Posts tagged “video”.

Popcorn Hour A-400 media player

popcornhoura400Popcorn Hour A-400

The A-400 features a dual core 800Mhz CPU.

  • CPU SMP8911 Dual-Core 800Mhz w/512KB L2 Cache
  • Video: HDMI, Component
  • Audio: Coaxial, Optical, Analog
  • I/O: 2 x 2.0 USB Host, 1 x USB 3.0 Slave, eSATA, SD Card Reader, 1 x SATA
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • WD Green WD40EZRX – Hard Drive – 4 TB – intern – 3.5″

currently installed version:

Firmware Version : 05-05-140112-25-POP-422-802

NMT Apps Version : 05-01-130708-25-POP-422

 media player with excellent video quality output, the forward and rewind media playback performs very well, convenient remote control

 too expensive, compared to the existing flaws: firmware updates may freeze the player; video library cover-art match is not always accurate; setup with Synology DiskStation DS213+ initially failed, no support of AAC protected audiofile, weak AirPlay support, limited customisation of menu’s; local drive wake-up is slow.

error codes are available here

NMJToolbox website (NMJ windows editor)


Logitech Harmony Remote One+

Logitech Harmony® One remote control

Control of up to 15 devices and one-touch activity controls.

To setup the device you must create an account either

– on (chrome browser NOT supported)

– or on and download the Harmony Remote Software

Hardware version: Board 0.5.0 (0x1F:0xC8)
Firmware version: 3.4

The Harmony Remote Software version installed on my computer is 7.7.0.

It operates with:

– a Belgacom decoder (Cisco ISB6030 DVR)

– an LCD TV (KDL-46CX520)

– a Multi-media Hard drive (LaCinema Classic HD)

– a DVD/VCR player (Sony SLV-D990P-E)

– an audio streamer (Logitech Squeezebox)

It does not support:

– Sonos:amp audio streamer


Issues can occur with the programming of the Favourite Channels, some tuning advice is available on the forum.

ScreenPlay DX / TV Link DX

ScreenPlay DX / TV Link DX

The Iomega® ScreenPlay DX / TV Link DX Media Player supports the following Media Formats


H.264; WMV; RMVB (SD), MPEG-1/2/4 (part 2, ASP), VC1, DivX Plus™ HD (NKV), Xvid
Video File types: .avi, .asf, .iso, .vob, .mp4, .flv, .mov, WMV, FLV, .mkv, AVCHD, M2TS
Subtitle: SRT, SSA, SUB, SMI


Playlists: PLS, M3U, WPL



The latest firmware version installed on this device is Version 1.04.03.

Lightweight device with excellent compact remote keyboard. Easy menu. Lacks some codecs support for mkv files.

Issues with Digital Sound

Switch the sound system settings to ‘Stereo’ instead of ‘Digital’ if you do not get sound during movie playback.

Dane-Elec 500GB SO-Speaky HDMI

Dane-Elec 500GB SO-Speaky HDMI

The So Speaky + HDMI is a multimedia hard disk player incorporating a 4 in 1 Card.

Technical Specifications:

Disk space: 500 Gb (FAT32)


Video :720 x 576 p PAL HDMI – 720 x 480 p NTSC HDMI, 1080i

Codecs : DivX 3,11 / 4.X / 5.X ; XviD ; MPEG 1 ; MPEG 2 ; MPEG 3

Container : MPG ; DAT ; VOB ; AVI ; MP4 ; DivX



Photo : JPEG

Easy menu but only supports FAT32.

Issues with FAT32 Format

FAT32 does not support files larger than 4Gb.

Formatting this drive with NTFS support will not work. You will be left just with an external drive but without access from the multimedia interface. It will not find any of the files on the drive.

If you did persist in the idea and formatted to NTFS, then you will need an extra tool to format back to FAT32. One of the tools that worked is SwissKnife, a freeware programme that only works on Windows XP (it did not work on Windows 7).

