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Re: My Media - Your Music and Video on the Roku DVP

Thu Nov 11, 2010 10:29 pm

Browse to your Roku's IP address (e.g., http://192.168.1.107) and there should be a "Delete" button. You may have to click on "Installer" first, but then you should be able to delete it.

I don't think there's any reason to take your box out of developer mode. I can't think of any, but I can't say for sure.

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Re: My Media - Your Music and Video on the Roku DVP

Thu Nov 11, 2010 10:51 pm

renojim wrote:
Browse to your Roku's IP address (e.g., http://192.168.1.107) and there should be a "Delete" button. You may have to click on "Installer" first, but then you should be able to delete it.

Done. Thank you. I did a quick search through all of the SDK 2.7 documentation for "uninstall" and "remove" but I didn't think about searching for "delete". <sigh>

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I don't think there's any reason to take your box out of developer mode. I can't think of any, but I can't say for sure.

There may be no reason, like you say. It just crossed my mind that leaving the Roku in developer mode was kind of like leaving a control system in maintenance mode; not a good thing to do.
 
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Re: My Media - Your Music and Video on the Roku DVP

Fri Nov 12, 2010 2:48 pm

I'm new to this thread, but have been scouring the past 54 pages of it and am very excited to setup My Media. First I was hoping someone could address these questions:

1) Can My Media transcode on the fly or do I need to convert all my media? If I need to convert it, can someone tell me why this approach is better than something like PlayOn?

2) I've seen various installation instructions and various downloads mentioned over all 54 pages of this thread. Is there one up-to-date place I can go to get setup instructions for My Media and the latest files?
 
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Re: My Media - Your Music and Video on the Roku DVP

Fri Nov 12, 2010 3:04 pm

craftsman wrote:
I'm new to this thread, but have been scouring the past 54 pages of it and am very excited to setup My Media. First I was hoping someone could address these questions:

1) Can My Media transcode on the fly or do I need to convert all my media? If I need to convert it, can someone tell me why this approach is better than something like PlayOn?

2) I've seen various installation instructions and various downloads mentioned over all 54 pages of this thread. Is there one up-to-date place I can go to get setup instructions for My Media and the latest files?


MyMedia doesn't transcode - you need to convert it to a Roku-friendly format. It's still better than other services because it's free, and you have total control over your local network files and file structure. That, and Roku doesn't support Playon any longer, from my understanding. It's not a perfect solution, but it's a much less processor-intensive solution for both the Roku and your computer than something trying to transcode on the fly. Most users here use Handbrake for their file conversions, and I've personally had a lot of luck with it.

http://netguy204.github.com/roku_media_server/ is the main site for the project, and has instructions. That said, the latest files are available at http://netguy204.github.com/roku_media_ ... eview.html, and you're gonna want to update three specific files above and beyond the latest update (as detailed at viewtopic.php?f=28&t=25955&start=765#p215521) due to system incompatibility with version 2.8. Reading through the last 3 pages of this thread should clue you in to all the whys and wherefores of that.
 
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Re: My Media - Your Music and Video on the Roku DVP

Fri Nov 12, 2010 3:58 pm

Robert121571 was kind enough to update the latest package with the three changed files, so this is all you need other than the Python stuff.

-JT
 
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Re: My Media - Your Music and Video on the Roku DVP

Fri Nov 12, 2010 4:38 pm

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Re: My Media - Your Music and Video on the Roku DVP

Fri Nov 12, 2010 9:49 pm

Here's the latest pre-release. It contains Jim's fix to support the latest version of the Roku software along with a fix from Randall Mason that helps those who are installing on servers with no graphical environment.

https://github.com/netguy204/roku_media ... pball/next

Hope this helps! I'm glad people are still enjoying the channel.
 
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Re: My Media - Your Music and Video on the Roku DVP

Fri Nov 12, 2010 11:05 pm

Wow, he lives! Good to hear from you. Hope all is well.

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Re: My Media - Your Music and Video on the Roku DVP

Sat Nov 13, 2010 4:21 am

Thanks JT and el.wubo! The MyMedia pre-release is working well here with the Roku 2.8 firmware and my Unslung Linksys NSLU2 running the Python server. Lots of great new MyMedia features since the release I installed in May. Well done!

Turns out I'm not getting squished videos either. And it seems that my Roku was updated to firmware 2.8 build 1150, not the newer 1158.
 
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Re: My Media - Your Music and Video on the Roku DVP

Mon Nov 15, 2010 2:05 pm

renojim wrote:
bobspencer123 wrote:
... my media server is on a headless sheevaplug.

Very cool! I just got a Seagate Dockstar for less than $30. It took me a couple of days to get everything setup, but it works just great as a myMedia server.

-JT


could you go into detail about setting this up? I just got my DockStar in today, I specifically ordered one for this purpose & have it set up as a NAS drive at the moment.
 
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Dockstar setup for MyMedia

Mon Nov 15, 2010 6:44 pm

I have to preface this by saying I am in no way a Linux expert, so there may be an easier way to do this.

Assuming you followed the steps here, the next thing is to install Python v2.6. I couldn't find a python26 package for the 'pacman' installer, so I started searching. I found a package that could be installed with the 'ipkg' installer, but then I had to install that. Follow this guide for installing ipkg. I think I also used the same guide to install samba, if you're interested. Once that's installed, I installed the Python Imaging Library which will also install Python: /opt/bin/ipkg install py26-pil

Once Python is installed, it's a simple matter of copying the MyMedia server code, editing config.ini, and starting the server. I haven't put it in any of the startup scripts, partially because I haven't turned off my Dockstar since I got it working and partially because I'm not sure where exactly to put it. Maybe one of you Linux wizards can advise. For now, I just start the server with: python rss_server.py > /dev/null 2>&1 &

I'm not sure if the Dockstar really has enough horsepower to run the imaging library, so you could just skip that and install python26. I haven't done too much experimenting with pictures, but I would like to compare with and without the imaging library.

