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Searching for the Perfect DLNA Client (Windows)

Discussion in 'HDR-FOX T2 Freeview Recorder' started by Black Hole, Jul 28, 2011.

  1. Black Hole

    Black Hole Felonius Gru

    As you may have read elsewhere, I installed XBMC and I have issues with it as a Windows program. For one thing it doesn't play nicely - I can't find a way to reduce it to a window rather than taking over the whole screen other than to minimise it to the task bar, so you can't keep it running while you do something else in the background.

    The other killer is no fast play forwards/backwards, or skip. the controls are there, but don't work so that may be something to do with the Humax. Pain though. However, it's the first thing I've tried which actually works.

    I tried Windows Media Player, which could see the Humax but not play the video until I installed the K-Lite codec pack, but I probably made a mess of that because once the video played at all it was jerky.

    So, what else is there, and which is the best?
     
  2. brianmt

    brianmt Member

    Try splash player seems to work also posted this in another thread

    I had a similar experience, It was working fine, ( I know " if it ain't broke don't fix it" ) updated my codecs to the one you mention and found exactly the same ( stuttery sound, frozen video), so I did a restore to a previous version and it work again. Can only assume new K-lite codecs are at fault.
    Picked this up from another forum
    "I got it working by installing the K-Lite Basic codec pack. After install using the default settings I solved the audio glitches and video stuttering by going to
    Start>All programs>K-Lite Codec Pack>Configuration>ffdshow audio decoder. In the configuration window I went to DirectShow control and set 'Multiple ffdshow instances' to 'none-disabled'."
    Worth a try !! My version of the codec is at least a year old.
    Have you tried XBMC that works but is a fully functioning media server.
    ON another thread "Baffled " Splash player seems to be given a green light. Frustrating to say the least, quess I was just lucky mine worked straight away
     
  3. brianmt

    brianmt Member

    Going to try this server http://www.wildmediaserver.com/product_info.php seems to allow internet forwarding from your pc to your Hummy !!!
    Great if it works, liveonlinefooty.com on your telly without all the messing about with cables:D
     
  4. Black Hole

    Black Hole Felonius Gru

    I couldn't find any DLNA functionality in Splash Player Lite - what did you do?
     
  5. brianmt

    brianmt Member

    Senior moment !! I used splash player to see if it would play back HD files, but I seem to remember reading someone using it as a dlna server. I've messed about with so many different servers in the past few weeks its hard, at my age, to remember.
     
  6. Black Hole

    Black Hole Felonius Gru

    Ditto. :(

    Another reason for my blog is to be my memory!
     
  7. brianmt

    brianmt Member

    Just downloaded wild media server, managed to get it to stream livefootyonline.com channel5 via the hummy to my tv not really sure how at the moment but at least it works .
    I followed this link http://www.wildmediaserver.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=812 seems you have to treat internet as a podcast
     
  8. ColinS

    ColinS Member

    Not sure there is such a thing. However, you might want to look at the Media Manager from www.twonky.com WHS uses the DLNA-compliant Media server, and in the context of the T2 works better for me the the Windows UPnP server on the same machine; more flexible in terms of setting up a tree structure. Anyway, since I've never used the client I can't speak as to its degree pf perfection or otherwise, but it is certainly another DLNA client from a bunch whose DLNA server works pretty well.
     
  9. Black Hole

    Black Hole Felonius Gru

    That's your problem solved then! And there was I saying it couldn't be done...:oops:
     
  10. brianmt

    brianmt Member

    It works well, now streaming ITV player. Can't seem to get anything back from the hummy but thats probably in the settings. Unfortunately you have to pay for this prog $25 don't know if I like it that much!!!
     
  11. Black Hole

    Black Hole Felonius Gru

    I seem to have several new possibilities to try:

    Twonky
    Linux VLC running in a virtual machine
    Get WMP to work
    XBMC running in a virtual machine (in an effort to tame it)
    GOM Player

    What I am looking for:
    • Faultless playback of StDef by DLNA from the Humax;
    • FF/RW minimum, preferably skip, and also drag time marker (like iPlayer);
    • window or full screen;
    • playback of HiDef a bonus.
    ...in other words, as convenient as iPlayer or I might as well carry on using iPlayer.
     
  12. Black Hole

    Black Hole Felonius Gru

    Wouldn't it be nice if Humax released a software virtual Humax - able to run on a PC and act as a full-blown client to a physical Humax' streaming capbilities.
     
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  13. Black Hole

    Black Hole Felonius Gru

  14. fenlander

    fenlander Active Member

    No DLNA in MPC-HC. It also falls over badly when it encounters changed audio streams within a TV programme. I ran some tests: see here (post #11).
     
  15. Black Hole

    Black Hole Felonius Gru

    Sorry, didn't realise it was the same thing.
     
  16. brianmt

    brianmt Member

    Media Player Classic uses K-lite codec pack and the latest codecs do not work. I use an old version 4,6 , quite old never use MPC so I've never upgraded, this version 4.6 works really well. I spent hours last week trying to get the new ones to work with no sucess at all !
     
  17. twosheds

    twosheds New Member

    Black Hole
    Did you manage to 'tame' XBMC ? I use iy with my Foxsat-HDR and I have it running in a window by choosing System from the main menu, then choosing System again on the displayed settings page and then finally changing the 'Display Mode' to Windowed. I can also scroll forwards and backwards through a video using the scroll wheel on my mouse. The fast forward button works but the rewind functionality is a bit iffy. I stick to the scroll wheel. This functionality is the same if I use XBMC with PS3 Media Server (which I use to stream files from my PC to my TV.
    I'm using Windows Vista.

    HTH
     
  18. Black Hole

    Black Hole Felonius Gru

    Thanks for that, I have not readdressed it but your hints will be valuable.
     
  19. bixieupnorth

    bixieupnorth Member

    brianmt, that sounds fantastic, $25 well spent for free football streams to yr tv! have you only tried the site you mention, i veer towards myp2p.eu, but assume the one u use has direct links? gonna give it a go tomorrow.
     
  20. brianmt

    brianmt Member

    Wild Media server works and streams well to my Hummy for instance I can stream files from Megaupload ( google icefilms). Not easy to set up but.....
    I've used Liveonlinefooty.com for a couple of years now and the streaming and content is great but it ain't free £6 for a couple of months wll worth it my grandson would say !!