Author Topic: WDTV firmware improvements thread  (Read 5347 times)

March 16, 2009, 04:40:58 PM
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Hartmeister

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I'd like to start a thread on what improvements we'd like to see in the WDTV via firmware. It would be great if this became a separate forum and a new thread every time the firmware is improved and one of these features is incorporated into the firmware. If not into a new forum at least the topic should be sticky.

March 16, 2009, 04:46:18 PM
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Hartmeister

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On m4v files (the current default for handbrake for apple files) there is no support for fast forwarding or rewinding through files. For those of us who use our portable drives from Macs it would be great to at least giving the same functionality that mkv files enjoy to m4v. I do know that you can rename m4v files to give the additional functionality but that removes some of the functionality that these files enjoy on macs.

March 16, 2009, 04:55:25 PM
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Hartmeister

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It would be great if there was an option for the WDTV to know where you were when you last left a file. This could be enabled by either:
  • having a option set up in settings that would enable this to. To cut back on memory usage this could be engaged by only having it function when the user has already paused the movie. There could also be a menu when loading the file asking of you wanted to start at the beginning of the movie or the position where you last played the movie.
  • having a bookmark function during playback that the user could set to save the position in the file which could be selected from a saved bookmark menu
  • or a saved last position that is automatically envoked when the power/standby switch is engaged. Then a menu would come up when the unit is powered back on asking whether you want to resume where you left back off

March 16, 2009, 05:00:42 PM
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Hartmeister

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Currently the default NTSC IRE of the unit is +0.0 which is the standard in Japan. However, here in the United States the standard is +7.5 IRE. It would be nice if the unit had a way to switch the IRE in settings so that the unit would conform to similar IRE devices that the user has. I know that if the WDTV is the only unit that you have hooked up you can compensate for this on the monitor level but if you have multiple devices this is quite a pain unless you have a monitor or receiver that can compensate for this problem.

March 16, 2009, 05:10:33 PM
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March 16, 2009, 06:13:11 PM
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The best way for the WDTV product to improve would be to actively support the homebrew versions with a stipulation that all improvements could be used for future firmware improvements. This includes releasing info about the binaries. This means that WD could not have to be focused on doing major improvements in GUI, Meta info and so forth. From what I understand the lack of info about the binaries strongly limits any improvements that could be made to unit beyond what has been already made.

March 18, 2009, 07:39:10 PM
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Hartmeister

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I'd like to start a thread on what improvements we'd like to see in the WDTV via firmware. It would be great if this became a separate forum and a new thread every time the firmware is improved and one of these features is incorporated into the firmware. If not into a new forum at least the topic should be sticky.

Also there is one big reason why renaming m4v files to mp4 sometimes does not work. In the apple world mp4 files are not allowed to have any sort of audio files other than aac (ac3 is not allowed). If you rename a m4v to mp4 on a mac it becomes unusable. This might be quite different in the PC universe.

March 27, 2009, 05:46:43 AM
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guldukat

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An option to switch off Audio over HDMI

March 28, 2009, 10:00:25 AM
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Hartmeister

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MKV does have a resume function if you try to get back into a file right after getting out of it. I do not know if MP4 files have the same functionality. Certainly M4V files do not

It would be great if there was an option for the WDTV to know where you were when you last left a file. This could be enabled by either:
  • having a option set up in settings that would enable this to. To cut back on memory usage this could be engaged by only having it function when the user has already paused the movie. There could also be a menu when loading the file asking of you wanted to start at the beginning of the movie or the position where you last played the movie.
  • having a bookmark function during playback that the user could set to save the position in the file which could be selected from a saved bookmark menu
  • or a saved last position that is automatically envoked when the power/standby switch is engaged. Then a menu would come up when the unit is powered back on asking whether you want to resume where you left back off

March 28, 2009, 01:44:36 PM
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frankenberrie

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What WD needs to do is get a hold of and research XBMC (Xbox Media Center)  This is by far the best media center ever released.  Too bad it the original Xbox hardware doesn't support HD..

March 30, 2009, 04:15:03 AM
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dwagner

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resume feature seems to work on mp4 format files as well from my experience

March 30, 2009, 04:33:51 AM
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resume probably dont work on mp4 files which dont have index and WDTV isnt able skip to possition

solution should be reindex file
same is also for avi when they have corrupted openDML/old index.

for avi is cmd: mencoder input.avi -ovc copy -oac copy -idx -o output.avi

this mencoder command line cant be used for MP4 container but I dont remenber opion for this task
but if you will use this cmd your file will be remux and indexed to AVI - no quality lossing.

April 05, 2009, 10:32:14 AM
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Jojo6969

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Add support for frame by frame playback
Currently if you hit pause, you cannot advance the frame.