Iomega ScreenPlay TV Link Director

Iomega ScreenPlay TV Link Director

The Iomega® ScreenPlay™ TV Link Director HD Media Player supports the following Media Formats


MPEG-1 MPEG-2 (AVI, VOB) MPEG-4 (AVI, XviD) DivX 3.11, 4.x, 5.x, 6.x — DivX Certified® H.264 WMV AVCHD VC-1 (SMPTE 421M)


MP3 AC3 (Dolby Digital Encoding) WAV OGG WMA AAC (non-DRM) FLAC



The latest firmware version installed on this device is Version

Lightweight and compact but heats up very quickly. Easy menu.

  very poor codec support, in particular of mkv files (some w/o sound or image), subtitles must be selected for each movie (no default setting), weak youtube file support

External Storage Media: LaCinema Classic HD

LaCie LaCinema Classic HD

High-Definition Mediaplayer – 2 TB
Full HD | HDMI | Network | USB 2.0

auto shutdown

The latest firmware version installed on this device is Version 3.28.

Works well with MacOS, Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 & 10. Good network performance. Good subtitle support.

LaCie settings for SONOS Music Library sharing:

  • Quick start mode On
  • Standby mode 20 Minutes
  • Media Server Off
  • Shared folder On
  • Auto login On

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


Video on my iPod in three steps (EN)

Tutorial for video files converted with iStudio, Videora and iTunes to play on a 5G iPod:

Step 1: convert the video file to an iPod format

Video File Properties

Video File Properties

This step takes the most resources (CPU, disk space, etc.) and time to process (count at least one hour for a DivX movie). Run this task during your computer idle time (i.e. when you don’t use it for other tasks).

Although iTunes has some embedded conversion capabilities, I do not recommend it to use to convert your files to MPEG-4 format.

Videora iPod Converter is freeware and works fine for most of my files.

If the images are ‘stretched’ (i.e. taler than wide), then you will need to tweak the profile by manually adjusting the video setting: enter the image resolution values (height x width) from the file properties (‘Eigenschappen’ – see picture).

I recommend to instal the (default) English version because the Dutch one has some flaws.

iStudio (Easy Computing) is a basic commercial software and easy to use.

The 5G iPod’s resolution is fixed to 320×240. In iStudio, you may select ‘480 x 360’ resolution and ‘Best’ quality for for a crisper image.

Both tools create an MPEG-4 file in an iPod compatible format.

Step 2: add the file to my iTunes library

This step allows you to add additional information to the MPEG tags.

mpeg tags

The ‘display Video’ option in the iTunes preferences must be enabled:

iTunes Preferences

iTunes Preferences

Check also my other iTunes settings.

Select the Video’s library and add the MPEG-4 file (in an iPod compatible format – see step 1):

either through the ‘File’ menu with the ‘Add file to library’ option (Ctrl-O)

or by dragging the file from the its folder to the Video library.

iTunes will copy the file and add it to the library.

Now you can add additional information to better manage the file in iTunes and on your iPod.

Select the ‘Info tonen’ (Show Info) option from the ‘File’ menu (Ctrl-I):

Show Info - Ctrl-I

Show Info - Ctrl-I

The ‘Album’ name and the ‘Genre’ allows you to retrieve the video files on your iPod (when navigating through iTunes).

Enter the same ‘Album’ name for your movies and tagging the ‘Deel van verzameling‘ (Part of compilation) keeps the files in the same folder of your iTunes directory on your hard drive.

Video Type & Play position

Video Type & Play position

The ‘Soort video’ (Video type) determines in which video list this file will show on your iPod.

Tag the ‘Afspeelpositie onthouden’ (Play position) if you like to resume the playback on your iPod.

Step 3: copy the file to my iPod

This is the step to copy your file from the iTunes library to your iPod.

drag the file to your iPod

drag the file to your iPod

Make sure your iPod is docked and shows in the iTunes ‘Bron’ (Source) bar on the left.

Open the Video’s library in iTunes and drag the video file(s) to your iPod.

The file(s) will be copied and will show in the video list on your iPod.

Check also the Videora ‘Video File to Device Conversion‘ guide.

Video on my iPod in three steps (NL)

Handleiding om video files geconverteerd met iStudio (versie, Videora en iTunes af te spelen op een 5G iPod.

In deze stappen wordt een DivX bestand ‘Hi-Fidelity.avi’ geconverteerd naar een MPEG-4 bestand ‘Hi-Fidelity.mp4’.