I'm hoping I haven't left anything out. It took me a couple of days to get everything on my Dockstar right, but that had a lot to do with it not liking any of my SD Flash and/or the USB reader. I also never got the Dockstar to boot off of a hard drive, but I didn't look into the issue too much. I think it has to do with the boot code not giving the hard drive enough time to spin up.

Good luck! Let me know how it goes.
-JT
 
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Re: My Media - Your Music and Video on the Roku DVP

Mon Nov 15, 2010 6:52 pm

el.wubo wrote:
Here's the latest pre-release. It contains Jim's fix to support the latest version of the Roku software along with a fix from Randall Mason that helps those who are installing on servers with no graphical environment.

https://github.com/netguy204/roku_media ... pball/next

Hope this helps! I'm glad people are still enjoying the channel.



Wanted to give a long overdue nod to all the effort, by everyone involved, that went into developing My Media. It is definitely my preferred method of streaming local media. Thank you! That said, I presume I am not alone in still experiencing the "squished" video for content that played fine prior to 2.8? Am I mistaken in waiting patiently for a "fix" from Roku to address the squished video experience?
 
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Re: Dockstar setup for MyMedia

Mon Nov 15, 2010 8:24 pm

renojim wrote:
Once Python is installed, it's a simple matter of copying the MyMedia server code, editing config.ini, and starting the server. I haven't put it in any of the startup scripts, partially because I haven't turned off my Dockstar since I got it working and partially because I'm not sure where exactly to put it. Maybe one of you Linux wizards can advise. For now, I just start the server with: python rss_server.py > /dev/null 2>&1 &


I'm using the Optware ports on a Linksys NSLU2 (slug) running the Unslung firmware. There is a diversion script in the normal boot procedure that starts up stuff in /opt/etc/init.d. In that directory I have a script named S70roku-server with the following contents:

#!/bin/sh                                                                       
# Start the MyMedia server for the Roku Digital Video Player                 

# Kill the server.  This is a python program so killall doesn't work.           
# awk also doesn't seem to work with Unslung, so use sed.                                   
prog=`ps | grep rss_server | grep -v grep | tail -1 | sed -e 's/ *\([0-9]*\) .*/\1/'`

if [ -n "$prog" ]; then
  kill $prog
fi

sleep 2
cd /opt/local/roku_media_server/server
nohup python rss_server.py > /dev/null 2>&1 < /dev/null &


Every script in /opt/etc/init.d is run in alphabetical order, so the script is named such that it starts after the system logger, sshd, and other Optware ports. You may need to change the line that grabs the server's pid from ps since ps output varies by Linux pedigree. You can do better if you have pkill or a working awk.

Don't know about the Dockstar though. It may run the boot scripts directly out of /etc/rc.d. Pretty much the same procedure, except you edit rc.1 in that directory to run the MyMedia server script.

renojim wrote:
I'm not sure if the Dockstar really has enough horsepower to run the imaging library, so you could just skip that and install python26. I haven't done too much experimenting with pictures, but I would like to compare with and without the imaging library.


Definitely not enough horsepower on a 266MHz Xscale-IXP425 CPU. I've already installed PIL on the slug though, so for now I don't give MyMedia any images. If I uninstall PIL, will that cause MyMedia to ignore any images it finds?
 
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Re: Dockstar setup for MyMedia

Mon Nov 15, 2010 8:45 pm

markhood wrote:
Definitely not enough horsepower on a 266MHz Xscale-IXP425 CPU. I've already installed PIL on the slug though, so for now I don't give MyMedia any images. If I uninstall PIL, will that cause MyMedia to ignore any images it finds?


Bummer. I wouldn't have been surprised if PIL/266Mhz was up to the challenge for modestly sized images (~2 mbits.) If you don't install PIL, MyMedia will serve the images to the roku without resizing them for thumbnails or for the slideshow. What this usually means is that the image poster view runs breathtakingly slow and the slideshow is pretty non-peppy as well... and I believe in older releases of the roku software could even crash the box. Maybe that doesn't happen anymore now though.
 
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Re: My Media - Your Music and Video on the Roku DVP

Tue Nov 16, 2010 2:02 am

The performance isn't horrible on the 266 MHz ARM, just slower than I want to wait :)

I threw 25 moderately sized snapshots into the pictures folder. These were 3 - 4 MB jpegs, 2448 x 3264 pixels. It takes about 20 seconds to bring up the thumbnails, 30 seconds for each individual photo, and about 15 seconds between images for the slideshow.

I'm using a standard def TV for now, so it's not a big deal for me since the picture quality at that resolution isn't great for photos anyway. But I did put some images mixed in with my video folder and that seemed to slow down the browsing, so I removed them.

The MyMedia setup on my NSLU2 is great for what I use it for, which is streaming a moderately sized collection of videos to my TV. I wouldn't use MyMedia on an NSLU2 for my primary music server though; the folder-based browsing is too slow on that system for the number of songs and albums in my library. So for now I'll use MyMedia exclusively as a video server, until I migrate to the newer 1 GHz plug computers.

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