Your Digital Media Has Never Looked So Good

 
crappyguy
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Can the Roku play back DVDs like a standard player?

Mon Dec 27, 2004 5:01 pm

I have been using the beta for a few days and I am very impressed. However, if the Roku could playback DVD archived on my harddrive like a normal DVD (menus, chapters, subtitles) it would give products like the Kaleidescape a run for their money. Could a program be written to play these movies like we are more accustomed to? You'll have to excuse me as I'm not too computer savvy (at least not like a lot of you folks)

Anycrap thanks for any help.

Crappyguy
 
JonLech
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Mon Dec 27, 2004 6:09 pm

See this post by RokuDon.

Kaleidescape's market might be ripe for the taking in the near future :wink:

I personally don't care about menus or extras, but I realize others do.
 
crappyguy
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Mon Dec 27, 2004 6:38 pm

Thanks a lot for the information. I'm hoping this will be added to the eventual release (I know it's a long shot) or maybe one of you clever folks can write a program that would do this. I would definetely download that (flower I would even think about paying for it).

Crappyguy
 
GeneArch
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Mon Dec 27, 2004 7:34 pm

DVD Menus and extras would rock... while we are wishing...

- User defined bookmarks* (for saving "your place")
- Full cover art support (the current .thm would be fine)
- Merging of libraries that are spread across different shares
- Chapter navigation
- Instant replay (8-10 seconds) & Quickskip (30 second) functions
- I suppose with large libraries, we'll need a search function or categories.


* How cool would that be if you had multiple HD1000's in the house, stop a show on one and place a bookmark, then resume from that spot in another room.
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candrews11
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Mon Dec 27, 2004 7:43 pm

that would be outrageous!!

I'd buy three more of them if it worked like that.
 
crappyguy
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Mon Dec 27, 2004 8:35 pm

I would buy at least two more as well if these functions were integrated. As it is however I plan on achiving my DVDs. Does anyone know what the best way to add about 600 to 800 GB would be?

Add another computer?

Add drives to my current PC (it's kind of loud though an in the same room as my HT setup)?]
 
candrews11
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Mon Dec 27, 2004 9:13 pm

I have one of these:

http://www.lacie.com/products/product.htm?pid=10174


Planning on adding another 500GB via a firewire Raid configuration.

Quite handy and the first 500MB is sitting in a 19" rack mount blade so it fits nicely into my audio rack.

Fairly quiert especially when you compare it to a normal PC. Just two blue lights on the unit so not distracting either.
 
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Mon Dec 27, 2004 9:45 pm

crappyguy wrote:
I would buy at least two more as well if these functions were integrated. As it is however I plan on achiving my DVDs. Does anyone know what the best way to add about 600 to 800 GB would be?


Definitely use some form of RAID 1 or 5. For the purpose of archiving large DVD files, a 3x300 or 400gb raid 5 wouldn't suffer badly on write performance, but would save you weeks of time should a drive fail on you.

I think appliance form would be better - let all your computer devices enjoy the space. Not sure there are any cheap solutions. The linksys LSLU2 only (easily) supports two USB drives, not enough for your needs.
 
jsjames
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Mon Dec 27, 2004 10:20 pm

I have 2.5 TB of HDD (13 hard drives) off two PC's.
Using both internal drives and external cases all Mounted to two shares.
Not the prettiest, but it works.
Thanks,

Jeff
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crappyguy
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Mon Dec 27, 2004 10:52 pm

Is the install of so many drives easy? Like I've mentioned I'm not that computer savvy but I can install computer components. Are there drives or any other componenets you recommend? Thanks for the help folks
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GeneArch
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Mon Dec 27, 2004 11:42 pm

I'm going for the LaCie 1TB drive. AFIKT, it's available in a Firewire version 400/800 only and a triple interface that adds USB.

$840'ish...
 
vs
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Tue Dec 28, 2004 3:49 am

candrews11 wrote:
I have one of these:

http://www.lacie.com/products/product.htm?pid=10174

Fairly quiert especially when you compare it to a normal PC. Just two blue lights on the unit so not distracting either.


candrews11,

I tried one of these a few weeks back (the 250gig model) but found the video performance from ripped DVDs was very poor. Network is 100mb wired. Audio was no problem.

How's your video performance?
 
candrews11
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Tue Dec 28, 2004 6:11 am

vs


So far so good although I have noticed on some movies my audio is illustrating some serious chop. I however am now sure if its the way the DVD's have been ripped or if its the HD1K causing the issue as not all movie's have this problem.

I'm also going to call Lacie on the audio chop problem to see what they think.

Also I'm not sure if the 250MB version is one of the ones with the 8MB buffer but that may have caused the problem you we're having. I know the 150MB version only has like a 1 or 2MB buffer.
 
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Tue Dec 28, 2004 10:24 am

Unless you need to pinch pennys the best way to go is RAID 5. If you have a large collection it would really suck having to re-rip if a single drive died. Very easy to set up.

Get a RAID card like a Promise FastTrak S150 SX4 or Highpoint RocketRAID 1640 and then four drives (300+ GB). Very simple to configure.
- Travis
 
jsjames
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Tue Dec 28, 2004 10:45 am

I back everything i have to DVD.
I have about 700 DVDs that are storing files.
Thanks,



Jeff

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