"wizzy1291" wrote:I like the new navigation/play options - they take a little getting used to as there is more interaction (keyclicks) to navigate but they work well.
At the risk of sounding like an ungrateful jerk, I rather wish there was a way to deactivate the shuffle/browse/play popup. It makes navigating the directories cumbersome.
Of course, just one dude's opinion.
I think that this channel is reaching the tipping point of features vs usability. All the features are great, but I really think you need a database to take it to its full potential.
You could use tagging for organization
You could use tagging to make playlists
better speed on large "directories" (i put directories in quotes because when you have a database and tagging, you are no longer limited to a directory structure.)
Files can be organized in more than one way (artist, album, genre, directory, year, ....sky is the limit and every user can have their own organization
artwork can still be random, but also give the user the ability to select art for specific selections
much more complex features can be implemented once you have a database.
To me - the weakest part of this app is the requirement for a server of any sort on the users server. One thing I love about my Roku soundbridge is that it simply uses what is out there (media sharing). Roku choose not to include this type functionality in the Roku DVP but instead give developers the option to build tools to offer this kind of functionality.
"renojim" wrote:"Robert121571" wrote:
One thing what is the best file format and settings for video that every one has found to work best?
I'm not the best person to answer this since video quality isn't all that important to me (I'll probably never own an HDTV), but I use HandBrake with mostly default settings. I usually set the output file size to be the same as the input file size figuring that will give me about the same quality as the original, but I haven't tried to rip any DVDs yet and I'd definitely use different settings for that. The one thing I can tell you for sure is to set the frame rate to 29.97 FPS to avoid some kind of flaw in the Roku DVP that causes serious buffering issues after about an hour. The other option for HandBrake that is important is the -O option (Optimize mp4 files for HTTP streaming).
Something I just discovered. If you use firefox and have download helper installed plug in addon installed into firefox. If you watch a youtube video and wiat till the video has fully played or at least till the buffer has gone all the way to the end and you use download helper to grab the video. It is in the correct format for Roku. I just did this with a few to test and every one played on my Roku with no conversion needed. Just a heads up for any one wanting to mess with youtube videos on the box.
Someone posted a link to a page where you can enter a YouTube URL and the h264 video will be automatically downloaded. Not as convenient, but works from any browser.