De iTunes instructies refereren naar versie

Video File Properties

Video File Properties

Stap 1:  converteer het video bestand naar een iPod formaat

Deze stap neemt veel tijd en energie (CPU, schijfruimte, etc.) in beslag om te verwerken (reken tenminste een uur voor een DivX film). Voer dit proces uit op je computer terwijl er geen andere taken worden verwerkt en geen andere programma’s aktief zijn (vb s’nachts).

iTunes beschikt over een ingebouwde conversie-functie voor MPEG-4 formaat die ik echter niet aanraad.

Videora iPod Converter is freeware en werkt goed voor de meeste bestanden.

Krijg je ‘uitgerokken’ beelden op het iPod bestand, wijzig dan het ‘profile’ in Videora: voer de Afbeelding resolutie (Breedte x Hoogte) in van de bestandseigenschappen (zie afbeelding).

Installeer de (standaard) Engelse versie van de software. In de Nederlandstalige versie zitten nog een aantal fouten.

iStudio (Easy Computing) is een commerciëel programma dat eenvoudig is in gebruik.

De 5G iPod resolutie is steeds 320×240. In iStudio, kies Schermresolutie ‘480 x 360’ en Kwaliteit ‘Beste’ voor een goed resultaat.

iStudio heeft een ingebouwde (DivX) player.

Beide programma’s maken een MPEG-4 bestand aan in an iPod compatibel formaat.

Stap 2: voeg het bestand toe aan de iTunes bibliotheek

Deze stap laat je toe om informatie toe te voegen aan de MPEG tags.

mpeg tags

Zorg ervoor dat ‘Video’s’ Weergave is aangstipt in de iTunes voorkeuren (in het ‘Bewerken’ menu – Ctrl-,):

iTunes Preferences

iTunes Preferences

Hou ook rekening met mijn andere iTunes settings.

Selecteer de ‘Video’s‘ bibliotheek en voeg het MPEG-4 bestand (in het iPod compatibele formaat – zie step 1) toe:

via het ‘Bestand’ menu met de ‘Bestand aan bibliotheek toevoegen’ keuze (Ctrl-O)

of door het bestand vanuit zijn folder naar het ‘Video’s’ venster in iTunes te slepen.

iTunes zal nu het bestand kopiëren en toevoegen aan de bibliotheek.

Nu kan je bijkomende informatie ingeven om het bestand beter in te delen in iTunes en op de iPod.

Kies ‘Info tonen’ in het ‘Bestand’ menu (Ctrl-I):

Show Info - Ctrl-I

Show Info - Ctrl-I

Met de ‘Album’ naam en het ‘Genre’ kan je de video-bestanden makkelijk (gesorteerd) terugvinden op de iPod (tijdens het bladeren met iTunes).

Aktiveer ‘Deel van verzameling‘ en kies dezelfde ‘Album’ naam om de video-bestanden in eenzelfde folder te behouden onder de iTunes directory van jouw harde schijf.

Kies ‘Bestand van nummer tonen’ in het ‘Bestand’ menu (Ctrl-R) om te kijken waar het bestand zich bevindt op de harde schijf.

In het ‘Opties’ gedeelte, kies ‘Soort video’ om te bepalen in welke video lijst het bestand zal verschijnen op de iPod:

Video Type & Play position

Video Type & Play position

De ‘Afspeelpositie onthouden’ aanvinken om te vermijden dat het afspelen telkens herstart vanaf het begin.

Stap 3: kopiëer het bestand naar de iPod

Met deze stap voeg je het bestand toe aan de inhoud op de iPod.

drag the file to your iPod

drag the file to your iPod

Deze stap is overbodig indien iTunes is ingesteld voor Automatisch bijwerken.

Deze stap moet uitgevoerd worden indien nummers en afspeellijsten op de iPod handmatig beheerd worden:



Zorg ervoor dat de iPod is aangekoppeld en verschijnt in de iTunes ‘Bron’ (aan de linkerzijde).

Open de ‘Video’s‘ bibliotheek in iTunes en sleep het video-bestand naar de iPod.

iTunes zal nu het bestand kopiëren en toevoegen aan de video afspeellijst op de iPod.

Tuning the Windows environment – optimize XP for audio and video

To optimize XP for audio and video

  • Turn off system sounds
  • Adjust Video Effects for best performance
  • Under Processor Scheduling, select “Background services”
  • Under Virtual Memory, select “No paging file” (provided that enough RAM is installed)