com/ugg-boots-uk.html shows are always in that format. If you are questioning the feasibility of the asian market, do some research and you'll see what Asians want.