Iomega ScreenPlay Pro

iomega_screenplay_pro_1tbIomega ScreenPlay Pro Features:

The ScreenPlay Pro supports the following video codecs: MPEG-1, MPEG-2 (HL/ML), .MPEG-4 (part 2), ASP, DivX (3.11, 4.x, 5.x, 6.x, HD), Xvid, MP4.

AVI, MOV, MKV, VOB, and ISO are container formats. Specifically, AVI, MOV and MKV contain file playback information as well as the formats used for audio and video streams.


The video commands (play, rewind, forward, slow, etc) work well. Network file system performance is weak.

Issues with H.264

Because the H.264 codec is not natively supported. It is required to use the included transcoding server software to stream the video into a format that the ScreenPlay Pro HD can natively play back.

It is however, recommended, in this situation, to re-encode the video stream of the file into a format that is natively supported by the ScreenPlay Pro HD. This will make sure that the file can be played directly from the device without needing to be connected to a netwok.

Issues with MKV files

Then Iomega ScreenPlay Pro HD does not include native MKV file support. However, you can the Transcode Server software to get around this limitation. Read the article on the Iomega support pages: ‘How do I play MKV files with the ScreenPlay Pro HD?

Issues with GMC = Global Motion Compensation

If you have a file that contains S-VOP’s (GMC), then you would need to re-encode that file.

Re-encoding a file can be done with freeware, such as PocketDivXEncoder.

Issues with Windows 7

Windows 7 has new security policies put in place that forbid incoming connections that do not utilize a new CIFS/SMB (Samba) standard that has been implemented in Windows 7.

Because of this, the problem can be fixed by changing the policies regarding CIFS/SMB connections. I am required to say that you can perform these policy updates at your own risk. This may or may not make your system less secure to other devices on your network, but we will not be held liable for anything that may occur when these default policies have been changed.

There is a guide out there that can be found by doing a Google Search with the term “Windows 7 network file sharing policy fix”. It will guide you, step by step, through adjusting your policy to allow your ScreenPlay Pro HD to connect to Windows 7 public shares.

Firmware version R1.96 should  fix the issues with Windows 7 network shares